Agent Orange - Living In Darkness

Agent Orange - Living In Darkness

Original Release Date

1981

Release Information

US LP 1981 (Posh Boy - PBS 122)

1 Too Young To Die 2:04
2 Everything Turns Grey 2:00
3 Miserlou 2:07
4 The Last Goodbye 2:49
5 No Such Thing 2:47
6 A Cry For Help In A World Gone Mad 2:09
7 Bloodstains 1:44
8 Living In Darkness 4:13

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US CD 1988 (Posh Boy - PBCD 88122-2)

Agent Orange - Living In Darkness
1 Agent Orange - Too Young To Die 2:04
2 Agent Orange - Everything Turns Grey 2:01
3 Agent Orange - Miserlou 2:08
4 Agent Orange - The Last Goodbye 2:50
5 Agent Orange - No Such Thing 2:47
6 Agent Orange - A Cry For Help In A World Gone Mad 2:10
7 Agent Orange - Bloodstains 1:52
8 Agent Orange - Living In Darkness 4:13
9 Agent Orange - Pipeline 3:54
10 Agent Orange - Breakdown 2:55
11 Agent Orange - Mr. Moto 1:58
Symbol Six - E.P.
12 Symbol Six - Ego 1:53
13 Symbol Six - Symbol Six 2:13
14 Symbol Six - Taxation 2:12
15 Symbol Six - Beverlywood 2:05

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US CD 1992 (Rhino - 71092)

1 Bloodstains (Original Version) 1:53
2 Too Young To Die 2:04
3 Everything Turns Grey 2:00
4 Miserlou 2:07
5 The Last Goodbye 2:49
6 No Such Thing 2:47
7 A Cry For Help In A World Gone Mad 2:09
8 Bloodstains (Darkness Version) 1:44
9 Living In Darkness 4:13
10 Pipeline 3:54
11 Breakdown 2:54
12 Mr. Moto 1:59
13 America 1:20
14 Bored Of You 1:48
15 El Dorado 1:44
16 Interview 1981 9:21

Chart Placings

None

Credits

LP:

Mike - vocals, guitar
Scott - drums
James - bass, vocals

Produced by Robbie Fields and Jay Lansford
Engineered and mixed by David Hines
Recorded in total darkness at Brian Elliot Recording, North Hollywood, CA September 1981
Mastered by Stan Ross at Gold Star

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1988 CD:

Produced by Robbie Fields
Engineered and mixed by David Hines
Recorded in total darkness at Brian Elliot Recording, North Hollywood, CA September 1981
Mastered by Stan Ross at Gold Star

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1992 CD:

Mike Palm - vocals, guitar
Scott Miller- drums
James Levesque - bass, backing vocals
Steve Soto - bass, backing vocals [1, 13-15]

Produced by Robbie Fields & Jay Lansford
Engineered and mixed by: David Hines
Recorded in total darkness at: Brian Elliot Recording, North Hollywood, CA Sept. 1981

[Tracks 13-15:]
Produced by Daniel R. Van Patten
Engineered by Paul Lewis & Chris (Arfy) Velasco
Recorded at Devonsound Studios, 1979

Remastering: Bill Inglot & Ken Perry

Note: The original album Living In Darkness consisted of Tks 20-9 and was issued as Posh Boy #PBS 122, Nov. 1981

Additional Credits

1988 CD:

1-7: from Living In Darkness LP, 1981
8: from Rodney On the Roq compilation, 1980
9-11: from Bitchin' Summer EP, 1982
12-15: Symbol Six EP, by Symbol Six

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1992 CD:

1: from Rodney On the Roq compilation, 1980
2-9: Living In Darkness LP, 1981
10-12: from Bitchin' Summer EP, 1982
13-14: B-Side of Bloodstains 7", 1980
15-17: Recorded in 1979, released as a single in 1990 (here)

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Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: With just eight songs, the band's debut, co-produced by Posh Boy head honcho Robbie Fields, is more of a mini-album, featuring a third version of 'Bloodstains' (after the 1980 single and the Rodney On the Roq version), suitably nihilistic rants like 'Everything Turns Gray' and 'No Such Thing', and a fun version of the instrumental surf oldie 'Miserlou'. Produced with the minimum of fuss - a few overdubs, a bit of echo where needed, some handclapping - this poppy but punchy affair is one of the best punk (or otherwise) LPs of the decade.

ROBERT PAYES/IRA ROBBINS, THE TROUSER PRESS RECORD GUIDE, 1991: Pcture a band that combines the best elements of the Sex Pistols, the Ventures and early Blue Oyster Cult. Got that? Then you've got Agent Orange, a Fullerton, California trio who hybridized surf-twang sounds, smart-metal chops and punky drive. Living in Darkness is a short, concise collection of seven originals (like "Bloodstains") plus an appropriate memory-tweaker: the instrumental classic "Miserlou."

RECORD COLLECTOR, 1993: Wonderful [read full review here]

Additional Notes

The 1988 CD version contains seven of the LP cuts, substituting the LP version of 'Bloodstains' for the 'Rodney On the Roq' one. It also adds most of the Bitchin' Summer EP and an enjoyable (if minor) EP by fellow So-Cal chappies Symbol Six.

The 1992 CD adds various tracks, including all of the 1980 Bloodstains single and all of the 'Bitchin' Summer' EP, along with two cuts (15,16) issued as a single in 1990 but dating from this classic period. So, it's a comprehensive round-up of their early years except for the 'Rodney On The Roq' version of 'Bloodstains' and - correct me if I'm wrong - a short version of 'Pipeline' that was the B-Side of Everything Turns Gray.

Images

Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US LP 1981 (Posh Boy - PBS 122)Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US LP 1981 (Posh Boy - PBS 122)

US LP 1982 (Posh Boy - PBS 122). Click here for more (Thanks to Torsten Schitting for some of these scans)

Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US CD 1988 (Posh Boy - PBCD 88122-2) Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US CD 1988 (Posh Boy - PBCD 88122-2) Tray

US CD 1988 (Posh Boy - PBCD 88122-2). Click here for more

Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US CD 1992 (Rhino - 71092)Agent Orange - Living In Darkness - US CD 1992 (Rhino - 71092) Tray

US CD 1992 (Rhino - 71092). Initally this came in a longbox. Click here for more

 

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