The Refreshments

Wheelie

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The Refreshments made their independent debut with Wheelie, a charmingly unpolished album that had already gone out-of-print by the time the group broke up four years later. Although most of these tracks were re-recorded for Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy (the only song not to make the final cut, "Psychosis," appeared several years later on the soundtrack to American Werewolf in Paris), Wheelie should be fascinating to most die-hard Refreshments fans, sounding as it does like the band's earliest garage rehearsals. The guitars are out of tune, the vocals harmonies are imperfect, and Clyne sloppily mumbles something about his hangover during "Down Together." But the sum is much greater than its parts, making this album a treasure for those who care to look for it.

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