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Flaming Lips Announce Massive ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ 20th Anniversary Reissue

Box set features 100 tracks, 50 of which were unreleased, including b-sides, demos, live recordings, EPs and more

Daniel Kreps Sep 30, 2022

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The Flaming Lips have once again declared war on those evil machines as the band has announced a massive 20th-anniversary reissue for Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

Due out Nov. 25, the 6CD box set boasts the 2002 LP alongside a copious amount of demos, b-sides, EPs, remixes, radio sessions, and live recordings from the era, over 50 of which have never been officially released.

Among the highlights from the 100-track collection are a pair of demos that mark the dawning of the LP’s surprise hit “Do You Realize??,” two full radio concerts recorded around the time of Yoshimi’s release, plus the unreleased 25-minute demo “Psychedelic Hypnotist Daydream”; the latter will be released as a standalone vinyl in 2023.

A 5-LP vinyl version of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: 20th Anniversary Edition, parred down to 56 songs, will arrive on Apr. 23, 2023; both editions are available to preorder now. Additionally, the Flaming Lips will celebrate Yoshimi on the road in 2023 with (so far) two full-album performances, set for London and Washington, D.C., in Apr. and May 2023, respectively.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: 20th Anniversary Edition Track List
CD 1: Original Album, plus demos
1.     Fight Test
2.     One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
3.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1
4.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 2
5.     In The Morning Of The Magicians
6.     Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell
7.     Are You A Hypnotist
8.     It’s Summertime
9.     Do You Realize??
10.  All We Have Is Now
11.  Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon
12.  All My Life – Morning Of The Magicians (Demo)
13.  Ego Tripping Part 2 or 3 (Demo)
14.  Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Demo)
15.  Hypnotist: Early Version (Demo)
16.  Epic Systems Delirium (Demo)
17.  In The Morning Of The Magicians (Demo)
18.  Do You Realize?? (1st Chords Wayne) (Demo)
19.  Do You Realize?? (Steven New Part) (Demo)

CD 2 – Fight Test and Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell EPs
Fight Test EP:
1.     Fight Test
2.     Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Live on KEXP)
3.     The Golden Age (Live on CD 101)
4.     Knives Out (Live on KCRW)
5.     Do You Realize?? (Scott Hardkiss Remix)
6.     The Strange Design of Conscience
7.     Thank You Jack White (For The Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell EP:
8.     Assassination Of The Sun
9.     I’m a Fly in a Sunbeam (Following the Funeral Procession of a Stranger)
10.  Sunship Balloons
11.  Do You Realize?? (T.P.S. Remix)
12.  Ego Tripping (Ego in Acceleration) (Jason Bentley Remix)
13.  Ego Tripping (Self Admiration with Blow-up Mix)
14.  A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn’t So)
15.  Ego Tripping at The Gates of Hell (Utah Saints Remix)

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CD 3 – Non-LP+ 
1.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Japanese Language Version From The Japanese Edition of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
2.     SpongeBob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy (From The Spongebob SquarePants Movie)
3.     Seven Nation Army (from LateNightTales: The Flaming Lips)
4.     Go (Sparklehorse with The Flaming Lips) (Alternate Version From The Flaming Lips Archives)
5.     Do You Realize?? (Live on CD 101)
6.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (AOL Session)
7.     Waitin’ For A Superman (Live on WXPN)
8.     In The Morning Of The Magicians (Live on KCRW)
9.     White Christmas (Live on WXPN)
10.  The Golden Path (The Chemical Brothers, feat. The Flaming Lips)
11.  If I Go Mad/Funeral In My Head (B-Side of Do You Realize?? UK CD 1)
12.  Syrtis Major (B-Side of Do You Realize?? UK CD 1)
13.  Up Above The Daily Hum (B-Side of Do You Realize?? UK CD 2)
14.  Xanthe Terra (B-Side of Do You Realize?? UK CD 2)
15.  The Deterioration Of The Fight Or Flight Response (B-Side of Fight Test UK CD 1)
16.  Fight Test (Live on WXRT, May 2nd, 2003) 
17.  Duck Dodgers Theme (Duck Dodgers Demo: With Wayne Scratch Vocal)
18.  I Know I’ve Got To Make That Dream The Real Thing (demo)
19.  Do You Realize?? (Instrumental)
20.  Fight Test: Primitive Demo With Helium Voice (B-Side of Fight Test UK CD 2)

CD 4 – Radio Sessions
1.     Suspicious Minds (Live on Cover-ed)
2.     Assassination Of The Sun (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Maida Vale Session July 2002)
3.     Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Maida Vale Session July 2002)
4.     Do You Realize?? (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Maida Vale Session July 2002)
5.     One More Robot (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Maida Vale Session July 2002)
6.     Do You Realize?? (Live on KEXP) (August 5, 2002)
7.     One More Robot (Live on KEXP) (August 5, 2002)
8.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Live on KEXP) (August 5, 2002)
9.     Do You Realize?? (Live on XFM) (July 11, 2002)
10.  One More Robot (Live on XFM) (July 11, 2002)
11.  Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Live on XFM) (July 11, 2002)
12.  Fight Test (Live on XFM) (June 26, 2003)
13.  Thank You Jack White (Live on XFM) (June 26, 2003)
14.  Breathe (Live on XFM) (June 26, 2003)
15.  Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell (Live on XFM, November 11th, 2003)
16.  Sunship Balloons (Live on XFM, November 11th, 2003) 
17.  Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Oct 31, 2003 Janice Long Show)
18.  Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Oct 31, 2003 Janice Long Show)
19.  Sunship Balloons (Live on BBC Radio 1) (Oct 31, 2003 Janice Long Show)

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CD 5 – Live 2002+: Radio Broadcast WBOS (Live at the Paradise Lounge, Boston, October 27 2002), plus Yoshimi Demo 
1.     Introduction
2.     The Golden Age
3.     Wayne Intro 1
4.     Lucifer Sam
5.     Wayne Intro 2
6.     Do You Realize??
7.     Wayne Intro 3
8.     Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
9.     Wayne Intro 4
10.   Fight Test Intro
11.   Fight Test
12.   Psychedelic Hypnotist Daydream (Demo)

CD 6 – Live 2003: Radio Broadcast BBC (Live at The Forum, London, UK, January 22, 2003)
1. Introduction
2. Race For The Prize
3. Fight Test
4. Lucifer Sam
5. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
6. Lightning Strikes The Postman
7. In The Morning Of The Magicians
8. Happy Birthday
9. She Don’t Use Jelly
10. All We Have Is Now
11. Do You Realize??
12. Waitin’ For A Superman
13. A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
14. What Is The Light?
15. The Observer (Fade Out)

From Rolling Stone US.

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