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Rock and Roll Hero: Brad Henry

Rock and Roll Hero:  Brad Henry (photo)

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What a roller coaster ride!

For the last month and a half I’ve been following the story about The Flaming Lips’ song, “Do You Realize??“, which was recently voted–by over 21,000 people–as the official rock song for the state of Oklahoma. The Lips’ tune was in contention against nine other Oklahoma-born artists’ songs:

Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis Presley (co-written by Oklahoma school teacher Mae Boren Axton)

Let’s Have a Party,” Wanda Jackson

Walk, Don’t Run” The Ventures

(above: Governor Brad Henry of the state of Oklahoma.)

After Midnight,” Eric Clapton (written and recorded by J.J. Cale)

Never Been to Spain,” Hoyt Axton (but made famous by Three Dog Night )

“Home Sweet Oklahoma,” Leon Russell

Oklahoma,” The Call

Move Along,” The All-American Rejects

“Endless Oklahoma Sky,” John Moreland and the Black Gold Band

After the votes were counted, “Do You Realize??” was named the official winner. Alas, my faith in music fans was restored! With young, internet-addicted teenagers–and considering the song is only a few years old–I thought the more mainstream-friendly, All American Rejects’ “Move Along“, was a shoo-in.

This morning though, it was reported by Pitchfork that The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 48-39 against having the Lips’ tune as their official state rock song.

Apparently the band’s proclivity for obscene language and t-shirt choices offended certain representatives. (Fifty-one votes are required to defeat a resolution, but because it was the last day for the House to vote on measures coming out of the Senate, that piece of legislation wouldn’t have seen the light of day until next year.)


All’s well that ends well, because the Governor of Oklahoma, Brad Henry, came to the rescue–restoring my faith in state government as well!

This Tuesday, April 28, Henry will sign an executive order that will finally make “Do You Realize??” the official rock song of Oklahoma.

In a press release Henry explained:

For more than 20 years, Oklahoma’s own Flaming Lips have produced creative, fun and provocative rock music. The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world. 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.

Like Wayne Coyne sings in “Do You Realize??”: It’s hard to make the good things last. But at least the Governor of Oklahoma did something about it.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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