Tuesday, September 2, 2008


"House Concurrent Resolution 1047 passed the Oklahoma State Senate (April 22nd)...., which means we now get to vote on the official Oklahoma Rock ‘n’ Roll Song."
“This resolution truly promotes and celebrates the history and influence of music in Oklahoma,” said State Sen. John Ford, the senate sponsor of the bill who represents Craig, Nowata and Washington Counties. “What’s really exciting is that ...........""

Yep, there a house resoultion and a contest and now it is down to the final ten nominees:

All-American Rejects - Move Along
The Call - Oklahoma
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
JJ Cale - After Midnight
John Moreland & the Black Gold Band - Endless Oklahoma Sky
Leon Russell - Home Sweet Oklahoma
Mae Axton - Heartbreak Hotel
Three Dog Night - Never Been to Spain
The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
Wanda Jackson - Let's Have a Party

As far as I can tell on the last four are actual Rock and Roll, but what do I know.
So listen to the songs and vote at the web site.
If you want to vote on this do so soon at:

Now as for me, I voted for Wanda Jackson, The Queen of Rock-a-Billy, but I'll be happy with Three Dog Night, or The Ventures, or Mae Axton.

The Flaming Lips are great, but they are not Rock n' Roll.

So, who's your pick?

Here's the total list of "nominees":
A lot of talent seems to be "from" Oklahoma.
Nominations for Oklahoma's Rock Song!
"Save Me"
Acoustic Ross
"Swept Down the Plain"
"Common Conflict"
Admiral Twin
"The Unlucky Ones"
Alice In Chains
"Man in the Box"
"Queen of the Rodeo"
Alvin Crow
"Nyquil Blues"
All American Rejects
"Can't Take It"
"Change Your Mind"
"The Cigarette Song"
"Dance Inside"
"Dirty Little Secret"
"Don't Leave Me"
"Eyelash Wishes"
"The Future Has Arrived"
"Girl of My Dream"
"Happy Endings"
"Her Name Rhymes with Mindy"
"Hope It Gives You Hell"
"I Wanna Touch You"
"I'm on the Football Team"
"It Ends Tonight"
"The Last Song"
"Move Along"
"Nite Drive"
"One More Sad Song"
"Paper Heart"
"Pillsbury Dough Girl"
"She Mannequin"
"She's My Girlfriend Now"
"Stab My Back"
"Straightjacket Feeling"
"Swing Swing"
"Time Stands Still"
"Too Far Gone"
"Top of the World"
"Who Ain't a Gangsta"
"Why Worry"
"Your Song"
"Your Star"
"Still in the Dark"
Arlo Guthrie
"Alice's Restaurant"
The Artist
"Oklahoma Rock"
Ashtyn Wallace
"Home Sweet Oklahoma"
B.C. Clark
"The Christmas Jingle"
Beau Jennings
"Holy Tulsa Thunder"
"Tulsa Sound"
Beefeater Project
"Somewhere Unimportant"
Beth Isbell
"Train Song"
Big Al Downing
"Down on the Farm"
Bill Davis
"Mustang Sally"
Black Dutch
"In So Far"
Black Sheep Drive
"Register 16"
Blake 0
"My Backyard"
Blue Rose Cafe
"I'll Be Seeing You Sometime"
BJ Thomas
"Home Where I Belong"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"I Believe in Music"
"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
"Rock and Roll Lullaby"
"Two Car Garage"
"When the Hero Dies"
Bob Childers
"Restless Spirits"
"Woody's Road"
Bob Collum
"Prozac Yodel #9"
Bobby Dale Band
"All This Thinkin'"
Bob Wiles
"Used to Be"
Brad Benge
"Days to Come"
Brandon Jenkins
"Call of the Road"
"Down in Flames"
"Red Dirt Town"
"Saturday Night"
"The Whole World's Gone Crazy"
Brandon Pruitt
"Oklahoma Way"
Bread/David Gates
"Baby, I'm-a Want You"
"Everything I Own"
"Guitar Man"
"It Don't Matter to Me"
"Lost Without Your Love"
"Make It With You"
"Mother Freedom"
"Sweet Surrender"
Brewer and Shipley
"One Toke Over the Line"
Brooks & Dunn
"Boot Scootin' Boogie"
"Brand New Man"
Brown 25
"Suicidal Cowboys"
Bruce Springsteen
"This Land is Your Land"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
"Maybe Baby"
Burtschi Brothers/Bob Childer
"Outlaw Band"
The Call
"I Still Believe"
"Let the Day Begin"
"Sugar and Liquor"
Capital Lights
"Worth as Much as a Counterfeit Dollar"
Cardinal Trait
Caroline's Spine
"Work Song"
Carrie Underwood
"Before He Cheats"
"I Ain't in Checotah Anymore"
"Last Name"
"Some Hearts"
Cecil Gray and the Red Dawn Blues Band
Chainsaw Kittens
"Angel on the Range"
"Loneliest China Place"
"Speedway Oklahoma"
Cheryl Gates
"Baby Miss Raggedy Ann"
"My Oklahoma Hills"
"Cimarron River"
Chronicles of Mayhem
Class of '98
"Hundreds and Thousands of Stars"
Color Me Badd
"All 4 Love"
"I Adore Mi Amore"
"I Wanna Sex You Up "
"Gospel Song"
Congress of a Crow
"World's Gone Dry"
Conway Twitty
"Lonely Blueboy"
"Slow Hand"
Cradle of Filth
"Tonight in Flames"
Cross Canadian Ragweed
"Boys From Oklahoma"
"In Oklahoma"
"Wanna Rock and Roll"
David Cook
"The Time of My Life"
David Frizzel & Shelly West
"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
Dave Thompson
"Coming Home"
"One Way Spit"
"Speedway Oklahoma"
Dennis and the Foul Pluckers
"Chicken Poop"
"Denver is Burning"
Divisible By None
"The Killer"
Don Mclean
"American Pie"
Don Williams
"Tulsa Time"
The Dustin Pittsley Band
"Staring Into the Sun"
Dwight Twilley Band
"I'm On Fire"
Eagle Eye Cherry
"Save Tonight"
Eddie Cochran
"Nervous Breakdown"
"Summertime Blues"
Edison Glass
"Let Go"
Edgar Cruz
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
The Effects
"The Ride"
El Paso Hot Button
Elvin Bishop Band
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
"Rock My Soul"
"Tulsa Shuffle"
"Travelin' Shoes"
Elvis Presley
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Eric Clapton
"After Midnight"
"Take Me Back To Tulsa"
"Tulsa Time"
Fatty Arbuckle and the Bottlenecks
First Lady Assassins
"Dan's Song"
"History of Failure"
"Less Punk Than You"
Five Americans
"I See the Light"
The Flaming Lips
"Chewin' the Apple of Your Eye"
"Do You Realize?"
"Ego Trippin' at the Gates of Hell"
"Fight Test"
"Free Radicals"
"God Walks Among Us Now"
"Jesus Shooting Heroin"
"Meth of a Rockettes Kick"
"Oklahoma We Love You"
"One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning"
"Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles"
"Race for the Prize"
"She Don't Use Jelly"
"Turn it On"
"Waiting for Superman"
"The W.A.N.D."
"Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1"
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.2"
Forty Minutes of Hell
"F*** It All"
G Sharp
"Can't Tell Me What to Do"
"I Need You Lord"
"Jammin' on Da One"
"Rock N Roll"
"The Greatest Alive"
"What is Love"
The GAP Band
"Oops! Upside Your Head"
"Party Train"
"You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Garth Brooks
"Friends in Low Places"
"Standing Outside the Fire"
"The Red Strokes"
"Thunder Rolls"
"Two Pina Coladas"
"We Shall Be Free"
"When You Come Back To Me Again"
Gene Autry
"Back in the Saddle"
Gene Pitney
"24 Hours From Tulsa"
Ghost of Monkshood
"I Take It"
"Got You"
Good to Go
"Where the Sun Sets Low"
Graham Colton
"Best Days"
Greg Allen
Guns & Roses
"Sweet Child of Mine"
"A Song to Sing"
"Been There Before"
"Blue Sky"
"Fire on the Mountain"
"Great Divide"
"If Only"
"Lost Without Each Other"
"Penny and Me"
"Rock and Roll Razorblade"
"Something Going Around"
"This Time Around"
"Tearing It Down"
Hamilton Camp
"I'd Rather Be More Than Just Two Lines..."
Harold Porter
"Oklahoma Nights"
Harlow Wilcox and the Okies
"Groovy Grubworm"
"Stillwater Runs Deep"
The Hero Factor
"Come Down"
"Get Stoned"
"Homecoming Queen"
"Lips of an Angel"
Horseshoe Road
"Four in the Morning"
Hosty Duo
"Fraidy Hole"
"Oklahoma Breakdown"
Hoyt Axton
"Never Been to Spain"
"What Does It Matter"
"Wild Bull Rider"
Huey Lewis
"Heart of Rock & Roll"
JJ Cale
"After Midnight"
"Call Me the Breeze"
"Crazy Mama"
"If You're Ever in Oklahoma"
"Rock & Roll Records"
"Tulsa Time"
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
"Tether Ball Triumph"
Jason Boland
"If I Ever Get Back to Oklahoma"
Jeff Martinson
"Highway 51"
Jerry Cantrell
"Boggy Depot"
"Cut You In"
Jerry Fisher and Timepeace
"Slow It Down b/w City Lights"
Jesse Aycock
"Burned Out"
"Life's Ladder"
Jesse Ed Davis
"Tulsa County"
"Red Dirt Boogie, Brother"
"Reno Street Incident"
Jimmy Lafave
"Red Dirt Song"
Jimmy Webb
"His World"
"Oklahoma Nights"
"Wichta Lineman"
Jimmy Webb/Vince Gill
"Oklahoma Rising"
Jody Miller
"Home of the Brave"
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
John Anderson
"Seminole Wind"
John Moreland and the Black Gold Band
"Endless Oklahoma Sky"
Johnny Cash
"Ring of Fire"
Johnny Cooper
"Red Dirt"
John Foster
"Handshake Town"
John Hendrix
"Oklahoma My Home"
Josh Thompson
"How About You?"
"Don't Stop Believin'"
"Open Arms"
Jubal Lee Young
"Deep South Blues"
Kay Starr
"The Rock and Roll Waltz"
Keith Anderson
Kevin Welch
"Early Summer Rain"
The Killer
"Divisible by None"
"The Black Tie Event"
Kings of Leon
"Kings of the Rodeo"
"Knocked Up"
"Molly's Chamber"
"Pistol of Fire"
"Slow Night, So Long"
"Talihina Sky"
The Kinks
"Oklahoma U.S.A."
"I am the Son"
"I Keep Losing My Lighter"
"I Like Beer"
"All Together"
"Das Ollec"
Larry Hollis
"Oil Field Rock N Roll"
Len Lecher
"If You Catch My Drift"
Leon Russell
"A Song For You"
"Back to the Island"
"Delta Lady"
"Going Back to Tulsa One More Time"
"Home Sweet Oklahoma"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood"
"Mad Dogs and Englishmen"
"Oklahoma Boogie"
"Oklahoma Girl"
"Out in the Woods"
"Stranger in a Strange Land"
"This Masquerade"
"Tight Rope"
"Everyone's in the Parking Lot"
Lovin' Spoonful
"Summer in the City"
Lynrd Skynrd
"Ain't No Good Life"
"Call Me the Breeze"
"Simple Man"
Lynrd Skynrd/Steven Gaines
"Call Me the Breeze"
"I Know a Little"
Mama Sweet
"First Last Stand"
"Whiskey Breath"
Mark Keller
"Oklahoma Rising"
Mason Williams
"Classical Gas"
Medicine Park All Boy Derelict Band
"I Loved Them Everyone"
"I Was Amazed"
"Take Time"
"Sweepin' Up the Sidewalk Blues"
"I Can Only Imagine"
Merle Haggard
"Okie From Muskogee"
Michael Hedges
"Ritual Dance"
Mike Hosty
"Fraidy Hole"
"Linda Cavanaugh"
"Oklahoma Breakdown"
The Monkees
"Hey Hey We're the Monkees"
"Heart and Soul"
Monroe Mustang
"I Was Eighteen, It Was Hate"
Moon Martin
"Bad Case of Loving You"
Mountain Smoke
"Going Home to Oklahoma"
My Solstice
"Minor Complex"
"Rock Bottom"
Neal Schon/Abraxas Pool
"Going Home"
Neil Young
"Last Trip to Tulsa"
The Neighborhood
"Hot Water"
The Nixons
"Happy Song"
No Justice
"Bend But Don't Break"
"The Toast"
"Den of Thieves"
"Nightstick Justice"
Oh! Johnny Girls
"When I'm Gone"
Otis Watkins
"The Night is Young"
"Dolla Bill"
Paul Abner
"On Sapulpa"
Paul Gregg/Restless Heart
"When She Cries"
Paul Michael Broderson
"Under God, Indivisibly Yours"
Phil and Brett
"Sharon Jean"
Phil Seymour
"Precious to Me"
"For the Love of the Game"
Point of Grace
"Circle of Friends"
Pure Prairie League
"Let Me Love You Tonight"
Rachel Stacy
Randy Crouch
"Sun and the Wind"
Rascal Flatts
"Life is a Highway"
Reba McIntire
"I'm A Survivor"
Red Dirt Rangers
"Red Dirt Roads"
"Woody's Road"
Reba McIntire & Vince Gill
"Oklahoma Swing"
Richard Elementary Rockets
"I Have Pride"
Rick Nelson
"Wild Nights in Tulsa"
Rickey Ray
"Tahlequah Eyes"
"Daddy's Money"
"I Drink Coffee From My Boots"
The Rockin' Aces
"Thunder b/w evil"
Roger Miller
"King of the Road"
"You Can't Rollerskate Through a Buffalo Herd"
Rollin' Phattys
"Cherry Street Blues"
RosCo and the Heads
"Okie Dokie Okie"
Rufus Wainwright
Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers
"Beloved, We Have Expired"
Sam and the Stylees
"We Are One"
"Death of the Alphabet"
Scott Aycock
"A Thousand Headlights"
Sherree Chamberlain
"Bird Song"
Shiny Toy Guns
"You are the One"
Smokin' Okies
"Orange Blossom Special"
South 40
Starkweather Boys
"Archer Street Blues"
Starlight Mints
"Black Cat"
Steeler's Wheel
"Stuck in the Middle with You"
Steppenwolf/Hoyt Axton
"The Pusher"
"Mucky Muck"
Steve Gaines
"I Know a Little"
Steve Hardin
"Okie Dread"
Steve Ripley
"Oklahoma Blues"
Stone Water
Stoney Larue
"Idabel Blues"
"Oklahoma Breakdown"
Sugar Free Allstars
Sworn Against
"Stand and Strike"
Teegarden and Van Winkle
"God, Love and Rock & Roll"
"Oklahoma Sewn Home Grown"
Terry Stout
"Modern Day Cowboy"
Theron Warlick
"Tulsa's Bad Shoes"
Thin Lizzy
"Cowboy Song"
Three Dog Night
"Joy to the World"
"Never Been to Spain"
"Out in the Country"
TJ McFarland and the Revolvers
"Oklahoma Winds in the Fall"
Toby Keith
"Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue"
"How Do You Like Me Now"
"I Love This Bar"
Tom Lienke
"Hotel Black"
Tom Paxton
"Home Sweet Oklahoma"
"Ramblin' Boy"
Tonic Sol-Fa
"Oklahoma Wind"
The Tractors
"The Tulsa Shuffle"
Trademark Twitch
"So Far Gone Again"
Travis Kidd
"Oklahoma Sunset"
Twisted Pistols
The Ventures
"Walk Don't Run"
Van Zant
Vince Gill
"Oklahoma Borderline"
"One More Last Chance"
"Half of You"
Wanda Jackson
"Funnel of Love"
"Let's Have a Party"
The Weathervanes
"The Sun Don't Shine Except in Oklahoma"
We the Kings
"Check Yes Juliet"
West Haven Band
"Redneck's Retreat"
Willis Allan Ramsey
"Boy from Oklahoma"
Winter Circle
"Streetlight Flicker"
Woody Guthrie
"Oklahoma Hills"
"Pretty Boy Floyd"
"This Land is Your Land"
"Tom Joad Blues"
"Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key"
Zach Swon
"Roll on Oklahoma"


Erudite Redneck said...

Never B een to Spain! Three Dog Night! Written by Okie Hoyt Axton!

Kirsten said...

Yeah, I had to vote for Hoyt's song. Went to high school with his niece and nephew, after all. But I'd be perfectly fine with either Wanda Jackson or the Ventures, too.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that they don't require that the song both be about (or at least mention) Oklahoma & actually have some real connection to Oklahoma (like the writer or band or a band member, etc.) be actually connected to the band ... seems like that might actually eliminate 95% of all of the listed songs ...

I think Never Been to Spain is the most famous of the nominees ... seems like quite a few of the songs are actually country or folk songs ... someone nominated all of the all american reject songs even though none of them have anything to do with Oklahoma, so even though I like the band, I would disqualify all of them ... I love Woody Guthrie, but that's not rock-n-roll ...

Do you have any thoughts on the matter lobojo? Perhaps you could narrow down the list for us to those songs which actually meet these requirements?


MikeJ said...

OK. So now I understand why "Walk Don't Run", is on the list. One original and one later member being Okies. I think, though, I'm inclined to vote for Hoyt's mom and "Heartbreak Hotel".

drlobojo said...

The rules state that the song should be written by or performed by an Oklahoman.
What is "Rock 'n' Roll" is a committee decision (remember the camel?).
Check it out:

Anonymous said...

"Under God, Indivisibly Yours" by Paul BrodersEn. Our nation, and our great State needs this encouragement right now...great song..