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artworkFrom nearly the beginning of the LA punk scene, Mike Palm's great trio has been cutting totally unique, readily identifiable tracks. Among the sessions, Mike always included a few surf instros, being both a surfer and a hard core surf fan. This release collects the Posh Boy releases. A great peek into the rebirth of surf. As a side note, I find it fascinating that no one has coped their sound. It's entirely unique. Actually, for a while in the mid eighties, a Sunnyvale surf punk band originally called the Thrusters (not the Santa Cruz band) and later none as Tsunami Watch were absolute Agent Orange clones, but it was so close, they never gained much credibility. Anyway, this is the real deal... Agent Orange in their formative years on Posh Boy.
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.