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TISM resurfaced in 1998 with their second dance-inspired disc. Whereas Machiavelli and the Four Seasons had been original, funny, and musically competent, the follow-up was none of these things. www.tism.wanker.com was a misbegotten attempt to recreate the success of its predecessor, but it fails on most counts.

Machiavelli was a funny album: tasteless, yet tongue-in-cheek enough to charm listeners. www.tism.wanker.com, however, was simply offensive. The humor was forced, the lyrics less clever than on previous outings, and the music was becoming stale. Highlights were few and far between, although "Thunderbirds Are Coming Out" was a standout.

www.tism.wanker.com was not an irredeemable failure, but it saw TISM standing at a musical crossroads. TISM might regard commercial success as secondary to subverting the world with their brand of tasteless humor, but it would be a shame if they became so contemptuous of critical opinion that they became a mere parody of themselves.

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