Race for the Prize

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"Race for the Prize"
Single by The Flaming Lips
from the album The Soft Bulletin
Released 1999
Format 7", CD, Maxi-CD, DVD
Recorded 1999
Genre Neo-psychedelia
Length 4:09
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) The Flaming Lips
Producer(s) The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker
The Flaming Lips singles chronology
"Race for the Prize"
"Waitin' for a Superman"

"Race for the Prize" is a song by The Flaming Lips, released as the first single taken from their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin, and reaching #39 in the UK Singles Chart as the highest charting single from the album. In 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 30 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[1]

Single release[edit]

The single, released in 1999, was the album's highest charting single, reaching the top 40 at #39.

The b-side of the UK release featured material previously featured in Flaming Lips U.S. releases.

The single's b-sides both featured in the Japanese and UK single releases, "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)" and "Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair" later appeared in CD5 of the U.S. release of the album's subsequent single "Waitin' for a Superman."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Race for the Prize"
  2. "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)"
  3. "Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair"
  1. "Race for the Prize"
  2. "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)"
Japan CD
  1. "Race for the Prize"
  2. "Race For the Prize" (Remix)
  3. "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)" (Stereo remix)
  4. "Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair" (Stereo remix)
  5. "The Big Ol' Bug Is the New Baby Now" (Stereo remix)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
UK Singles Chart 39[citation needed]

Oklahoma City Thunder fight song[edit]

In 2012, the band rewrote some of the lyrics to the song to make a fight song for their hometown NBA team: the Oklahoma City Thunder. The new song is called "Thunder Up: Race for the Prize." The Thunder played in the NBA Finals that year.[3]


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