State: The Southernish state Oklahoma. The inaugural class of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame included Woodie Guthrie, who was born and raised there and spent his life making music to benefit hardscrabble working folk, and Merle Haggard, who is not from the state but recorded a song criticizing hippies which uses the name of the state.
Beer: Atlas IPA, which the brewer suggests pairing with “oily fish such as grilled salmon.” Any IPA to push through the crowded field and get in to our top 15 deserves your respect.
Difficulty of Obtaining in Oregon: Moderately difficult. It’s available in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
PHOTO: Cameron Browne
The All-American Rejects were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Flaming Lips have not been so honored.
Yes, the Lips recorded the official state rock song, “Do You Realize??" and have three Grammy awards. Yes, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is one of the most important musical forces of his generation. Yes, the Hall of Fame includes Color Me Badd, The Texas Playboys (who are, yes, from Texas), Carrie Underwood (“The Poor Man’s Kelly Pickler”), some band called Hinder and Cain’s Ballroom, which is not a sentient being.
Yet those crazy Okies have stiffed the Lips, the best ambassadors their state has ever had.
Verily I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own land.
So rather than prattle on about Atlas IPA (we liked it!) here are some videos worth sharing with the board of directors for our nation’s most embarrassing state music hall of fame.
OK, Oklahoma, I’ll admit: I don’t really understand.
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