Though the first released (either that, or a song on a Chocolate Monk cassette comp, unsure), this wasn't the first July Fourth Toilet project. Robert and Julian had previously covered Dark Side Of The Moon playing along with a manual turntable, speeding through the lousy parts and getting it down to ten minutes, it will remain forever unreleased.
This cassette was done before we had ever played live, with Lester and Michael along for the ride and released on cassette in 1994 (50 copies) then re-released in 2008. This was done mostly because we loved Pussy Galore's version of Exile On Main Street, we really loved The Beatles, and Sonic Youth threatened to cover The white Album and never did. We dare you to listen to the whole thing in one sitting! we knew some guys in Frisco who'd regularly drop acid to it.
Original liner notes by Michael:
"As both a musician and a producer I look for challenges. I find nothing more boring than performers and collaborators who want the easy way out- "the quick fix". What brought me into the studio each day is that omnipresent sense of conquest, of forging into uncharted musical territory.
In introducing my latest foray into pop music production- the July Fourth Toilet's White Album- - I want to convey to the listener the sheer joy and excitement I experienced working with these young men on these classic compositions. While it would have been easy for Robert (vocals, keyboards), Julian (vocals, keyboards), Lester (vocals, keyboards) to go through the motions with their own impeccable arramgements, the three fellows rose to the challenge with that je ne sai quoi, that very special oomph! that punctuates every track included here. Whether it be Julian's scorching lead riff on Back in the U.S.S.R., Les' inimitable bebop forays which dignify Blackbird or Robert's torrential rapping which closes Ob-La Di Ob-La-da, these three artists sought the very pinnacle of songcraft, both technically and emotionally.
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starkey may be listed as the composers on each track but the mood, the FEEL of the recording: pure "Toilet". Enjoy!
Review by Amy Lam from issue #4 of Offerings, September 2011:
"This is July Fourth Toilet making their way through the Beatles White Album. I did a song by song comparison and I think that about 50% July Fourth Toilet are better and 50% Beatles are better. I like the Beatles' "Savoy Truffle" better. The Beatles are more straightforward about going to the dentist if you eat too many chocolates, which makes it actually more insane. July Fourth Toilet's "Honey Pie" is someone asking "can we do a song off Rumours instead." and they do, so it's better NOT ONLY by virtue of concept. "Goodnight" by both bands is a tie in terms of whether or not you can actually listen to it while trying to relax in your bed. "Martha my Dear" by July Fourth Toilet is them playing the Beatles song at 3x speed on a record player. When iTunes 26 comes out you will be able to play July Fourth Toilet's "My Guitar Gently Weeps" and hear the Beatles' version. July Fourth Toilet are the best band in all of history and if you don't like the Beatles you're an idiot."
released February 1, 1994
Robert, Lester, Julian, Michael.
Cassette sleeve design by Lester, 1994.
Originally released on Trakshun then promptly dropped.
Reissue on Pro-Am Entainment International (PA 848).