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Gov. Henry to sign executive order declaring "Do You Realize?" state rock song

From staff and wire reports Modified: April 23, 2009 at 9:02 pm •  Published: April 23, 2009
/articleid/3363875/1/pictures/560972">Photo - Flaming Lips band members Wayne Coyne, Kliph Scurlock and Michael Ivins in March 2, 2009. Today the Oklahoma House rejected a resolution to name "Do You Realize??" as the state's official rock song because band member, Michael Ivins wore a T-shirt bearing a symbol associated with the Communist Party while at the state Capitol last month. BY STEVE GOOCH
Flaming Lips band members Wayne Coyne, Kliph Scurlock and Michael Ivins in March 2, 2009. Today the Oklahoma House rejected a resolution to name "Do You Realize??" as the state's official rock song because band member, Michael Ivins wore a T-shirt bearing a symbol associated with the Communist Party while at the state Capitol last month. BY STEVE GOOCH
Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, also spoke against the measure, saying the band has a reputation for using obscene language, recalling band members used offensive language several years ago when the city of Oklahoma City named an alley after the band.

"Their lips ought to be on fire," Reynolds said.

Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, House sponsor of the resolution, said The Flaming Lips were scheduled to be at the state Capitol next week for a ceremony when the governor was to sign the resolution. National media members also were invited to attend, Dorman said.

The Flaming Lips also were to appear next week at a music exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, Dorman said.

The resolution won a majority of votes, 48-39, but it failed to get the minimum 51. Many of the 101 members after working late Wednesday night left early this afternoon.

The state Senate last month approved the resolution 46-0.

The song, a single from the 2002 compact disc "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," beat out nine other finalists chosen by an advisory panel working with the Oklahoma History Center.

More than 21,000 people voted on the Oklahoma State Rock Song. The Flaming Lips song got more than 10,000 votes, Dorman said.


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