Intermission: Extraneous Music From The Residents' Mole Show is a 1982 EP by The Residents, compiling pre-recorded music used in their Mole Show live performance tour.

Intermission was the first in a line of albums that would bear the warning that it was not Part Three of The Mole Trilogy.


Intermission collects the opening, closing, and intermission music from The Residents' 1982 Mole Show tour. This music was written especially for the touring performance, though it was played from a tape rather than performed live by the group. The three intermission numbers go between "Migration" and "Another Land" in the show. The other two tracks were used to open and close the performance.

The infant on the cover is Jana Flynn, daughter of The Residents' spokesperson and manager Homer Flynn. The Intermission EP was reissued as bonus tracks to the 1988 CD reissue of Mark of the Mole, and in 1998 as a stand-alone release.

Track listing

  1. Lights Out (Prelude) (5:50)
  2. Shorty's Lament (Intermission) (6:43)
  3. The Moles Are Coming (Intermission) (3:20)
  4. Would We Be Alive? (Intermission) (5:36)
  5. The New Hymn (Recessional) (4:18)

Liner notes

Mark of the Mole 1988 ESD CD reissue

In 1982 and '83 The Residents took The Mole Show on the road. The highly acclaimed work was offset by opening, closing, and intermission music that had been recorded by The Residents especially for the presentation. The music was eventually released on vinyl as Intermission.

In adding Intermission here to Mark of the Mole, a sense of reflective "commenting" follows the bleak Mole tragedy. For those of you with a sense of more integration between these two independent recordings, try programming your CD player with selection 7 first, followed by selections 1-3. Then stick in 8, 9, and 10, and follow these with 4, 5, and 6. Finally, cap it all off with selection 11.

Release History

Year Label Format Region
1982 Ralph Records 12" US
1983 London Records LP NL
12" UK
1985 Ralph Records US
1998 East Side Digital CD
Bomba Records JP
2005 Mute EU
2011 Hayabusa Landings & Birdsong JP
2015 Ralph Records 12" US
Music On Vinyl EU
2017 NL

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