Last week, The Oklahoma State Legislature voted on Senate Joint Resolution 24, which names “Do You Realize??” by THE FLAMING LIPS as “The Official Oklahoma State Rock and Roll Song.” The selection of an official rock and roll song recognizes the outstanding achievements of Oklahomans in a genre that has dominated the last half of the 20th century. The bill was sponsored by Senator Mike Schulz and Representative Joe Dorman.
A planning meeting between the Oklahoma History Center and the Oklahoma Film & Music Office generated the idea for an official Oklahoma rock song. Jeff Moore, Director of Exhibits for the Oklahoma History Center, recalled: “We were discussing Oklahoma’s impact in Rock and Roll and it became clear that there are so many artists, landmark venues, and business connections that Oklahoma needs to formally recognize this remarkable heritage.”