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Journey Down Your Drain

by Ism

Legendary NYC Punk/Hardcore Band - Enhanced CD - Rom/ Some \'Experimental\' Tunes; Includes \"Tiptoe Through The Tulips\" w/Tiny Tim (audio/video); Many X-Tras; LIMITED ED.
Genre: Metal/Punk: New York Punk
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1. Concrete Shoes Ism
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2. Tiptoe Through The Tulips (with Tiny Tim) Ism
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3. Journey Down Your Drain Ism
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4. Love Yer President Ism
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5. Eternal Grip Ism
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6. Frolic In G Minor Ism
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7. Sex = Death By Chocolate Jism
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Album Notes
Ism® was formed in Bayside Queens, NYC in 1980. The band was created as a concept by lead man Jism and manager/producer Bob Sallese. The first single was recorded in the same year with Jism and an early line-up of the band. The 45, \"Attack\" b/w Queen J.A.P.\" was released on their S.I.N. Records lable. It wasn\'t until late \'81 & early \'82 that it began to get commercial airplay and reviews but was banned shortly thereafter despite positive audience response. Management at several radio stations determined \"Queen J.A.P.\" to be offensive. Ism® broke into full fledged commercial airplay in 1982 with \"John Hinckley Jr. (What has Jodie Foster Done To You?)\" & \"Moon The Moonies\" which was released by Sallese & Jism on \"The Big Apple Rotten To The Core\" compilation on S.I.N Records. \"John Hinckley Jr\" became the first hardcore song to get commercial airplay in the NY metropolitan area and was nominated for WLIR\'s \"Screamer of the Week\" award for two weeks straight. The popularity of \"The Big Apple\" compilation prompted WLIR\'s Ben Manilla to do a weekly hour long punk & hardcore show which was the first of it\'s kind to be broadcasted commercially in New York. After a few initial changes in the line-up, the band became established as Jism, lead singer & keyboards, Mark Reres, guitars, Steve Scianablo, bass and Larry Ray, drums...all from Queens, NYC. Their success was followed up with their hardcore punk rendition of the Partridge Family\'s \"I Think I Love You\" (1983) single backed with \"A7\" (a tribute to the notorious after hours punk club in NYC where Jism & Sallese hung out). The record became the 6 single in the country on CMJ\'s New Music composite. It too was nominated for WLIR\'s \"Screamer of The Week\" award in New York. Ism\'s \"A Diet For The Worms\" LP, also released in 1983, shot to 65 on Progressive Radio\'s Top 100 Charts. Both recordings were released on the S.I.N. Records lable and produced by Jism and Sallese. Both records were banned by major record outlets because of, what was considered at the time to be, outrageous lyrics and album artwork. In 1984, Broken Records released the \"Constantinople\" EP with former Anthrax drummer Greg D\'Angelo replacing Larry Ray. In 1987 Raw Power Records released 2 songs on \"The Big Apple Rotten To The Core Vol. 2\" & a \"Nightmare At Noon\" EP after which Larry Ray rejoined the band. Jism & Sallese produced Omer Travers (infamous for breaking into Yoko Ono\'s apt.) for the \"The Big Apple\" vol 2 and Jism was invited onto \"The Howard Stern Show\" to promote the album. An unauthorized album, \"I Think I Love You The Hits That Missed 1982-1989\" was released in 1990. In 1996, Ism, together with Tiny Tim, recorded a never officially released music video of \"TipToe Through The Tulips\". The song was also included on the 1996 release \"Journey Down Your Drain\" on No Lable Recordings. Dave Miranda of Six and Violence joined in on drums as Larry Ray had left the band again. It was released in limited quantities and for promotional purposes only before the group disbanded due to personal issues.


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Journey Down Your Drain
Ism has their own unique style of outrageously raucous fantastic insanity rock. If you like loud screaming stuff, this is great. The cover of Tiny Tim's 'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' brings new life to R.I.P. Tiny's own cover version, with happy wild guitar, drums, & vocals invading the garden. And we get to hear Tiny sing & play along as only Tiny can. This is Tiny Tim on steroids! Warning: This CD has power and will affect your life. The day after I received it in the mail my kitchen drain jammed up bad (no lie) so I spent the afternoon with my own journey down my drain.