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  • Release Date

    27 May 1985

  • Length

    11 tracks

The Big Bubble is an album by The Residents. It was released in 1985, and fleshed out the backstory of the band's "Mole Trilogy", which had been introduced in Mark of the Mole (1981) and The Tunes of Two Cities (1982). The official third part of the Mole Trilogy was never actually released, and neither were the projected fifth and sixth parts. The tour that accompanied the Mole storyline, documented in Intermission: Extraneous Music from the Residents' Mole Show (1983), was a financial disaster. It had led to the virtual dissolution of the band, who were not keen on continuing the idea.

The Big Bubble is similar to The Tunes of Two Cities, as it focuses on the music within the Mole culture. In this case, the album presents some songs by a fictional band called The Big Bubble. The band forefronts the Zenkinite movement, the Zenkinites being a crossbreed of the Moles and Chubs which were introduced in Mark of the Mole. The band breaks the law by singing in the banned Mohelmot language.

The four models portraying the Big Bubble on the cover have never been identified. Despite rumors, the Residents claim that they themselves are not in the cover photo.

On the back of the LP record, it is written "Produced by Konrad" after a letter sent by a fan regarding Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? and what they did wrong and what could have improved on it.

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