Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2009
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne reacts after the Senate unanimously
approves SJR 24,
naming “Do You Realize??” as Oklahoma’s Official
State Rock and Roll Song.
Flaming Lips' 'Do you Realize??' Named Oklahoma Rock Song
The people have spoken. "Do You Realize??"
by Oklahoma City alternative rock band, the Flaming Lips, has
been named the official Oklahoma State Rock and Roll Song. The
winning song was certified Monday in the State Senate with the
passage of Senate Joint Resolution 24 by Sen. Mike Schulz and
Rep. Joe Dorman.
"We have an official state folk song and a
state country song. With as many outstanding rock artists as we
have in Oklahoma, it was time to recognize this music as well,"
said Schulz, R-Altus. "What's really special is that the
people of this great state selected it."
In a career that spans three decades of musical
achievement, including three Grammy wins, the Flaming Lips is
one of Oklahoma's most successful groups, all the while remaining
based in Oklahoma City. “Do You Realize??” was composed
and written by members Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins
and Dave Fridmann.
The Flaming Lips were given a standing ovation
by the full Senate after the resolution was formally adopted.
The band was very excited about the honor.
“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 the
Flaming Lips be if they didn’t come from Oklahoma? It’s
like Santa Clause coming from the North Pole.”
In 2008, the State Legislature adopted House Joint
Resolution 1047, specifying the voting process. The Oklahoma Historical
Society conducted a competition to select the official Oklahoma
State Rock and Roll Song, with Oklahomans nominating 454 songs.
An expert panel then narrowed the list to 10, and the people of
the state voted for the top song. Out of the 21,061 votes cast,
10,738, or nearly 51 percent, picked "Do you Realize??"
by the Flaming Lips from their 2002 album, Yoshimi Battles the
Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said the number of nominations
and the success of the finalists were evidence of the tremendous
musical talent that comes from Oklahoma.
"When you look at the list of artists and the
hit songs they produce, it really is amazing how much great rock
music has come from our state," Dorman said. "We’ve
gotten international attention about our online vote to choose
the official rock song. I think this is great for Oklahoma."
The other finalists 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; “Never Been to
Spain,” by Oklahoman Hoyt Axton and made famous by Three
Dog Night; “Home Sweet Oklahoma,” written and recorded
by Oklahoman Leon Russell; “Oklahoma,” by the Call,
which included Oklahomans Michael Been and Scott Musick; “Move
Along,” by Oklahoma band the All-American Rejects; and “Endless
Oklahoma Sky,” by John Moreland and the Black Gold Band,
also from Oklahoma.
The new official rock and roll song will be celebrated
as part of an exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center entitled
"Another Hot Oklahoma Night." The official public opening
will be May 2, 2009, and will continue for approximately two years.
For more information contact:
Sen. Schulz's Office: 405-521-5612