Rocking Retro: The Refreshments – Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy

For my 10th birthday, my uncle bought me this album, Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy, the debut from Tempe, Arizona natives the Refreshments.  Initially, the artwork excited me more than the music, of course.  But upon repeated listens, I fell in love with Roger Clyne, his crew of outlaws, and their one-of-a-kind brand of Southwestern modern rock (think Gin Blossoms with a spicy TexMex seasoning).

The album became a minor hit for the Refreshments, scoring alternative radio hits with “Banditos” and “Down Together,” both featured below.  The boys released the overlooked and underrated The Bottle and Fresh Horses in 1997, then split ways with their major label, which was consolidating and dropping bands minor bands like flies.

Today, the crew record and tour as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and, unsurprisingly, have a huge following in the Southwest and Mexico.  They still play Refreshments songs live, and have two yearly celebration concerts for their die-hard fans, the January Jam and Circus Mexicus, both held south of the border.

More album tracks after the jump…..

Blue Collar Suicide



Loading the player …

Bonus: The Refreshments are probably best known for their live warm-up song “Yahoos and Triangles,” which was used as the theme to the television show King of the Hill.

Leave a Reply