The Residents

Mole Box: The Complete Mole Trilogy Preserved


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Between 1981 and 1985 The Residents embarked on what would become the infamous, ultimately incomplete
‘Mole Trilogy’. Intended to tell the story of two colliding cultures – the Moles and the Chubs – via the mediums
of narrative storytelling and recreations of the music of those societies, the project took the band into
unchartered musical territory, into the concert halls of the USA and Europe for the first time and, legend has it,
to the brink of collapse. Produced with The Cryptic Corporation using archival tapes supplied by The Residents
themselves, this set presents, for the first time, all known recordings related to the ‘Mole’ saga – namely the
albums “Mark Of The Mole”, “The Tunes Of Two Cities” and “The Big Bubble”, as well as live recordings,
unreleased material, rehearsal room recordings, alternate mixes, demos and a selection of recordings which
may or may not comprise part of the legendary, unreleased Part Three of the trilogy. A significant leap, both
sonically and conceptually, from their 1970s work, the “Mole Trilogy” proves to be the link between the
freewheeling, avant-garde leanings of The Residents’ early material and the concept-driven, electronically
produced music they would explore in the latter half of the 1980s and beyond.

Tracklist

DISC ONE:
MARK OF THE MOLE
1. VOICES OF THE AIR
2. THE ULTIMATE DISASTER
3. MIGRATION
4. ANOTHER LAND
5. THE NEW MACHINE
6. FINAL CONFRONTATION

BONUS MOLES
7. VOICES OF THE AIR (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
8. THE ULTIMATE DISASTER (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
9. MIGRATION (LIVE IN THE STUDIO)*
10. ANOTHER LAND (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
11. THE NEW MACHINE (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
12. FINAL CONFRONTATION (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *

DISC TWO:
THE TUNES OF TWO CITIES
1. SERENADE FOR MISSY
2. A MAZE OF JIGSAWS
3. MOUSETRAP
4. GOD OF DARKNESS
5. SMACK YOUR LIPS (CLAP YOUR TEETH)
6. PRAISE FOR THE CURSE
7. THE SECRET SEED
8. SMOKEBEAMS
9. MOURNING THE UNDEAD
10.SONG OF THE WILD
11.THE EVIL DISPOSER
12.HAPPY HOME

BONUS TUNES
13.OPEN UP
14.ANVIL FOREST
15.SCENT OF MINT
16.SMACK YOUR LIPS (1982 REHEARSAL)
17.SONG OF THE WILD (1982 REHEARSAL)
18.HAPPY HOME (1982 REHEARSAL)
19.GOD OF DARKNESS (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
20.SMACK YOUR LIPS (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
21.THE SECRET SEED (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
22.HAPPY HOME (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *

DISC THREE:
THE BIG BUBBLE
1. SORRY
2. HOP A LITTLE
3. GO WHERE YA WANNA GO
4. GOTTA GOTTA GET
5. CRY FOR THE FIRE
6. DIE-STAY-GO
7. VINEGAR
8. FIREFLY
9. THE BIG BUBBLE
10. FEAR FOR THE FUTURE
11. KULA BOCCA SAYS SO BONUS BUBBLES
12. JINGLE BELL
13. UNTITLED *
14. KULA BOCCA (2-TRACK DEMO) *
15. DIE-STAY-GO (2-TRACK DEMO) *
16. CRY FOR THE FIRE SKETCH *
17. THE BIG BUBBLE (LIVE, 1986)
18. HOP A LITTLE (LIVE, 1986)
19. CRY FOR THE FIRE (LIVE ON NORGE TV NRK) *
20. DIE-STAY-GO (LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, 2011)

DISC FOUR:
THE MOLE SHOW LIVE AT THE ROXY
1. VOICES OF THE AIR
2. THE SECRET SEED
3. “WELCOME…”
4. THE ULTIMATE DISASTER
5. “RATHER FLASHY…”
6. GOD OF DARKNESS
7. “MOLE STYLE…”
8. MIGRATION
9. ANOTHER LAND
10. “THAT’S ALL WE NEED…”
11. THE NEW MACHINE
12. “A REAL COMPLICATED ENDING…”
13. THE SONG OF THE WILD
14. FINAL CONFRONTATION
15. “WE HAD TO BORROW MONEY FROM OUR PARENTS…”
16. SATISFACTION
17. HAPPY HOME

DISC FIVE:
THE UNCLE SAM MOLE SHOW – LIVE IN WASHINGTON, DC
ENTIRE RECORDING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
1. VOICES OF THE AIR
2. THE SECRET SEED
3. “GOOD EVENING…”
4. THE ULTIMATE DISASTER
5. “THOSE WERE FOUR SONGS…”
6. GOD OF DARKNESS
7. “MORE RELIGION…”
8. MIGRATION
9. SHORTY’S LAMENT (INTERMISSION)
10. SMACK YOUR LIPS
11. “WE’RE IN CHUB LAND…”
12. ANOTHER LAND
13. “THINGS ARE GOING FAIRLY WELL…”
14. THE NEW MACHINE
15. “A GIORGIO MORODER SCENE…”
16. THE SONG OF THE WILD
17. THE FINAL CONFRONTATION
18. THE SINGING RESIDENT NEEDS SOMETHING
19. SATISFACTION
20. HAPPY HOMEA
21. THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

DISC SIX:
MISCELLANEOUS MOLE MATERIALS
1. MOTM MIX ONE CONCENTRATE *
2. LIGHTS OUT (PRELUDE)
3. SHORTY’S LAMENT
4. THE MOLES ARE COMING
5. WOULD WE BE ALIVE?
6. THE NEW HYMN
7. ANOTHER ANOTHER LAND *
8. NOW IT IS TOO LATE *
9. GOING NOWHERE *
10. FROM MOM1 *
11. SATISFACTION (LIVE IN THE STUDIO) *
12. MARCHING TO THE WE
13. WOULD WE BE ALIVE (LIVE 2005)
14. MARCHING TO THE SEA/INTERMISSION (LIVE 2013)