For the similarly name Swedish band, see The Refreshments (Swedish band)
The Refreshments were an alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona. The band is best known for the single "Banditos" from their 1996 breakthrough album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, and also for "Yahoos and Triangles," the theme song to the long-running animated series King of the Hill. The latter was a piece the band traditionally performed at soundchecks. The Refreshments broke up in 1998, although Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah continue to tour and play Refreshments songs along with new music as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
Originally The Mortals in 1992, Roger Clyne and Dustin "Dusty" Denham wanted to continue playing after that band's tenure had come to an end. They formed The Refreshments in early 1993 and had considered names like "Pop Enema" & "All You Can Eat" before settling on a more conventional name. The original lineup consisted of Clyne (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, kazoo), Brian David Blush (lead guitar, backing vocals), Art Edwards (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Denham (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Blush came from a band called August Red, who were active around 1991 and consisted of Tim Thiel, Brian Spector, Brian Blush, Zowie Bowie, and Michael Gatt. Denham & Edwards had played together for a short time in a band called The Hanson Brothers.
In one year the band went from opening for such powerhouse local bands as Dead Hot Workshop and the Gin Blossoms to headlining and packing venues five nights a week. The Refreshments applied for entry to South By Southwest in Austin, TX and were not only received, but learned that the band's demo tape had been played for an A&R rep for Mercury Records; as a result of their performance at the music festival, the band was signed by the label as well as signing with manager, Michael Lustig. In 1995, original drummer Dustin "Dusty" Denham departed, and was replaced by Paul "P.H." Naffah who had played in a local band called Rain Convention.
The Refreshments recorded their first record in the summer of 1995 and it was released in January 1996. The band hit the number one spot on Billboard's Heatseekers list with the single "Banditos" and toured throughout the U.S. The Australia tour the band was slated to leave for in the late fall was canceled by the new president of Mercury Records, and the band members were told to hit the recording studio. They wrote and recorded their second album in early 1997 and it was released in the fall of that year. As there was no support coming from Mercury to promote the tour, The Refreshments decided that the writing was on the wall and left Mercury before they were dropped from the label's lineup. The band had sold 10,000 units in December 1997, their last month with the label.
Internal problems led to two members being replaced. Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah decided to rename the band and to continue touring and making music; the band still plays today as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
The group was known for its "Southwestern Sound," similar to other bands hailing from Arizona such as The Sidewinders, Gin Blossoms, The Meat Puppets and Dead Hot Workshop. The group had two charting singles, both from 1996's Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy (both written by Roger Clyne): "Banditos" (U.S. Mainstream Rock #11, Modern Rock #14), and "Down Together" (Modern Rock #38).
Roger Clyne also wrote the opening theme song to Mike Judge's animated series King of the Hill.
Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter Roger Clyne and drummer Paul "P.H." Naffah renamed the group Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers in 1998, and still perform most of The Refreshments songs live in concert. Occasionally, Roger Clyne and Paul "P.H." Naffah play acoustic shows just the two of them, or Roger plays acoustic shows just by himself. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have released 8 studio albums, 2 live albums and a live DVD of their annual music festival, Circus Mexicus, in Puerto Peñasco, MX. They also went on to form a close relationship with the Major League Baseball team the Arizona Diamondbacks, writing/performing the team's theme song, "The D-Back's Swing". The band has also performed concerts for the team after ballgames at Chase Field and other various team events. As the world's thirst for music shifts from buying CDs to streaming, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have started their own private label of premium sipping tequila named after their song, "Mexican Moonshine," on the album, ¡Americano!
Art Edwards is now a writer, and self-published his novels, Stuck Outside of Phoenix and Ghost Notes with another, Badge, on the way in early 2014. Stuck Outside of Phoenix was made into a full-length feature film which premiered May 2, 2013. It was produced by Nico Holthaus and directed by Dean Mongan, and stars Brandon Hannifin.
Guitarist Brian David Blush is now a member of The Toluenes. The band's first album with Blush was tentatively scheduled for release in February, 2011. Blush performed onstage with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers on July 27, 2010 at Mr. G's in Osceola, Indiana with Clyne, Naffah, and bassist Nick Scropos, performing "Nada". This was his first performance with them since 1998.
In March 2013, Roger, PH & Brian re-united and performed as The Refreshments to a raucous crowd at the Circus Mexicus Music Festival in June 2013.