The answer is no. But an increasing number of people are signing a petition via change.org for The Star Spangled Banner to be replaced. What they want it changed to is likely not what you expected…
At the time of writing, over 11,000 people have signed a petition to have the USA’s national anthem changed to ‘City Escape’ from the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack. Yep, City Escape. The upbeat pop song recorded for the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel that was released on the Sega Dreamcast back in 2001.
The petition was created by Gabe Carey, a tech editor and producer who cites a recent incident where NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national as his inspiration. Gabe asks “America, would you rather be reminded of the constant violence and threats faced by the soldiers of 1812 to get to this still-divided point in U.S. history or be set free by the rush of danger lurking around every turn as you follow your rainbow at the speed of sound?”
We reached out to Gabe and asked out of all possible songs why City Escape? “I chose City Escape because it represents what America holds most dearly: nostalgia. Take a look at the Trump campaign slogan. ‘Make America Great Again.’ These days we are so blinded by our perception of the past that we fail to see how great we really have it in the present” He said.
Gabe later took to Twitter to remind everyone not to take his petition seriously. Personally, I could think of a thousand songs to change the anthem to before ‘City Escape’. It could even remain video game related. Superman by Goldfinger – featured on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtrack.
If you don’t know ‘City Escape’ check out the video below.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane