Andrew Jackson Jihad have officially changed their name to AJJ. According to the band, they felt that the name "Jihad" might be offensive to Muslims and they also didn't want to be associated with President Andrew Jackson. They also released a new video called "Now that I'm at the top of my game." See their full explanation and video below.
Hi Gang! Big news today.
We are officially changing our name from Andrew Jackson Jihad to the simple, familiar abbreviation that most of you already call us: AJJ.
The two biggest reasons for this are:
1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our bandâ€™s name.
2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of president Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale.
We are very sorry to any people the name has offended. We would like to thank those who have reached out over the years to let us know that the name is problematic, especially those who reached out with kindness. Had we known in 2004 that we would still be making music together 12 years later, we most certainly would have chosen a more thoughtful name from the start.
The name AJJ fits us better than Andrew Jackson Jihad. It has been our nickname for those in the know forever. It hearkens back to the great skatepunk bands like JFA, FYP, LFO, etcâ€¦ It also retains, even amplifies the quality that I liked about the name Andrew Jackson Jihad; that it can be interpreted in different ways. Now that we are AJJ we can be â€œArizona Juvenile Justiceâ€, â€œAnonymous Junk Jugglers,â€ â€œActress January Jonesâ€ (Chris Farren thought of that one) the possibilities are endless and weâ€™re very excited to see what you all come up with.
Now that we are officially and proudly AJJ, we would like to share our new song â€œNow That Iâ€™m at the Top of my Game.â€ We recorded it in Dallas with John Congleton while making our forthcoming album. This song seemed confident enough to stand on itâ€™s own.
The video was made by Karin Graham, Mark Glick, Mark Roebuck and Sean out of some stock footage of body builders and Seanâ€™s crooked teeth.