What Is The Rock Song For Your State?
Today, the Oklahoma state legislature announced that “Do You Realize??,” the 2002 hit by professional hallucinogen-abusers and occasional rock band Flaming Lips, would be the state’s official rock song! This new honor sits perfectly next to their state bird (scissortail flycatcher), the state tree (Eastern Redbud) and the state testicle (left one). This special honor got us thinking—what are the other 49 states’ State Rock Songs? Did you know every state has one? Check out the full list after the jump!
ALABAMA: .38 Special, “”Hold on Loosely”” ALASKA: Anything but Jewel ARIZONA: Lynryd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” ARKANSAS: The Big Bopper, “The Little Little Rock Rock Rock” CALIFORNIA: The theme from television’s Full House COLORADO: The Specials, “These Actual Ghost Towns are Much Like a Ghost Town” CONNECTICUT: Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” DELAWARE: Whitesnake, “Did You Know Judge Reinhold Was Born In Delaware?” FLORIDA: Nick Drake, “Seriously, Anyone Who Doesn’t Like The Gators Is a Fucking Pussy” GEORGIA: Shellac, “Prayer To God” HAWAII: GG Allin, “Aloha, Assholes!” IDAHO: They Might Be Giants, “Some Whimsical Minutiae That Happened In Idaho” ILLINOIS: The guy from Tortoise playing a vibraphone solo INDIANA: AC/DC, “I Was Indiana Once… Get It?” IOWA: Joe Satriani, “Chromatic Scales Mean ‘I Love Iowa'” KANSAS: Kansas, “Kansas” KENTUCKY: Belle And Sebastian, “Funky, Funky Kentucky” LOUISIANA: I don’t know the name of it, but it’s on the new Weezy tape MAINE: Any number of Anthrax songs about Stephen King MARYLAND: Animal Collective, “BFF Brofriendbros” (leak) MASSACHUSETTS: Aerosmith, “Guess Which One of Us Fingerbanged Your Sister In High School” MICHIGAN: MC5, “The Government Is Totally Stupid, Brothers And Sisters” MINNESOTA: Prince, “I Would Pick The State Fruit, a Honeycrisp Apple, 4 U” MISSISSIPPI: 1910 Fruitgum Company, “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-S-S… Oh Shit!” MISSOURI: Sufjan Stevens, “A Long And Quite Involved Story About Someone Who Wanted To Go To Missouri But Then It Turned Out He Hadn’t” MONTANA – AC/DC, “Guess What Butte Sounds Like” NEBRASKA – Buster Poindexter, “Zat You, Santa Claus?” NEVADA: The Killers, “My Sex is Like a Sex Boner” NEW HAMPSHIRE: Isaac Hayes, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” NEW JERSEY: Bruce Springsteen, “Hi, I’m Bruce Springsteen” NEW MEXICO: Napalm Death, “You Suffer” NEW YORK: The Hold Steady, “God and Beer and Sex or Something” NORTH CAROLINA: The theme song to The Andy Griffith Show whistled by an 8-year-old NORTH DAKOTA: Rick Springfield, “Dear God, Get Me The Fuck Out North Dakota!” OHIO: Mad Cobra, “Flex” OKLAHOMA: The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??” OREGON: The Subway Five-Dollar Footlong Song PENNSYLVANIA: The Dixie Dregs, “Scranton Rocks!” RHODE ISLAND: Sigur Ros, “Blup Blip Blurgen Maryland Flurg” SOUTH CAROLINA: Wesley Willis, “South Carolina” SOUTH DAKOTA: Wesley Willis, “South Dakota” TENNESSEE: Wesley Willis, “I Whipped Batman’s Ass” TEXAS: Haircut 100, “Love Plus One” (DJ Screw Remix) UTAH: [Rock music, dancing banned since 1957] VERMONT: This one time I saw Phish, bro, seriously. VIRGINIA: AC/DC, “I Wish I Was In Virginny, and I Hope The Subtle Innuendo Wasn’t Lost On You” WASHINGTON: Whatever Starbucks recommends this week WEST VIRGINIA: Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman” WISCONSIN: Yoko Ono, “The Sound Of Cheese Sitting On A Plate, Growing Mold” WYOMING: Ted Nugent, “Ding Dang Doodle, Lick My Poodle (Wyoming)”
Tulsa World: Flaming Lips’ ‘Do You Realize??’ named state rock song [Tulsa World]