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Head Like A Hole


Formed in Wellington, Head Like A Hole originally consisted of Booga Beazley, Nigel Regan, Andrew Durno and Mark Hamill. Like most young bands, they started out by playing small gigs at local pubs & various well known live venues. Then quickly started touring the university circuit. The band soon made a name for themselves with energetic and often outrageous live performances, appearing on stage either naked, caked with mud, or covered completely in body paint.

Therefore forming a solid and dedicated following throughout the live music scene. Head like a Hole were soon signed to Wildside Records and began their recording career. 1992 saw the release of their debut album, '13' which the band largley produced themselves. The single 'Fish across Face' successfully made it into the New Zealand Top 10 charts. In keeping with Head Like a Hole tradition the video for 'Fish across Face' included a scene where Nigel regurgitates an orange substance into Booga’s mouth and was promptly pulled off air.

Head Like a Hole continued touring and performing the university orientation circuit. Then returned to the studio in 1993 to record their second album. 'Flik Y'Self off Y'Self'. Which was released in stores in 1994 providing two singles. 'Faster Hooves' and 'Spanish Goat Dancer'. After the release of two successful records the band’s popularity and exposure increased, and so Head Like a Hole remained on tour. Playing to capacity crowds and sold out venues throughout the country, and in 1996 secured a position on the bill to play The Big Day Out festival. That same time the band suffered a sudden and tragic loss, with the death of their Manager Gerald Barry Dwyer. And it was late 1996 where they headed back to the studio, this time travelling to Australia and worked on a third album. 'Double Your Strength, Improve Your Health & Lengthen Your Life'. 'Cornbag' the first single from the album was released in November 1996, but received only moderate chart success.

The release of the album soon followed and with it came a string of singles. 'A Crying Shame', 'Keith' and 'Hootnanny' charted well upon each individual release. In 1997 HLAH were once again invited to play Big Day Out, this time scheduled as the final act after the headliners, where they entertained a HUGE crowd in The Supertop. HLAH also released a video for their version of Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘I’m On Fire’. In November 1998, the band released its final real album, 'HLAH: IV - Are You Gonna Kiss It or Shoot It?’ which featured two successful singles, 'Wet Rubber' and 'Juicy Lucy' also notable tracks off that album are 'Mahahrahja' 'Comfortably Shagged' and 'Hot Sexy Lusty' which has been used most recently in New Zealand comedy/drama series Outrageous Fortune.

Sometime in 2000, the band disbanded. A 'Best of' album was released in November, entitled 'Blood On the Honky Tonk Floor'. 'Blood On the Honkey Tonk Floor' featured two discs, the first covering the band's best and most recognised songs, while the second included all of the cover songs the band had recorded over their career. The music of Head Like a Hole: 13, 'Flik Y'Self off Y'self, Double Your Strength, Improve Your Health & Lengthen Your Life, HLAH: IV - Are You Gonna Kiss It or Shoot It? and Blood On the Honky Tonk Floor. Can all be found - or requested at any major music store. Or alternatively available to download through i tunes.

Currently in 2008-2009 Head Like a Hole have announced a long awaited comeback, with a confirmed performance at Wellington's Homegrown Festival early 2009. Which promises to be one not to be missed.

Photo copyright Alexander Hallag

Band Members:
Nigel Regan (guitar)
Nigel 'Booga' Beazley (vocals)
Michael Franklin-Browne (drums)
Simon Nicholls (bass)
Andrew Ashton (guitar)







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