Forming in Melbourne in , the band wrote to Eddie Van Halen and Australian politician Paul Keating offering them the position of lead tambourine in the band. Literally, nothing is sacred, and the band attempts to be as offensive as possible with mixed, although sometimes hilarious, results. Two years later, in , TISM re-appeared with another album of dance music-inspired anarchy. Entitled Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance, the album was full of guitar pop and the same twisted, tasteless lyrics that had been a feature of their work to date. It was more of the same anarchy, and featured a song entitled "Get Thee to a Nunnery," which was an attack on popular Australian childrens' television presenter Sophie Lee, although the band claimed to respect her work. This was the catalyst for the band to record another disc, the Beasts of Suburban EP. But whereas bands like They Might Be Giants use their humor to write pop songs with quirky lyrics, TISM use theirs to viciously lampoon anyone and anything. A rising tide of interest greeted the band in following the release of their debut album, Form and Meaning Reach Ultimate Communion. However, the small label Shock Records bought the rights to their back catalog and re-released some of their earlier work as a full-length album, Gentlemen, Start Your Egos in Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the song became hugely popular. Machiavelli saw synthesizers and dance music replace the guitar pop of earlier releases, and, as a consequence, became their biggest commercial success. TISM have what can only be described as a twisted sense of humor. This record, entitled www. As a result, their next album Machiavelli and the Four Seasons, released in , marked a substantial change in direction for the band. Done sued the band a week after the release of the disc, and it was withdrawn, but was re-released soon after with new cover art under the title Censored Due to Legal Advice. Teenagers, naked, couple in threes Grandparents swing from the ceiling Everyone else has had more sex than me Uh-uh Everyone else has had more sex than me Uh-uh Corporate capers and office amour Shenanigans outdoor and in Resist, and then later you find out there's more Regret in not doing the sin Keyboard Solo All lives have to die - of that there's no help My favourite way to end 'em Is the orb-weaver spider's, whose pedipalp Enters the female pudendum Then dies on the spot His corpse there still stuck Left for his rivals to curse it He would rather die than not get to fuck!