Sometimes, you just randomly learn things that are useless pieces of trivia. This particular bit of information will amuse my dad.
It turns out that a. there’s such a thing as an official state rock song and b. since 1985, the official rock song of Ohio has been The McCoys’ ‘Hang on Sloopy.’
The legislation (House Concurrent Resolution No. 16) that pushed this through is actually pretty hilarious to read, including these last five paragraphs:
“WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we’re doing; and
WHEREAS, “Hang On Sloopy” is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and
WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff; and
WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and
WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do, ’cause you know, Sloopy girl, I’m in love with you; therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of the State of Ohio…”
If all legislation were this interesting to read, I’d probably be far more interested in government.
More information (and the full draft of the resolution) can be found here.