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I have no particular theme or reason for posting these, other than that I really like TISM and think more people should know them.

How to explain this band? They're from Melbourne, Australia, and they play music that's somewhere in between quirky, funny, horrifying, and undergrad philosophy, all while wearing masks. They're like evil, scatologically inclined mirror universe version of They Might Be Giants. They're rumoured to be accountants and schoolteachers by day. Their members go by names like "Ron Hitler-Barassi" and "Humphrey B. Flaubert" (references to footballer Ron Barassi and children's television character Humphrey B. Bear, for the non-Australians reading.)

This quote from Wikipedia will give you an idea of what they're like: "By 1985 the band was playing regularly around Melbourne and soon released their début single, "Defecate On My Face" (1986), a 7" vinyl packaged in a 12" sleeve with all four sides glued shut"

I never saw them live but one time, I was meeting a friend who was working reception at a community radio station, and I had to wait a while for her to finish her shift. While I was sitting there, a stampede came through, shouting and pushing people out of their way, all dressed in black and wearing ski masks. It was TISM on their way to an interview.

The songs I'm about to link are those that are easiest to find on Youtube, which means the more recent stuff. But I got to know them through their earlier albums, "Hot Dogma" and "Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance", from the late 80s/early 90s. Those have a different sound (more like Australian pub rock, less like dance music) so it's worth hunting down some of that if you can.

Anyway, without further ado...

1) (He'll never be an) Old Man River



"I'm on the drug, I'm on the drug, I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix."

4 more songs: Greg the Stop Sign // Thunderbirds Are Coming Out // Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me // We Are the Champignons )

If you're interested in more, pretty much all their stuff is on iTunes. Best Off is their greatest hits compilation.

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