Back in March, the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize???” was voted as the official Oklahoma rock song, beating out challengers like the All-American Rejects. The band won more than 50% of the online petition, all but ensuring that the Oklahoma Congress would pass the resolution. Then yesterday, it hit a snag: The resolution to make it official failed to pass the House of Oklahoma by a mere three votes, as the House vote shook out at 48 for and 39 against (with 14 not voting). The band only needed 51 votes for the resolution to pass.
A few representatives from the nay side spoke out like crazy yesterday, with one calling the Lips commies (because one member wore a hammer and sickle t-shirt to the state capitol), and another saying that the bands’ “tongues ought to be on fire” because they use inappropriate language. They were basically flaunting that they had prevented the band’s song from representing Oklahoma (apparently they’re All-American Rejects fans), since yesterday was the last day of the year that resolutions from the Senate, where it was approved, could be considered in the House. It seemed like the Lips representing Oklahoma would have to wait until at least 2010.
But then this morning, the governor of Oklahoma, Brad Henry, overruled the House’s ruling, announcing plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday that would make “Do You Realize???” the official rock song of Oklahoma. Henry sees the online poll that named the Lips the winner as “the people’s choice,” and he wants to give the people what he wants.
Here’s what the governor had to say:
“For more than 20 years ago, Oklahoma’s own Flaming Lips have produced creative, fun and provocative rock music. The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world. A truly iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, they are proud ambassadors of their home state. They were clearly the people’s choice, and I intend to honor that vote.”
So there you have it, Flaming Lips will be the official rock representatives of Oklahoma. Pretty crazy for a band that spends most of its time shooting confetti at people and making bizarre movies about Christmas. [Pitchfork]