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Agent Orange, is one of only a handful of bands who have been
continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast Punk
A small circle of musical rebels who came together to form a
movement, they took their place front and center to experience
and participate in the explosion of now legendary underground
music that was created during the golden era of American Punk
Being the first to combine the melodic California surf guitar
sound with the frantic energy of punk, Agent Orange invented
the formula that would come to define the Orange County punk
sound. Highly influential to many of the bands who have
followed in their path, Agent Orange have always stayed one
Their strong connection to the Action Sports world has resulted
in their music providing the soundtrack to numerous major
motion pictures, video games, surf and skate films, television,
and live sports events.
The last of the true independents, Agent Orange have managed
to stay true to their roots, while always moving forward.
Powered by a loyal following built up through years of explosive
live performances all over the world, Agent Orange continue to
deliver their Fullblown-Supercharged-Punk-Surf Sound on an
international basis, with a never ending schedule of tours in the
United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and
C’mon down front and expose yourself to Agent Orange.
In the mid 80's I met two good pals in Boston-Hugh O'Neill and JJ Rassler.Hubie and The Razz. They shared a taste with me for the finer things in life-booze, drugs and punk rock. Hubie, Razz and I would comprise the core lineup of The Queers for the next 4 years.We played mainly dives in Boston like The Rat and Chet's in the north end having a particular fondness for the latter.You'd get a contact high just walking in the place.Someone always had something there.STD's-pot-dope-glue-Chet's had it all.God I miss that place!We opened up for The Ramones-Angry Samoans-Dickies to name a few.The list goes on and on.By 1989 we had just about stopped playing.The band was really only an excuse to party like it was 1999 all weekend anyway.
Hubie called one day in late 1989 and suggested getting The Queers back together.We met Bface at a Social D show about this time.We admired his style.18 years old and living at his Mom's.Drinking beer all day and listening to good tunes.He signed on as bass player and we started playing a bit.We used to go to the UNH radio station and help spin records drunk off our ass and heard a great band named Screeching Weasel from Chicago.We saw the song title "I Hate Led Zeppelin" and said we have to meet these jokers.In short order we did meet them and somehow we recorded our 1st official album for Lookout Records called "Love Songs For The Retarded".Produced by Ben Weasel.All of a sudden we started touring the world-got on MTV-in Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine and made some money.It was crazy.We had some great times and some not so great times.Too much partying.We liked our whiskey old and our women young in those days.We played together for about 7 years.Hubie was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away in 1998.Bface had had enough of my antics and bailed.
I signed the band to Hopeless Records and got new guys.Hubie had told me to carry on the very last time I spoke to him.Chris Almighty and Dangeous Dave from John Cougar Concentration Camp played for a while with me with different drummers.Dave stuck around for a few years and finally bailed back to SD.Lurch Nobody-Steve Stress-Rick Respectable all drummed here and there.The last two recordings we used Dusty Watson on drums.We met Dusty drumming for Dick Dale when we opened for him Dick at La Luna in Portland. About 4 years ago Phillip Hill from our pals The Teen Idols came along on 2nd guitar.He ended up jumping on bass and we got Dave Trevino on drums.Then dave needed a break so Lurch Nobody aka Dick Disease aka Justin Shaver came back after a 5 year break.That is the lineup now.We are a 3 piece.We will record our next album in March of 2006.We recorded a new album with Lisa Marr and Mikey Last helping at Sonic Iguana.That will be out soon we hope. Tulu and I are hoping to record a new album as The Drunken Cholos soon.We'll see what happens.