Inquiring Minds

Agent Orange Continues Carpet-Bombing Surf-Punk

Rocks Off recently had the opportunity to speak with Agent Orange's Mike Palm, who founded the Southern California surf-punks in the late '70s and has remained in the trenches ever since. Agent Orange plays Fitzgerald's Sunday evening.

Rocks Off: What brought about the affinity between surf and punk cultures?

Mike Palm: I think you'd have to go all the way back to the 1960s. Actually, you could probably go even further back than that. Original surf culture - those guys were all about forging their own paths. They were kind of outcasts. People thought they were degenerate.

In reality, they were some of the first people to embrace fitness and clean living and actually living the life they way they wanted to, which is beneficial to your health in the long run. Mainstream society thought they were freaks. It's the same thing with punks too. People think, punk rock, what's it all about? Spitting, fighting, bloody noses, and guys barfing on each other.

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