The band is one of the first to mix punk rock with surf music. They first gained attention with their song "Bloodstains" which they released on their own 7" E.P. An early demo of the song was presented to KROQ, Pasadena radio station's D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer, which soon became one of his show's biggest hits.
Besides having Mike Palm and Scott Miller as original members, Steve Soto was the power trio’s first bass player, the one who played on the first "Bloodstains". The Darkness Version of this song later appeared on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Soto later left the band to form The Adolescents. With new member James Levesque on bass, the group found their way to the famous Living In Darkness sessions at Brian Elliot recording studio (Elliot is most known for having composed Madonna’s hit "Papa Don’t Preach"). The result of these sessions was their first long player, Living In Darkness (originally released by Posh Boy Records in November 1981), a Sam Bolle replaced Brent Liles in January 1992, and remained with the band until May 2003, when he left to join Surf Guitar Legend Dick Dale's band, where he remains to this day.
Agent Orange has had an enormous influence on the skate punk or skate-core scene even though band members stated on Living in Darkness that "We don't feel a part of that scene at all."
- Perry Giordano
- Dusty Watson
- Mike Palm
- Mike Palm
Other former members:
- Brent Liles
- Derek O'Brien
- Tim Riley (Bass)
- Sam Bolle 1991-2003 (CD Virtually Indestructible)
- Charlie Quintana (CD Virtually Indestructible)
- Steve Soto (first "Bloodstains" single)
- Steve Latanation
- Bruce Taylor