Michael Tunn’s Request Fest

Double J, Friday May 1st 2015 (online here):

We’ve dug up a classic TISM interview to celebrate 20 years since the release of their biggest album.

Today marks 20 years since the release of TISM’s massively popular fourth album Machiavelli and the Four Seasons.

The record was the anarchic Melbourne band’s most successful. It sold enough copies to go gold, it hit number eight in the charts and spawned singles like ‘Greg, The Stop Sign’ and ‘(He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River’, both of which appeared in the top ten of triple j’s Hottest 100.

To celebrate 20 years since this excellent album’s release, we’ve trawled through the triple j archives and found some typically wild audio of the band back in the day.

They dropped by Michael Tunn’s Request Fest in 1995, where they proceeded to take calls from TISM fans. Unsurprisingly, the band weren’t overly pleasant and took the opportunity to abuse anyone brave enough to call in.

“We don’t like you,” they say to one caller. “You’re an ugly, boring, yobbo guy.”

That pretty much sums up the way the band responded to each of the callers. It makes for hilarious listening, though you have to feel for some of the callers.

Please enjoy. And remember, TISM are shit.