The Flaming Lips' song "Do You Realize??" is about to become Oklahoma's official rock song.
Gov. Brad Henry signs that executive order April 28.
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
The song won in a very close vote by the citizens of Oklahoma, and beat out classics such as "Heartbreak Hotel," which was written by a schoolteacher from Oklahoma named Mae Boren Axton. Controversy surrounded the pick after The Flaming Lips' bassist, Michael Ivins, wore a T-shirt to the State Capitol with a hammer-and-sickle on it. (That enraged some state legislators.)On Tuesday, however, Gov. Henry will put the controversy to rest without the support of the state legislature by signing an executive order.
"For more than 20 years, Oklahoma's own Flaming Lips have produced creative, fun and provocative rock music," Henry said in a statement. "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."