If you’ve ever wondered what musician St. Vincent is up to on a Sunday afternoon, there’s a good chance she’s watching football. There’s an even better chance she’s rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.
During the US coverage of the Olympics last week, an ad called ‘Football is Family’ began playing during commercial breaks and featured a guitar-driven version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The video, which takes a mesmerizing look at how professional football fields are painted, features St. Vincent rocking out to the national anthem and making us feel kinda patriotic for a country we don’t reside in. That’s the power of St. Vincent.
Joining the ranks of Jimi Hendrix and Slash, St. Vincent will now go down as a guitar player who did their country proud. Describing her version as a ‘bit manic and off-kilter,’ St. Vincent, real name Annie Clark, says her performance was guided by what it means to be an American and hopes that it will inspire the country to be the best version of itself in the future.
In an interview with the NFL, Clark says that growing up in Dallas during the team’s heyday inspired her love for football. Her parents even bought Clark a Dallas Cowboys uniform, which she hoped to use on the field. “I had this vision that I would go to a Dallas Cowboy game, fully clad, and they would be scouring the stands, going, ‘who can we get to win this football game?'” says Clark.
Now, for the ultimate question – what’s cooler, being a rock star or a football player? Watching St. Vincent play in the video below makes the answer pretty clear.
St. Vincent’s “Star-Spangled Banner” performance is just the latest in what we’re dubbing her Summer of Covers. In July, the singer/songwriter uploaded her own version of the Golden Girls’ theme song, while earlier this month she released her cover of Karen Dalton’s “Something On Your Mind” for the Pete’s Dragon soundtrack.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) July 11, 2016