Intermission was recorded to serve as accompanying soundscape to the intermission that occurred halfway through in shows on the Lovesexy Tour. It was released as a studio track, played over the PA in a live setting, as the uncredited opening track on the Lovesexy Live 1 home video (from the 9 September 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany live broadcast). No audio version of the track has been released.
Basic tracking took place over the course of four days, 12-15 June 1988 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The track is, in essence, a sound collage, rather than a song, and was recorded specifically to be played during the Lovesexy Tour shows, as the intermission piece (hence the name) between the first and second halves of the show. As such, it was never intended for inclusion on any studio project.
Intermission includes many elements from other tracks, as well as many unique parts. It opens with deep synth notes and some orchestra, most likely lifted from an unreleased Clare Fischer arrangement to an unidentified Prince song, before a female voice recites a portion of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2). This was originally recorded for Modernaire by Jill Jones. The background here contains some Clare Fischer arranged orchestra lifted from Crystal Ball (which was unreleased at the time). Ingrid Chavez’s poem Cross The Line is then sampled in full, with underneath it the arrangement that Clare Fischer did for Cosmic Day (which remains unreleased to this day).
As it was used for the intermission of the Lovesexy Tour, it is followed by Marie France’s French dialogue from Girls & Boys, along with sampled instruments from Positivity, Lovesexy and Condition Of The Heart, which is used to begin the next live track of the show, No, is sampled directly from the opening of the song on the Lovesexy album (the atmospheric music of which is in fact a sample from a sound library, although it also appeared as a composition titled Passing Clouds, credited to Roger Limb, originally on the album Out Of This World a 1976 compilation of atmospheric sounds and effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop). This part starting with the Girls & Boys dialogue is thought not to be part of the track intermission.