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Cheap Sex was a punk rock band formed in December 2002 and based in San Diego, California.

They formed out of frustration towards the San Diego underground scene. In their eyes, it was filled with too much emo and pop punk and not enough hardcore punk music. Soon after they formed, they recorded a five-song demo EP. They were quickly signed to Punk Core Records and recorded their full-length debut album. It was titled Launch Off to War and released in July 2003.

Cheap Sex has been reasonably successful, sharing the stage with bands like 999, Lower Class Brats and Agent Orange. After playing several shows on the West Coast, the band made its East Coast debut at the 3 day Vive Le Punk festival at CBGB OMFUG in New York. There they shared the stage with The Adicts and Abrasive Wheels, among others, receiving quite a response.

The band performed in July at the Wasted 2004 festival in the UK (formerly known as Holidays in the Sun) with bands such as Discharge and Broken Bones.

In 2003 when they were touring with Lower Class Brats, they had a van accident. Cinder blocks crashed through the gaping hole that was once the side of the van from the truck they hit, and severely injured Johnny O, which caused the cancellation of the rest of their tour.

In April 2004 they recorded their second full-length release for Punk Core Records, entitled Headed for a Breakdown. It was released October 5 2004. They toured extensively during that summer, playing along the east coast with labelmates Lower Class Brats.

Finally, the newest album recorded by Cheap Sex, Written in Blood, was released on June 6th of 2006, followed up with what would be their last U.S. tour with label mates The Scarred, called the "Bloody Solution US tour".

Punk Core Records is working on putting out a singles and raraties collection by Cheap Sex sometime in 2007.

On March 1st, 2007 Cheap Sex's past guitarist, Chris Wick, hung himself due to struggling with heroin addiction and the death of his mother in 2004. On March 15th, 2007 Cheap Sex sent out a bulletin via MySpace stating that they would be breaking up and a final show was in the works.

Cheap Sex Members Today: Mike has started a new band called Evacuate.

Phil and Brock, although rumoured to initially be in Mike's band, Evacuate, have gone on to create their own band, "A Bande Apart" and re-located to Los Angeles rather than San Diego where Cheap Sex was based out of. A Bande Apart is quite different sounding from the sound Cheap Sex was known for; less aggressive and with a female vocalist.

Johnny O. Negative has played with the Lower Class Brats and Total Chaos to fill in for open spots on their tours; he is now living in Raleigh, NC, working on his new project No Revolution.

Gabe Sex (Gabe Skunt on the Launch off to War LP) has gone on to play drums for the San Diego garage styled band "The Muslims" for a short period of time but has since resigned. He now sings lead vocals in the San Diego Rock and Roll band "The Desert Diamonds". Like Phil and Brock's new band, The Desert Diamonds are very different sounding from Cheap Sex. The band has more of a classic rock influence hitting sounds comparible to T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

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