Craplister's impressions of the tism.bestoff launch, fortyfivedownstairs, 16/07/02

[The launch of the album tism.bestoff was not a gig, but a debate on the subject TISM IS ART, featuring members of TISM for the negative. Members of TISM also served pancakes, sushi and free piss. Photos of the event may be viewed at ]

From : "Ms .45"  
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Subject : tism: The Mating Call Of The Female Bogan  
Date :  Wed, 17 Jul 2002 02:47:48 +1000  

To wit: "I'm soooooooo druuuuuuuuunk..."...

This was a bit interesting from a number of perspectives. Like, the fact that there was a "normal" art gallery opening upstairs at Span Galleries, and therefore free piss BEFORE you got to the TISM free piss. And the fact that the TISM launch had pancakes. With lemon and sugar. Barbara likes pancakes with lemon and sugar (Barbara is also so fucking ratarsed that she is referring to hershelf in the third personnnnn). And the fact that your pancakes would be served by Humphrey B. Flaubert OR, even better, John Safran. (As in, "Hi, my namesh Barbara, you dunno me but I call you every week at RRR and annoy you".)

Mercifully, my comic WASN'T featured - thank fuck, I don't really feel like explaining it (beyond pointing out that the inspiration for my comic was "Been Caught Wanking"). However I did go up to a guy who was the fucking dead spit of Aidan Fennessey from Water Rats and say "Do I know you from somewhere???" and he said "No, but I did that painting as part of a TISM performance" (pointing to a big painting of TISM in the context of a western gunfight). Um, ok, cool. (My favourite TISM painting was the one behind the performers, that is, when Jon St Peenis and Tokin Blackman were doing their solo or semi solo sets - JSP was accompanied by a (muted) trumpet guy - I don't know who the artist was though.)

There were, as mentioned, solo sets by JSP and Tokin, and I really liked both. I also went up to Max Crawdaddy and clarified the "Max Crawdaddy was in TISM" rumour, which is basically that he wasn't in TISM as such, he was a human prop - he dressed in a bouncer's uniform with a mask on stage, he wasn't in the band. I did not get to talk to anyone else - in fact, I didn't even score any sushi off RHB on account of I'm pathologically shy, and I love sushi more than just about anything except beer (there was plenty of that). Except for the deeply unsuccessful non-conversation with Eug that I've mentioned in another post (as a PBS volly I am quite happy for Eug et cie to simply be a PBS patron - bring on the freebies). (I should also point out that one of Tokin's bands, Blind Lemon Chicken, are band subscribers to Blues Cruise on Tuesday arvos on PBS, and you should follow their example, after all if you had $110 you'd just piss it away on food and clothing and rent.)

While I remember, Peter Aylward's wife Julie gave birth to a baby boy named Clark Ethan on Sunday. Mother and baby both well, heartiest congratulations from the arse end of the craplist...

Um, the debate itself. By the time this came on, I was fucking shitfaced and thinking to myself "Fuck it... Eggy and Peter Aylward are taping it, I'll get it when it comes online". So I didn't pay as close attention as I should have. However, the case for the affirmative actually did pretty well considering they were up against TISM - pretty fucking tough competition - they weren't utterly brilliant but they were reasonably funny.

From : "Brent Edwards"  
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Subject : tism: Re: zzzzzzz.......  
Date : Wed, 17 Jul 2002 01:07:07 +1000  

Just to confirm the mail I got last night from the Tism roadies. It's not confirmed yet but if you are in Brisbane keep the 20th of September free, Sydney the 21st & 22nd of Sept free (I'm planning to be in Sydney that weekend) and of course the 27th for the grand final eve show. These will be confirmed when the band can decide if they can fit these dates around their day jobs, or if they can get a leave pass from their wives! [NB: This is for the Prince of Wales hotel in St Kilda.]  

The launch? all in all pretty pissweak, a TISM speciality, but as always interesting. HBF serving crepes, RHB serving sushi, JSP waiting drinks (they ran out of piss twice), lots of interesting TISM stuff on the walls, a piss funny debate, a bit of a jam & spot the celeb. What was really funny though was watching the band members swap costumes, there was only ever 4 members on the floor at any one time but it seemed that HBF & EDLHCB swapped with TB & JC? back and forth (don't think LM was there). Good to catch up and have a beer with the crapsters as well.



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