Living in Darkness

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Living in Darkness
Studio album by Agent Orange
Released 1981
Recorded 1979 - September 1981
Genre Surf rock, punk rock
Length 19:53 (original)
44:46 (reissue)
Label Posh Boy Records
Producer Daniel VanPatten
Agent Orange chronology
Living in Darkness
(1981)
When You Least Expect It
(1983)
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Living in Darkness is the debut album by the punk rock band Agent Orange, released on Posh Boy Records in 1981. This album showcases the band's mixture of punk with metal and surf influences.

The original album consisted of eight tracks. In 1992, it was expanded to include three unreleased tracks from the album sessions ("Pipeline", "Breakdown" and "Mr. Moto") as well as the 1979 recordings that won them their Posh Boy contract ("Bloodstains", "America", "Bored of You" and "El Dorado"). A 1981 interview and liner notes written by guitarist Mike Palm were also included in the reissue. In 1988, Agent Orange recorded an as-yet unreleased version of the album, titled Living in Total Darkness.

Three songs are covers of classic surf instrumentals: "Pipeline" by The Chantays, "Miserlou" by Dick Dale and "Mr. Moto" by The Bel-Airs.

"Everything Turns Grey" was featured in the 2001 film Freddy Got Fingered.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Palm, except for where noted.

Original 1981 version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Too Young to Die" – 2:04
  2. "Everything Turns Grey" (Palm, James Levesque) – 2:00
  3. "Miserlou" (Milton Leeds, Nicholas Roubanis, Bob Russell, Chaim Tauber, Fred Wise) – 2:07
  4. "The Last Goodbye" – 2:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "No Such Thing" – 2:47
  2. "A Cry for Help in a World Gone Mad" – 2:09
  3. "Bloodstains" – 1:44
  4. "Living in Darkness" (Palm, Levesque) – 4:13

CD reissue version[edit]

  1. "Bloodstains (Original Version)" – 1:53
  2. "Too Young to Die" – 2:04
  3. "Everything Turns Grey" (Palm, Levesque) – 2:00
  4. "Miserlou" (Leeds, Roubanis, Russell, Tauber, Wise) – 2:07
  5. "The Last Goodbye" – 2:49
  6. "No Such Thing" – 2:47
  7. "Cry for Help in a World Gone Mad" – 2:09
  8. "Bloodstains (Darkness Version)" – 1:44
  9. "Living in Darkness" (Palm, Levesque) – 4:13
  10. "Pipeline" (Brian Carmen, Bob Spickard) – 3:54
  11. "Breakdown" (Palm, Steve Soto) – 2:54
  12. "Mr. Moto" (Richard Delvy, Paul Johnson) – 1:59
  13. "America" – 1:20
  14. "Bored of You" – 1:48
  15. "El Dorado" – 1:44
  16. "Interview 1981" – 9:21
  • Tracks 1, 13, and 14 originally from the "Bloodstains" EP (1980)
  • Tracks 10-12 originally from the Bitchin' Summer EP (1982)
  • Tracks 15-16 originally from the "El Dorado" 7" single (1990)

Personnel[edit]