Jodie Foster's Army (JFA) recorded Valley of the Yakes and broke the mold for anyone else coming after them. There was no other band on the planet at the time who could have matched JFA's intensity, its blend of influences, and the sheer skate-punk genius the group created with Sandy Lamont at Phoenix's Desert Sounds, on Placebo Records' dime. Because of this, there have been few bands who have even tried to emulate JFA's unique style and sound, unlike many of its equally famous punk rock peers around the world. JFA was firing on all cylinders on Valley of the Yakes, and for many longtime Phoenix punk music fans, the original lineup is the classic lineup of the band. The band's unique blend of hardcore punk, surf, funk, and teenage angst was unlike anything people had seen or heard, especially in Phoenix, as this incarnation changed the punk rock scene in Phoenix forever.