Tuesday morning I had the incredible pleasure of speaking with Matt Stigliano, one-time member of the Bloodhound Gang and current real estate agent in San Antonio.
Apparently, the Bloodhound Gang was huge in Phoenix the way that Citizen Dick was huge in Belguim. (Get the reference or don’t, not my issue.) There was no way to know this when you were in Phoenix because as far as knew, everyone else in the country was grinning through the radio edit for “Fire, Water, Burn.”
The idea that a band not from the area got their traction in Phoenix struck me as odd, for some reason. Maybe it shouldn’t have done so. Once upon a time, Tempe boasted a very robust, rather hidden music scene. It still might. I’m too old to know anymore.
Ever heard the King of the Hill theme? That’s performed by The Refreshments, a band out of Tempe. (Oddly cool moment – sitting at America West Arena during a Phoenix Coyotes game where The Refreshments were performing during the intermission and listening to the King of the Hill theme during a television timeout.)
The Refreshements even took the time to take a jab at Dead Hot Workshop, a workhorse of a band that never landed that elusive record deal.
Another band that did get the record contract was the Gin Blossoms. The song “Mrs. Rita” was titled after an actual fortune teller who still is open for business in Tempe.
Below is the video from one of my favorites, “Allison Road,” which also includes a two-second video shot of Ladimir Kwiatkowski. If you lived in Arizona between the mid-50s and the late 80s, you know him better as Ladmo.
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