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Flaming Lips tune loses state rock song status

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin allowed her predecessor's executive order to lapse, stripping The Flaming Lips' “Do You Realize??” of its official status.
BY GENE TRIPLETT and GEORGE LANG Published: April 13, 2013

‘Let's be optimistic'

But Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne, who attended Fallin's birthday party at the Governor's Mansion in March and is a friend of the governor's daughter, Christina Fallin, thinks an honest mistake was made and his band's song will be restored to its status.

“She didn't realize that it happened, and she's going to try to fix it,” Coyne said. “So I'd say let's be optimistic. I was over there not too long ago. We had a little birthday dinner and the governor was there, and we talked and stuff like that, so I don't think she would have anything against The Flaming Lips or anything against that song, or anything even against the wishes of Brad Henry. We're working to fix it up.

“For me, personally, it would be no big deal,” the singer added. “We've gotten so much love, and I think people will remember this and think of it as forever being the state rock song even if she doesn't do it.”

Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, a self-described Flaming Lips fan, agreed that Fallin's failure to renew the order doesn't really change anything.

“I'm struggling to find outrage over the issue,” Holt said. “It will always be the state's rock song until declared otherwise. That's not what happened here. No one has issued an executive order saying it's not; no one has issued an executive order saying ‘Never Been to Spain' is the new rock song.”


Associated Press