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The Refreshments

Although the Gin Blossoms were Tempe, AZ's most recognizable band in the post-grunge era, the Refreshments were perhaps the town's hometown favorite. Their alternative pop/rock sound owed much to the band's Southwestern surroundings, whose influence played a big role on the band's sophomore effort, The Bottle & Fresh Horses, and later came to fruition with the spin-off Americana outfit Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Oddly enough, the very elements that endeared the Refreshments to their hometown audience -- the quartet's localized sound, Arizona-centric lyrics, and occasional mariachi horn section -- prevented their music from finding a national market, with "Banditos" serving as the band's only modern rock hit. The fledgling Mercury Records sacked the group after their second album failed to provide another single along the lines of "Banditos," and the Refreshments called it quits the following year (Mercury would also fold in 1998, having been absorbed into the Island Def Jam Music Group). Nevertheless, the Refreshments' legacy lives on in the Southwest, where the aforementioned Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers have since emerged as one of the area's biggest draws.

The Refreshments' roots date back to 1993, when Arizona State grads Roger Clyne (vocals, guitar), Brian David Blush (guitar), Arthur "Buddy" Edwards (bass), and Dustin Denham (drummer) first convened for a night of drinking and card playing. A musical partnership formed and was soon completed by P.H. Naffah, Denham's replacement, whose association with Clyne would later extend into the Peacemakers. The band issued a self-released debut, Wheelie, in 1994, with an EP titled Lo, Our Much Praised Yet Not Altogether Satisfactory Lady following shortly thereafter. Both releases proved to be incredibly popular locally, with the original 2,000 pressings of Wheelie selling out quickly. Mercury Records took note, signed the band in 1995, and releasing the band's major-label debut, Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, one year later. Propelled by the hit single "Banditos," whose lyrics spun the tale of a Mexican crime caper, the album enjoyed moderate success. The Refreshments' good luck continued into 1997, when an instrumental composition (which the band had previously performed during soundchecks) was chosen as the iconic TV theme song for King of the Hill.

The band's mature follow-up, The Bottle & Fresh Horses, was also released in 1997, but it failed to gain much traction outside of local Arizona radio. The Refreshments subsequently lost their contract with Mercury, and the group disbanded in 1998. Buddy Edwards refashioned himself as a fiction writer, and Blush found work as a guitarist for several local bands. Clyne and Naffah continued to explore the intersection of traditional Southwestern music and rock & roll with Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, an Arizona supergroup whose shifting lineup featured members of the Gin Blossoms, Dead Hot Workshop, and Gloritone. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works!
Love this song!
I love the cover art on Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy!
katieleighm
ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS ARE AWESOME! started listening to them back with The Refreshments and go to their concerts whenever I can! So great
I love this band, even after all this time.
I first saw The Refreshments opening for Johnny Cash at Graham's on the West Side (Phoenix). Great introduction to a great band. Still love their stuff!
any of you phoenix people ever see jerry riopelle
Phenominal Band. Fizzy, Fuzzy big and Buzzy is my favorite album for sitting around a fire with people I like drinking beer.
Just saw them at January Jam at JJs in Cholla Bay - great live band.
I've been a big fan of these guys since '95, and glad to see that Clyne and the Peacemakers are still cooking.
anybody with a Rain Convention CD? let me know > sundevil_ale x @ y a h o o
brings me back to the Yucca Tap
One of my favorite bands. Took a couple years before I made the connection between Refreshments and RCPM. If you ever get the chance go check out Roger and the Peacemakers. Excellent indie bar band.
Mara - Yes, they did that song. There are some very obscure Refreshments recordings called "The Seattle Sessions"... . or something like that. In that batch of songs was a raw recording of Psychosis, as well as a really cool song called Los Angeles and some neat covers.
They're missing two albums on the discography: "Wheelie" and "The Bottle & Fresh Horses."
I tell you what, they are still one of my favorite bands and always will be. Long Live Roger Clyne!
did this band do a song for a movie soundtrack "American Werewolf in Paris" call Psychosis?
chadehuffhin e s
Hung out with this band several years back. Roger Clyne is a cool guy and is one of the best song writers out there. The man can throw back some tequila! Great live show too.
Very great artist saw them play about a week ago and will see them again next month very fun experience live
thevanman552
Great album, great band. ddu, we are going to see them tonight at Berbati's in Portland. My 5th time!!!! I am 55 and have seen hundreds of acts, this is one of the very best live bands ever. I take my son to see them every year because they hit Portland in Nov. RCPM awesome stuff.
For those that don't know, this is one of THE Best live bands ever. They've had several lineup changes over the years, and the music has gotten a little more alt-country recently, but they are still fantastic. If you ever have a chance to go see Roger & The Peacemakers, DO IT!
I love this band. Saw them twice in Las Vegas in 1996 & '97 - great live band and lots of fun! Too bad they didn't find a bigger audience...
@Karen Stickney - Yahoos and Triangles
What is the name of that instrumental song they did that ended up on "King of the Hill"?
myboywilly11
awesome! sound is similar to Guster.
nicole.hugge t t
I saw Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers play in Michigan in 2007 and they put on a really fun show. I'm moving to AZ in a couple of weeks and I look forward to seeing the boys play on their home turf, and maybe even making a trip to Rocky Point for Circus Mexicus!
milkman90
These guys are probably my all time favorite band
mdurham0
The best concert they give is their twice yearly concert down in Rocky Point, Mexico: Circus Mexicus. Seriously, tons and tons of people who are there just for Roger and the Peacemakers.
Great memories with this band.
god i love the refreshments .
especially Nada and Interstate.
One of my all time favorite bands.
Awesome. Nada is one of my favorite songs of all time & I am old! They were in Portland recently as the Peacemakers. This is a great live band. Roger really puts it all on the line. If they come to your town, go & have some tequila!

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