Flaming Lips tune pulled as Oklahoma’s rock song


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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.

Gov. Mary Fallin passed on renewing an executive order that gave the Oklahoma rockers’ song the designation when taking office in January 2011.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the Republican had other priorities and the order “did not make the cut.”

Fallin’s predecessor — Democratic Gov. Brad Henry — signed an executive order proclaiming the tune Oklahoma’s official rock song in 2009 after the Republican-controlled House rejected a resolution to do it.

The song was selected in an online survey.

Messages left for The Flaming Lips’ manager and agent were not immediately returned.

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