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Fight Test- Maxi [Enhanced, EP, Import]

the Flaming Lips Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Fight Test
2. Can't Get You Out Of My Head (KEXP version)
3. The Golden Age (CD101 version)
4. Knives Out (KCRW version)
5. Do You Realize (Scott Hardkiss Floating In Space Vocal Mix)
6. The Strange Design of Conscience
7. Thank You Jack White (For The Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)

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FLAMING LIPS Fight Test EP (2003 US exclusive 7-track enhanced CD EP festuring classic cover versions of Cant Get You Out Of My Head [Kylie Minogue] and Knives Out [Radiohead] plus Fight Test CD-Rom video and Christmas On Mars movie trailer complete with picture sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shifting gears Dec 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Flaming Lips seem to have kicked into Radiohead mode, letting fly with a slew of singles/eps of b-sides and rare tracks (For reference, Airbag/How's My Driving, My Iron Lung EP, etc.). Fight Test is the first of the Lips releases along these lines. The title track is, of course, great as was the rest of the source album. It is followed by a trio of covers that I am not sure how to feel about. The best, I think, is their piano/guitar noise driven version of Radiohead's "Knives Out." Their cover of "Golden Age" by touring partner Beck is pretty close to the original, though I would expect that from the group that doubles as his live backing band. Finally (or, rather firstly, by track order) is "Can't Get You out of My Head." That's right, by Kylie Minogue. The Flaming Lips seem to balance between irony and sincerity on this one, which makes it rather enjoyable for me. "Do You Realize??" is remixed by Scott Hardkiss into a more dancefloor ready number, but I personally feel it is a couple of steps down from the original, and removes the original versions heavy emotional impact. A true b-side to Yoshimi, "The Strange Design of Conscience" measures up to most of the tracks on its album counterpart rather well, with a nice echoing synth line providing a back bone. The ep closes on a goofier note with "Thank You Jack White (for the Fibre-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me." I've heard mixed opinions on this one, but I find it to be enjoyable and humorous, even after several repeat listens. Though they have taken a dramatic turn as of late with The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi, the band proves on this track that they still have their quirky sense of humour. This is not essential by any means, but still a good source of diversion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tights Fest Aug. 5 2003
By Mike K.
Format:Audio CD
This doesn't look like much, 3 of the 7 songs are covers (Well 4 if you count the title track as a Cat Stevens cover I guess, but I'm not getting into that...), and one is a techno remix of previous single "Do You Realize???", leaving a grand total of 2 previously unreleased Lips originals. But in truth, it's a pretty decent listen, and would be a good purchase for diehard fans, or people who just really liked their album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and want a little more. The covers are decent to great. The best being "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", where they take Kylie Minogue's overplayed dance pop hit and turn it into a meloncholy ballad that's somewhere between The Soft Bulletin and Ennion Morricone spaghetti western music, the worst being their take on Beck's "Golden Age", which while pleasantly rootsy and Neil Young-ish, doesn't really add anything to the song and carries a piano line that sort of makes it sound like a more boring version of old Lips classic "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain". The originals are pretty good, "Fight Test", despite similarities to a certain Cat Stevens song, is still a good song, but you already know that, "Strange Design Of Conscience" is a great, if overly wordy, piece of dream-pop that would have fit in perfectly on Yoshimi, and the amusingly titled "Thank You Jack White..." is sort of a throwaway, but it's got funny lyrics and a pretty entertaining downhome country feel to it. The remix, however, is the one major misstep. Although interesting in parts, it just doesn't justify it's 9 minute length, and sections of the track bring things dangerously close to "Believe" by Cher. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels the time could have been better spent on two or three more original songs, or even more covers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Fight" on July 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Flaming Lips produced the fantastic album "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" in 2002, and the first of those was the fantastic "Fight Test." Now it's on its own single with covers of other bands' songs -- and a few new ones by the Lips.
First off is "Fight Test," unaltered from the original album, a hilariously stately cover of Kylie Minogue's dance-pop "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," a musically complex cover of Beck's "Golden Age," a harder-edged electronic cover of Radiohead's "Knives Out," a dance remix of "Do You Realize," and the likably perky "The Strange Design Of Conscience." The crowning glory is "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)," in which the male half of the White Stripes drops off a unique gift. (Guess what it is)
"Fight Test" is a pretty decent collection of covers, remixes and new songs. The more ominous, dignified version of Kylie's dance hit is hysterical; "Thank You" is cheerfully countryish. "Do You Realize" is interesting once, but not after that; it's the same as the original, except more technoish. And as always, the songs are best when they're the Lips' own ("and I said 'thank you Jack White, for the fiberoptic Jesus that you gave me'/it shined so bright I couldn't help believin' it would save me").
Fans of the Lips and of "Yoshimi" should check this out. Consider it a slightly twisted extension of that much-loved album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good EP, but could've been great... June 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
I praise the Lips for putting this EP out to satisfy fans like me who don't want to shell out tons of cash for expensive import singles. The "Fight Test" EP compiles the awesome "Yoshimi" track, a triplet of cover songs, a remix and two new songs (as well as a "Fight Test" video and the trailer for "Christmas on Mars"). The title track remains one of Yoshimi's strongest songs while the remix of "Do You Realize??" is not as bad as other reviews say it is. It's actually very good for a remix. It doesn't drag, which is saying something 'cause it's over nine minutes in length!
As for the covers, they are good fun, especially the Kylie Minogue cover. My favorite is probably the Radiohead cover with Wayne pounding away on the piano. Really good songs.
The two new tracks are very good as well. "The Strange Design of Conscience" is a soft, ethereal track focusing on the lyric "You'd have done the same thing" while "Thank You Jack White (for the Fiber-Optic Jesus that You Gave Me)" is a hilarious little ditty that rivals the White Stripes' own "Hotel Yorba" in country twang.
My one complaint is that the Flaming Lips should've put more stuff on this EP, seeing as how they had released a lot more interesting material on the "Do You Realize??" singles in the UK, like the beautiful b-sides "If I Go Mad/Funeral in My Head" and "Up Above the Daily Hum" as well as unreleased tracks from the upcoming "Christmas on Mars" soundtrack, which I am really anxious to hear. Instead, we get the trailer for "Christmas on Mars" which you can already download off their official website. Well, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" so overall, this EP is really good. I bought it along with "Zaireeka" which made for hours of Lips enjoyment. Have fun!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Flaming Lips "Fight Test"
"Fight Test" 4/5
"Can't Get You Out Of My Head" 2/5
"The Golden Age" 4/5
"Knives Out" 3/5
"Do You... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Aaron L.
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff miz an
Short, yes, but very enjoyable. Knives Out is worth it alone, but you also get Golden Age. The Lips, don't argue. Just purchase and smile.
Published on July 26 2003 by C. Kirby
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not something to play over and over
If you really liked 2002's "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" then this is definitely worth getting. Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by AHF
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but uneven
really for fans only -- the disco remix of Do You Realize was either meant to be a kind of ironic joke by the band or it was a serious misjudgement. You can take your pick. Read more
Published on May 27 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars 'fight test'- the flaming lips
i immensely enjoyed 'yoshimi', and like a lot of lips listeners now, that was really my introduction. Read more
Published on May 15 2003 by andrew adams
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good "fans only" disk
Although the quality of this single is a little mixed overall, it still has some quality moments that make it a must for diehard fans or even more recent converts who caught on... Read more
Published on May 9 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
This is a short EP centered around the single "Fight Test," but rather than give us 5 remixed versions of that song, the band instead chose to bestow on us a number of... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Michael Kluge
4.0 out of 5 stars A treat for Lips fans
The EP accompanying Fight Test, the third single from the Flaming Lips' unbelievably good Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, is chunked full of treats that will delight the band's... Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by P. Nicholas Keppler
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lips keep cranking out tunes
This is a fantastic EP. Here is a brief synopsis of the non album tracks:
Track 2 "Can't Get You Out of My Head" - this song is a masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by Jason's Jukebox
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