Shihad Profile

aka Pacifier
Nick Bollinger
12 May 2013

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.

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Shihad on the cover New Zealand Musician, June /July 2014
Beautiful Machine
Tom Larkin
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Gimme Gimme
Think You're So Free (2014)
Shihad - 1996 New Year's Eve party, Dux de Lux, Christchurch Arts Centre
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Lead Or Follow
1990 - Jon Toogood, Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Hamish Laing
Ticket, flyer and orginal setlist from 20th March, 1999. Evelyn Hotel, Fiztroy, Victoria
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Beautiful Machine documentary (trailer)
Becky Nunes shoots Shihad
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
NZ Musician October/November 1990
Dark Times
Gerald Dwyer and Shihad's Jon Toogood at the 1995 Big Day Out
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Cold Heart (Homegrown 2010)
Germany, 1994
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Jon Toogood 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Adrian Malloch
Interview with Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin and Karl Kippenberger from Shihad, 21 July 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham, art by Johnnie Pain. Wildside.
Shooting My Mind's Sedate video in Wellington with director Reuben Sutherland 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Derail
Big Day Out 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Wellington Town Hall, General Electric Tour 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Tom Larkin
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Tom Larkin and Jon Toogood - recording demos in Wellington
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
1999
FVEY, Shihad's 7th album, produced at York Street Studios by Jaz Coleman and released in August 2014
Pacifier
Shihad with Gerald Dwyer (in front)
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jon Toogood
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jon Toogood, Cathedral Square Christchurch, World Aids Day Concert Nov 28 1997
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Malcolm Welsford, Jaz Coleman, Phil Knight - Churn sessions at York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Otis Frizzell and Bevan Sweeney - Stations video shoot 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Homegrown Profile: Shihad (2005)
Shihad, 2000
Shihad at The Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jon Toogood for Hot Metal magazine 1996
It and N.I.B/Born To Be Wild (live 1989)
Jaz Coleman, Karl Kippenberger, Malcolm Welsford - Churn sessions at York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Beautiful Machine (Red Bull Studios 2008)
Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenberger, Jon Toogood
Photo credit: Photo by Martin Romeis
Yr Head Is A Rock
Karl Kippenberger - Churn tour, Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
My Mind's Sedate
Interconnector
Home Again
Shooting Interconnector video in Auckland 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
You Again
Bevan Sweeney and Jon Toogood - Stations video shoot 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Shihad - One Will Hear The Other (2008)
La La Land
Wellington Town Hall, General Electric Tour 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Deb's Night Out
1993
Shooting Interconnector video in Auckland 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Station
Jaz Coleman, Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Malcolm Welsford - York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
All The Young Fascists
2010 interview with RipItUp
1995 fax from Shihad manager Gerald Dwyer in Berlin to Wildside Records boss Murray Cammick
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
The General Electric (Alternative Video)
12XU (Wire cover)
Sleepeater
Very early Shihad
Phil Knight - Churn tour, Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Members:

Jon Toogood - vocals

Tom Larkin - drums

Karl Kippenberger - bass

Phil Knight - guitar

Hamish Laing - bass

Shihad was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.