Australia the Lucky Cunt

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Australia the Lucky Cunt
Australia-the-lucky-cunt.jpg
Original cover art
EP by TISM
Released 3 September 1993
Recorded Metropolis Studios, July 1993
Melbourne Showgrounds, 24 January 1993
Genre Alternative rock
Length 17:32
Label Shock Records/genre b.goode
Producer TISM
TISM chronology
Beasts of Suburban
(1992)Beasts of Suburban1992
Australia The Lucky Cunt
(1993)
Machiavelli and the Four Seasons
(1995)Machiavelli and the Four Seasons1995
Censored Due to Legal Advice
Re-issued in November 1993
Re-issued in November 1993

Australia the Lucky Cunt is a five-track extended play released on 3 September 1993 by anonymous Australian alternative rock band, TISM. The title is a play on the expression "The Lucky Country".[1] The album illustrates the heavier rock sound TISM began using on Beasts of Suburban (1992) and was intended to be a promotional single for the band's next album, before that album was scrapped in 1994 and replaced with what became Machiavelli and the Four Seasons (May 1995). Due to controversy over the EP's cover it was re-issued in November as Censored Due to Legal Advice with new artwork.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lose Your Delusion 1"
  2. "Jesus Pots the White Ball"
  3. "Mr.Ches Baragwanath, State Auditor – General"
  4. "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the House of Representatives"
  5. "Recorded by JJJ, 24-1-'93, Melbourne Showgrounds"

Track 5 is often misidentified as being from 23 January, when in fact no gig took place on that day. Three other tracks from the gig circulate in the TISM community, these being "Saturday Night Palsy", "Get Thee to a Nunnery" (the intro of which can be heard if you turn up your volume during the fadeout of the diatribe) and "Russia", whose studio version appeared on promo copies of Machiavelli and the Four Seasons and was later put on an old version of the TISM website. Track 4's chorus is sung to the tune of "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward.

Controversy[edit]

The EP was withdrawn from sale one week after release when art designer, Ken Done, launched legal action and obtained an injunction order banning the sale of the EP due to the original cover art allegedly showing a Done-like koala with a syringe in its mouth.[3][4] The EP was re-released in November 1993 under the title "Censored Due To Legal Advice", with new cover art depicting an incident where Irish singer, Sinéad O'Connor, tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II (the image of the Pope being doctored to read "TISM") on Saturday Night Live.

Re-release[edit]

Although the EP itself was never officially re-released in its original form, shortly after the controversy, it was quickly re-released with alternative artwork as Censored Due to Legal Advice. Following this, the tracks were added to the reissue of Beasts of Suburban, then again in Collected Recordings 1986-1993.

References[edit]

  1. ^ discogs retrieved 26 September 2010
  2. ^ "TISM". The Weirdest Band in the World. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Scatena, Dino (November 1993). "Random Notes". Rolling Stone Australia. No. 489. Sydney, NSW: Tilmond Pty Ltd. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Kerrie (8 July 2004). "Satire and music in accord". The Australian. News Limited. p. 12. Retrieved 31 July 2016.