Today is Independence Day in the United States, so for the next few days I’ll be posting some American themed songs.
This is one of the more popular songs from the film Team America: World Police, which is ostensibly a spoof of jingoistic action movies, but is so well made that it actually serves as better cinematic adaptation of G.I. Joe cartoons than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Since its release, the film plays annually on television around now; I can guarantee that some network somewhere in America will be showing it today. The song is also intended as a parody of various patriotic tracks that flooded the airwaves in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, but for those of us who can look at America honestly and truly love it for what it is, it does stir a sort of perverse feeling of pride. The fact that it’s a kick ass track helps a lot, and even somehow makes American icons way cooler than they probably should be. The lyrics are written by Trey Parker, the music by Marc Shaiman. By the way, if you haven’t figured it out yet, it has explicit lyrics.