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www.tism.wanker.com
Studio album by TISM
Released 2 June 1998
Recorded Kiss Studios, Seed Studios, Sing Sing, Rev. Ian Paisley Park Studios May 1997 – January 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Label genre b.goode / Shock
FMR (3 December 2001 re-issue)
Producer TISM
TISM chronology
Machines Against the Rage
(1996)
www.tism.wanker.com
(1998)
De RigueurMortis
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

www.tism.wanker.com is the name of a 1998 album by Australian alternative rock group TISM (This Is Serious Mum). The album title references an internet URL which, at the time of release, was a subdomain (of wanker.com) provided by a friendly person overseas who had registered wanker.com, as TISM were not able to obtain their preferred domain, wanker.com.au, due to Australian domain regulations. However, the web hosting fees were not paid, subsequently it was taken down by the hosting ISP several months after launch and has not been available since.

Early editions of the CD featured a CD-ROM component. The program asks the user whether he or she wants to continue – repeatedly. Eventually, it responds "OK then. Downloading virus." No virus is actually downloaded, and this is another example of the band's warped humour.

Initial pressings of the album were shipped with a bonus disc. The CD in question looks like a blank CDR, with texta writing that reads 'Att: SHOCK RECORDS FAULTY PRESSING DO NOT MANUFACTURE'; thinking it was serious, some retail chains actually returned boxes of the "fake" CDs unopened. [2] In reality, it featured a mixture of songs, poems and low-quality audio recordings of Hitler-Barassi and Flaubert discussing various topics whilst watching the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape.

The sleeve contains a choice of seven front covers for the album. Humorously, they are virtually identical, all consisting of a close up photo of an individual, masked, TISM member. Each is labelled with their name and states that they 'think(s) this should be the front cover'. It bears a resemblance to the album cover of the album Dark Room by The Angels.

Themes[edit]

The album consists mainly of standard TISM songs, parodying popular culture and engaging in toilet humour. The album also demonstrates a "serious" attempt by the band to divide Australian male culture into two groups – "yobs" (yobbos) and "wankers". This is best demonstrated in the lyrics of the third single, "Whatareya":

You're a yob, or you're a wanker
Take your fucking choice
So who is your favourite genius
James Hird or James Joyce?

The rest of the song continues in a similar vein, including such distinctions as "The wanker fights class prejudice/The yobbo...just fights." Other targets on the album are nightclub culture ("Dumb and Base"), Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath ("The Parable of Glenn McGrath's Haircut") and teenagers ("Thunderbirds Are Coming Out").

Singles[edit]

The first single released for the album was "Yob". The first video released for the album was for "I Might Be a Cunt, but I'm Not a Fucking Cunt", and is a parody of the Mimi Macpherson sex tape. Two other videos, Whatareya?, featured the band on an Aerobics Oz Style-style television show and Thunderbirds Are Coming Out, featured various bands of the day.

Controversy[edit]

See I Might Be a Cunt, but I'm Not a Fucking Cunt

Track listing[edit]

www.tism.wanker.com
No. Title Length
1. "(There's Gonna Be) Sex Tonite"   3:38
2. "Whatareya?"   3:34
3. "Dumb 'n' Base"   4:52
4. "Thunderbirds Are Coming Out"   3:25
5. "Been Caught Wankin'"   4:06
6. "Denial Works For Me"   5:01
7. "The Parable of Glenn McGrath's Haircut"   4:13
8. "I Might Be a Cunt, but I'm Not a Fucking Cunt" (Censored on back cover) 2:47
9. "Yob"   3:21
10. "Great Expectorations"   3:27
11. "A Hard-Earned Thirst Needs a Big Cold Beer, but I Drink to Get Pissed"   3:29
12. "The Men's Room"   3:47

Att: Shock Records Faulty Pressing Do Not Manufacture[edit]

Att: Shock Records Faulty Pressing Do Not Manufacture
Studio album by TISM
Released 2 June 1998
Recorded Kiss Studios, Seed Studios, Sing Sing, Rev. Ian Paisley Park Studios May 1997 – January 1998
Genre Alternative rock/Spoken word
Length 56:55
Label genre b.goode
Producer TISM
TISM chronology
Machines Against the Rage
(1996)
www.tism.wanker.com
(bonus disc)
(1998)
De RigueurMortis
(2001)

The "conversation" tracks have never been given an official title. For the iTunes re-release, these tracks were appended to the start/end of the titled tracks. The titles were available on TISM's website at the time.[3]

No. Title Length
1. "Conversation About Porn" (Unlisted) 0:52
2. "Describe The Worst Headjob You've Ever Had? – Fantastic!"   6:49
3. "Conversation About This Kid" (Unlisted) 1:03
4. "The Last Australian Guitar Hero"   6:27
5. "Conversation About Springvale" (Unlisted) 0:25
6. "Kate, Fischer of Men"   2:11
7. "My Brilliant Huntington's Chorea"   2:38
8. "Conversation About Private Schools" (Unlisted) 0:56
9. "Apology of the Thai Drug Runner"   5:21
10. "Conversation About Reviews" (Unlisted) 0:21
11. "Julius Seizure (Act III, Scene II, verse 73-118)"   4:49
12. "Neighbours – Everybody Loves Good Neighbours"   4:55
13. "Conversation About Robin Trower" (Unlisted) 0:21
14. "Opposite Day"   5:05
15. "Conversation About Super" (Unlisted) 0:19
16. "Rebel Without a Paunch"   2:26
17. "Conversation About Bad Music" (Unlisted) 0:47
18. "I'd Be Happier If I Was More Depressed"   3:25
19. "Conversation About Cross-Fades" (Unlisted) 0:20
20. "Professor Derrida Deconstructs"   3:21
21. "Ya Gotta Love That"   4:04
Total length:
56:55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Lewis. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ Hurwood, Michael (2001-09-09) "(klf) Band Parallels (A bit OT)." The KLF mailinglist (paragraph 10 in the second post). Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  3. ^ TISM Lyrics: Att: Shock Records – hosted by the Internet Archive