- Released: November 3, 2003
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Spin - 01/04, p.100
"...As usual, Wayne Coyne's weird sweetness holds it all together..." - Grade: B
Uncut - 2/04, p.694 stars out of 5
- "The quality of the Lips' extras is often as good as the official stuff....This EP is no exception."
- 1.Assassination Of The Sun
- 2.I'm A Fly In A Sunbeam (Following The Funeral Procession Of A Stranger)
- 3.Sunship Balloons
- 4.Do You Realize?? - (T.P.S. mix)
- 5.Ego Tripping (Ego In Acceleration) - (Jason Bentley remix)
- 6.Ego Tripping - (Self-Admiration With Blow-Up mix)
- 7.Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So)
The Flaming Lips: Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins.
Additional personnel: Dave Fridmann.
Producers include: The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker, Jimmy Tamborello, Jason Bentley.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Dave Fridmann (programming).
Audio Mixers: Dave Fridmann; The Flaming Lips.
Audio Remixers: Orlando Puerta; Paolo Cilione; Claudio Camaione; Jason Bentley; Jimmy Tamborello.
Recording information: Tarbox Road Studios.
EGO TRIPPING AT THE GATES OF HELL, the second companion EP to the Flaming Lips' acclaimed YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS trumps its predecessor, FIGHT TEST, by featuring four previously unreleased songs and three remixes. The first three, sun-themed tunes--"Assassination of the Sun," "I'm a Fly in a Sunbeam (Following the Funeral Procession of a Stranger)," and "Sunship Balloons"--are laid-back, reflective songs that continue in the mellower vein of the YOSHIMI album. The remixes, however, are more upbeat; "Do You Realize (T.P.S. Remix)" and "Ego Tripping (Jason Bentley Remix)" are 1980s-influenced, synth-laden renditions, while "Ego Tripping (Self-Admiration with Blow-Up Mix)" is a study in creative beat-making that utilizes a vocal snippet as percussion. Finally, the Christmas-loving trio offers a Yuletide tune of its own devising, "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)," complete with jingle bells. Clocking in at more than 30 minutes, EGO TRIPPING is sure to satisfy Flaming Lips fans until the group's next quirky pop masterpiece.