When the California punk trio Agent Orange hit the scene in 1979, Sid and Nancy were dead, the Ramones were merging into the mainstream and disco had hustled its way onto the airwaves in sequined platform shoes. “Things seem so much different now,” the band howled on their early song “Bloodstains.” “The scene has died away.” But Agent Orange have stuck around, with their boisterous blend of classic rock, surf and old-school thrash predating a lot of contemporary pop-punk. While plenty of members have come and gone since ’79, the current lineup still features founding frontman Mike Palm. If you’re unfamiliar with a band that really should be more well-known outside punk-obsessive circles, check out their 2008 compilation Surfing to Some F#*ked Up S@!t, which will give you a grasp on their particular genre smorgasbord.
— Nathan Weinbender