July Fourth Toilet Presents: Balls Boogie Featuring: Me And Bobby McGee Plus​!​: Kentucky Whore And Many Others

by July Fourth Toilet

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"What do I say of a reprobate eight man/one woman ensemble (one man/woman, four longhairs, two ska dudes & a Mexican!) that just delivered 13 songs of extreme diversity, ranging from Death C&W to Soviet-powered Detroit Space Rock, via wonderfully excruciating mush-mouthed male-female Vow Renewals and Sober’d Up confessionals. For fans of Destroy All Monsters (all periods, kiddies), Armand Schaubroeuk Steals, the Afrika Corps, BALLS BOOGIE rescues several Long Dead musical genres from the Straights and slams them out eins, zwei, and drei, without so much as a soundcheck..... Search out this hot slab pronto, Tonto, and check out those front men while yooz at it! Ooer, missus!"
- Julian Cope, Head Heritage, 2009

"If one is willing to use the word "Legendary" to mean "band that's been around a long time and even though no one has ever heard of them, if people in Vancouver had any taste or intelligence they would have long-ago embraced and canonized this ambitious, outrageous bizarrely brilliant performance art rock band that surveys pop history's greatest moments and transmutes them into weird gold", then this is the new album by the legendary (italics) July Fourth Toilet. Paying homage to the finest aspects of the 1970s; the weary magic of Kristofferson's voice, hair salon culture (and its cultural brother, the arm wrestling fad), shameless drug use, and ess eee ex (italics)! When I say this record is heavy, I mean some kind of otherwordly heaviness that Jack kirby would write about in one of his doesn't-quite-make-sense, making you question his ability as a writer Fourth World pseudo-science moments! Seriously heavy! The best record recorded by a band with "Toilet" in their name EVER!"
-Roctober Magazine, 2009

"Riding their truck through a cornucopia of styles, the oddly named July Fourth Toilet are a force to be reckoned with on theirs album "Balls Boogie", a disc that has stoned running through its centre, clear as a stick of cannabis flavoured rock. After a ramshackle, but oddly compelling version of "Me and Bobby McGee", the band suddenly shift into hard rock biker boogie mode, as "Hard Working Man" roars out of the speakers, a full on rock guitar solo adding to the wonder, as does a nice change of pace in the middle, bring it on and turn it up. The hard rock then continues with the heavy stomp of "Kentucky Whore", more guitar histrionics included, as the song winds up the energy. Next up, another change of style as the sad country ballad of "Stoned on You" sparks up a fat one, seemingly the story of a man who’s woman has left him, it is a bit of a surprise to find out she is in prison for murdering someone, a nice twist that is complemented by more fine guitar playing and a solid backbeat. Following the tale of "Armwrestle John", more heavy rock with over the top vocals and moody guitar riffs, the first side finished off with the boogie of "Name on the Door", everything turned up nice and loud. So far so good, then you turn the album over to be greeted with "Thanks Drugs" a song that pays homage to recreational drug use, opening with the lines "Been distorting time and space again", the ever versatile guitarist dropping into west coast mode, without missing a beat. After this things get re-wired, the band turning into early Floyd with the psychedelic jam, strange noises, twisted dementia and general sonic weirdness of the next four tracks sounding like nothing on side one, the band proving themselves adept as this side of thing as well. To end, the happiness and joy of "Cute Little Baby" is tempered by a gnawing fear of what the future may hold, ending an album that is schizophrenic, slightly paranoid, happy drunk, stoned and laughing. The makings of a good night perhaps."
-Terrascope

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released July 4, 2008

Produced by Robert Dayton, engineered by Mark Gabriel, recorded at Method Studios. Thanks to Kurt Dahle and Pete Mills for their assistance.
Album concept and album cover concept by Robert Dayton. Photo by Clancy Dennehy. Design by Lester Smolenski.
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Catalogue number: PA 871

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Track Name: Hard Working Man
Searching through the misty travels
Mystery
Secrets unraveled
He is the sage
He is the sage
He's all the rage cuz he is the sage
And I'm a hard working man
And I do what I can to bring the bacon home
Heavy duty
Blockbuster
He's got the keys to life's answers
He is the sage...
Track Name: Kentucky Whore
I broke a guitar string
Down Canada Way
Replaced it with dental floss and started to play
I love this country and I'm gonna stay
until I find out that crime doesn't pay
i don't need a nurse
I wasn't the first
I won't be the last
What a fine piece of ass
go to the head of the class
Kentucky Whooooooore...
Love is out of sight
Love is the answer
Love will overnight
find a cure for cancer
Love is a cute little kitten
Love's a tiger in the jungle
Love is easy to figure out
Love is mumbo jumbo....
Track Name: Stoned On You
Oh the booze and the pills
And the jug of wine
Brings me closer to you
My head gets so foggy
And I'm feelin' fine
All the way through and through
But now you're in prison
Yeah, you're in prison
What more can I do?
But get stoned so gosh darned stoned
Stoned on the memories of you
They locked you up for killing some guy
Now isn't that just like you?
You and the dope and the jug of wine
Makes me feel fine all the way through
But now you're in prison
Yeah, you're in prison and all I can do
Is get stoned so doggone stoned
Stoned on the memories of you
Roll em smoke em up so doggone stoned
Stoned on the memories of you
Track Name: Arm Wrestle John
Can you feel the tension
Skin against skin
Pressure is mounting
Who's gonna win?
I think you know the answer
yes, you do
Armwrestle John.....(x6)
We've got buckets of sweat
We've got buckets of sweat
We'd like to welcome Shirley to our salon
She's got over 133 hair cutting experience
We welcome clients old and new
And who is her husband?
I think you knowwwww....
Armwrestle John ... (x6)
We've got buckets of sweat
We've got buckets of sweat
na na na na na......
Track Name: Name On The Door
They ask if you sewed your wild oats
But it just leads to sewing
Sewing some more and some more
It just leads to sewing
Some more and some more and some more
I wrote her name on the door
So I wouldn't forget it
I can't remember her face
They're waiting for someone to get your goat
Is this payback for what?
What's in store l'amour?
Is this payback for what?
What's in store, l'amour, l'amour, l'amour?
I wrote her name on my door so i wouldn't forget it
I can't remember her face
There was logic in that A led to B then to C but after that it jumped around directly to J then backwards to G
All the rest was distant murk or forgotten excepting for M and U and Y of course. The birds had flown south and it wasn't even Winter.A stumbling----------------------
I wrote her name on my door so I wouldn't forget it
I can't remember her face her face her face
You all saw you all saw you all saw
Track Name: Thanks Drugs
Been distorting
Time and space
Again
Using drugs
Just a taste
Like running with the bulls
In the streets
In the homes
Through chinashops
It's a recreational thing
Wheeee!
I found that
Special Place
Again
Thanks drugs
For your taste
Bitter
sweet
Never full
Glide me
Guide free
It's a recreational thing
It's a recreational thing
(sha la la la sha la la la cop and roam cop and roam)
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Track Name: Cute Little Baby
Cute little baby like a sunny day
cute little baby make all my cares
Go away
Cares go away
Cute little baby hope it grows up okay
Cute little baby hope it has a better life than me
Cute little baby be the best that you can be
Cute little baby let's live for today
Cute little baby cute little baby
I'll plan for the future later
Pregnancy can be quite painful
As a man I can never quite know
At the end though it's more beautiful than imagined
More beautiful than imagined
All my life I never thought of this
Maybe once or twice
But I never thought that it'd be like this
No, I never thought that it'd be like this
Baby fingers baby toes baby nose
I'm gonna have to buy you some baby clothes so you don't catch a baby cold no no no no
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I'll plan for the future later...later...later....