In a vote by the Oklahoma House of Representatives, The Flaming Lips' song "Do You Realize??" was turned down as the state's official rock song, despite winning the online public vote. But in swift action, Oklahoma's Governor Brad Henry has overruled the House's verdict, giving the Oklahoma natives the credit they deserve.
According to The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma House voted 48-39 against Senate Joint Resolutions 24, which would have made "Do You Realize??" the state's official rock song. The band barely missed out, as 51 votes are required to win in the House.
Reports said that some representatives were not fond of the band's outfit selections and their 'foul mouthed' language. According to The Oklahoman, Rep. Corey Holland said he didn't like when "one of the band members wore a red t-shirt with a yellow sickle and hammer on it when the Flaming Lips came last month to the Capitol," and he was really offended by it. Another Oklahoma House representative, Mike Reynolds also said that the band's use of obscene language was offensive when they were in Oklahoma City for a street-naming ceremony, a few years back.
Despite specific House representatives' reservations, Governor Henry has decided to make an executive order to instate "Do You Realize??" as the state's official rock song, because the citizens of Oklahoma voted on it, and it should be their choice.
The Governor praised The Flaming Lips for their success over the past couple decades, and said they are a truly iconic rock 'n' roll band that are proud ambassadors of their home state. "They were clearly the people's choice, and I intend to honor that vote," Governor Henry said in his press release.