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TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

Date: April 10, 2020

Desk Tape Series Helping Roadies

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act "Roadies" fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

“The idea of our Desk Tape Series began some years ago for us to help in a small way to help give road crew recognition to themselves and to the public for their contribution to the Aussie music industry,” say founders and co-directors of ARCA, Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson.

“But with the country’s live performance industry estimated to have lost $350 million worth of work by the first week of April, we have to remember that crews are the most at-risk sector and need special extra funding. No crew, no show."

“It is a great honour for us to be able to present these memories to all."

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

The next Desk Tape Series is TISM, Live At The Corner Hotel 1988, out for release on April 10.

Here is a link to TISM Live at the Corner Hotel:-

It was recorded by Mark Woods, who also worked with The Models, Men At Work and Midnight Oil.

TISM (This Is Serious Mum) formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. Their collision of electro pop, vicious satire and performance art, made them one of the country’s most popular live acts and even saw them achieve mainstream chart success.

Hiding behind masks, pseudonyms and elaborate stage costumes, TISM turned every performance and interview into an art event. In one such interview, journalists were stood at the opposite end of a football ground to the band, and forced to communicate via megaphone. On their first appearance on national TV in Australia, TISM appeared with 28 fully costumed members, performing their latest single, ‘Saturday Night Palsy’.

This track is featured on the 1988 Corner show, along with other singles ‘Defecate On My Face’ and ‘I’m Interested In Apathy’ from their ARIA-winning debut album ‘Great Truckin’ Songs Of The Renaissance’.

TISM would go on to win another ARIA for their 1995 Top 10 album ‘Machiavelli And The Four Seasons’.

TISM shows featured all manner of distractions, including debating competitions, an onstage wedding, a stock market simulation, a full costume performance of Shakespeare, a ‘Save Our TISM’ telethon, and even a show where two TISMs performed simultaneously at either ends of the venue.

The 1988 gig at the Corner was a more stripped-down affair, however it still saw the band revving two lawn mowers onstage during the set, highly dangerous behaviour in those pre-safety-conscious days of overcrowded venues.

More desk tapes will be released over the next few months.

Peel and Anderson point out, “Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their exclusive custodian.

“These tapes document the cultural significance of the Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a release to ensure they may never be lost.

“Acts including Australian Crawl, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly have all expressed a willingness to participate, foregoing their performance royalties to assist the crews who have helped them on their journey. Redgum "Live in Amsterdam 1985" was released December 2018”

Sponsors for ARCA Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles

Showtech                Rigging                            

CMI                        P.A and Production                    

Clearlight                Lighting                                      

DSE Trucks  Transport                                   

Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production          

Gigpower                Crewing and Staging                            

Lock and Load        Crewing                           

Chameleon Touring Lighting                            

JPJ                         P.A and Lighting                                             

Novatech                P.A and Lighting     

Phaseshift               Lighting                                      

Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                    

Event Personnel      Crewing                           

Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production     

N-print                     Artwork

The Desk tape Series will be available through:


Apple Music



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