TISM's Big Day Out press release, 1996

 

WHAT DOES BEING ON THE BIG DAY OUT MEAN TO YOU?
by Humphrey B. Flaubert (TISM)

I see cornucopia. I see a cornucopia of fresh garden and tropical produce briefly and insouciantly inspected then left in a Freedom-From-Hunger shaming disarray along with the other assorted detritus of rock icon hospitality-tent bacchanalia. "Open another crate of champagne!" orders Perry Farrell as he reclines, barely conscious, on the crisply-mown backstage lawn amongst the carefully arranged azaleas and sunflowers hand-picked from only the best greenhouses in the state, a gaggle of body-pierced acolytes sitting cross-legged and mainlining every phrase uttered forth between Farrell and the black-suited, glowering, Gitane-smoking Nick Cave, whose patch of backstage lawn seems strangely to be in perpetual darkness despite the blinding summer sunshine all around. Bare, tanned flesh is everywhere - taut yet supple pierced navels, tastefully tattooed pertly worshippable male torso's, tantalising half-moons of Generation X bosom barely contained in assertively uncaring slithers of nothing material - it's all there. A conveyor belt of famous, creative independent untrammelled consciousness. The aroma of food, alcohol, chemicals, sex, and above all, fierce youthfulness is in the air.

And TISM watch in salivating frustration from the other side of the cyclone fence, unable to get past the backstage security who refuses them entry because they're nobodies. Which they are.

WHAT ARE FOUR ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO TAKE TO A BIG DAY OUT?
by Les Miserables (TISM)

1. A beige safari suit.
2. One pair of knee-length fawn walk socks.
3. One pair brown leather sandals.
4. A sign saying "Kick Me. I'm different."

 

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