Rubicon

Originally an inane Auckland-based pop-rock 3-piece formed by ex-Christchurch lads Paul Reid (vocals / guitar / drums – previously of both the D4 and Loves Ugly Children‘s last drummer) and Gene Bennet (drums), with Aucklander Jon Corker (bass). Reid was also known as a character on Shortland Street – New Zealand’s longest running soap-opera tv series.

After spending a great chunk of Wildside‘s ever-depleting cash for the release of 2002’s under-selling Primary Colours, in mid 2004 Bennet and Corker left the group to pursue their own interests. Reid took the opportunity to permanently relocate to Los Angeles (where the band had been attempting to make a break) and he has since formed plans for a new session-musician based version of Rubicon. Generally pandering crap to be avoided at all costs.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘The Captain’ Cd Single [2000 Wildside]

  • ‘Funny Boy’ Cd Single [2001 Wildside]

  • ‘Bruce’ Cd Single [2001 Wildside]

  • Primary [2002 Wildside]

  • ‘Rockstar (Yeah Yeah)’ Cd Single [2002 Wildside]

  • ‘Drive’ Cd Single [2004 Wildside]

  • ‘Remember’ Cd Single [2005 Wildside]

  • The Way It Was Meant To Be [2005 Wildside]

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Rumblefish

Former Wellington hair-rock outfit who put out some of the earliest recordings on Murray Cammick’s Wildside recordings.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Pull Up To The Bumper Cassingle / 7″ Single [1991 Wildside]
  • Choice Freak Dog Live! Cd Ep [1992 Wildside 26075]

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Second Child

Low-profile Wildside rock outfit comprised of [future solo artist] Damien Binder, Chris Van De Geer, Theo Jackson, Luke Casey and Isaac Tucker.
Discography (picks in bold)

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Shihad

Through-out the mid to late 90s there was no debying that a skinny 4-piece from Wellington called Shihad was new zealand’s most popular band. Big guitars, short solos and simple drumming the order of the day, Shihad was built around Jon Toogood’s minute frame, and supported by Phil Knight, Tom Larkin and Karl Kippenberger (one of the few New Zealand bands to retain their original line-up through-out a long career).

A change did come though when Shihad became Pacifier – as their original moniker was thought to be a little too close to comfort for the boys to attack the United States (who were reeling in the wake of September 11th, and ‘Jihad’ was being thrown around a little too regularly). Unfortunately their name wasn’t all that was changing – over the years Shihad’s sound has been streamlined, condensed into an on/off faucet of a-typical ‘rock’, losing much of the raw, punky edge they once possessed (the Derail EP being a stand-out for me) – one might say ‘Pacified’ by their ambition to break american audiences.

In September 2004 Pacifier reverted to their original moniker, finally seeing the error in their ways while preparing their latest album.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Devolve Ep [1991 Pagan Pag1073]
  • Churn [1993 Wildside 30968]
  • Derail Ep [1994 Wildside 11687]
  • You Again Ep [1995 Wildside 11]
  • Kiljoy [1995 Wildside D31340]
  • Gimme Gimme Ep [1995 Wildside 11983]
  • Happy Families Ep [With The Sml And Head Like A Hole 1995 Noise 0258-3]
  • Shihad [1996 Wildside]
  • B-Side Ep [1996 Wildside]
  • ‘Flaming Soul’/’Gates Of Steel’ 7″ Single [1996 9ir] Rn
  • Blue Light Disco Ep [1998 Wildside]
  • The General Electric [1999 Wildside]
  • Pacifier [As Pacifier 2002 Wildside]
  • Live Compilation Double-Lp [As Pacifier 2004 Warners 2564611272]

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The SML

The SML was the combined forces of Shihad (later to become Pacifier) members Jon Toogood and Tom Larkin, with Head Like A Hole vocalist Nigel Regan – a combo that released an album, EP and split a release with their parents band, and made appearances on both bands european tours in the mid 90s.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Mixdown’ Cd Single [1995 Wildside D693]
  • Is That It? [1995 Wildside D31374]

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Slim

4-piece christchurch hard-rock outfit who made a bit of an impact in the late 90s through to 2002 with a few singles (particularly ‘Bullet In My Hand’, which receieved significant radio play) and a few high-profile support slots. Championed by the Wildside allumni, Slim were Aaron Hogg (Ex-Pumpkinhead – Lead Vox / Gat), Scott Mason (Drums / Vox), Donald Mcclure (Bass / Vox) And Simon Meehan (Gat).

Slim were also connected to the ever-popular Salmonella Dub vocalist Tiki performing sound duties, as well as being frontman Hogg’s former band-mate in Braaspadeak. The album took a loooong time to come out, with several of the key tracks being pre-released singles from their earlier days, and slim broke up not too long after.

Discography (picks in bold)

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Stayfree Carefree

Terribly-named Auckland rock power-trio from the guitar of Julian Reid (who released a single on Wildside with his first band Braintree), along with his twin brothers A.B. and Cymon Reid (both formerly of Garden Shed) – who both joined the line-up in 1996 after the departure of their original rhythm section. After a bit of hype and some solid supporting tours in the late 90s, the band released their debut self-titled LP, and have since slipped from view.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Stayfree Carefree [2000 Felix]

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Trasch

Early Wildside hard-rock outfit comprised of Evan Roberts, Mike Young and Arthur Tauhore. Not to be confused with Bruce Bluchers’ Trash.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Flourish And Decay [1989 Intellect Intel1]
  • Reason Rhyme Cassingle [1992 Wildside]
  • Chemikaze [1992 Wildside 30720]

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The Warners

Biography

Jon Baker, Deby Turner, John Micham, Chris Koole, Allen Stephenson, Mike Howie, Mike Mcdonald. Fairly popular outfit who started out with a couple of EPs (including their signature release Satellite Surfing) and an album in the late 80s, before resurfacing again in the mid 90s.

Members

  • Jon Baker
  • Deby Turner
  • John Micham
  • Chris Koole
  • Allen Stephenson
  • Mike Howie
  • Mike Mcdonald

Discography

  • Elsie’s Got A Gun EP [1986 Meltdown]
  • Hit and Run [1988 Onslaught / Ima Hitt Cnt005]
  • Satellite Surfing 12″ EP [1989 Raw Power / Flying Nun Fn141]
  • Sitting Pretty Compilation [1994 Wildside D31142]
  • Crazy Horses Cd EP [1995 Wildside]
  • Bogan’s Heroes [1995 Wildside D31363]

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Wildside

Former Rip It Pp editor Murray Cammick formed Wildside in 1991, releasing material from Wellington acts Freak Power, Second Child and Rumblefish, but didn’t really become the icon of Wellington hard rock it was in the mid 90s until both Head Like A Hole and Shihad (who later changed their name to Pacifier then reverted back again) released their Wildside debuts.

With 2 of the biggest names in New Zealand rock under their belts (not to mention the likes of the Dead Flowers, and Christchurch act Pumpkinhead), Wildside cruised through the 90s, with album after album of high-quality hard rock.

Compilation Discography
Picks In Bold

  • Raw 1 [1995]
  • The Best Of Wildside [2002]

Contact Details

  • Wildside Email [Contact Email]
  • Wildside Records
  • Po Box 7012
  • Wellesley St
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand [Postal Address]