"It's sweet, sweet, sweet victory, yeah!"
A petition for a popular song from Spongebob Squarepants to be played at the Super Bowl in honour of late creator Stephen Hillenburg has attracted over one million signatures.
The track, titled ‘Sweet Victory’, became a firm favourite after featuring in the now iconic ‘Band Geeks’ episode, which sees Squidward attempting to one-up his rival Squilliam by conducting a marching band that features the likes of Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs.
In the episode, the band begin a less than convincing performance at the Bubble Bowl – before Spongebob delivers an impressive turn that wins the applause of the entire crowd.
Now, a new Change.Org campaign aims to achieve a performance of the track at next month’s Super Bowl to honour Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg – who died from ALS in November 2018.
The petition, which has attracted over 1.1 million signatures, states: “As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.”
The track was originally licensed by APM Music, who are known for creating the soundtracks to hundreds of iconic US shows.
“We are truly thrilled that ‘Sweet Victory,’ a production music song, has crossed over into the mainstream of America’s consciousness, and has become an iconic, ‘Can-Do,’ rock anthem, thanks to the remarkable creativity of the late Stephen Hillenburg and composers David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick,” said Adam Taylor, president of APM Music.
“We are grateful for the many years of joy and humor ‘SpongeBob’ has brought to all of us.”