State Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) and state Sen. Bruce Tarrr (R-Gloucester) have both filed bills, again, to get "Roadrunner" declared the state's official rock song.
2023 is the tenth anniversary of a so-far fruitless struggle to get the song its official due. In 2013, then state Rep. Marty Walsh first officially proposed the honor for the song about driving pn 128 and past the Stop & Shop with the radio on (and in one version, through Mattapan and Roslindale).
Walsh perhaps came closest, but some South Shore legislators tried to cut him off the pass with Aerosmith's "Dream On," despite the fact that the song has nothing to do with Massachusetts, and then Walsh got diverted by getting elected Boston mayor, so his bill, initially proposed by Dorchester rock booker (and later Walsh aide) Joyce Linehan, went unpassed.
Both Linsky's and Tarr's bills have been referred to the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.