Dead Hot Workshop

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Dead Hot Workshop is an American rock band based in Tempe, Arizona.

The band was a popular fixture of the Tempe music scene in the 1990s, when Tempe was being dubbed as "The Next Seattle" by music reps, and as a region that would produce many new, talented bands that would be ripe for national discovery.[1] The band got their start at a Tempe club named Long Wong's, which at the time was at the center of downtown Tempe's music scene and the starting point for bands such as the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments and The Pistoleros, who all (including Dead Hot Workshop) signed with major record labels in the 1990s.[2] During the mid-1990s, the band toured using a used 1992 van named "Sugar", that the Gin Blossoms had taken on tour ten times before Dead Hot Workshop acquired it.[3] The band released its album White House and then EP River Otis in 1994.[4][5]

In 1995 Dead Hot Workshop released 1001 which would be their first album produced by a major record label. Even though they were considered to be in the shadow of the Gin Blossoms, the album was reviewed to have a "gritty, sandblasted edge" that the Gin Blossoms were missing. The music was described as having a mix of country, folk and rock influences from artists such as Neil Young, Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, while maintaining its "90s garage-band relevance".[6] The album contains fourteen tracks,[7] including "Burger Christ", "Choad",[8] "I Dream of David", "117", "Bob Hill Climbin'", "A",[9] and "Jesus Revisited".[4]

Houston Press rated the album 1001 four out of five stars.[6] Allmusic reviewer Tim Griggs rated it three out of five.[9]

In 2005 1001 was included in the East Valley Tribune's Top 25 albums by Valley Bands, a list that included albums from bands such as The Refreshments, Jimmy Eat World, the Gin Blossoms and the Meat Puppets.[8] In 2006, 1001 was listed as one of the "Top 25 albums by Valley bands", calling singer and songwriter Brent Babb the "Poet Laureate of Mill Avenue", and the album explained why there were so many literature majors from Arizona State University hanging out at Dead Hot Workshop shows during the peak of Mill Avenue's music scene in the 1990s.[8]

In 2019 the band was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame.[10] The band performed a set and was joined by past members Steven Larson and Brian Griffith.


  • Steve Larson (until 1995)
  • Brent Babb
  • Brian Griffith (until 2005)
  • Scott Palmer (until 1988)
  • Curtis Grippe (replaced Palmer in 1989)
  • Kylie Babb
  • Thomas Laufenberg


  1. ^ Hansen Orf, Chris (February 9, 2006). "Keep an eye out for these Valley artists in 2006". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2009-04-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Hansen Orf, Chris (January 13, 2005). "All's quiet on the Mill Avenue music front". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2009-04-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bond, Jonathan (November 16, 1995). "Four Thousand Miles from Tempe". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Sprague, David (April 22, 1995). "TAG's Dead Hot Workshop Offers Eclectic 1001". Billboard. pp. 12, 31. Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Continues at page 31.
  5. ^ Crigler, Pete (2013). Majorlabelland and Assorted Oddities. Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse LLC. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4917-0601-5. LCCN 2013949734. Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Rowland, Hobart (January 4, 1996). "Sound Check". Houston Press. Retrieved 2009-04-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ 1001 (Media notes). Dead Hot Workshop. Tag Recordings / Atlantic Records. 1995. 92565-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ a b c Hansen Orf, Chris (December 14, 2006). "Top 25 albums by Valley bands". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved February 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Griggs, Tim. "1001 – Dead Hot Workshop". Allmusic. Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Masley, Ed (July 3, 2019). "Tempe legends relive their Mill Avenue glory days at Arizona Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony". The Republic. Retrieved 2020-11-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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