Orange 17

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  • John Peterson (drums)
  • Karl Qualey (guitar, vocals)
  • Randy Dever (bass)


  • Does hellfire, damnation mean anything to you? These guys are a punk/metal tour de force who pioneered this territory long before the Fucking Champs or similar metal-infused indie bands came around. Although they've never officially broken up, it seems like they only resurface for the occasional show. Fargo loves them.
  • From Carothers Brothers #5, "The Definitive Guide to Everything Punk Rock in the Moorhead/Fargo Area": Orange 17 - you know, if they didn't have short hair I could mistake these boys for Poison.


  • They opened for Bad Company and Ted Nugent at the Fargodome.
  • Seeing JP set his cymbals on fire is a truly magical Fargo rock experience.
  • Some kid broke his arm or leg or something at a show at the Bowler.
  • When they opened for Zeke, Blind Marky Felchtone was apparently in awe of them.
  • They played a version of "Deck The Halls" at a Rock N' Roll Xmas concert where they simply repeated "Don we now our gay apparel" over and over again.
  • Played for a long-ass time in Fergus Falls one night back around 1994. Came out in ET masks and rocked downtown Fergus Falls until all the kiddies had to go to bed. Put up with letting Jim Lee of Grammahead ride around in their van.
  • You know you've hit the rock'n'roll nail on the head when someone spray-paints your band name on something. I swear I saw something like this near Island Park at one point or another. -ryan
  • There are probably too many other highlights to list.



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