Remember when downtown Tempe was a hot scene for some of the best live music in the country, back in the 1990’s? Folks who remember the buzz it created on Mill Avenue will appreciate a soon to be released documentary, Here’s to Life, based on one of Tempe’s most beloved and iconic 90’s bands, The Refreshments. The band is best known for the hit single “Banditos” from their album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy released in 1996, and also for the theme song to the animated series King of the Hill.
Although The Refreshments split up a couple of years after their album release, the band’s lead singer, Roger Clyne and drummer Paul Naffah, carried on under a new band name: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. The new band has recorded a handful of albums and gained a growing following, all the while paying homage to their roots by continuing to play songs from their Refreshments days.
The new documentary focuses on what’s happened in the 20 years since The Refreshments peaked and subsequently disappeared from the late 1990’s music scene. The filmmaker, PopMotion Pictures, says the film is currently in post-production and is expected to be released in mid-March, although an official release date has not been set. They are planning theatrical screenings in select cities.
Along the same thread, another feature film, Stuck Outside of Phoenix, was released in 2013 and based on a novel written by The Refreshments bassist and back-up vocalist, Art Edwards. Although the story is fictional, it also speaks to the 1990’s Tempe music scene and the life of a struggling musician trying to find his way to stardom.