Greg! The Stop Sign!!
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|"Greg! The Stop Sign!!"|
|Single by TISM|
|from the album Machiavelli and the Four Seasons|
"There's More Men in Children Than Wisdom Knows
|Released||31 July 1995|
|Recorded||Platinum Studios, September 1994|
|Songwriter(s)||TISM (Peter Minack, Damian Cowell, John Holt, Eugene Cester, Sean Kelly)|
|TISM singles chronology|
The song, along with its predecessor "(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River" is one of TISM's most popular tracks, and reached #10 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of 1995. The Guardian has called it "a metaphor for our collective mortality" and "thrillingly bizarre".
The song is based on a series of speeding advertisements released by the TAC (road and safety authorities), who are even mentioned in the song. One TAC advertisement in particular that was in heavy rotation on Australian television in the early 1990s featured young people driving in a car on a country road. The atmosphere in the car is jovial; the driver is speeding, though on a country road he doesn't seem to mind and the passengers are not wearing seatbelts. The young driver is momentarily distracted as the car travels into an intersection at the same time as another car. Moments before the accident, the female passenger yells out "Darren!" but it is too late to avoid the accident.
The bridge is recycled from an earlier song called "Consumption Tax", which was recorded during The Beasts of Suburban sessions in 1992 and released on Collected Recordings 1986-1993 in 1995. The solo is a variation on the intro riff from The Shadows' composition "FBI".
The video for the song, directed by Mark Hartley, begins with TISM in the locker room of the St Kilda Football Club, eventually having them perform the song in a football field. According to Tim Webster on the Gold! Gold!! Gold!!! (1998) video, this was an effort to "Save the St Kilda club".
Eventually the song turns into a more regular style video clip, with a group of teenagers partying in a house. The camera moves into the house to see them all drinking and enjoying themselves, as a standard teenage party would expect to be seen. As the camera moves into the back room, a teenage girl is seen vomiting on the floor, overlooked by a member of TISM. The video then turns into a series of disappointing moments, all watched by a member of TISM, such as a woman finding her fresh bread has mould on it and the toilet roll is empty. Back in the house one of the most notorious and well known scenes of the video shows a dog eating the vomit from earlier. Meanwhile, outside a couple argue, once again as a member of TISM watches on.
- "Greg! The Stop Sign!!"
- "Strictly Loungeroom"
- "There's More Men in Children Than Wisdom Knows"
Both B-side tracks appeared on the compilation Gold! Gold! Gold! For Australia - A Bonus Disc in 1996, although the compilation version of "There's More Men in Children than Wisdom Knows" is shorter (3:14 rather than this version's 3:36) due to extra noise after the song itself being truncated.
- Peter Minack - lead vocals
- James Paull - guitar, backing vocals
- John Holt - bass, backing vocals
- Damian Cowell - drums, backing vocals, lead vocals (bridge)
- Eugene Cester - keyboards, backing vocals
- Greg! The Stop Sign!! by TISM – a metaphor for our collective mortality, by Adam Woolcock, in the Guardian; published November 24, 2014; retrieved November 23, 2016
- TAC advertisement
- Jonathan Lewis. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-22.