- Released: April 22, 2003
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
CMJ - 04/28/03, p.8
"...The Flaming Lips are quick to reveal that, despite the serious brilliance of their recorded output, taking themselves too seriously isn't on the agenda..."
- 1.Fight Test
- 2.Can't Get You Out of My Head - (KEXP version)
- 3.Golden Age, The - (CD101 version)
- 4.Knives Out - (KCRW version)
- 5.Do You Realize?? - (Scott Hardkiss Floating In Space version)
- 6.The Strange Design of Conscience
- 7.Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
The Flaming Lips: Michael Ivins (vocals, guitar, bass); Steven Drozd (vocals, guitar, drums); Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitar).
Producers: The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker.
FIGHT TEST was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
Audio Mixer: Mario Diaz.
Audio Remixer: Scott Hardkiss.
Recording information: CD 101 Big Room, Columbus, OH (08/05/2002-08/29/2002); Seattle, WA (08/05/2002-08/29/2002).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Rachel Howard ; Daniel Huffman; Kliph Scurlock.
In sating fans waiting for the follow-up to 2002's YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS, The Flaming Lips cobbled together the FIGHT TEST EP. Using the two-part British single for "Fight Test" as a springboard, Wayne Coyne and company included a tasty mix of live covers and remixes to sweeten this package. Having gone on the road with Beck as both an opening and backing band during his tour for SEA CHANGE, the Lips easily deliver a gorgeous, acoustic-soaked reading of his "The Golden Age." A foray into the Radiohead catalog yields an equally effective live cover of "Knives Out" that's juxtaposed by a semi-acoustic take on the Kylie Minogue dance bauble "Can't Get You Out of My Head."
Although the nearly 10-minute Scott Hardkiss Floating in Space Mix of "Do You Realize??" could stand to be shortened a bit, the Lips hit paydirt with a pair of new songs. "The Strange Design of Conscience" is a hypnotically enticing nugget and "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)" uses a countrified narrative to tap into the White Stripes zeitgeist.