Sunday, September 19, 2004

Shihad spits the dummy

i was encouraged today when i read that the NZ rock band formally known as Shihad (pronounced 'she-had') and presently known as Pacifier has decided to revert to it's previous name. the main reason they changed their name in the first place was due to the post 9/11 mentality and similarity of their name to the word 'jihad". their motivation was to be able to sell albums in the USA.

on their website, the band members state:

"The events surrounding the name change and our choice to be known as Pacifier are well documented. As much as we believed in what we were doing, and the reasons for doing it at the time - the truth is we were wrong. "

to me the reversion to their previous name signals that the world is waking up from the madness of conformity to the conservative social norm created by 9/11. the first casualty of a semi-militarised state is freedom of expression and dissent. i hope that with greater experience of the dubious nature of political truths and narrowminded agendas, people won't be duped or controlled to the same extent in the future.

i'm off my soapbox now. time to smell some roses...

2 comments:

Sean said...

very true - our old friends from Berkeley - Green Day - have just put out what I would consider a bold album.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/21/GREENDAY.TMP&nl=top

CyrusN said...

That was a great writeup. I saw the posters of American Idiot, and I felt dubious about a politically slanted record from Green Day. But now, I'll be sure to get it from the library and have a good listen...