They went under the names Screen, Raggedy Anne, and The Electrocutes before becoming the Donnas. These other bands were not simply the Donnas with different names, they were different bands with different members. In fact they appeared on a college radio station as both Raggedy Anne and The Donnas in the same night! Not only this, but Raggedy Anne and the Donnas insulted each other. (No one but them and the DJ even knew that they were the same people).
They worked with producer Darin Raffaelli for their first three albums. They took a week off of their senior year of high school to tour Japan and even experimented with riot grrl under The Electrocutes (this was more musical than political, though). They initially signed with Lookout! Records. However, the band became too big for the independent Lookout! to handle and they were urged to sign with a major label compamny. In 2002, they signed with Atlantic Records.