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Agent Orange - Living In Darknessdotdotdotdot
artworkThe original surf band's first album, in all it's raw glory. This is the sound that defined Agent Orange, and became the sound of the new Surf Punk sub-genre. Mike Palm's vision was pure and highly energetic. Redefining chunk, Mike created an edginess and compressed tapestry that was unsurpassed.
Picks: Miserlou, Pipeline (extended mix), Mr. Moto

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Skate & Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Agent Orange's classic chunky sound shreds and sustains it's way through the consummate surf song. Lots of energy, and that early eighties super compressed playing style. Great track

Pipeline (extended mix) dotdotdotdotdot
Skate & Surf Punk (Instrumental)

There's plenty of pounding drums and wailing super compressed guitar on this most classic surf punk track of all. Before there was such a thing, Mike Palm and company were straining surf instros through their signature proto-surf-punk sound. Unbelievably strong, and entirely durable. This is the Bitchin' Summer extended edit. It's interesting that there is yet to be a CD release of the actual session as issued on the 7 inch single.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Skate & Surf Punk (Instrumental)

The Belairs classic rehashed into the formula only Agent Orange has achieved, even after all these years.