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"Shihad" is an alternative rock and post heavy metal band originally from Wellington, New Zealand, where they formed in 1988. In 1999 the band relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where three of the members currently reside.

The name "Shihad" was chosen after members of the band misheard "jihad" as "Shihad" in the 1984 David Lynch movie, Dune. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks the band decided to change their name due to the similarity between the band's name Shihad and the Arabic word ''jihad''. At the 2002 Big Day Out music festival in Auckland New Zealand they released t-shirts with 'Shihad' on them, and 'Remote' below, indicating that 'Remote' was to be the new name. However, due to this name being taken already, they settled on "Pacifier", which was a successful single from their album "The General Electric".

Their next album under the name Pacifier was widely considered to be overproduced and not quite Shihad's style.

On September 17 2004, the band announced to the world that they would change their name back to Shihad. To quote the band, "The events surrounding the name change and our choice to be known as Pacifier are well documented. As much as...

years active 1988–present
origin Wellington, New Zealand
music genre Alternative rock, Punk rock
current members Jon Toogood
Phil Knight (musician)
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source: Wikipedia