Nearly one year after we first reported the couple’s separation, Michelle Martin-Coyne has filed for a divorce from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
According to a divorce petition filed on September 18th in Oklahoma County Court, Michelle claims the couple “formed a common law marriage on February 4th, 1989″ and that she is entitled to a divorce – and half of everything they own – based on irreconcilable differences. She also asks for temporary and permanent alimony. You know, pretty standard “you cheated on me with a 23-year-old cocktail waitress” ex-wife type of stuff.
In case you care, here’s a copy of the petition. Just click on the JPG to view it. The whole thing is pretty standard, and unfortunately doesn’t mention one thing about Martians, robots or Santa Claus:
Remember back in 2009 when “Do You Realize???” became Oklahoma’s official state rock song? I sure do. To me, it was a symbolic event that showed the world that not all Oklahomans are self-righteous, fun-hating, socially conservative nut jobs dressed in Wranglers and cowboy hats; that some of us enjoy thought-provoking experimental pop songs about life, death and the earth’s rotation.
Well, screw all that. It looks like the conservative fun haters win again. Thanks to Mary Fallin, “Do You Realize” is no longer our state’s official rock song. Via something called eCapitolNews:
An early term decision by Governor Fallin means a song by The Flaming Lips no longer holds the title of Oklahoma’s official state rock song. Some critics are calling the move political, but according to Gov. Mary Fallin’s Media Director Alex Weintz, “Do You Realize??” was only officially the state’s rock song for a couple of years. Fallin decided not to renew former Gov. Brad Henry’s executive order recognizing the song when she took office in 2011.
The Oklahoma Historical Society offered Oklahoma voters the chance to choose the state’s official rock song in 2009. Voters overwhelming chose “Do You Realize??” by Oklahoma City band The Flaming Lips, a hit single off of their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
The establishment of a state rock song was first proposed through in a 2009 Senate joint resolution, by Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus, and Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs. The resolution (SJR 24) failed in the House after Lips bassist Michael Ivins wore a red and yellow t-shirt emblazoned with the hammer and sickle images found on the Chinese and former Soviet Union flag to a photo op at the Capitol. Just days after taking the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the band, several conservative lawmakers voted against the measure, many expressing offense to Ivin’s shirt.
After the resolution failed to pass the House, then Governor Brad Henry stepped in and made “Do You Realize??” the official rock song of the state through an executive order.
Every time a new governor is elected, the executive orders issued by their predecessors must be approved within the first 90 days of any new governor’s term. Weintz told eCapitol that in Fallin’s first three months her administration was trying to focus on their priorities, and the state rock song simply wasn’t one of them.
I like how Alex Weintz chalks this up to a “two year thing.” Did he not live here in 2009. Is he saying that we nominated all those songs, chose a special panel, and cast our votes for something that wasn’t intended to be permanent? Doesn’t that defeat the point of having something like a state rock song?
Also, are we really supposed to buy the bag of B.S. that she was just too busy with “other priorities” to sign extend Governor Henry’s proclamation? She obviously had time to complain about the temperature in her hot tub and travel to Ireland for a wedding. Even if you’re Mary Fallin, it still only takes five seconds to sign a sheet of paper. Instead of lying to us about “two year things” and “other priorities,” just tell us the truth.
Actually, we already kind of know the truth. During the 2010 Governor’s race, we had special Q&A’s with Mary Fallin, Jari Askins and Drew Edmondson. We asked each candidate the same 15 questions. Question 11 was:
What do you think of “Do You Realize??” being Oklahoma’s official rock song?
In case you missed it, here’s the Hyundai Super Bowl Ad featuring The Flaming Lips. It aired before kickoff on Sunday:
Say what you want about Wayne Coyne’s recent fall from local grace, it’s still cool to see he and the Lips make an appearance in the American mainstream. They’re great ambassadors for Oklahoma City — even when they shut down the airport — and have helped change what some people think about this sleepy little town in the middle of a flyover state. I actually think that’s a good thing. Would you rather be associated with some drugged out, colorful, creative weirdo who crawls around in bubbles or one of our Derplahoman lawmakers who live in an imaginary one? I vote drugged out, colorful creative weirdo.
If you need proof of how the Lips have changed people’s perceptions about OKC, look no farther than musician Harper Simon. He’s a hipster singer/songwriter from NY & LA and just happens to be Paul Simon’s son. He filmed his new music video “Bonnie Brae” in and around Oklahoma City, and he did it voluntarily. Here’s a little background on the video:
The dive bars and strip malls of Oklahoma City are captured during the golden hour in this nostalgic, sometimes hallucinatory video for Harper Simon’s latest single, “Bonnie Brae”, directed by George Salisbury. Most celebrated for his video and design work with the famed Oklahoma export The Flaming Lips, Salisbury took Simon (son of Paul) on a tour of the city at the heart of the States—complete with drag queens and disco balls—and shot it all through a dreamy, iridescent lens. “It seemed familiar, yet strangely unfamiliar,” said the New York-raised, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter of his adventures between the two coasts. “It’s not like what it would look like if you went around Hollywood and tried to shoot in bars. It’s an authentic, American look.”
For the video, however, Salisbury and Simon kept it quirky, intimate and local. “I thought the gritty vibe was really suited to the lyrics of the song, and maybe the whole album,” explains the musician. “But maybe I’m just at home in a dive bar.”
Here’s the video.
Earlier today, Wayne Coyne posted the following picture on Instagram of him and Nick Collison getting drunk at The Other Room. In the photo, he claims they just did six shots each.
Here’s the pic:
On Monday, we broke the weird story about Wayne Coyne bringing an inert grenade to Will Rogers World Airport. Since we published the original report, it’s gone semi-viral in the music and gossip blog industry. TMZ, The New York Post, Spin (and Spinner), The Daily Mail, StereoGum, Fuse and hipster bible Pitchfork all covered the story, which gave us a 20% jump in typical site traffic. Even our own Oklahoman got in on the action, but unlike all the outlets mentioned above, they failed to give us any credit for breaking the news. Assholes.
Wayne Coyne did give a brief interview to Pitchfork about the event. He kind of took responsibility for creating the “dumb accident”, but naturally shifted most of the blame on the “bureaucracy” of the TSA. Remember, he’s Wayne Coyne. He can do no wrong.
Here’s a snippet of the interview:
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