The rAdolescents – Amoeba


The rAdolescents are an all original ex-Adolescents band featuring the legendary  Rikk Agnew on lead guitar and Casey Royer on Drums, Frank Agnew Jr on Vocals, John O’Donovan on Rhyhtm Guitar, Dan Colburn on Bass with an occasional special appearance by Alfie Agnew! They  play their Adolescents blue album in sequence in it’s entirety and if you’re lucky, All 3 songs from Welcome to Reality EP.

“Amoeba” is a song by American punk rock band the Adolescents. It is the eighth track on their self-titled debut album Adolescents, released in April 1981 on Frontier Records. It is the band’s signature song.

An earlier version of the song was recorded in 1980 for inclusion on KROQ-FM disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer‘s Rodney on the ROQ compilation album, released by Posh Boy Records in November 1980. This version became a hit on KROQ and led to the band’s signing to Frontier Records in January 1981. Posh Boy owner Robbie Fields presented the band with gold singles for the track at a show at the Starwood in West Hollywood in early 1981, and the label later released this version of the song as a single in 1990.


“Amoeba” was one of several Adolescents songs that were written by rhythm guitarist Rikk Agnew and drummer Casey Royer for their prior group, the Detours. The original version of the song was written for Agnew and Royer’s previous band Social Distortion, with lyrics written by Royer and also partially by original Social Distortion lead vocalist Tom Corvin and music composed by their Social Distortion bandmate Mike Ness. After Royer and Agnew left Social Distortion to play in the Detours and the Adolescents, Ness rewrote the lyrics to the music he composed, turning it into 1945, while Agnew composed new music for Royer’s lyrics.