To honor SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away in November, a petition has been launched at Change.org to bring APM Music’s “Sweet Victory” to the Halftime Show at SuperBowl LIII. The petition currently has more than one million signatures.
The millennial-loved tune was featured in the iconic cartoon’s “Band Geeks” episode, in which Squidward attempts to impress his rival Squilliam by conducting a marching band and teaching instruments to SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs and company. And while they start out slow (clearing up that mayonnaise isn’t an instrument and, no, horseradish isn’t an instrument either), the performance turned out to be beyond Squidward’s expectations.
“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,” Adam Taylor, president of APM Music said. “We are grateful for the many years of joy and humor ‘SpongeBob’ has brought to all of us.”
In Hillenburg’s honor, APM Music is donating a portion of revenues from the song to the ALS Association. If you’re like Patrick Star and live under a rock, see the SpongeBob’s epic performance of “Sweet Victory” below.