Leek Van Vlalen John St. Their third album, Machiavelli and the Four Seasons , reached the Australian national top 10 in TISM were known for their hybrid of dance music and rock'n'roll , high-energy live shows and humorous lyrics.
TISM's songs frequently satirised modern culture, celebrities and the entertainment industry, classic literature and art, current affairs, politics and sport. The titles of their songs were often wordplays created by juxtaposing pop culture references with more intellectual ones for example, "Would the Last Person to Leave Please Turn Out the Enlightenment? The band's first concert was on 6 December They reformed in February and returned to their recordings, experimenting with dark ambient and industrial music , before returning to their rock style.
They consider every subsequent performance a "re-union gig ". Their next single, " 40 Years - Then Death " , was released on transparent vinyl in a clear plastic sleeve with no cover art or labels. This Is Serious Mum's first radio-friendly single, despite the obscure packaging, was received well.
The first record contained twelve of TISM's most popular tracks, and the second was a pastiche of interviews, bedroom recordings and live diatribes. Despite this odd combination, Truckin' Songs entered the lower reaches of Australia's mainstream Top 50, as did the single " Saturday Night Palsy ". Some uncensored copies of the book do exist, however. In April that year, the band began work on what would become their next album with producer Laurence Maddy.
When Phonogram released Hot Dogma it failed to reach the commercial charts, and TISM were fired six months later due to management issues, despite owing the label tens of thousands of dollars.
Over two nights in May , the band were filmed live and released the video Incontinent in Ten Continents These performances were the last for guitarist Leek Van Vlalen. A new guitarist, 'Tony Coitus' later 'Tokin' Blackman' joined the group onstage for the first time on 23 January Courts issued an injunction order of the CD when the Ken Done Society threatened legal action over the artwork,  which parodied Done's signature style and depicted a koala sucking a syringe.
The matter was settled for an undisclosed amount of money "fairly close to the amount that Radiohead spends on buying friends"  and was re-released with new artwork as Censored Due To Legal Advice. The release was a shift from alternative-rock to synth -driven techno and dance which retained vocal melodies and loud guitars.
A four CD box set of early albums was released and steady record sales allowed extensive tours of Australia and New Zealand. Dropping [Australia's standards] through the floor into the proverbial sewer. After Shock records Following the tour, TISM signed with Festival Mushroom Records , which re-released their entire back catalogue except for Hot Dogma, their previous singles and the bonus discs for Machiavelli and wanker. Touring became less thorough than in previous years, though no less active — at the closing of the Punters Club , the band ended up naked and tore the ceiling down during the gig.
FMR then released tism. Finding themselves with no record label again, TISM returned to touring. A documentary and full length album were also included, making it a 3-disc set which received good reviews;  however, the release was not eligible for ARIA chart tracking. Ironically, TISM performed after that concert in order to promote the set.
The single reached the German commercial charts. This opening remark can be interpreted as the band announcing their breakup. In early , a Melbourne country and western band called Root! Flaubert now called DC Root on vocals. He was survived by his wife Maddy and their daughter Ella. In , their website www. On 8 April , YouTube user "tismwebsite" uploaded a previously unseen video of Tokin' Blackman improvising a guitar solo. Flaubert on vocals and Jock Cheese on guitars, and had wholly new lyrics.
This is the most recent TISM release to date. In mid, Flaubert's project Root! Although the press release concluded with " All will be revealed soon. This show followed the announcement that Australia would be invited to enter the Eurovision Song Contest and a petition was started on Change.
The petition received national news coverage in Australia   after amassing several thousand signatories on its first day.
Members TISM members were pseudonymous and anonymous. They wore balaclavas during all public appearances. However, some of their names have been revealed see below. Guitar — Genre B. Vocals — Les Miserables: Dancing Jon St. Saxophone, Vocals St. Peenis played saxophone on earlier recordings. Identities TISM have used a variety of methods to conceal their identities. They have never officially revealed their names, instead choosing to use pseudonyms on their records and in interviews, all the while concealing their faces.
Usually this involves the wearing of a balaclava , but outrageous costumes have been created for the purpose, including Ku Klux Klan uniforms made of newspaper ,  silver suits with puffy arms and legs to mimic an inflated cask wine bladder ,  giant foam paintings worn on the head,  large foam signs bearing the name of a Beatle ,  fat 'businessman' suits,  and eight-foot-high inflatable headpieces  among others. Who TISM are beneath the masks has been the cause of much speculation by fans, with one theory contending that TISM is composed of members of other bands who do not want their fans to find out: Flaubert has stated that "We're actually not AFL, we're more violent and crappy The answer that makes me sound good is that we desired to circumvent the cult of personality that is inherent in rock music by choosing to remain anonymous.
Unlike every other band in rock we chose to be anonymous. The answer that makes me sound good would probably also incorporate some lengthy discussion about Brechtian alienation techniques, about our post modernist grasp of ever cooling universe, and a dehumanising society encapsulated in the somewhat paramilitary aspect of our clothing.
Hitler-Barassi was photographed in at the opening night of Madame Butterfly , which was published on 4 April ;  the book revealed the member to be Peter Minack, who later released a book of his own Campaigning With Grant in , which was about the American Civil War. He died in mid of cancer. Flaubert's real name is Damian Cowell, who performs in the band as D. Timeline Style TISM were distinguished from other 'joke' or 'gimmick bands', by, among other things, their musical style.
The band rarely in any seriousness stated actual influences on the type of music they played, except that The Residents were a band which TISM 'did' notice and 'possibly' took some influence from. One reason for this is clarified in their book, The TISM Guide To Little Aesthetics, in the following paragraphs, when asked why their ideas are post-modern but their music is not: Give me a fucking pop-song.
Not only is it more fun, it's pretty fuckin' hard to write as well. You can bung in as many out-of-tune oboes as you want, but putting chords together so they sound pleasant isn't as simple as it might appear. It mightn't be the Sistine Chapel , but what is?
Ollie fucking Olsen with his stupid feedback and cough mixture? The Jesus and Mary Chain , with their stupid feedback, and their stupid stage show with powerful stupid lights and enough stupid dry ice to enhance their stupid stupidity up its own bullshit crappy teenage pretentious one dimensional dick witted puissant artistic enigma?
Still playing the Mike Oldfield records, huh? Still whipping Yessongs on for a good time? Wanna count on one hand how many people have fun at a Sonic Youth gig? I'm not supporting The Choirboys , old man, I'm just saying that the day some jumped-up over-paid self-important post-modernist cocksucker puts his foot upon his Fairlight computer in the middle of his minute opus "The Silent Forgiveness of the Pig-God" and belts out the chords to " Johnny B.
Goode " is the day I'll join you at the footlights of post-modernism. Besides which, pop songs sell more. They mainly used standard tuning ; however, Eb tuning and drop D were employed in some songs. Jock Cheese's bass was prominent in the songs to a degree that head of Festival Mushroom Records, Michael Parisi, described the sound as "aggressive"  and one fan, reviewing Cheese's solo album Platter, described the basslines as being "heavy".