Shihad (NZ rock group, named Pacifier between 2002 and 2004-09-17)
NZ rock group Shihad renamed themselves into Pacifier for the US market (fearing post September-11 issues with the name being a play-on-words of "Jihad"). On 2004-09-17 they officially announced they were returning to their original name, Shihad.
Shihad are an alternative rock band from New Zealand, formed in 1988. The band consists of Jon Toogood (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Phil Knight (lead guitar, synthesiser, backing vocals), Karl Kippenberger (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Tom Larkin (drums, backing vocals, samplers). During their recording career, Shihad have produced five number-one studio albums, holding the title for most number one records for any New Zealand artist, alongside Hayley Westenra, and three top-ten singles in New Zealand.
At the release time of their ninth studio album FVEY, Shihad have the most Top 40 New Zealand chart singles for any New Zealand artist, with 25. Of these singles, "Home Again", "Pacifier" and "Bitter" are listed at numbers 30, 60 and 83, respectively, in the Nature's Best compilation, an official collection of New Zealand's top 100 songs. The band was known as Pacifier between 2001 and 2004.