The General Electric

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The General Electric
The General Electric (Shihad album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Shihad
Released October 1999
Recorded June–July 1999 at Factory Studios, Vancouver
Genre Alternative rock, industrial rock, hard rock
Label Wea Records
Producer GGGarth
Shihad chronology
The General Electric

The General Electric is the fourth album released by New Zealand band Shihad in October 1999. It peaked at No. 1 on the New Zealand albums chart and was certified 2× platinum.[1] On the Australian ARIA Albums Chart it peaked at No. 23.[2]

The producer of this album, Garth Richardson, is the well respected producer of bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Chevelle and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The songs "Wait And See", "Just Like Everybody Else" and "Spacing" all were on previous releases, and were re-recorded for the album.

"Wait And See" and "Spacing" were on the Blue Light Disco EP and "Just Like Everybody Else" was featured on their single for the track "Bitter", which was taken from their album Killjoy.

"My Mind's Sedate", "The General Electric" and "Pacifier" were all used as singles. "Sport And Religion" was released to radio, and had a video made, but was not officially a single.

A bonus disc is available with later versions of The General Electric that included live tracks from the 2000 Big Day Out festival and four music videos.

It was their first album to garner a 'Platinum' certification in New Zealand --- and then later went on to 2x Platinum, making it their best selling album to date.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" - 1:05
  2. "My Mind's Sedate" - 2:54
  3. "The General Electric" - 5:46
  4. "Wait and See" - 4:35
  5. "Pacifier" - 4:03
  6. "Thin White Line" - 3:16
  7. "Only Time" - 4:39
  8. "Just Like Everybody Else" - 2:50
  9. "Sport and Religion" - 4:32
  10. "Spacing" - 4:20
  11. "The Metal Song" - 4:24
  12. "Life in Cars" - 4:03
  13. "Brightest Star" - 3:30

Bonus disc[edit]

  1. "The General Electric" Live at the Gold Coast BDO
  2. "Thin White Line" Live at Adelaide BDO
  3. "You Again" Live at Sydney BDO
  4. "My Mind's Sedate" Live at Melbourne BDO
  5. "Pacifier" Live at the Gold Coast BDO
  6. "Home Again" Live at the Auckland BDO
  7. "The General Electric" Video
  8. "My Mind's Sedate" Video
  9. "Pacifier" Video
  10. "Wait and See" Video

This bonus disc was also released by itself as either The Channel V Tapes in Australia or The Channel Z Tapes in New Zealand


  • All music and lyrics by Shihad
  • Produced by GGGarth
  • Mixed by Randy Staub
  • Recorded by GGGarth, Sleepy J and Scott Ternan at the Factory Studios, Vancouver, BC in July 1999
  • Additional background vocals by Jamie Koch


  1. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Shihad". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Shihad". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2017.