Paul recalled in an interview printed in Mojo magazine November 2009 how he conceived and developed the disc: "I built my first studio in the garage in my backyard and put the word out that I would record anybody - for free (laughs) I wanted to learn all the tricks of recording. So I locked myself out there in that garage and said, 'I'm going to make a sound where people will be able to tell me from everybody else. Something new, something fresh.' I used slap-back echo and reverb, I sped up tracks - all the things I had at my command. I went in with that idea, and lo and behold, when I found it, I was very excited. The first record I did with the multi-tracking was 'Lover.' We were at a garage party near Sunset and Fairfax. I was there with Artie Shaw and the actor Laurence Tierney. They were smoking pot, and they had a record changer there, and I slipped my record in amongst theirs. When mine came up, Artie said, 'What in the world is that?!' The others flipped out, and Mary said, 'That's Les!' But oddly enough, the very first person to hear it was W.C. Fields. He came to my garage to make a comedy record. When I played it for him, he said 'My boy, you sound like an octopus.' [laughs]"