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The Flaming Lips — Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell
Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I was waiting on a moment
But the moment never came
All the billion other moments
We're just slipping all away
I must have been tripping
Just ego tripping

I was wanting you to love me
But your love it never came
All the other love around me
Was just wasting all away
I must have been tripping
Just ego tripping

I was waiting on a moment
But the moment never came
But the moment never came
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Haven't listened to this album in full yet--- maybe I should change that soon-- but every time I hear a new song from this album I fall in love
 Proclivities wrote:


Yes; the Prof. delivered a hilarious acceptance speech too - apparently some in the audience thought he was Pynchon since no one knew what he looked like.
thanks for the link - I'd heard about it and laughed reading this. grinned thinking about the ham sandwiches Laurie Anderson mentioned, too

Could never get into these guys - always found myself comparing them to the superior Super Furry Animals - a tad unfair I suppose.

I did like Wayne Coyne's appearance on the Chemical Brothers track - Golden Path though.
 tonyinnj wrote:


Thomas Pynchon sent the Prof to do his acceptance speech for the National
Book Award...
Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.


Yes; the Prof. delivered a hilarious acceptance speech too - apparently some in the audience thought he was Pynchon since no one knew what he looked like.
 Proclivities wrote:

If one listens intently enough, one can probably hear that all the time - with or without any music.  At least that's what Prof. Irwin Corey once told me.


Thomas Pynchon sent the Prof to do his acceptance speech for the National
Book Award...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
Had to look, thought it was a Moby track... heard of Flaming Lips years ago.... didnt "take" back then... now... thanks B&R 💓
Hardest working band in the business.
So happy that RP keeps this song in rotation 
7 to 8.  What was I thinking?
Bill, I love ALL the photos you display on ALL the songs, not just this one, keep up the great work!!
 AliGator wrote:
I just love this song so much. 

 
Me too.  Bit of a tear jerker, I should say.  Cathartic and all that.
I remember hearing this for the first time out at the burning man in 2002.. it fit.. it fit well..
thank you {#Clap}{#Clap}
 justin4kick wrote:
Very appropriate song now that Trump has won the elections. 

 

Dear Diary: It's already so much worse than you imagined.


cartoon drawing of Trump as elephant with trunk/mouth coming out of his butt, by Leonardo Rodriguez 
cartoon by Leonardo Rodriguez, Illustration Artist

https://www.leonardorodriguez.net/p/caricatures.html
 Orphan wrote:
yuck, and I'll say that over and over again yuck yuck yuck

 
Open your mind, man! {#Meditate}
Very appropriate song now that Trump has won the elections. 
I broke my back and neck and a bunch of ribs on a mountain bike ride last year. Totally fine now. In the interim, I discovered the anxiolytic/euphoric wonders of oxycodone, together with the sonic tapestry of Flaming Lips. A wonderful union. My script is terminated though. Still love this song!
{#Sleep}
yuck, and I'll say that over and over again yuck yuck yuck
I love it when PSD takes me to good places, like this song!  
 kingart wrote:
For a moment or two, I thought I heard some weasels or other small furry creatures cuddling or sexing in the background. 

 
If one listens intently enough, one can probably hear that all the time - with or without any music.  At least that's what Prof. Irwin Corey once told me.
 dragon1952 wrote:
Sounds like a top 40 Bread (or David Gates) song from the 70's....ho hum.

 

Oh come on, nothing's that bad.........
From the title, I'd've expected it to be a ballad about Barack Obama, or maybe Donald Trump, giving a speech to Planned Parenthood.
Sounds almost like a retro soft techno song from 1991-1994, like some sort of fusion of Londonbeat, Erasure, and Simply Red.  Surprised it's from 2003.
Too-too bad that Mr. Coyne broke up his marriage and doesn't make music like this anymore!!! {#No}
Sounds like a top 40 Bread (or David Gates) song from the 70's....ho hum.
One of the few Flaming Lips songs I don't find grating.
I just love this song so much. 
Perfect after a long... long day{#Daisy}{#Bounce}{#Daisy}
Just saw FL in Tampa. Light Show - 10++++++, Musical Performance - ehhhhh - 5.5 (maybe)  I've got great pictures but not good impressions. 
 oldfart48 wrote:

YEP..........

 
As terrifying as this may seem, I agree with OF on this one.   {#Eyes}  Government is a necessary evil.
 msymmes wrote:
I like the title of this song.  I think it applies to every politician ever elected.
 

 
YEP..........
This following the Talking Heads', 'Seen and Not Seen'....couldn't help but notice the beat to TH's 'Listening Wind' here. Clever? I think so!
Like.  A lot.  Revisit this recording quite often...
 fredriley wrote:
The acme of Ho-Hum. This would serve as an audio definition for tedium in any dictionary. Fluffy, repetitive, dreamlike, spaced - it's like a cloud but without the definition or interest. More effective than a bottle of super-strength Dreamy Sleepy Nightie Snoozy Snooze, it could be used as a general anaesthetic for open heart surgery {#Sleep}

 
So what you're saying is with this song you feel like you're waiting on a moment that never comes? {#Shifty}
 laozilover wrote:
Bill says there is some suspicion that these folks are doing drugs!  Jeez, bill what are YOU smoking?

 

well, he moved from santa cruz to paradice.......
Nice song, and very good cover!
I like the title of this song.  I think it applies to every politician ever elected.
 
I love it when PSD rewards me!
Not much of a Flaming Lips fan other than The W.A.N.D.{#Sleep} 
Bill says there is some suspicion that these folks are doing drugs!  Jeez, bill what are YOU smoking?
Wayne Coyne. RAWR. 
For a moment or two, I thought I heard some weasels or other small furry creatures cuddling or sexing in the background. 
their show WAS a spiritual experience
{#High-five}

 
2cats wrote:


"... she said that it was a near-religious experience."
 


Great atmosphere !
Whoa!  World please slow down... it's already been 10 years since this was released.  
Yep. This is good!
Thanks. I could use some of Wayne's world view today. Think I'll throw the whole disk on when I get home.
I made a post on this song back in 2007.  WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!
did I hear electronically sampled cats?  Maybe my week has been too long already...

Love the tune..it may go to a 9 next listen.
Sounds better this time to me than previous listens; I am digging it immensely, Captain...
What a freakin' cool album!!!! 
 fatcatjb wrote:

I agree. Don't care for the weird drumming
 
Listen to the whole album, then decide. It's a contextual piece.

 fredriley wrote:
The acme of Ho-Hum. This would serve as an audio definition for tedium in any dictionary. Fluffy, repetitive, dreamlike, spaced - it's like a cloud but without the definition or interest. More effective than a bottle of super-strength Dreamy Sleepy Nightie Snoozy Snooze, it could be used as a general anaesthetic for open heart surgery {#Sleep}
 
I agree. Don't care for the weird drumming
 james_of_tucson wrote:

I couldn't explain why I like them either, but I have fond memories of the fifty or so times they played (literally) in my back yard between 83 and 87!  Intelligent and weird.  They would always be getting gigs in Dallas and Austin, and would play Denton on the way to and from whatever they were doing.  Good times.

 

I haven't seen them live, but my daughter has, and she said that it was a near-religious experience.
Nice Production.....9
wonderful
 fredriley wrote:
The acme of Ho-Hum. This would serve as an audio definition for tedium in any dictionary. Fluffy, repetitive, dreamlike, spaced - it's like a cloud but without the definition or interest. More effective than a bottle of super-strength Dreamy Sleepy Nightie Snoozy Snooze, it could be used as a general anaesthetic for open heart surgery {#Sleep}
 
It does make more sense in the context of the whole album.
The acme of Ho-Hum. This would serve as an audio definition for tedium in any dictionary. Fluffy, repetitive, dreamlike, spaced - it's like a cloud but without the definition or interest. More effective than a bottle of super-strength Dreamy Sleepy Nightie Snoozy Snooze, it could be used as a general anaesthetic for open heart surgery {#Sleep}
{#Sunny}
Love the song title.
It's up there with "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Crosseyed & Painless".
 cc_rider wrote:
YA THINK?!?! Which is all the more reason to dig them. I don't think I could EVER explain exactly WHY I like them. Maybe that's the essence of their appeal... c.
 
I couldn't explain why I like them either, but I have fond memories of the fifty or so times they played (literally) in my back yard between 83 and 87!  Intelligent and weird.  They would always be getting gigs in Dallas and Austin, and would play Denton on the way to and from whatever they were doing.  Good times.

Artists I know personally get 9's, no exceptions!  {#Drunk}
 katiediddler wrote:

It was worth sitting through Vienna for the segue.


Were you on the Railjet train, speeding through Austria, while listening to RP?  Great tune.


It was worth sitting through Vienna for the segue.



The album title mysteriously appeals to me.

No clue why.
Flaming Lips

Discovered the Flaming Lips only recently thanks to RP, absolutely great!!

9


Flaming Lips is on tour now. Well worth seeing!
Now this is good stuff... LOVE this album!!!!
Love this CD. Haven't thought that there stuff since has come close.
Beautiful sounds, beautiful melody, hooky riff that I'll be grooving down the hall to all morning
{#Cool} Smooth.....
Yeah, I know this is an old comment, but I second it.  Watched that with my  (now) wife while more then a little high on new years eve a few years back.  Fantastic!

Deadwing wrote:
I HIGHLY recommend their new Live concert DVD "UFOs at the Zoo" It is so much fun => No other musicians in the world could possibly have more fun than Wayne, Mike, Steve, and Klyph
 


My family and I were at their NYE Freak-out in OK city.  Awesome performance and a great time.  They also performed DSOTM after Midnight.  We will be back next year.  It is must see TV? uh must hear concert!

Good but so many better songs on this album.
The Self-Admiration with Blow-Up Mix version on the Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell EP is amazing.  Check it out!
this album will forever remind me of the time i saw a fox and her baby cubs in the graveyard, while driving through and listening to this song with one of my favorite friends. a very uniquely strange memory...
Such a cool little song about how people tend to focus on one thing that they think is most important to them   and then they accidentally miss a thousand nice little things that happen.

As embarassing as it is to admit- I think I am a "glass is half full" person   {#Cheers}

Unless we are talking Cuervo   LOL

Then you are going down...

 Chinju wrote:
Why no spaces in the title?
 
This is how it appears on the album liner.

I miss the Flaming Lips ... and this album.
 jodygold wrote:



I got it and didn't immediately get it. It's so different from "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi" it took a couple of listens to open up to it. Now, I would consider it on par with their best albums.


 

Yeah, their albums just keep getting stronger.  I love that they all have thematic unity; it's sort of a nod to the prog rock era, where long songs and interdependent themes existed to create a strong album.  Different than the iTunes way, it's for sure.  The good part is the Lips' music carries over well on single format, but benefits from the context (including graphic art) of the rest of the albums.




The freaks come out at night The freaks come out at night
Super Cool Album... One of my favs!!
Hey, that's a Flaming Homer! prickelpit96 wrote:
One Flaming Moe's please.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
The Lips are definitely a little deeper and weirder and harder to understand than your average Clear Channel band.
YA THINK?!?! Which is all the more reason to dig them. I don't think I could EVER explain exactly WHY I like them. Maybe that's the essence of their appeal... c.
These guys are so whimsical and bittersweet. I adore them Plus any band that writes a song with this title can't be all bad. Everytime I hear a Flaming Lips song this infectious smile appears on my face and I remember to lighten up a bit I HIGHLY recommend their new Live concert DVD "UFOs at the Zoo" It is so much fun =] No other musicians in the world could possibly have more fun than Wayne, Mike, Steve, and Klyph
redtex wrote:
It's not difficult.
Indeed!
This is absolutely beautiful. What a well-crafted song.
My sister in law get to go see the Lips in Portland. L U C K Y!!!!!!
bigtwistee wrote:
Makes ya go hmm... Here's a theory... Perhaps the title was 'squashed' to make it fit in the space at the top of the playlist page?
here is a little guy to help state the obvious.
One Flaming Moe's please.
Alpine wrote:
How can anyone not absolutely love this?
Impossible for me. 8
Darkmatter wrote:
the Flaming Lips! Always brings a smile to my face, no matter what.
A-frickin-men!
Best Song Title Ever.
Alpine wrote:
How can anyone not absolutely love this?
It's not difficult.
How can anyone not absolutely love this?
One of my favourite albums of all time. And the video for Do You Realize makes me so happy. The glowing orbs of light, the giant bunny, the marching band! It's just too much!
Chinju wrote:
Indeed, there is a separate song in the RP database, by "Flaming Lips" rather than "The Flaming Lips", and with spaces in its title ("Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell"), off an album of the same name, and... Well, you can see what I'm getting at. What's the deal?
Makes ya go hmm... Here's a theory... Perhaps the title was 'squashed' to make it fit in the space at the top of the playlist page?
Chinju wrote:
Why no spaces in the title?
I have no idea - the spaces are there on the CD itself.
the Flaming Lips! Always brings a smile to my face, no matter what.
killah cd! great band live, too.
Oooo Lips Lips Lips. Check out "The Fearless Freaks" -- a great band documentary.
Chinju wrote:
Why no spaces in the title?
Indeed, there is a separate song in the RP database, by "Flaming Lips" rather than "The Flaming Lips", and with spaces in its title ("Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell"), off an album of the same name, and... Well, you can see what I'm getting at. What's the deal?
Why no spaces in the title?
Just dreamy...
halfgazo wrote:
Yeah I gotta buy this CD. I even liked their set on Austin City Limits.
(click here)
psycholynx wrote:
Anyone listen to, buy or upload the new one? "At War with the Mystics"
I got it and didn't immediately get it. It's so different from "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi" it took a couple of listens to open up to it. Now, I would consider it on par with their best albums.
Sweet.
psycholynx wrote:
Anyone listen to, buy or upload the new one? "At War with the Mystics" I got it and didn't like it, then I listened to it again and again and again and now it's pretty damn good. Go figure..
The Lips are definitely a little deeper and weirder and harder to understand than your average Clear Channel band. Always experimenting and taking chances, and therefore failing sometimes.
Anyone listen to, buy or upload the new one? "At War with the Mystics" I got it and didn't like it, then I listened to it again and again and again and now it's pretty damn good. Go figure..
Simple, groovy, pleasant to listen to.
Yeah I gotta buy this CD. I even liked their set on Austin City Limits.
https://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk
Mari wrote:
The Flaming Lips ... ...egotrippingatthegatesofhell! ...
Mari .... ...... comments
Taste-E
ladyj wrote:
Ijustlikethelongasssongname
Hate to burst everyone's bubble, but on the CD, this song isn't all mashed together. It's just "Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell." It is a fun play on how RP titles it though...
brandog wrote:
No Fear! Yoshimi kicks everybody's ass!
Damn straight! This album is definitely one of my recent favourites as well. I listen to it often! :)