Rock on, Ohio and Oklahoma

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


My home state, Oklahoma, has just adopted an official state rock song. The unexpected result is that “Do You Realize” by cult alternative rock band the Flaming Lips won the competition, beating out tunes from better-known artists such as Leon Russell and J.J. Cale.

In case you didn’t know, Ohio has an official rock song, too: “Hang on Sloopy,” performed by the McCoys and written by Rick Derringer of Fort Recovery, Ohio, who later scored a hit with his song, “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo,” and played with Alice Cooper, Cyndi Lauper and many others.

Trivia bit: “Hang on Sloopy” was the No. 1 song in America until “Yesterday” by The Beatles replaced it at the top of the charts.



Do you realize that the Flaming of the best bands of the 90's and maybe from Okalahoma? Oklahoma City to be exact.

Anonymous (not ...

90s? That's so yesterday.

Those are typical politicians for ya, no imagination.

Shoulda picked some good hard workin' Red Dirt music by the likes of Cross Canadian Ragweed or Jason Boland.


Should it give one pause while flying into Okie City to realize that it named its airport in honor of an airplane passenger casualty?

Anonymous (not ...

Ooops. I almost forgot another Okie musician that those dopey bureaucrats undoubtedly missed:

Watermelon Slim.

Mr. Willie Dixon said it best:

'The Blues is the truth; if it's not the truth, it's not the Blues.'

Tom Jackson

Hi guys,
In fairness to the bureaucrats, the selection of the official state rock song in Oklahoma was made by ordinary folks, who voted on the Internet. They had slim pickings -- Oklahoma just hasn't produced many really big rock stars, compared for example to Ohio. Oklahoma has done better growing country and western singers such as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others.

Yes, it is pretty ironic Oklahoma City welcomes visitors to Will Rogers Airport.

Anonymous (not ...

Mr. Jackson:

Yes, of course I read and understood that the citizenry made the selection.

But I sometimes just can't help myself from casting aspersions on the blood-s*cking flea on the body politic - the bureaucrat.