Madison Rising: Making the National Anthem Cool

October 13, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

In June, former chair of the California Democrat Party Bill Press took to the airways to express his disgust for America’s National Anthem. “It is a major crusade of mine…to get rid of the Star Spangled Banner,” explained Press, now a liberal radio talk show host. He went on to describe the song as “absolutely, monumentally unsingable” (referring to those high notes), and finished with this: there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free,’ which is kind of nice, and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know…Are we (Americans) the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean, it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed every time, I’m embarrassed every time we hear it.”

Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh also has a big problem with our nation’s most loved anthem. “I hate our f—ing anthem,” yelled a disgusted Tosh in what was supposed to be a comedy routine. “Our National Anthem blows, are you kidding me? Do any of you have it on your iPod?”

Why yes, I do, Daniel Tosh! I have several renditions, the latest of which I downloaded after hearing a performance by the band Madison Rising, who I met this summer at the Smart Girl Politics annual summit in Alexandria, VA.

With a debut album that boasts song titles such as Right to Bear, Hallowed Ground, and In The Days That Reagan Ruled, I think it’s safe to say Madison Rising isn’t just any ordinary band. They’re five conservative guys on a mission to “bring rock music back to the forefront of popular culture,” and while doing so, to promote “the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility.”

Motivated by what seems to be a growing disrespect for our nation’s anthem, the band decided to record their own more modern version of The Star Spangled Banner–careful to remain true to the original—and teamed with the National Anthem Celebration Foundation in August to highlight the importance of honoring this part of our American heritage.  They issued a challenge: The Star Spangled Banner One Million Star Spangled Challenge. The goal: to get one million views of the Star Spangled Banner by Election Day on November 6.  Fans didn’t just meet the challenge, they blew it out of the water. On September 14, Madison Rising announced they had met the goal a full seven weeks ahead of schedule, and boldly issued a second challenge: the Five Million Star Spangled Challenge. The new goal: that five million Americans will view their single–The Star Spangled Banner–on YouTube.  And apparently their fan base is growing, evidenced by their #1 bestseller spot in several music categories on Amazon. The song is also available for download on iTunes.

Madison Rising has had a busy month already, appearing last weekend at a Wake Up America Rally in L.A. on the 7th where they were joined by Alfonzo Rachel, who played a few tracks on the drums.  (Click here to see Dave Bray’s interview with PolitiChick anchor Ann-Marie Murrell).  They performed a benefit concert for the troops in Camp Pendleton, CA on the 9th and this weekend, they’ll be appearing with the guys from Orange County Choppers on Saturday and Sunday at an event that will honor military working dogs. (For more information, or tickets, please visit the Orange County Choppers website) If you’re in the area, please consider taking the opportunity to go hear and meet the band. You’ll never meet a nicer bunch of guys, whose message couldn’t be more important at this moment in our nation’s history.

And while you’re at it, consider accepting the challenge and listen to the Madison Rising version of The Star Spangled Banner. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

For more information about Madison Rising, check out this great article by Amy Miller, Madison Rising: A Second (Third? Fourth? Millionth?) Chance at Conservative Pop Culture.

Written by Tami Nantz

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  1. Dan says:

    Well if the Leftist pigs get upset at the National Anthem then they’re heads will explode when they read what i wrote about the Tea Party:

    I wrote this in response to all the Tea Party bashing going

    I am the Tea Party:

    I was busy for many years building this country, my family
    our future and yours and trusted those I put in office to watch over the gift
    God gave us…THIS COUNTRY.

    However, while I labored and toiled and nourished my family,
    cherished my friends and looked forward to their bright futures, you had other
    plans. Plans, Yes Grand plans to enslave us to Debt. Debt so large I cannot
    even comprehend it. Plans for Government
    control of every aspect of our lives. Government so intrusive it stifles my
    very existence and ability to survive and provide for those I love.

    Since I came back from the past to the present, I am called
    everything from terrorist, madly insane, perverted sexual act, yahoo with no
    teeth, dumb imbecile not smart enough to tie my own shoes, hicks, selfish,
    greedy, old white people, Uncle Tom and on and on.

    Really! Let me tell you who I am.

    I am the one who has taken my life and put it on the line,
    in some cases, I gave up my chance to have a full life and all that entails, I
    went all over the world to keep you safe in a hostile world of dictators and
    tyrants bent on your destruction and enslavement. I am paid so little that some
    times my family has to ask for help just to get by while I am away….I am the
    Tea Party.

    I get up and do the work you in power would never do because
    it is beneath you. Yet you ridicule me, belittle my effort, and call me fly
    over country. Because of me you have food on your table, you see I work from
    sun up to sun down sometime in heat, rain, and everything in between. You see I
    don’t have a choice I get it done or it does not get done .You have water to
    drink, roads to drive on, cars to drive and so many things, I could go on for
    years naming them. You see I am the Tea Party.

    I am Black, White, Brown
    and every color in between. I am rich, poor, middle class and no class. I am
    Democrat, Republican, Conservative, and Independent I am not with any party. I
    am religious and not so religious. I have never gone to church; I go every week
    and Wednesday. You see it has nothing to do with any of that “I Love My
    Country” and I turned around to see it being destroyed before my very eyes. And
    I am standing with million and millions of others and saying “STOP” I Am the Tea Party

    I have worked my whole life and ready to retire or am just
    starting out in my life. I just got a job, does not pay much but it is a start,
    or I just lost my job and wonder what the future holds and the fear that goes
    with that. I am to young to fully understand what is happening to my country
    but my future is dieing before my eyes and I need to get it back. I am older and
    have seen what my country has become and remember what it use to be like. You see I am not those names you call me. I
    am an American. I Am the Tea Party.

    I do not want the Declaration of Independence and The
    Constitution dragged through the mud and spit on as you are doing and laughing
    at me because I believe our Founders meant what they wrote down. I, like them,
    cherish the Liberty and Freedoms
    laid out in those two documents. In addition, you are killing my country with
    your lies and half-truths and fear tactics. Is it any wonder I rose up in
    opposition to you and I will not stop until I am satisfied that you are
    relegated to the trash heap of History, a failed socialist idea that only kills
    the spirit of man and leaves Him with nothing but despair and

    I am the one who stands up to the vile attacks, (the likes
    of which the pit of hell could not have dreamed up) on some one like Sarah
    Palin and her family Michele Bachmann Herman Cain and other conservatives who love this country. You do
    not understand, when you attack them you are going after me and I out number you,
    2010 is nothing compared to what will happen in 2012. You see I am “WE THE
    PEOPLE” and I am no longer going to sit by while you drag my country to the
    edge of the pit to destroy it so you can remake it into your image. You see I
    am back now. I am the Tea Party. And I will not let my country be destroyed by
    the likes of you elitists who have left so many other countries ravaged in your
    leftist wake. YOU WILL NOT DO TO AMERICA
    IN 2012

    The Tea Party is every day people like you, in every
    lifestyle doing every conceivable job making this the best place on earth to
    live. Moreover, we will be the ones (along with many Prayers) that will turn
    this country around. It will be hard work but WE THE PEOPLE have done the hard
    work before…it’s what we do…

    “If there
    must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my children may have peace.”


    ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than
    the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your
    counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your
    chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”


  2. What the heck is a Bill Press? Is he the one ‘doesn’t know his rear orifice,from a hole in the ground’ ? So,then why listen to this creature?

  3. I don’t know about Bill Press, but every time i hear The Star Spangled Banner, I get chills up and down my spine, brings tears to my eye’s and a swell of pride from what the song means to me

    I’m sorry Bill is not proud of our you men and women who have served in our military, to whom this song means so much, Maybe he needs to move to a country where this song is not played anywhere where he can hear it

    As for me i love hearing it everyday

  4. mesaman says:

    I’ve not listened to KRAP, San Francisco, but it is beamed from an abandoned outhouse next to an opium den. And, I haven’t heard of “Bill Press”. I heard his brother, Oliver before had became his sister, Olive, and that was all I needed to know.

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