Oklahoma were all about to adopt Do You Realize as the official state song.
Trouble is, some people carry grudges:
Republican Rep Mike Reynolds also spoke against the band, opting to diss the Lips because singer Wayne Coyne once dropped an F-bomb while expressing gratitude in 2007 for Oklahoma City naming an alley after the band.
“Their lips ought to be on fire,” Reynolds said.
Do you see what he did there?
They might have been able to get past the rudeness, but unfortunately Michael Ivins made the mistake of assuming it was the same year in Oklahoma as in the rest of the world:
A state representative took offense because Ivins wore a t-shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle – the longtime symbol for communist Russia when it headed up the now defunct Soviet Union – during the band's visit to the state capitol.
Republican state representative Corey Holland said he was bothered by the emblem,” reports The Oklahoman.
“I’m rising in opposition because of my disappointment in one of the band members’ decision to come in here wearing a communist T-shirt.”
In the end, the house voted against adopting the song as an official tune. Mainly because of a t-shirt.
In other business before the Oklahoma Senate on the same day, proposals to try and drag the state into the 21st Century were rejected by unanimous vote, while attempts to overturn the motion decrying electricity as "the clear and ill-intentioned work of a demon or demons unknown" lost by 49 votes.