Agent Orange

Secret Agent Man

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This is available only at Agent Orange gigs and to fan club members, but this is the kind of single worth any huge effort expended to obtain it. Of course, we've heard hundreds do "Shakin' All Over" since Johnny Kidd and the Pirates first recorded it years ago. Like Generation X's version (the B-side of "Valley of the Dolls"), it rips in from the intro guitar riff with a snarling sound that befits the sentiment of the sex-driven song. (Maybe Julian Cope was right; modern rock & roll doesn't have enough honest libido in it anymore). The other side is another big-time winner, "Secret Agent Man" via Johnny Rivers famed version and also many others after. Both songs are the kind of old rock standards that are always good to hear in the hands of an amazing rockin' band like Agent Orange -- they're pure magic. Yeah, sure, rock & roll is a dead carcass. So how come it still walks the earth?