St. Vincent hails from the heart of football country in Dallas. It was near impossible for her to not be a pigskin fan being in Texas. So she decided to help her home team out.
The acclaimed musician performed a “manic, off-kilter” version of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the United States’ national anthem “to represent the idea of what it is to be an American, and how we’re going to be the best version of ourselves in the future in the turbulent times in which we live.”
Growing up in the Dallas-Forth Worth area in the ’90s, as St. Vincent did, was the perfect time to form Cowboys fandom. The team boasted bonafide stars in quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin, and won three Super Bowls in the decade. All St. Vincent wanted was to join them.
“My parents bought me a Dallas Cowboy uniform. I had this vision that I would go to a Dallas Cowboy game, fully clad, and they would be scouring the the stands going, ‘Who can we get to win this football game?'” she recalled. “I’d be like, ‘Me!’ then I would get in and get to play with with the Dallas Cowboys!”
In early 2014, St. Vincent released her self-titled fourth solo studio album that was widely heralded. (EW named it Album of the Year.) No information is around concerning her follow-up record; however, she covered “Something on Your Mind” for the Pete’s Dragon soundtrack.
See St. Vincent put her spin on the national anthem, above.