The Refreshments - Wheelie (1994)




Regularly fetching over $100 on eBay, this rare debut CD was passed out at shows, I believe only 500 exist. The songs here were later reworked for the classic (and one of my all-time faves) Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. Psychosis does not appear on that CD and B.O.B.A. was renamed Mexico for the Mercury release in 1996.
Formed in Tempe, Arizona, their first show was in January 1994 at Long Wongs in Tempe, opening for Flathead.
The Refreshments toured with the Gin Blossoms and Dead Hot Workshop and became hugely popular on the local scene as well as Nationally. They released their final CD on Mercury as well in 1997 (The Bottle And Fresh Horses). They gained fame for recording the theme to King Of The Hill.

Lead Singer Roger Clyne later formed Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and tours regularly to this day, with a devote following. They have put out some excellent CD's and I recommend you check them out, especially if you get a chance to check them out live.

This CD was recorded at Salt Mine Studios in Mesa, Az and engineered by Mark Matson.

Lyrics


The Refreshments:

Roger Meade Clyne - Lead Vocals, Rhthmn (sp) Guitar
Brian David Blush - Lead Guitar
Dustin Coleman Denham - Drums, Backing Vocals
Arthur Eugene Edwards III - Bass

(P.H. Naffah actually received drumming credits on Fizzy Fuzzy in place of Denham)



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22 comments:

George Mori said...

I tried the dl, but it doesn't seem to work, is it possible to rehost?

PJS said...

I have refreshed the link, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the link. Been trying to get these songs for a while. It's much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! Was a huge Refreshments fan back in the day, and it's great to discover their first versions of the songs I know so well from FFBB. Peace.

Mario said...

I tried the DL but Zshare has been timing out for the last few days. Maybe it's just me. Any chance of a re-upload? Thanks a ton!!

Seamus said...

I really hate to be "that guy" but I've been looking for this forever, and the link is dead. Any chance of a re-post? If not, thanks for the artwork anyway. At least I know what it looks like now! Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooooo much!! I've had this album on a dubbed cassette tape for over ten years, but never on a cd. Big fuzzy just didn't cut it for me because I was so used to Wheelie. A thousand thanks!!

Jim said...

Really no words. First heard "Banditos" on the radio when it was released on "Fizzy Fuzzy..." and of course bought it and loved it and still love it! Have shared it with many only for them to love it as well! I have often heard tales, usually late at night in a hushed voice about a rare cd called "Wheelie", but have never been lucky enough to hear or see it. Until now. Incredible. Thank you so much.

J.Beseau
Fort Worth, Texas

Anonymous said...

Wow, I actually have a copy of the WHEELIE CD, autographed by my friend Buddy Edwards (the bass player). It would probably fetch me a pretty penny, but i would never sell it. I was a big fan of the Refreshments before they made it big nationally. I too, never got used to the new versions of the songs from Fizzy Fuzzy.... They sound like dumbed-down, homogenized, un-inspired versions of the originals. Long live Wheelie!

Randall said...

Thanks! After reading the last comment I have to listen to this. I just started listening to The Refreshments after looking into the King of the Hill theme song.

jeremie lederman said...

It is amazing what time creates. I used to do most of the band's artwork prior to their getting signed. I still have the t-shirt I made them where they are all illustrated as food. I'm looking at this copy of Wheelie that has been in my zip case for 15 years, never imagined it would mean so much to others. Frankly, I've always liked these versions better. Peace!

Gene said...

Any chance of a rehost/repost?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

All downloads are available on the main page at www.azlocal.blogspot.comc

Anonymous said...

Would be great to get a repost of this please. I've been looking for it for a long time. I know the comment was made that it's available on the front page, but as of today, it's not in the download files.

C said...

finally, I have postyed a link for this on this page as the dropbox is full sorry for the delay

Jaxy's Dad said...

According to Roger himself in November 2012 in Portland - 1000 copies of Wheelie were produced. He said he has 7 copies himself. I also spoke to PH, who has none.

Anonymous said...

Love the Refreshments. How about a download or link to download a .flac copy of Wheelie. Great blog. Thanks.

Gero1369 said...

Thanks for getting this online! I've taken the liberty of uploading the zip to my own server for easier download:

This should work. I will post another or a better link later.

Gero1369 said...

Aah, by the way, according to the profile in Pandora, the original numbers for Wheelie was 2000 copies. The citation at the bottom is "Andrew Leahey, Rovi". I'm not sure if Rovi is a company or what, so take the info for what it's worth.

Anonymous said...

I have an original copy from 94 the night they had a CD release party at the devil house in tempe az. If I decide to sell it im gonna ask $1000 for it. I'd hate to sell it. But money talks. Call me if interested. 623.760.6981 RJ

Jeff Sapero said...

According to Art "Buddy" Edwards there were 5500 copies of Wheelie.

RJ if you can get $1k for your copy of Wheelie let me know. I got mine off ebay for $100. Most copies on ebay have sold for $50 to $250.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have the original cassette with the drawings on it? My friend lost her copy in a house fire. I am had pressed to find the drunken hot dog artwork.