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Www.tism.wanker.com

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 TISM-owned domain name. However, some months after the release of the album the site was apparently hacked. It was taken down 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 www.tism.wanker.com were shipped with a bonus disc. The CD in question looks like a blank CDR, with texta writing 'Att: SHOCK RECORDS FAULTY PRESSING DO NOT MANUFACTURE'. Thinking it was serious, some retail chains actually returned boxes of the "fake" CD's unopened. In reality, it featured some songs, poems and low-quality audio recordings of Hitler-Barassi and Flaubert discussing various topics whilst watching pornography.

Themes

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

The first single released for the album was Yob. It was a radio only single. The first video released for the album was "I Might be a Cunt But I'm Not A Fucking Cunt", which is a parody of the widely-distributed video of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's wedding night. 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

The song, I Might Be a Cunt, but I'm Not a Fucking Cunt and its accompanying music video were banned by both ABC's rage and the nation wide Triple J radio station. Ron Hitler-Barassi explained the phrase and critical reaction in an interview:

Australian RSL head Bruce Ruxton wrote a letter of complaint to Shock Records describing it as "...Dropping [Australia's standards] through the floor into the proverbial sewer. The letter was published on TISM's website at the time.

Track listing

www.tism.wanker.com

  1. "(There's Gonna Be) Sex Tonite"
  2. "Whatareya?"
  3. "Dumb 'n' Base"
  4. "Thunderbirds Are Coming Out"
  5. "Been Caught Wankin'"
  6. "Denial Works for Me"
  7. "The Parable of Glenn McGrath's Haircut"
  8. "I Might Be A Cunt, But I'm Not A Fucking Cunt" -- (censored on back cover)
  9. "Yob"
  10. "Great Expectorations"
  11. "A Hard-Earned Thirst Needs a Big Cold Beer, but I Drink to Get Pissed"
  12. "The Men's Room"

Att: Shock Records Faulty Pressing Do Not Manufacture

The tracks are all unlisted, however some track titles were released online. The other tracks are TISM talking amongst themselves while watching pornography. Those spoken word tracks never officially had titles assigned to them, the track list, as it is known officially is, as follows:

  1. "Describe The Worst Head Job I’ve Had? - Fantastic!"

  1. "The Last Australian Guitar Hero"

  1. "Kate - Fischer Of Men"
  2. "My Brilliant Huntington's Chorea"

  1. "The Apology Of The Thai Drug Runner"

  1. "Julius Seizure (Act III Scene ii Verses 73-118)"
  2. "Neighbours - Everybody Loves Good Neighbours"

  1. "Opposite Day"

  1. "Rebel Without A Paunch"

  1. "The Only Thing Stopping Me From Being Happy Is That I’m Not More Depressed"

  1. "Professor Derrida Deconstructs"
  2. "Ya Gotta Love That"

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