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- Posted on Apr 24th 2009 3:00PM by Dan Reilly
The band beat out Elvis' 'Heartbreak Hotel,' the All-American Rejects' 'Move Along', Wanda Jackson's 'Let's Have a Party,' and the Ventures' 'Walk, Don't Run,' getting just over half of the 21,000 votes cast. The state Senate unanimously approved the selection and all seemed fine, but some state House Republications were irked by the choice. Representative Corey Holland disapproved of Lips bassist Michael Ivins wearing a shirt bearing the Communist hammer and sickle during a visit to the state capitol, while Rep. Mike Reynolds objected to their use of foul language during an Oklahoma City ceremony, where an alley was dedicated to the band. Reynolds even went as far as saying, "Their lips ought to be on fire," according to the Olkahoman. The House resolution to officially approve the song failed to get the necessary 51 votes, coming close at 48-39 in favor of it.
Hours later, Democrat Governor Brad Henry said he would sign an executive order to give the distinction to the band. "The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world," Henry said in a statement. "A truly iconic rock 'n' roll band, they are proud ambassadors of their home state. They were clearly the people's choice, and I intend to honor that vote."
The band and Henry will attend a ceremony next Tuesday to celebrate the order's signing, so keep an eye out for their attire.