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Long Beach, California’s Bargain Music is a wildly eclectic revolving door centered on the songwriting/vocals of lone original member Josh Fischel. Drawing comparisons to diverse artists as Prince, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Peter Tosh, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Ween, Living Color, Lyle Lovett and Iron Maiden, Bargain Music uses rock n roll, soul, folk, country, reggae, and even metal with their quirky, personal, evocative lyrics to tie everything together. Nine years ago, Bargain Music was an idea to get various local musicians together to see what they were able to pull off. Fourteen members later, thats exactly what they are. Having played with artists like Lee Scratch Perry, Los Lobos, The Shapeshifters, Buckethead, Mike Watt, Run-DMC, Buju Banton, Mixmaster Mike, The Abbysinnians and Fishbone, Bargain has done nine national tours and five regional tours. Working with producer Mike Watt on their first album, 77 003, they turned over some tracks to Mad Professor (Lee Perry, Massive Attack) for some dub mixes that were released on Cook The Beans, a collection of re-mixes and unreleased songs. The current line-up is Josh-vocals and melodica, Matt-Bass, Todd-Drums, and Zippy-Guitar. In late 2005, a friend of Josh’s asked him to record some acoustic songs at a studio he was working at in Northern California, Prairie Sun Studios, that had recorded such artists as Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, Wu Tang Clan, Neko Case, The Melvins and Faith No More.


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  • sprytrain

    Josh Fischel is trying to fund his new project, Josh Fischel & the Fiction. Now's your chance to help get some new music from Josh.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Elementree1

    HEY BARGAIN MUSIC FANS!! If you like Rock/Reggae/Dancehall/Ska with a concious message please check out our music. We are a fresh new band out of Cincinnati Ohio, The Ohms. Genre bending music and a message that must be heard. Our last fm page is: Our myspace page is: Our homepage is: Please check the music out for fans of: Sublime, Hepcat, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bob Marley, Michael Franti, SOJA, Slighty Stoopid....ect

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • JHoffa55

    Black Eye is a sik jam.

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ajhugourbandcon

    seen em three times, rep l.b.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • cp_manat

    the hip hop track, Blow 4 blow, is the best

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kasa408

    fun band

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    hearing this music live will be better

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Gottaseeemlive

    so whats the final word on these guys? are they breaking up??

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • GreatHace

    I wouldn't mind seein' em' if they came to my town, I first heard of them off of the sublime tribute. There cover of Get Out is one of my favorites.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • oldschoolio

    i have worked with these dudes and chilled with them many times. they are one of my favorite acts of all time.

    8 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ryeguy146

    In a word, chill This is my music of choice when puffin'

    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • cp_manat

    blow 4 blow and movin on up are their best tracks

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • watthead

    I only ever saw these guys when they were opening for Mike Watt. Wish I could've seen a full set instead of just a half hour.

    7 Dec 2007 Reply
  • seven7emcees

    Wow -- just heard these guys covering Get Out, I'd never heard of them before, but after hearing a bit more, I love them.

    14 Jun 2007 Reply
  • belvy

    just did a show with these guys friday night 5.25.07 in bakersfield! it was mind blowing! i love these guys. this is their final tour together. if you get a chance check out aarons band sour mash trio

    28 May 2007 Reply
  • cp_manat

    seen em three times, rep l.b.

    24 Jan 2007 Reply
  • watthead

    Josh posted on myspace that they were breaking up.

    8 Jan 2007 Reply
  • careykevin

    Not sure where you heard they were breaking up I saw them a few nights ago and everything seemed okay. The next album will be a full band fiasco from what I heard.

    29 Dec 2006 Reply
  • kingdavid781

    great band, didn't get nearly as much exposure as they should they're breakin up without me ever bein able to see them

    5 Dec 2006 Reply

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