TISM

This Is Serious Mum

Also known as T.I.S.M., This Is Serious Mum

Short biography of TISM: This Is Serious Mum (TISM) formed in 1982 in Springvale (the Melbourne suburb). The Australian "anti-band" have created some of the most scathing satires about kultur.

After recording over 100 songs (the legendary unreleased "Bedroom Tapes"), the band suddenly split up. They reformed eighteen months later, inviting future Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, Philip Roth, and guitarist Eddie Van Halen to join the band as lead tambourine player. All three declined.

Playing their first headlining shows throughout 1985, TISM hid their real identities by always performing onstage in balaclavas and surreal clothing, developing a directly confrontational and self-mocking live style.

Ron 'Hitler' Barassi and Humphrey B. Flaubert, and other members were able to evolve fluidly through line-up changes, while creating memorable public personas, influenced by the Surrealists, Captain Beefheart, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa.

Through a series of seminal early releases, including Defecate on My Face (1986), Form and Meaning Reach Ultimate Communion (1986), and Great Truckin' Songs of The Renaissance (1988), TISM's cult reputation and satirical outlook on the Australian psyche is quickly established. Signing to Phonogram, TISM released Hot Dogma (1990) to poor sales, and were "dropped" from their label, but are captured live in Leo Berkeley's film Holidays On The River Yarra (1990). Rumored to have broken up, the band return with a vengeance by signing to independent label Shock Records, and releasing the Beasts of Suburban EP (1992), and the well-received Gentlemen, Start Your Egos (1992) album.

Controversy flares again in 1993 when artist Ken Done sues the band over their cover to the "Australia The Lucky Cunt" single, whose Koala-with-Syringe parodied Done's visual style. The single was withdrawn after a week; it was later re-released under the title "Censored Due To Legal Advice" with an alternative cover mocking Sinead O'Connor's blistering attack on the Pope. Visceral live performances throughout 1993 and 1994 established high expectations for Machiavelli and the Four Seasons (1995). The album's singles "Jung Talent Time"; "[He'll Never Be An] Ol' Man River" (about River Phoenix) and "Greg! The Stop Sign" were extremely popular.

TISM's song-writing and techno-beats captured the attention of fans. TISM, the ultimate anti-band, found themselves "peaking" on the Australian national charts. After years of being exiled in the wilderness, Ron 'Hitler' Barassi reacted, with disbelief.

Shock Records took advantage of this newfound popularity by re-releasing the album in 1996 with the Machines Against The Rage live sessions. TISM spent most of 1996 touring and performing live on Australian television shows.

TISM had evolved into a 'core' quartet. Session members and live performers rounded out the band as required. The single "Shut up, the Footy's on the Radio" (1997) was dismissed by most fans as commercial opportunism, but the next single "Yob" (1997) suggested a further maturation of the band's techno-pop fusion, which dominated TISM's www.tism.wanker.com (1998). De Rigueurmortis (2001) continues TISM's Rabelaisian tradition.

Debate still rages over TISM and their legacy. Critics claim that TISM's output has become increasingly commercial and remains offensive to some audiences. But fans relish a band that dares to attack Australian and international icons so openly (except for failed entrepreneur-turned-criminal Christopher Skase).

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  1. http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/dossier/id165/pg1/index.html
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Jung Talent Time (The Re-Mixes) 8
mp3, CD
1995-02-13 Genre B.Goode
2 Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me 5
mp3, CD
2005-07-06 Epic
3 Great Truckin' Songs Of The Renaissance 27
mp3, CD
1991 Shock (2)
4 Machiavelli And The Four Seasons 13
mp3, CD
1995 Genre B.Goode
5 Hot Dogma 25
mp3, CD
1990-09-00 Phonogram
6 The Beasts Of Suburban 8
mp3, CD
1992 Shock (2)
7 Gentlemen, Start Your Egos 14
mp3, CD
1996 Shock (2)
8 Australia The Lucky Cunt 5
mp3, CD
1993 Shock (2)
9 The White Albun 76
mp3, CD
2004-06-24
10 Great Truckin' Songs Of The Renaissance 27
mp3, CD
1988 Elvis Records
11 Form And Meaning Reach Ultimate Communion 10
mp3, CD
1986-11-00 Elvis Records
12 Saturday Night Palsy 4
mp3, CD
1989-01-00
13 Gentlemen, Start Your Egos 14
mp3, CD
1991 Shock (2)
14 Great Truckin' Songs Of The Renaissance 27
mp3, CD
1991 Shock (2)
15 The Beasts Of Suburban 14
mp3, CD
1992 Shock (2)
16 Honk If You Love Fred Durst 3
mp3, CD
2002-01-26
17 The Beasts Of Suburban 12
mp3, CD
2001 Genre B.Goode
18 Gold! Gold!! Gold!!! 3
mp3, CD
1998-07-13 Warner Music
19 Defecate On My Face 3
mp3, CD
1986 Elvis Records
20 40 Years (Then Death) 2
mp3, CD
1987-09-01 Platinum Studios
21 The Ballad Of John Bonham's Coke Roadie 2
mp3, CD
1988-05-00 Elvis Records
22 I'm Interested In Apathy 3
mp3, CD
1988-12-00 Elvis Records
23 Hot Dogma - The Interview Disc 22
mp3, CD
1990 Phonogram
24 Martin Scorsese Is Really Quite A Jovial Fellow 2
mp3, CD
1989-06-00 Elvis Records
25 I Don't Want TISM I Want A Girlfriend 2
mp3, CD
1989-12-00 Elvis Records
26 The History Of Western Civilisation 2
mp3, CD
1990 Phonogram
27 Let's Form A Company 2
mp3, CD
1990 Polygram
28 I'm Interested In Apathy 2
mp3, CD
1988-11-00 Elvis Records
29 www.tism.wanker.com 12
mp3, CD
1998
30 Gentlemen, Start Your Egos 14
mp3, CD
2001
31 Shut Up - The Footy’s On The Radio 3
mp3, CD
1997-06-00 Genre B.Goode
32 Shut Up - The Footy's On The Radio (21st Century Remix) 3
mp3, CD
2010-03-21 Genre B.Goode
33 This Is Serious Mum 10
mp3, CD
1985-11-00 Not On Label (TISM Self-released)
34 The Making Of De Rigueurmortis 3
mp3, CD
2001-09-27
35 Hot Dogma 24
mp3, CD
1990 Phonogram

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