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Old 04-18-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Flaming Lips' 'Do You Realize??' No Longer Oklahoma State Rock Song

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Gov. Mary Fallin failed to renew an executive order keeping the Flaming Lips track the state's official rock song.

Oklahoma's governor has taken The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" out of rotation, pulling the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office says has more to do with priorities than musical taste.

Republican Mary Fallin passed on renewing an executive order that gave the Oklahoma rockers' song the designation when taking office in January 2011, the governor's office confirmed Friday. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor had other more pressing priorities.

"When the governor was elected to office, we had a $500 million budget shortfall, we were in the middle of a recession, and we had a huge number of pardon and parole cases left over from the (former Gov. Brad) Henry administration," Weintz said. "As we were clearing our backlog, renewing executive orders and pursuing our priorities, addressing the state rock 'n' roll song did not make the cut."

Fallin renewed dozens of executive orders when she took office, including some dating back to the 1950s.

Her predecessor, Henry, a Democrat, signed an executive order proclaiming "Do You Realize??" the official rock song for the state in 2009 after the Republican-controlled Oklahoma House rejected a resolution to do it.

At least one lawmaker at the time complained that a member of the band wore a T-shirt bearing a hammer and sickle, a symbol of communism, while visiting the state Capitol. Another said he was offended by lead singer Wayne Coyne's foul language when the rockers were honored at an event sponsored by Oklahoma City officials.

Telephone messages left Friday for The Flaming Lips' manager and agent were not immediately returned.

Almost 11,000 people picked "Do You Realize??" as their choice in a survey in which more than 21,000 people voted from a list of 10 songs selected by a panel of experts.

Rep. Joe Dorman said the move by Fallin, which he called a political one, was disappointing.

"I'm sure it's politically motivated to make her look more conservative," said Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who sponsored the resolution for the rock song three years ago. "The sad thing is it was done in fun to bring attention to Oklahoma's history of rock 'n' roll.

"It's just a shame, because so many people voted in that survey, and it was just fun and lighthearted."


**** everything Mary Fallin can suck on my dick that bitch
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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I forgot Oklahoma even existed until you brought it up just now.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:54 PM   #3
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Bah, I was hoping they updated it to something off of Embryonic or The Terror
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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American states have "official state rock songs"?

Which of RHCP 1000 songs about California is their state song?
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:15 PM   #5
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American states have "official state rock songs"?

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every state has a million of these stupid things (wiki)
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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Finally something me and the republican party can agree on. The flaming lips suck.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #7
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Finally something me and the republican party can agree on. The flaming lips suck.


omg do you realize?? what you're saying
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American states have "official state rock songs"?

Which of RHCP 1000 songs about California is their state song?


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