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HLAH (Head Like a Hole) are an influential rock band, from Wellington, New Zealand.

They started off playing small gigs at the Empire warehouse and soon started touring the university circuit. The band made a name for themselves with outrageous gigs, performing naked and caked with mud, or with complete face and body paint. With a strong and dedicated following, HLAH got signed to Wildside Records, who at around the same time signed another Wellington act, Shihad.

In 1992, they recorded their first album, ‘13’, at Writhe Studio. The band produced it themselves with the assistance of Brent McLaughlin. One of the singles off the album, ‘Fish Across Face’ made the New Zealand Top 10, however the video was pulled off air because of a scene where Nigel vomited some orange liquid into Booga’s mouth (there happened to be a meningitis outbreak at the time).

HLAH continued touring the university orientation circuit and in 1993 returned to the studio to record material for a new album. The new album was recorded and given the title, ‘Flik Y’Self Off Y’Self’. It was released in 1994 with two singles. ‘Faster Hooves’ was released, along with a video which featured Mark and Booga having a western style shoot out with finger guns. The other single was ‘Spanish Goat Dancer’.

HLAH continued touring the country (including playing at the Big Day Out festival) and tragically in early 1996 their manager, Gerald Barry Dwyer (who also managed Shihad) died suddenly.


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