Articles Comedic genius Bill Bailey shows how the U.S. national anthem played in a minor key makes it sound Russian. Not being political here. This is just brilliant. Gabriel Reilich Eric Pfeiffer 01.19.19 Living in the age of Donald Trump, it’s easy to say there’s something off-key about America. Comedian Bill Bailey takes it to the literal extreme by playing our national anthem in a minor key. The results are pretty compelling. “It almost sounds Russian,” Bailey said.