TISM-The White Albun (2004)

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Released 15-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Before The Show
Featurette-After The Show
Multiple Angles-Ron Cam
Multiple Angles-Do It Yourself Edit
Trailer-Madman Propaganda
CD-The White Albun
Featurette-Ron & Humphrey Interviews
Featurette-Home Videos
Featurette-Film Clips
Featurette-Live At Homebake
DVD Credits
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 69:23 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Craig Melville
Genre B.Goode
Madman Entertainment
Starring Ron Hitler Barassi
Tokin' Blackman
Eugene de la Hot-Croix Bun
Jock Cheese
Humphrey B. Flaubert
Les Miserables
Jon St. Peenis
Case Gatefold
RPI $39.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"This Is Serious Mum"

†††† TISM formed in the early1980s as a band of (largely) anonymous ex university based friends with a shared interest in tongue-in-cheek and irreverent lyrics mixed with pop structured rock and techno beats. The TISM brand of high energy alternative rock songs, bizarre costuming and outrageous stage antics led to a vigorous underground following and semi cult status amongst the back-alleys of Melbourne. After releasing their debut single Defecate On My Face in 1986 and the follow up 40 Years - Then Death in 1987 they had enough material to compile their first album Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance. This record contained two vinyl LPs with one disc containing their most popular tracks and the other a mix of interviews and bedroom recordings. Phonogram Records signed the band in 1989 but not until 1991, after signing with Shock Records, did TISM achieve mainstream success. This period saw the band develop a more techno and dance based style which attracted the youth market of the time, and saw three of their singles featured on youth radio station Triple J. Their rise in popularity and increased public exposure also led to protests by conservative groups about the content of their songs and videos - which were designed to shock, amuse and offend. This of course only enhanced their reputation. After a short signing period with Festival Mushroom Records TISM found themselves out of contract in 2002 and effectively finished as a band. A short return to touring however led to the 2003 one-off concert at the Hi Fi Bar which was recorded for DVD and named The White Albun (in parody of The Beatlesí The White Album). In typical TISM style the concert was satirically themed as a "Save Our TISM" benefit, with a fake telethon running in the background. With only limited appearances following that event, and nothing in recent years, it is assumed that although not officially announced, TISM is defunct as a working group.

†††† The White Albun concert (titled A Film By Antonionioni) begins as a faux "Save Our TISM" telethon benefit hosted by "Marcel Proust" (Mark O'Toole) complete with a unit of telephone operators and props. Apparently needs to raise a million dollars to avoid splitting up after refusing an offer from Powderfinger to merge. TISM take to the stage in support of the telethon dressed in alfoil-like suits and immediately break into their techno favourites interspersed with crowd diving, telethon updates, and various stage incidents (including the tearing off of clothes). Bizarre although it may all sound TISM can really put on a show and there's a lot of fun to be had. The crowd is really pumped and participate in the antics with enthusiasm. When towards the end of the concert Proust (our telethon host) announces that TISM has fallen short of their goal by one dollar, the crowd proceed to pelt him with dollar coins. In hindsight he should have worn a helmet as many coins are seen bouncing off his head. After falling short of their target the band is declared disbanded and the concert concludes abruptly with the curtains closing and Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were playing in the background. At a little over an hour this is a very short but nevertheless entertaining concert. The music is high energy and humorous at the same time, with the stage antics of the seven TISM members always attention grabbing. Although I had seen TISM on late night music TV this concert was a bit of a revelation, and I'll be seeking out more of their material in the future.

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Track Listing

1. I Don't Give A F***
2. Death, Death, Death, Amway, Amway,
3. I'm Interested In Apathy
4. 40 Years - Then Death
5. Sid Viscous
6. Saturday Night Palsy
7. Five Yards
8. Whatareya?
9. Diatribe
10. All Homeboys Are Dickheads
11. Root
12. Greg! The Stop Sign!!
13. I'll 'Ave Ya
14. (He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River
15. TISM Are S***
16. I Drive A Truck
17. BFW
18. Defecate On My Face

Transfer Quality


†††† The concert is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This is only a fair video transfer with all the faults usually associated with low budget concert material on display. Colours are patchy with stage lighting making a mash of the black and grey levels and shadow detail. The hand held cameras were often jerky and out of focus with a lot of grain evident - especially in the audience shots. Fortunately there are no obvious film artefacts and no evident faults introduced from the mastering to DVD. Overall, and allowing for the low budget and difficult conditions, the video quality was rated as fair.

†††† This is a dual layer disc but I could not see the layer change using my equipment.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


†††† The default Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448Kb/s offering delivers plenty of driving rhythms and accurate front stage action but little with regards to rear surrounds. The Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224 Kb/s offering is slightly more subdued in using left and right directional effects and is also set at a lower sound level. Singing and dialogue is always easy to understand with no synchronisation problems. Overall this is very good concert audio presentation that will get your room jumping if the volume is turned up.

†††† The front sound stage was very good and clear with main voices coming from the centre channel. Rear surround channel use was limited. The subwoofer was used well and did not overpower the vocals.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



†††† The menu featured looping audio with static background.

††††Extras - Disc 1

Before The Show (2:36)

†††† Some brief fan vox pops before the concert and backstage with TISM.

After The Show (4:57)

†††† More brief fan vox pops - this time after the concert.

Ron Cam

†††† Enables a viewing of the concert with Ron Hitler-Barassi always in camera shot.

Do It Yourself Edit

†††† Allows the viewer to select and combine segments from four camera views of Forty Years - Then Death with subsequent viewing on the fly.

Madman Propaganda

†††† Trailers for: 24 Hour Party People (2:08), Amandla (1:42); A Weekend In The Country (3:43); Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2:02); The Story Of Cool Britannia (2:01); Kung Faux (1:01).

††††Extras - Disc 2:

The White Albun CD

†††† The White Albun CD containing the following tracks:

†††† 1. Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me; 2. Bone Idol; 3. Message From The Big Day Out Port-A-loo; 4. DJ Trevor; 5. I Rooted A Girl Who Rooted A Guy Who Rooted A Girl Who Rooted A Guy Who Rooted A Girl Who Rooted Shane Crawford; 6. The Birth Of Uncool; 7. As Seen On Reality; 8. The Song Of The Quarter Time Siren (Car Battery); 9. Diffident Strokes; 10. Ken Bruce Has Gone Mad; 11. Sorted For D'n'M; 12. Cerebral Knievel; 13. Tonight Harry's Practice Visits The Home Of Charlie "Bird" Parker; 14. Somebody Start A Fight Or Something; 15. Neck It; 16. TISM Are S***.

††††Extras - Disc 3

Ron & Humphrey Interviews (21:32)

†††† TISM Explained by Humphrey B. Flaubert and Ron Hitler-Barassi. Humphrey and Ron explain why no one should be interested in this extra but then proceed with a tongue in cheek exposition on their "art" and origins. Quite entertaining as these blokes are pretty amusing but it's hard to know what's real and what's performance.

Home Videos (57:10)

†††† Concert and backstage clips of pretty poor (usually bootleg quality) video with 1.33:1 aspect and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio at 224 Kb/s.

Film Clips (57:10)

†††† All music videos with 1.33:1 aspect and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio at 224 Kb/s. Note that clip six has high level (simulated I assume) sexual content.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††††There are no other versions available.


†††† The White Albun is an excellent introduction to the world of TISM with clever songs using driving rhythms and a lot of tongue-in-cheek (if vulgar) humour. The concert is disappointingly short however the numerous bonus videos make up for it. The video is fair for a low budget concert offering with audio quality rated as very good. The extras are comprehensive although a lot of it is just filler. Overall Iíd class this DVD as recommended.

†††† Video is fair.

Audio is very good.

Extras are very good.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Mike B (read my bio)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910 and Panasonic BD-35, using HDMI output
DisplayPanasonic TH-58PZ850A. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationDenon AVR-3808 pre-out to Elektra Theatron 7 channel amp
SpeakersB&W LCR600 centre and 603s3 mains, Niles in ceiling surrounds, SVS PC-Ultra Sub

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