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)
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.
Picks In Bold
- Raw 1 
- The Best Of Wildside 
- Wildside Email [Contact Email]
- Wildside Records
- Po Box 7012
- Wellesley St
- New Zealand [Postal Address]
Formed by Tom Watson (Head Like A Hole) and Craig Terris (Hell Is Other People), and later joined by Dave Fraser and Paul Trigg.
A poppy country-tinged indie-rock outfit that formed in 2000 in Wellington (when Watson and Terris’ former bands broke up), and soon relocated to Melbourne, soon scoring a support slot for Sonic Youth on their 2004 Sonic Nurse tour.
- Tom Watson (Guitar)
- Craig Terris (Drums)
- Dave Fraser (Bass/Keyboards)
- Paul Trigg (Guitar)
- Emo EP (2000, Paydirt, PMD001)
another band that could claim the title as new zealand’s most popular band at one point in the 90s, head like a hole were a scunge-rock outfit routed in metal and rock’n’roll with flourishes of country, a line-up of 6 foot tall plus musicians (mark hammill, nigel ‘booger’ bezley, andrew durno and nigel regan), a loudmouth backwater sleeze as a frontman and a penchant for playing nude in public (though they were often in the shadow of fellow wellingtonian’s shihad (now pacifier). 4 albums over 10 years, a couple of arrests caught on tape and one of new zealand’s most expensive ever music video’s (for a non-album b-side cover, no less!) before eventually going their seperate ways, they were truely a fun band to behold.
picks in bold
- shitnoiseshitnoiseshitnoiseshitnoise ep 
- ‘fish accross face’ cd single [1992 wildside]
- 13 [1992 wildside D30786]
- beezlebeats cd single [1992 wildside D11233]
- faster hooves cd ep [1994 wildside 11591]
- spanish goat dancer
[single + 19 bonus tracks! 1994 wildside 11855]
- flik y’self off y’self [1994 wildside D31079]
- the nicomjool ep [1995 wildside 11985]
- ‘cornbag’ cd single [1996 wildside]
- happy families ep [w/ shihad [pacifier] and the sml noise 0258-3]
- double your strength, improve your health and lengthen your life [1996 wildside]
- ‘a crying shame’ cd single [as hlah 1997 wildside]
- ‘hootenanny’ cd single [as hlah 1997 wildside]
- ‘wet rubber’ cd single [as hlah 1998 wildside]
- are you gonna kiss it or shoot it? [as hlah 1998 wildside]
- blood on the honky tonk floor [compilation 2000 wildside]
download from mp3.co.nz
- spanish goat dancerrn
- faster hoovesrn
rianz awards 1992
- most promising group of the year head like a holern