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Bargainhunters on Safari

Bargainhunters on Safari

Bargainhunters on Safari


Forged in musty basements and sweaty florist shops in Massachusetts, the Bargainhunters on Safari (the original purveyors of "Rock 'n' Roll" on a budget) had very humble beginnings. With Art on ghee-tar, Barney B. beating the skins and raising blisters, and Crashley B. Boxbiter slingin' the single-neck bass, they started their unique musical career hammering out simple grunge and metal tunes, peppered with jaunty and original ditties designed to entertain and titillate their incredibly small but fanatical fan base. Read more on Last.fm
Forged in musty basements and sweaty florist shops in Massachusetts, the Bargainhunters on Safari (the original purveyors of "Rock 'n' Roll" on a budget) had very humble beginnings. With Art on ghee-tar, Barney B. beating the skins and raising blisters, and Crashley B. Boxbiter slingin' the single-neck bass, they started their unique musical career hammering out simple grunge and metal tunes, peppered with jaunty and original ditties designed to entertain and titillate their incredibly small but fanatical fan base. At the time, and extending long into their heyday, the band demonstrated only the smallest traces of crowd-pleasing potential.

They rent the air with their odd blend of unharmonious musical stylings and unjustified enthusiasm at their famous, but poorly attended, bar gig in August of 1994. This nearly forgettable -- but mercifully rare -- live performance took place at the appropriately named Last Call Saloon in the beautiful mountain state of nearby Rhode Island. They confidently took the stage in what could only be described as a classic case of triumph over circumstance. They tried unsuccessfully to auction off many of its shinier pieces on eBay over the years that followed. When the nuisance of college forced the band to uproot for the greener pastures of Rhode Island they left behind not only an infinitesimally small legion of fans with ringing ears but also the undeniably smoky wisp of a legacy that they imagine still haunts them to this day.

Bass duties were honorably taken up by G-Man the Magnanimous and the top floor of a rented house became the frequent target of noise complaints and police officers tired of telling them to "knock it the hell off" and "we're getting tired of coming over here!". When BoS found themselves staggeringly triumphant at the 1990 Roger Williams College Annual Science Talent Show, a victory clouded with widespread suspicion and doubt as Barney B was the chief organizer of the event, it was only a matter of time 'til they dreamed of hitting the big time. BoS retained their unfounded passion for the low profile lifestyle and chose to stay largely underground, to the relief of small crowd who had attended the Talent Show and anyone else unfortunate enough to have to fake a smile during a past performance or practice. College soon ran its course and BoS found themselves figuratively embraced in the welcoming arms of fans in the Commonwealth, who then quickly backed away in poorly masked disgust as their arms came away soaked with sweat and cracker crumbs. Crashley B. once again joined the fold and the band racked up hit after hit on the rapidly aging drum kit. Since those halcyon days of yore the public has only been subjected to BoS on occasion and the band remains proud to have never once exceeded anyone's expectations.

They continue to meet in back alleys and comic book stores, dreaming up the next chapter in the BoS saga. Until that rich chapter is written, the world can continue to hope...can dream...can remember well the glory days of the Bargainhunters, heroes of the song undanced and the beat untapped. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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