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, Rte. 128, the Mass Pike and even Stop & 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.

paul February 20, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Dirty Water by The Standells.
deb of see-attleboro February 20, 2013 at 09:23 PM
No official rock song. Don't legislator's have better things to do? If not, time to change our state constitution!
Susan Webster February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Deb - totally agree!!!
Amy Nachbar (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 01:11 AM
How about "More Than a Feeling" by BOSTON?
Serves You Right February 21, 2013 at 02:15 AM
How about "Dream on" by Aerosmith......lol
Jeremie Smith (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 03:26 AM
"Shipping Up to Boston" by The Dropkick Murphys ... love that song
Peter Hoogerzeil February 21, 2013 at 04:27 AM
How about "Taxman" by the Beatles. It definitely fits our nickname Taxachusetts!
Jimmy Durante February 21, 2013 at 02:03 PM
What an absolute disgrace. These legislators are so out of touch it is ridiculous. How about " money for nothing"
Ken Tenglin February 21, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I think "Fool on the Hill" by the Beatles would fit most perfectly.


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