Defecate on My Face
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|"Defecate On My Face"|
|Single by TISM|
|B-side||Death Death Death
The Art-Income Dialectic
|Recorded||York Street Studios, 6 October 1985 and Aztec Studios, 24 November 1985|
|TISM singles chronology|
The original release of the single was on 7" vinyl which came packaged in a 12" cardboard sleeve and was sealed on all four sides, so that one side had to be broken to hear the record. The original single has become a collectors item among fans, with unopened ones being a sort of "Holy Grail" to TISM collectors.
The song tells the story of Adolf Hitler and his rise through history as a great dictator. It follows his various successes throughout the Second World War, and in doing so, it reveals that his dramatic rise to power is made possible, or perhaps hampered, by his one weakness: He requires that Eva Braun defecate on his face, presumably as a fetish. When, one day she refuses, his dictatorship goes awry and several misfortunes befall him. The song reveals this to be the cause of the (real-life) failure of his plans to conquer the world, and his ultimate demise.
The chorus contains the lines: "There's trouble brewing in the Warsaw Pact; So hurry up Eva and move your digestive tract". This is despite the fact that the Warsaw Pact was not established until 1955; several years after Hitler's death.
The video was filmed in 1985 and features stock footage of Nazi soldiers and several high-ranking Nazi officials intercut with footage of bombs dropping and aftermath of these events. One notable scene involves a man who looks up just as bombs are dropped from a plane, a subtle nod towards the song's theme. Also in the video are TISM dancing in front of a white screen in their trademark black balaclavas and Ku Klux Klan uniforms. One part features a TISM member with a white sheet over his head trying to eat popcorn through the sheet.
One odd moment in the video features a piece of card featuring a quote, apparently from T. S. Eliot which reads "Hurry Up" and a caption "To his kettle". Below it is small print that says "THIS WRITING IS FOR PEOPLE WHO SLOW DOWN THEIR VIDEOS".
At two minutes into the video, two unmasked TISM members can be seen.
The second B-side, "The Art-Income Dialectic", was recorded as a prize for winning a 3RRR battle of the bands competition. It was recorded in the Aztec Studios on 24 November 1985, alongside two other tracks: "If You Want the Toilet, You're In It" and "When You're Happy and You Know It, Kill Yourself". "If You Want the Toilet..." was released on Collected Recordings 1986-1993 in 1995, while "When You're Happy..." remains unreleased, however it was played live in 1986.
The title has become the most re-released TISM song, appearing on several recordings.The song was originally written in 1983 and appears on the bedroom tape "Hooked on Crap" from that year, which remains unreleased. The first released version was a darker version of the track, with an extensive scratching solo, appearing on "This Is Serious Mum Demo Tape" (1985). The next version was a 7" single, which contained a version of "Defecate..." that would later appear on tism.bestoff. (2002) along with a remix by Machine Gun Fellatio. The most well-known appears on their album Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance (1988), with the turntable solo replaced by a Beatles sample. A country and western version was recorded for Form and Meaning Reach Ultimate Communion (1986) and re-appeared on Gentlemen, Start Your Egos (1992). Machines Against the Rage (1996) and The White Albun (2004) both included live versions.
|1.||"Defecate on My Dace"||4:49|
|2.||"Death Death Death"||3:05|
|3.||"The Art/Income Dialectic"||1:24|
|4.||"Death Death Death (Live at the Users Club Flaubert Drum Solo version" (Bonus track, only available with iTunes rerelease)||13:31|