Mole Show (also known as The Mole Show: Live At The Roxy) is a 1983 live album by The Residents, recorded during their Mole Show series of performances on October 30th, 1982 at the Roxy, Los Angeles.

History Edit

Originally released as a bootleg cassette entitled Live at the Roxy, 30 Oct. 1982, The Cryptic Corporation bought the recording from the bootlegger and re-issued it as The Residents' first official live album in 1983.

The original cover art for the Mole Show album features a simple, iconic black and white image which has since become known as the "classic eyeball", having often been featured on the band's merchandise and t-shirts in the decades since the release of Mole Show in 1982.

Release Edit

Mole Show was also released in a limited edition of 1800 picture discs.

The album was remastered in 1998 and reissued on CD that year on Bomba Records as The Mole Show: Live At The Roxy (differentiating it from the 1989 release of Mole Show: Live In Holland) with a slightly altered track listing and new cover art.

It was remastered again by Scott Colburn in 2018 as part of The Residents' ongoing pREServed series of expanded reissues of their catalog of albums, and is due for release on Cherry Red/MVD on April 5th 2019 as the fourth disc of the comprehensive six disc Mole Box set.

Track listing Edit

1983 release Edit

  1. Voices of the Air
  2. The Secret Seed
  3. Introduction
  4. Won't You Keep Us Working?
  5. First Warning
  6. Back To Normality?
  7. The Sky Falls!
  8. Narration
  9. God Of Darkness
  10. More Narration
  11. March To The Sea
  12. The Observer
  13. Hole Workers' New Hymn
  14. Rumors
  15. Arrival
  16. Deployment
  17. Saturation
  18. Still More Narration
  19. Idea
  20. Construction
  21. Ugly Rumors
  22. Failure/Reconstruction
  23. Success
  24. Upset Narration
  25. Call Of The Wild
  26. Driving The Moles Away
  27. Don't Tread On Me
  28. The Short War
  29. Frantic Narration
  30. Resident Speech
  31. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards)
  32. Happy Home

1998 CD reissue cover art

1998 remaster Edit

  1. Voices of the Air (3:09)
  2. The Secret Seed (2:08)
  3. Narration (0:42)
  4. The Ultimate Disaster (4:37)
  5. Narration (0:11)
  6. God of Darkness (2:41)
  7. Narration (0:17)
  8. Marching to the Sea (2:43)
  9. The Observer (1:22)
  10. The New Hymn (4:23)
  11. Another Land (3:32)
  12. Narration (0:12)
  13. Call of the Wild (3:16)
  14. Don't Tread On Me (2:51)
  15. Final Confrontation (3:34)
  16. Narration (1:58)
  17. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) (2:21)
  18. Happy Home (3:12)

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