What's Your Pick for the Official State Rock Song?

There's a push to make The Modern Lover's "Roadrunner" the official rock song of Massachusetts. But the state's musical heritage is full of great acts and songs. What's your pick for a state anthem?

With paeans to Massachusetts, Route 128, the Mass Pike and even Stop n' Shop, The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" is a thoroughly local song. But should it be the state's official rock song? Some state legislators think so.

Aside from the song's lyrical caress of the state and its eccentric geographic locales, the band has great local roots in and around Boston. Lead singer Jonathan Richman is from Natick, and drummer David Robinson hails from Woburn. The band's first demo was recorded at the Back Bay's Intermedia Studios, where Aerosmith recorded "Dream On," and which was later bought by the Cars, who recorded there as well. The Newbury Street studio is long gone, however; the space is now an American Apparel.

State legislators from across the state are jumping on the "Roadrunner" bandwagon, including North End Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (his aunt was in the band).

While Jonathan Richman may be in love with Massachusetts, not everyone in the state is enamored with his "Roadrunner." Boston's "Rock n' Roll Band" has several state references sprinkled throughout the lyrics, and The Dropkick Murphys have created their own cottage industry writing and covering locally-based songs.

What do you think? Is Richman's cooing "I'm in love with Massachusetts?" enough for the state song, or are there other local rock songs more deserving of the title? Give us your best alternatives in the comments section below.

JMc February 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM
We have too many great Boston bands to pick one song...
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM
What a joke this state is.
ann merritt February 20, 2013 at 01:46 PM
This shows that our legislators are irrelevant at best!
William Dawes February 20, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I would vote for "My Country, My Ass" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F7JY-pn-OkM Now tell me again how this country is the home of the free and the land of the brave. You can't really believe that what you see now is the reason so many brave men gave Teacher used to say we had the Bill of Rights - I think they took our rights and sent us the bill. Well, I don't know about you my friends, but I think I've had my fill. They've been walking on me for my whole life I think it's finally time to draw the line. You can tell ole John Cougar Mellancamp to stick his song where the sun don't shine. My Country, My A**! This is not the land I learned about in class! My Country, My A**! That freedom justice stuff is all in the past! Et Cetera.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Nah, let's kep it simple under the largess of the Dems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA-MxiTA6dE Kept in line with truncheons Rifle butts and truncheons This is state control, this is state control State control, state control, this is state control Beaten up behind closed doors Cracked and bruised ribs, bloody mouth Cracked and bruised skull, bloody mouth State control, state control, this is state control
Kwum February 20, 2013 at 04:08 PM
wow..Exclusionary Much? Why should it be limited to a "rock" song.. Why not "Favorite" song which could encompass any flavor from -->rock, soul, jazz, country..MA is a pretty diverse state - NOT a monolithic group so why specify " rock"? stupid *** like this just gives credence to those who regard MA as a close minded knuckle dragging exclusionary place to live
david mokal February 20, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I think the best one would be "Smuggler's Blues" Fits the geography.
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Take The Money and Run - The Steve Miller Band
Roberto Scalese (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Hi Kwum, there's already an official state polka song, so I think offering multiple songs in multiple genres is a lot of fun. What would you propose for soul, jazz or country? Also, saying a preference to rock music is evidence of a knuckle-dragging mindset is a bit closed-minded in and of itself, isn't it?
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Big Boss Man -Jimmy Reed
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:45 PM
A Little Help From My Friends -Joe Cocker
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM
We've Got To Get Out Of This Place - The Animals
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:48 PM
The End -The Doors
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Ship Of Fools -The Grateful Dead
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Know Your Enemy -Rage Against The Machine
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Wake Up -Rage Against The Machine
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Tax & Spend -The Deval Patrick Orchestra
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 06:02 PM
If I Don't Know You, You Don't Got No Job Here -Mumbles Menino & The Beacon Hill All Stars
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Backroom Deals -East River Pipe
Matthew February 20, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Wow, people will seriously get "outraged" over anything and everything nowadays. Relax, people. It's only a somg.
mike February 20, 2013 at 06:46 PM
us and them
David Ertischek (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM
While it's negative-themed, Dropkick Murphy's "The State of Massachusetts" freaking rocks! There's even a DSS reference in it.
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 07:06 PM
We Don't Work Hard For Our Money -The EBT Theftains
Kwum February 20, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Roberto Scalese- you totally missed my point.. I never said a "rock " song is evidence of a knuckle dragging mindset.. Once again I stated that limiting the choice of songs ONLY to rock is narrow minded when there are diverse types of music which appeals to the diversity of people in the commonwealth.. Your counter is basically supporting my statement.. You claim there was a polka song for the state.. I doubt anybody said " Ok pick a song ONLY from polka songs..obviously there was a DIVERSITY of songs to choose from and the polka one won out... So again.. why limit the choice just to rock ? Not everyone like rock.. so its just as ridiculous as asking people to pick from only " folks songs"..
BH Resident February 20, 2013 at 09:10 PM
What a waste of time!!! You have to be joking me. Lets focus our attention on some real issues. If they are wasting tax payers time and money on this nonsense it's time for them to go.
Joseph February 20, 2013 at 09:24 PM
BH Resident - You're 100% correct. I hope you all remember that our tax dollars are being used to pick a freaking state song. Keep on voting for Democrats. This is what you get. It's time to start paying attention to real issues!!!
Kwum February 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Joe- i AGREE that the state song thing is silly.. That being said...take your Teabilly rant to Texas where someone may care.. Thee real issue is you lunatics are still munchin out on sour grapes since losing the last TWO prez elections. get over it. gotta love masssholes..lol
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Kwum February 21, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Joseph February 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM
@Kwum - It's a shame that you're too closed minded to understand fiscal responsibility. Your Teabilly response is typical of someone who votes D just cause of the letter and doesn't understand the issues at hand. Everyone should care about the state of our economy! Does us all a favor, catch up on some current events. Lunatics = Fiscal responsibility. Yeah, ok, that makes a lot of sense. Massholes - seriously? You do realize that a majority of "massholes" voted for Obama, right? Let me guess, early 20's, maxed out credit cards, complaining that you have to actually work hard to be successful? Mommy and daddy stopped giving you your allowance? Way to contribute to society there pal. Now go home and get your shine box. I'm done with you.


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