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JOCK PAULL

Jock Paull, of TISM and Blind Lemon Chicken, has died at 50.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/07/2008 at 11:37 PM
  1. “I’m on the drugs that killed River Pheonix” - One of their best ever.

    A sad loss.

    Posted by Razor on 2008 05 07 at 11:44 PM • permalink

  2. Paull was born in Blackburn and educated at Xavier College and St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

    I’m sorry, but I just had the image of young Paull as an altar boy.
    From the Catholic Church to TISM. Talk about an unlikely career arc.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 07 at 11:52 PM • permalink

  3. The article says lung cancer got him.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 08 at 12:05 AM • permalink

  4. #3 his stage name was Tokin’ Blackman. Does tokin mean what I think it means?

    Posted by lingus4 on 2008 05 08 at 12:07 AM • permalink

  5. #1 Razor

    There but for the grace of God…

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 08 at 12:31 AM • permalink

  6. Greek version

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 08 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  7. Whatever happened to original and amusing rock and roll acts like TISM?

    RIP.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 08 at 12:48 AM • permalink

  8. #1 they also had a song around the same time called “Greg! The stop sign!” which I thought was hilarious at the time.

    These were guys who thought that death was funny and should be mocked.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 08 at 01:02 AM • permalink

  9. TISM is what happens when wit and music collide. A sad loss.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 05 08 at 01:08 AM • permalink

  10. Holy living fuck.  The dude was ONLY my age.

    Not fair.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2008 05 08 at 01:13 AM • permalink

  11. I loved them, a bunch of wankers, but in a good way.
    For those who came in late, TISM stood for “this is serious mum”.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 05 08 at 01:14 AM • permalink

  12. 11. True, they were definitely wankers in the theatresports/I’m so witty vein. Good muso’s though and get a free pass for the chorus:

    “give me your seal of approval (and),
    let’s club it to death”

    Live shows were good fun.

    Posted by anonymous guest on 2008 05 08 at 01:20 AM • permalink

  13. I ‘interviewed’ them a couple of times during my time in newspapers. At my appointed interview time I had to fax them the questions and about an hour later they faxed back with the answers.

    Hilarious.

    I recall another time they held a press conference. They stood in the middle of the MCG with the media in the stands.

    Jock will be sadly missed.

    —Nora

    Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2008 05 08 at 01:33 AM • permalink

  14. Is this what happens when we get old?  All our legends start to die off at an age not much more advanced than ours?

    From their stage antics, I never would have believed he was 50. 

    If I can be bothered, I will listen to “I’m interested in apathy” tonight.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 05 08 at 01:47 AM • permalink

  15. An excellent background on TISM.

    Their objections to other bands and their own fans are piss funny.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 08 at 02:08 AM • permalink

  16. “He barracked for Eric Clapton”—nice piece.

    Posted by Imre on 2008 05 08 at 02:10 AM • permalink

  17. I’m pretty sure Paull was actually “Jock Cheese”, wasn’t he?

    Update: No, wait, that’s wrong too.

    If I recall my TISM secret identities correctly…

    Ron Hitler-Barrassi = Peter Minack
    Humphrey B Flaubert = Damian Cowell
    Tokin Blackman - James Paull - session musician
    Jock Cheese - John/Jack Holt -
    Eugene De La Hot Croix Bun - Eugene Chester

    Calling Paull “Jock” got me mixed up…my bad.

    Posted by Quentin George on 2008 05 08 at 02:35 AM • permalink

  18. I thought they were Mexican wrestlers who sang between bouts.

    Posted by cohenite on 2008 05 08 at 02:42 AM • permalink

  19. Hiding behind the masks of TISM were apparently some ordinary folk, including a couple of teachers.

    This stands in stark contrast to the commenters here, many of whom are movie stars biding time between projects.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 08 at 03:00 AM • permalink

  20. #19 - Others are just waiting for the pub to open.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 08 at 03:04 AM • permalink

  21. RIP Jock.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 08 at 03:08 AM • permalink

  22. many of whom are movie stars biding time between projectsp

    perhaps we all know each other in real life! Brad, Nicole, George,... is it really you? Can these masks come off at last?

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 08 at 03:20 AM • permalink

  23. Brilliant.
    Possibly the best filmclip & song of all time.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 05 08 at 03:30 AM • permalink

  24. #20; pubs close? So that’s why it’s not crowded all the time.

    Posted by cohenite on 2008 05 08 at 04:07 AM • permalink

  25. Even within TISM he pushed the boundaries, scoring and conducting a fully realised madrigal piece that was unceremoniously tacked on to the end of an album — unlisted and unlauded.

    This must have been Phillip Glass’s Arse on Machiavelli and the Four Seasons:

    I could smell her perfume still, lingering in my bed,
    Lingering, lingering, lingering, lingering, ling-er-ing in my bed,
    But up Phillip Glass’s [high note] ARRRSE
    Is where I keep my head. 

    RIP

    Posted by David Morgan on 2008 05 08 at 04:23 AM • permalink

  26. I love TISM. He will be missed.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 05 08 at 05:08 AM • permalink

  27. # 19. Yes, TISM only seem to tour during school holidays. Coincidence?

    Posted by David Morgan on 2008 05 08 at 05:45 AM • permalink

  28. Sh*t

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2008 05 08 at 05:59 AM • permalink

  29. Damnit.

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2008 05 08 at 06:00 AM • permalink

  30. perhaps we all know each other in real life! Brad, Nicole, George,... is it really you? Can these masks come off at last?

    Remember when Tim teased us about a certain movie star being a regular reader? (Not John Malkovich, apparently).

    Tom Cruise?

    Posted by Quentin George on 2008 05 08 at 06:01 AM • permalink

  31. Only the other day, a bunch of us hardened Oilfield hands sang “I’m on the drugs that killed River Pheonix” in relation to a clown that was working with us. God! what a loss

    Posted by deadparrot on 2008 05 08 at 07:15 AM • permalink

  32. A bit of old news- TISM certainly covered the Fuh"rer, and had a fair indication of what Brunswick, Fitzroy and lots of other tosser-toriums are infested with.

    I’ll miss Jock.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 05 08 at 07:49 AM • permalink

  33. Great band.  Sad to see the demise of someone so talented.

    He won’t be missed my all though.  I still recall listening to Triple J a few years back.  The guest, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, made no qualms of his desire to see all of them meet a horrible death over their song about River Phoenix.

    Posted by murph on 2008 05 08 at 07:50 AM • permalink

  34. #17 I always thought TISM were really The Wiggles . . . . like, you never saw them play the same gig at the same time.

    Posted by Young and Free on 2008 05 08 at 08:30 AM • permalink

  35. School teachers and at least one advertising copywriter. The guitar licks on the country version of Defecate is gold.

    Life is like cum, you gag but you swallow.

    Thanks Jock. RIP.

    Posted by Ol Dirty G on 2008 05 08 at 08:50 AM • permalink

  36. It’s just sad that a guy as young as that had to die. I loved TISM, had most of the albums and was lucky enough to be one of a bunch of lucky people to participate in a couple of their gigs. Oh, it was fun!:)

    I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that any talk at all about music in this country is a colossal wank.

    Play it, don’t say it!

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 05 08 at 09:39 AM • permalink

  37. Actually, they were sort of a musical Paco.

    Hmmmm.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 05 08 at 09:40 AM • permalink

  38. I wasn’t familiar with TISM but death at 50. wow. too young.
    Reminds me of another great one who left us at 50. Joe Strummer.

    Posted by Latino on 2008 05 08 at 12:43 PM • permalink

  39. 34 - I’d like to think that one of the band members will read that here and steal it for the eulogy.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 08 at 05:08 PM • permalink

  40. Ah TISM.  They aptly described Jim Morrison with words that could equally be applied to Bill Clinton:

    By Christ you’ve got a long long way
    on a schoolboy’s talent with words
    One crappy bit of symbolism
    and you’re adored by an army of turds

    You’re a selfish, rude, arrogant prick
    You’re basically pretty stupid
    You’re mysticism’s a lump of shit
    And so are all the girls you’ve rooted

    Posted by SB on 2008 05 08 at 08:07 PM • permalink

  41. You know you’re a Victim of Tism when you start quoting their lyrics till everyone begs you to stop, and when you invent a Tism name for yourself - mine is ‘Jack Kerouaccadacca’.

    Posted by David Morgan on 2008 05 08 at 08:11 PM • permalink

  42. Apparently it was deadly fucking serious Mum FFS!
    When will Mothers ever learn.

    Posted by 81Alpha on 2008 05 08 at 08:49 PM • permalink

  43. #15.. from that linked article

    “There is evidence that we’ve been trying to fellate corporate c—k for years, but we obviously just don’t have the technique.”
    ...
    “We are the carcinoma on the ball-bag of Australian rock.”

    classic

    Posted by duncanm on 2008 05 09 at 08:16 AM • permalink

  44. #40 words that could equally be applied to Bill Clinton
    ...or Barack Hussein Obama

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 09 at 08:40 AM • permalink

  45. Just to be slightly tedious the proper name of the “river phoenix” song was ‘There will never be… an old man river”.

    That I think sums up the true & complete punk mentality that was/is TISM

    Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 09 at 10:45 AM • permalink

  46. Actually…

    It was

    (He’ll never be) an Ol’ Man River.

    Posted by Quentin George on 2008 05 09 at 10:02 PM • permalink

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