Well, surprisingly--or perhaps not surprisingly, given the passion of the Flaming Lips' fanbase--psychedelic eccentrics the Lips won the poll by a landslide with their 2002 dreamy indie hit, "Do You Realize." (Out of 21,000 total votes, the Lips received more than 10,000.)
This outcome made Flaming Lips fans happy, but it made certain Oklahoma state officials flaming mad.
The Oklahoma House actually rejected the resolution to make "Do You Realize" Oklahoma's official rock song. because Lips bassist Michael Ivins wore a red T-shirt emblazoned with a yellow sickle-&-hammer Communist Party symbol when visiting the state Capitol in March 2009. "I was really offended by that," said Rep. Corey Holland.
As a result, the House voted down the measure.
However, today Oklahoma governor Brad Henry--who praised the Lips for their "creative, fun, and provocative rock music"--announced that he will override the House's decision and sign an executive order to name "Do You Realize" as the state's official rock song after all. He will in fact sign the resolution at a ceremony next Tuesday attended by the Lips, who will hopefully refrain from wearing controversial T-shirts or spewing profanity that day.
"The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim, and fans all over the world," Governor Henry said. "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."
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