Head Like A Hole Profile

aka HLAH
Gavin Bertram
20 Dec 2013

“One reason we’ve got to this level is that we’re not afraid to go ape shit live; we don’t have inhibitions. With HLAH it’s this full-on energy thing live.” (Nigel Regan, 1995)

Wellington’s Head Like a Hole (HLAH) were always a killer proposition in the live realm. Even on their first national jaunt, they threatened to usurp headliners Shihad on their Devolve release tour in mid-1991. Possessing a surfeit of unrestrained energy, dubious humour, an instinct for outrage, and an enviable chemistry, here was an act to behold. Although few in their audiences ever got the chance to truly witness Head Like a Hole, as they were generally whipped into a moshing frenzy which rendered all comprehension void.

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Faster Hooves
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Head Like A Hole filming the I'm On Fire video
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Head Like A Hole 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Head Like A Hole, 1999. Clockwise from left: Nigel Regan, Michael Franklin-Browne, Andrew Durno, Tom Watson and Nigel Beazley.
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Head Like A Hole at Guru's, 18 July, 1992. The stage caved in!
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The I'm On Fire video shoot
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Head Like A Hole
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Making of I'm On FIre (Long edit)
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NZ Truth, 1993
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Juicy Lucy
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On The Street, Sydney, April 1993
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Spanish Goat Dancer
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Cornbag
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Beatnik (V1)
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I'm On Fire
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Max TV Ad
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Rave magazine, Brisbane, Australia, April 1993
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Beatnik (V2)
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Head Like A Hole, backstage, Auckland Uni Cafe.
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Head Like A Hole live 1995, with manager Gerald Dwyer in the background
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Promo shot, 1992. L to R: Tallbeast, Hidee Beast, Datehole, Booga
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Hidee Beast and Gerald Dwyer, Big Day Out 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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New Truth, August 1992
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Lisa Van Der Aarde interviews Booga and Tall Beast from Head Like A Hole, 9 June 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham, DOP Mike Monten, editor Gregor Boyd, art by Johnnie Pain.
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Clockwise from left: Datehole, Booga, Hidee Beast, and front centre is Shihad's Jon Toogood standing in for an absent Tallbeast.
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Monsta X
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HLAH IV Ad
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NZ Truth, May 1993
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Head Like A Hole at Super Liquor Man, Palmerston North, February 28, 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Dionne Ward
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Glory Glory
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Trailer for HLAH documentary Swagger of Thieves, directed by Julian Boshier (2017)
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Fish Across Face
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The Mark Roach designed cover for Head Like A Hole's Blood On The Honky Tonk Floor, 2000
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Tom Watson and Nigel Regan, 95bFM Private Function, Nov 1997 at Old City Market
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Head Like A Hole, April 1994
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February 1992 poster for Wellington and Palmerston North
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Wet Rubber
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Hootenanny
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Members:

Nigel Beazley - vocals

Nigel Regan - guitar

Andrew Durno - bass

Mark Hamill - drums

Tom Watson - guitar, trumpet

Andrew Ashton - guitar

Michael Franklin-Browne - drums

Simon Nicholls - bass

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