Official Oklahoma Rock Song Announced

Monday, March 2nd 2009, 6:03 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- "Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips has been named Oklahoma's official state rock song. Flaming Lips is an alternative rock band from Oklahoma City.

The announcement was made Monday in the Oklahoma Senate.

The song won out over more famous songs written or recorded by Oklahomans such as "Heartbreak Hotel," co-written by former Oklahoma school teacher Mae Boren Axton, and recorded by Elvis Presley.

Others nominated included "After Midnight," by Oklahoman J.J. Cale, which was rereleased by Eric Clapton, and "Never Been to Spain," written by Hoyt Axon and recorded by Three Dog Night.

More than 21,000 voted online from a list of 10 songs selected by a panel of experts.