Secret Agent Men

If you’ve ever seen a D.I.Y. skate video – you know, the kind with dudes careening off municipal building staircases to the sounds of old school punk – then you’ve heard Agent Orange. They’d be the band bellowing, “Bloodstains, speed kills / Fast cars, cheap thrills,” as the skaters crush their nuts on hand rails. That song, “Bloodstains,” was their first, and it dropped way back in 1980. Over the next decade the SoCal trio became the kings of anthemic surf and skate punk, owed largely to guitarist Mike Palm’s buzzsaw riffage, straddling the line between hardcore and surf rock.

Orange has been floating just under the radar for almost 30 years now (the boys claim they’ll never “sell out”), but they’ll always be a fan fav for giving the ol’ surf-punk treatment to classic tunes like “Miserlou,” “Police Truck,” and the Get Smart theme. Check out Palm (the only OG member remaining) and crew as they wash ashore at Churchill’s Pub (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami) this Friday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-757-1807, or visit
Fri., Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m., 2008