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Shihad

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From AudioCulture

Shihad began as a bunch of high school kids in love with American speed metal and became New Zealand's most celebrated hard rock band. Their long career has not been without crises. Early triumphs were overshadowed by the drug-related death of their manager and mentor Gerald Dwyer, while their name - adapted from the Islamic word jihad - almost spelt the group's demise when the War On Terror broke out, just as the group were poised for a major launch in the USA. Yet they have prevailed - and all without a single membership change in 22 years. (By Nick Bollinger) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen Pacifier

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Rock ; Music Video

    "This slickly art-directed music video makes a big nod to cult movie A Clockwork Orange, with the band delivering great performances in the Korova Milk Bar and en route to mayhem. Lead singer Jon Toogood bears an uncanny likeness to psychopath Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell in the 1971 film) in the Jolyon Watkins-directed clip. An interesting piece of trivia for the Kiwi Clockwork connections' file: an artwork from NZ artist Ted Bullmore appeared on the wall of Mr Alexander's home in the inspirational film." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Shihad

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Shihad have provided a guitar-driven soundtrack for a car-surfing, black jeans-garbed generation since 1988, without a single change in band membership. Led by Jon Toogood, Shihad's raw, no-holds-barred rock has produced hit albums The General Electric (1999), Pacifier (2002) and Beautiful Machine (2008), iconic singles (eg 'Home Again') and a committed Australasian fanbase. Evolutions into post-grunge and electro-punk, and a brief name-change (Pacifier) have not betrayed their metal roots, typified in legendary live performances. The band's story is told in 2012 documentary Shihad - Beautiful Machine." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Homegrown Profiles: Shihad

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "This episode of C4's music series Homegrown Profiles looks at the long career of NZ heavy rock's favourite sons Shihad. Singer Jon Toogood talks frankly about the band's highs and lows, from forming at Wellington High School to the release of Love is the New Hate in 2005 (when this doco was made). In a sometimes brutally honest self-appraisal, Toogood talks about the band's success in Australia being tempered with too much drug-taking and too much ego, their ill-fated name change, and the great American dream that didn't quite work out as planned. " (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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