Punk-rock goddess Angela Adams-LaBounty is sitting in a Huntington Beach Starbucks and reminiscing about violence, teen angst and sweat-drenched bodies flying through the air at Costa Mesa's legendary the Cuckoo's Nest. The 49-year-old hairdresser's phone bleeps and blinks; when she looks down, she breaks into laughter. "It's my punk boyfriend from high school--the one I lost my virginity to!" Her interviewer laughs and reassures her this info will be off the record. Adams-LaBounty sternly replies, "ON THE RECORD! My choice. His $19 motel in Stanton!"
Soon, the conversation returns to the origins of Orange County's punk scene. In the late 1970s through the '80s, bands such as the Adolescents, TSOL, the Vandals and others were gaining prominence on the national landscape as hardcore began to overpower the original artsy wave of punk. "There was a freedom in knowing that nobody was watching you or cared what you were doing," says Adams-LaBounty.More »