Friday, March 5, 2010

Rise Above: Your New National Anthem

"The Star Spangled Banner" is a great anthem, but I think Black Flag's "Rise Above" would make a better one.

It eulogizes the history, tradition and struggles of the American people much better than some bullshit song about the Battle of Baltimore. I bet 9 out of 10 Americans don't even know dick about the War of 1812, so why should their anthem reminisce about it?

Just listen:

It's fucking perfect. Defiance, anger, initiative, reverie, zeal, Rollins—these things are as American as herpes and hot dogs.

Done and done.
I don't care if it's before the Super Bowl, the World Series, or a Presidential inauguration—no one, and I mean NO ONE, from American Idol should ever be allowed to sing it. EVER. This transgression shall be punishable by death and dismemberment.


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