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The ska/punk band, FIXED IDEA, is a local powerhouse. With roots stemming from a talented and energetic group of high school friends in the lower valley of El Paso, TX; the band has matured into an act that is recognized nationally by the committed ska/punk enthusiast.
FIXED IDEA is a ten piece band with keyboards, a full horn section, percussion, drums and guitars. We offer a blend of ska with heavy latino, punk, reggae, and 60’s rock n roll influences. We are committed to bringing our blend of music to a diverse audience. All ages and backgrounds can be seen enjoying a FIXED IDEA performance at various venues throughout the desert southwest.
Fixed Idea routinely plays for local audiences exceeding 300 attendees and are willing to play for as few as two. We have performed with many national acts including Ozomatli, The Skatalites, The Slackers, Rancid, Voodoo Glowskulls, The Toasters, The Pie Tasters, The Queers, Chris Murray, MU330, Mike Park, Alkaline Trio, HR (from bad brains), The Pepper Pots (from Spain), and Roco from (Maldita Vecindad). We have done this at a range of venues and festivals including the El Paso Downtown Street festival, the El Paso Mardi Gras event at the El Paso County Coliseum, music under the stars at Chamizal National Memorial, Tattoo conventions at the El Paso Civic Center, El Gymnasio Municipal (Luchador wresting venue in Juarez Mex.), and of course countless varieties of Bars and Clubs throughout the city. We have even played private shows for weddings and as entertainment for pilots participating in the Amigo Airshow. Some fun experiences included appearances on televised shows such as Good Morning El Paso and on a small TV sitcom on a Monterey CA station. Besides playing El Paso, we have played isolated shows throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Mexico. We love to play, we try to play out at least twice a month and practice multiple times every week. Music is our life (cliché but true).
While the band has seen members come and go over it’s 20 year history, fans can still listen to the founding member Pancho Mendoza on lead vocals and guitar
Although symbolically, the name FIXED IDEA carries the connotations of being fixated on an idea and following through with the members’ internal goals. The band name has proven to be the driving force for us as we continue to grow, change, and develop; fixated on an idea of fun, friendship, music, dance, and fellowship. Band members have described their experiences with the group as self fulfilling, a reflection of their craftsmanship, and autobiographical in their lyrics.
FIXED IDEA received an award from the 'What's Up Weekly, Best of the Best 2013" for Best Local Original Band in July 2013. A live album Live, Raw and Personal was released in June 2012. FI listeners and music lovers can enjoy an existing catalog which includes the bands first recorded 7” album released in 1996, “Skankin Oldies”-1998, “Fixed Idea”, LP-2000, “Traditions of My Addiction” - 2002, and “La Muerte”-2005. We have never stopped playing and growing as musicians, we never plan to either.