Oklahoma State's Rock Song Named
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Lead singer Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips reacts to the decision.
Oklahomans rock – and they know it. “Do You Realize?” by alternative rock band the Flaming Lips, Oklahoma City natives, has been named the official Oklahoma State Rock and Roll Song.
Certified in the State Senate, Resolution SJR 24 has passed and the psychedelic tune will forever go down in Oklahoma’s history of great music taste.
The song, off the “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” 2002 album asks the question, “Do you realize…that you have the most beautiful face?” Maybe Oklahomans consider that they do.
Or, they might realize that they’re floating in space. Who knows?
We do know other contenders included “Heartbreak Hotel,” co-written by Oklahoma
school teacher Mae Boren Axton and recorded by Elvis Presley; “Let’s Have a Party,” recorded by Oklahoman Wanda Jackson; “Walk, Don’t Run,” recorded by the Ventures, which included Oklahoman Nokie Edwards; “After Midnight,” written and recorded by Oklahoman J.J. Cale and re-released by Eric Clapton; and many others.
In a senate press release, lead singer Wayne Coyne
said, “It’s phenomenal, it really is. People will remark sometimes how much the Flaming Lips have done for Oklahoma, but I really think it’s the other way around."
Coyne said, "I don't know if we would be perceived the same if we hadn't been from Oklahoma. What would be the Flaming Lips if they didn't come from Oklahoma? It's like Santa Claus coming from the North Pole."