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Agent Orange

Mike Palm (guitar, vocals) | (1979-present); Perry Giordano (bass, vocals) (2003-present); and Dave Klein (drums, vocals) (2003-present)

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Agent Orange

Agent Orange is an American surf/punk rock/skate punk band formed in Orange County, California in 1979. The band is one of the first to mix punk rock with surf music. They first gained attention for their song "Bloodstains," released on their debut 7" EP in 1979.

A demo of the song "Bloodstains" was given to Rodney Bingenheimer, a DJ at Pasadena radio station KROQ-FM. The song soon became one of his show's biggest hits.

The power trio's original lineup was Mike Palm on guitar and vocals, Steve Soto on bass, and Scott Miller on drums. Soto played on the original "Bloodstains"; the Living in Darkness version of the song later appeared in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Soto later left the band to form The Adolescents.

With James Levesque on bass, the group recorded the Living In Darkness LP with Brian Elliot, best known for composing Madonna’s hit "Papa Don’t Preach." The record was released by Posh Boy Records in November 1981. In 1988, Brent Liles replaced James Levesque on bass. Later that year, the band recorded Living In Total Darkness, a re-recording of the original album with a few new songs. This album did not go national and very few copies exist.

In 1989, Derek O'Brien replaced Scott Miller on drums. In 1990, Agent Orange recorded Real Live Sound, the only Agent Orange recording to feature the Palm/Liles/O'Brien lineup.

Sam Bolle replaced Brent Liles in January 1992, remaining with the band until May 2003, when he left to join surf guitar legend Dick Dale's band.

Source: Wikipedia, 2015.

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