Agent Orange is an American punk band. It was formed in Orange County, California in 1979. The band is one of the first to combine surf music with punk rock. They first caught attention with their song "Bloodstains" which they released on their own 7" E.P. The first demo of the song was offered to Pasadena radio station KROQ's D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer, which become one of his show's biggest hits.
In addition having Mike Palm and Scott Miller as original members, Steve Soto was the powerful trio’s first bass player, the one who played on the first "Bloodstains". Steve Soto leave the band to form The Adolescents. With new line - up James Levesque on bass. The session was their first long player, Living In Darkness (originally released by Posh Boy Records in November 1981). In 1988, Brent Liles substitute James Levesque on bass and that year, Agent Orange recorded Living In Total Darkness, which was a re-recording of the original Living in Darkness album with several new songs mixed in. This album did not sold nationwide and only several copies exist. In 1989, Derek O'Brien replaced Scott Miller on drums and in 1990, Agent Orange recorded Real Live Sound. This is the only Agent Orange recording to feature the Palm/Liles/O'Brien lineup. 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 like skating at all." This may have occurred because Mike Palm evidently did skate as mentioned in an interview with TxPunk.net. Mike has also stated that he didn't talk much in early interviews and would sometimes disagree with what the band made seem like a unanimous opinion.