Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance

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This article is about their debut album. For the private tape, see Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance (private tape).
Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance
Studio album by TISM
Released September 1988
Recorded Platinum Studios May 1987-March 1988
Trees Studios, Melbourne 3RRR Studios, Electric Leakland Premises
The Venue, St. Kilda February 5, 1988
Trade Union Club, Sydney December 11-12 1987
TISM's bedroom, 30 December 1982-March 1986
Genre Alternative rock, sound collage, shock rock, punk rock, spoken word
Length 69:48
Label Musicland/Elvis, Shock, Festival Mushroom
Producer TISM
TISM chronology
Form and Meaning reach Ultimate Communion
Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance
Hot Dogma (1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance is the debut album by the Australian band TISM. The album title was suggested by Sean Kelly's good friend, the well-known Australian philosopher Michaelis Michael. Originally released on vinyl as a double album, it was later re-issued as a single compact disc. The vinyl release has a different vocal mix on the track Saturday Night Palsy, including an alternate line of lyrics, with the vinyl release's line "I want to shoot heroin through the eye" replaced with the line "I want to shove a red-hot poker through the eye" on the CD.

The album reached #48 on the ARIA Charts in October 1988.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Interested in Apathy"   2:55
2. "Saturday Night Palsy"   3:21
3. "The Mystery of the Artist Explained"   3:09
4. "If You're Creative, Get Stuffed"   3:01
5. "40 Years – Then Death"   4:18
6. "Anarchy Means Crossing When It Says "Don't Walk""   1:31
7. "The Ballad of John Bonham's Coke Roadie"   2:37
8. "Choose Bad Smack"   3:00
9. "The Fosters Car Park Boogie"   2:37
10. "Martin Scorsese Is Really Quite a Jovial Fellow"   3:01
11. "I Drive a Truck"   2:12
12. "Defecate on My Face"   4:42
This Record Isn't As Good As the Other One
No. Title Length
13. "Kill Americans"   2:16
14. "Volare"   0:58
15. "The Penis is Mightier than the Sword"   2:17
16. "Slave to the Economist"   0:52
17. "I Shit Me"   2:47
18. "Doug Parkinson Sings Christie Allen"   0:55
19. "Gimme Gimme Nervous Breakdown"   2:31
20. "The Ballad of the Semitic Nazi"   0:39
21. "And the Ass Said to the Angel: "Wanna Play Kick-to-Kick"?"   3:59
22. "The Mordialloc Road Duplicator"   3:41
23. "Jack Elliot's Turf Whinge"   1:12
24. "Ezra Pound-Axe King"   1:35
25. "Johnny To B. Or Not To B. Goode"   0:26
26. "Morrison Hostel"   7:48
27. Untitled (Unlisted) 1:08


  1. ^ Lewis, Jonathan. "Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance - T.I.S.M.". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-17.