Massachusetts Is In Search Of An Official Rock Song

BOSTON (February 27, 2013)—Massachusetts lawmakers are battling over the choice of the state’s official rock anthem.

The battle pits supporters of Aerosmith’s "Dream On" against those backing the song “Roadrunner” written in the 1970s by a lesser-known group called "The Modern Lovers,” which mentions several state landmarks, such as like the Massachusetts Turnpike and visiting a Stop and Shop.

The "Dream On" bill is co-sponsored by State Rep. James Cantwell, who counts singer Steven Tyler as a constituent.

A co-sponsor of a bill to make "Roadrunner" the state's official rock tune says "Dream On" is all right, but it makes no state references.

Other songs that fans say should be considered include The Bee Gees' "Massachusetts," ''Dirty Water" by the Standells, "More Than a Feeling" by Boston and "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys.

Massachusetts already has an official song, an official folk song as well as an official ceremonial march, glee club song and a polka.


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