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Melbourne, Australia (1982 – 2004)

TISM (an acronym of This Is Serious Mum) was an Australian alternative rock band from Melbourne. The band was formed in 1982 and broke up in 2004.

The true identities of the members of TISM have been kept secret. For this reason, the band often appear in balaclavas when they play concerts, although they have also been known to indulge in ridiculously complex costumery to the same end. They have been thought to have been influenced by The Residents in this regard. However, the true identities of the members are common knowledge among fans of the band.

Numerous rumours have arisen as to why the members of TISM do not reveal their identities. One of which is that due to the highly controversial nature of their lyrics, if people were to know their true identities they could risk legal action. Another is that they are all, in fact, school teachers and need to keep their reputation in check. The latter theory is supported by the fact that the band’s tour dates virtually always coincide with school holidays.

The band members have created pseudonyms for themselves.
Current known members include:
* Ron Hitler-Barassi: Vocals
* Humphrey B. Flaubert: Vocals
* Jock Cheese: Bass
* Eugene de la Hot-Croix Bun: Keyboards and samples
* Jon St. Peenis: Saxophone
* Les Miserables: Dancing

Past members are:
Tokin’ Blackman (R.I.P. 2008)
Genre B. Goode
Leak Van Vlalen
Tony Coitus
Steak and Charles Kidney

Hits include:

(He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River
Greg! The Stop Sign!!


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