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The Flaming Lips|Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots  (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The Flaming Lips

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If, in 1999, The Soft Bulletin found the Flaming Lips decisively moving away from their previous identity as acid-damaged rockers and segueing into a more genteel sort of psychedelia, 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was where the band fully set their controls for the heart of the sun. The Lips completely shed the dissonance and goofiness of their early major label releases and turned the sweeping soundscapes of Soft Bulletin into the foundation of Yoshimi, a new sound that was cosmically and philosophically indulgent.  While these indulgences would go to extremes on many of the band's future releases, here they’re a dazzling balance of bold sonic experimentation and deeply melodic (but sublimely weird) song structures that resulted in what is probably the strongest and most cohesive album in their catalog.

Though technically not a concept album (only the first third relates the "Yoshimi" storyline), it is nonetheless tightly bound to its sonic signatures (burbling synths, overdriven percussion, highly processed guitars) and the even-toned, reverb-drenched approach to vocals that Wayne Coyne had recently settled on. (The way that Coyne sings on the Lips' aughts-era albums manages to be the most unsettling combination of "it's all gonna be fine" soothing and "the universe is ending, let's get weird" chicanery.) Coyne, guitarist/drummer/studio rat Steven Drozd, and bassist Michael Ivins—along with producer Dave Fridmann—spent nearly two years putting the album together, and in that time, it seems they set out to explore the outer capabilities of every piece of equipment encountered. Yet the result never sounds like a collagist pastiche or an over-gilded lily; instead, it has a warm, lived-in feel, but one where home is a slightly rusty spaceship stuck on the outer edges of the galaxy.

For its 20th anniversary, Yoshimi is getting an encyclopedic expansion, with an additional five discs worth of material appended to the original album. The majority of the bonus studio tracks were already previously released on various singles, EPs, and one-offs (most of which were compiled on the DVD-Audio release of Yoshimi). But there is also much more in terms of previously unreleased studio tracks, many of which are surprisingly revelatory demos.

While some of the demos are the unpolished run-throughs one may expect, others are seemingly half-baked fragments that are not only delightful on their own, but also give a peek inside the band's creative process: The rough, three-minute sketch of "Do You Realize??" shows the listener where Drozd added the soaring chorus that not only became the song's signature, but also gave it its epic emotional heft. There's also a 15-song concert from an early 2003 date in London that was previously broadcast on the BBC that is an excellent document of the band's effusive live presence. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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The Flaming Lips

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1
Fight Test
The Flaming Lips
00:04:14

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - Yusuf Islam, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

2
One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21
The Flaming Lips
00:04:59

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

3
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
The Flaming Lips
00:04:45

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

4
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2
The Flaming Lips
00:02:57

Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

5
In the Morning of the Magicians
The Flaming Lips
00:06:18

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

6
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
The Flaming Lips
00:04:34

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

7
Are You a Hypnotist??
The Flaming Lips
00:04:44

Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

8
It's Summertime
The Flaming Lips
00:04:20

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

9
Do You Realize??
The Flaming Lips
00:03:32

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

10
All We Have Is Now
The Flaming Lips
00:03:53

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

11
Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:10

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

12
All My Life – Morning of the Magician (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:01:23

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

13
Ego Tripping Part 2 or 3 (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:05:22

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

14
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:02:58

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

15
Hypnotist: Early Version (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:05:10

Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

16
Epic Systems Delirium (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:02:31

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

17
In the Morning of the Magicians (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:01

Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

18
Do You Realize?? (1st Chords Wayne) (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:58

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

19
Do You Realize?? (Steven New Part) (Demo)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:07

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

20
Fight Test (from the "Fight Test" EP)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:14

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - Yusuf Islam, Writer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

21
Can't Get You out of My Head (Live at KEXP)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:07

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Dave Fridmann, Producer - Robert Berkeley Davis, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Tom Hall, Audio Recording Engineer - Catherine Roseanne Dennis, Writer - Daniel Huffman, Additional Instruments - Kliph Scurlock, Producer, Drums

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

22
The Golden Age (Live on CD101)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:12

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Beck Hansen, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Brad Caulkins, AssistantEngineer - Chris Chandler, Audio Recording Engineer - Rachel Howard, Additional Instruments

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

23
Knives Out (Live on KCRW)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:21

Michael Ivins, Performed by - Steven Drozd, Performed by - Wayne Coyne, Performed by - Mario Díaz, Mixer, Engineer - Philip Selway, Writer - Edward O'Brien, Writer - Colin Greenwood, Writer - Jonathan Greenwood, Writer - Thomas Yorke, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Flaming Lips, Producer - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

24
Do You Realize?? (Scott Hardkiss Floating in Space Vocal Mix)
The Flaming Lips
00:09:06

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - Scott Hardkiss, Additional Producer, RemixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

25
The Strange Design of Conscience
The Flaming Lips
00:04:24

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Trent Bell, Audio Recording Engineer - Daniel Huffman, Additional Instruments - Kliph Scurlock, Additional Instruments - Andy Nunez, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

26
Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:24

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Trent Bell, Audio Recording Engineer - Daniel Huffman, Additional Instruments - Kliph Scurlock, Additional Instruments - Andy Nunez, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

27
Assasination of the Sun
The Flaming Lips
00:04:25

Michael Ivins, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Flaming Lips, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

28
I'm a Fly in a Sunbeam (Following the Funeral Procession of a Stranger)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:13

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Flaming Lips, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

29
Sunship Balloons
The Flaming Lips
00:04:04

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

30
Do You Realize?? (T.P.S. Remix)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:02

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - Jimmy Tamborello T.P.S., Additional Producer, RemixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

31
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Ego in Acceleration) (Jason Bentley Remix)
The Flaming Lips
00:05:34

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Jason Bentley, Additional Producer, RemixingEngineer - Adam Schiff, Remix Mixed by, RemixingEngineer - Tom Moran, Remix Mixed by, RemixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

32
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Self-Admiration with Blow-Up Mix)
The Flaming Lips
00:06:34

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Claudio Camaione, Additional Producer, RemixingEngineer - Paolo Cilione, Additional Producer, RemixingEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

33
A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)
The Flaming Lips
00:05:18

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Flaming Lips, Producer, MixingEngineer - SCOTT BOOKER, MixingEngineer - Mike Ivins, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - PAT KRAUS, MasteringEngineer - Trent Bell, Audio Recording Engineer - Any Nunez, Audio Recording Engineer - Ghosty, Additional Instruments - Kliph Scurlock, Drums, Percussion

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

34
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Utah Saints Remix)
The Flaming Lips
00:06:31

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Yoshimi P-we, Additional Vocals - Andy Taub, AdditionalEngineer - Trent Bell, AdditionalEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Programmer, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

35
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Japanese Version)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:57

Michael Ivins, Writer, Bass - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

36
SpongeBob & Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy
The Flaming Lips
00:03:37

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Kliph Scurlock, Producer, Drums, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - David Fridmann, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2004 Warner Records Inc.

37
Seven Nation Army (from LateNightTales: The Flaming Lips)
The Flaming Lips
00:02:51

Michael Ivins, Bass - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - Jack White, Writer - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

38
Go (Alternate Version from The Flaming Lips Archives)
Sparklehorse
00:04:41

Michael Ivins, Bass - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Instruments - Mark Linkous, Vocals - Sparklehorse, MainArtist - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Scott Minor, Instruments - Daniel Johnston, Writer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

39
Do You Realize?? (Live on CD101)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:38

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Programmer, Writer, RecordingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

40
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (AOL Session)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:31

Michael Ivins, Writer, Bass - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

41
Waitin' for a Superman (Live on WXPN)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:18

Michael Ivins, Bass Guitar, Writer - Steven Drozd, Drums, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

42
In the Morning of the Magicians (Live on KCRW)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:58

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

43
White Christmas (Live on WXPN)
The Flaming Lips
00:03:28

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Mario Díaz, AssistantEngineer - Irving Berlin, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - Ray Guarna, Audio Recording Engineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1995 Warner Records Inc.

44
The Golden Path (feat. The Flaming Lips)
The Chemical Brothers
00:04:47

Steven Drozd, Composer, Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Composer, Vocals - The Flaming Lips, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Steve Dub, Engineer - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Composer, Performance - Ed Simons, Composer, Performance - Trent Bell, Engineer, Recorded by - Andy Nunez, Engineer, Recorded by - The Chemical Brothers Featuring The Flaming Lips, Featured Vocalist

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd

45
If I Go Mad / Funeral in My Head
The Flaming Lips
00:06:32

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

46
Syrtis Major
The Flaming Lips
00:03:17

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar - Steven Drozd, Producer, Drums, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - David Fridmann, Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

47
Up Above the Daily Hum
The Flaming Lips
00:04:10

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MixingEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - David Fridmann, Producer, MixingEngineer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

48
Xanthe Terra
The Flaming Lips
00:03:55

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MixingEngineer - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MixingEngineer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MixingEngineer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, MixingEngineer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2002 Warner Records Inc.

49
The Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response
The Flaming Lips
00:02:49

Michael Ivins, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Steven Drozd, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - The Flaming Lips, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Trent Bell, Audio Recording Engineer - Daniel Huffman, Additional Instruments - Kliph Scurlock, Additional Instruments - Andy Nunez, Audio Recording Engineer - David Fridmann, Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2003 Warner Records Inc.

50
Fight Test (Live on WXRT 5/2/03)
The Flaming Lips
00:02:43

Michael Ivins, Writer, Bass - Steven Drozd, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Wayne Coyne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dave Fridmann, Producer, Masterer, Writer - The Flaming Lips, Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT BOOKER, Producer - Yusuf Islam, Writer - Mike Fridmann, Assistant Masterer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

If, in 1999, The Soft Bulletin found the Flaming Lips decisively moving away from their previous identity as acid-damaged rockers and segueing into a more genteel sort of psychedelia, 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was where the band fully set their controls for the heart of the sun. The Lips completely shed the dissonance and goofiness of their early major label releases and turned the sweeping soundscapes of Soft Bulletin into the foundation of Yoshimi, a new sound that was cosmically and philosophically indulgent.  While these indulgences would go to extremes on many of the band's future releases, here they’re a dazzling balance of bold sonic experimentation and deeply melodic (but sublimely weird) song structures that resulted in what is probably the strongest and most cohesive album in their catalog.

Though technically not a concept album (only the first third relates the "Yoshimi" storyline), it is nonetheless tightly bound to its sonic signatures (burbling synths, overdriven percussion, highly processed guitars) and the even-toned, reverb-drenched approach to vocals that Wayne Coyne had recently settled on. (The way that Coyne sings on the Lips' aughts-era albums manages to be the most unsettling combination of "it's all gonna be fine" soothing and "the universe is ending, let's get weird" chicanery.) Coyne, guitarist/drummer/studio rat Steven Drozd, and bassist Michael Ivins—along with producer Dave Fridmann—spent nearly two years putting the album together, and in that time, it seems they set out to explore the outer capabilities of every piece of equipment encountered. Yet the result never sounds like a collagist pastiche or an over-gilded lily; instead, it has a warm, lived-in feel, but one where home is a slightly rusty spaceship stuck on the outer edges of the galaxy.

For its 20th anniversary, Yoshimi is getting an encyclopedic expansion, with an additional five discs worth of material appended to the original album. The majority of the bonus studio tracks were already previously released on various singles, EPs, and one-offs (most of which were compiled on the DVD-Audio release of Yoshimi). But there is also much more in terms of previously unreleased studio tracks, many of which are surprisingly revelatory demos.

While some of the demos are the unpolished run-throughs one may expect, others are seemingly half-baked fragments that are not only delightful on their own, but also give a peek inside the band's creative process: The rough, three-minute sketch of "Do You Realize??" shows the listener where Drozd added the soaring chorus that not only became the song's signature, but also gave it its epic emotional heft. There's also a 15-song concert from an early 2003 date in London that was previously broadcast on the BBC that is an excellent document of the band's effusive live presence. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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