Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Oklahoma: Come As You Are

Oooooooooooooooooooooklahoma has spoken. And, according to Tulsa World, the State of Oklahoma's Rock Song is....

DO YOU REALIZE?? by the Flaming Lips.

Now, a few things have to be considered:

- Does Oklahoma have the fewest Flaming Lips fans per capita? Or would that be North Dakota? I'm guessing this all happened because The Lips got their non-Okie fans onboard- street team, myspace, facebook, the text generation.

- Does that fact make it any less awesome? Come on. A song that says "Everyone you know someday will die" is a state's song? Somewhere, Chuck Palahniuk is dancing a jig.

- How great are the comments at the end of the Tulsa World article? I love the discussion of real rock songs. Seriously, read them. You'll get gems like "Would The Rolling Stones sing about Pink Robots?" (No, sir. But they would make crappy records once the 80s hit. And, for the record, Bowie would.) And how can these commenters- on the one hand- try to dismiss The Lips' worthiness because "they're stoners" and then- on the other hand- commend guys like J.J. Cale, WHO WROTE THE SONG "COCAINE." His Okie-nominated song also contains the line "we gonna chug-a-lug and shout." The logic and consistency on web peanut galleries rule.

- Why didn't they just steal something from, say, Hendrix or Pearl Jam or Nirvana or Screaming Trees? Worked for the Thunder.

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