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Operation Ivy

One of the first bands to fuse revivalist ska with the energy and aggression of post-hardcore punk rock (after the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Operation Ivy were also one of the few ska-punk bands to earn critical acclaim. Part of the reason was that they were one of the genre's innovators, possessed of a freshness that many of their imitators lacked, but their lyrics were often more intelligent and substantive as well. Thanks to their early breakup (the group was only together for two years), Operation Ivy became an enduring, even legendary influence in the neo-punk underground, especially after half of the band went on to hit it big in a new group, Rancid.

Operation Ivy were formed in Berkeley, CA, in May 1987 out of the ashes of several local bands. Lead singer Jesse Michaels, guitarist Lint (born Tim Armstrong), bassist Matt McCall (born Matt Freeman, renamed after the hero of the TV series The Equalizer), and drummer Dave Mello began playing extensively at the famed Gilman Street club, a center of the Bay Area's burgeoning punk revival scene. (Initially, they had no horn section, though sax player Paul Bae would later join them on selected recordings.) They quickly signed with the local punk label Lookout, and appeared on two compilations by the end of the year: the label sampler The Thing That Ate Floyd, and the Maximum Rock'n'Roll magazine sampler Turn It Around. In 1988, they released an EP titled Hectic and toured the country, playing small-scale punk venues.

With a budding reputation as an excellent live band, EMI offered Operation Ivy a major-label deal. Unsure of how to react to the prospect of success -- both because of their independent politics and local-mindedness -- the band chose to break up rather than compromise their intentions, playing their last show in May 1989. Their debut full-length album, Energy, was released on Lookout several months later, and became a touchstone of the third wave ska revival largely through word of mouth. Michaels went on to sing with Big Rig before leaving music; varying accounts hold that he became either a Buddhist monk or a Central American missionary, and may have returned to the U.S. to work for Lookout. Mello joined Schlong and then reunited briefly with Armstrong and Freeman in Downfall, which released an album on Lookout in 1995. Armstrong and Freeman, reverting to their real names, formed Rancid in 1991; their Clash-inspired punk and ska helped make them one of the most popular bands of the '90s punk revival, after Green Day and the Offspring. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Best f**king band
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Ok come on guys their ok but they only one album
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Jesse Michaels later recorded two albums as the lead singer of Common Rider, among other projects.
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this isnt accurate. If it was in 1987 they started. They were one of the last Ska/punk bands.
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How is this punk Pandora? Seriously it is poppy ska s**t!
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joeamos28
THEY GAVE IT THEIR ALL, AND IN TURN BROUGHT US PUNK LOVERS, OVER A DECADE OF GREAT MUSIC, SHOWS, AND AND PROBABLY SOME STORIES THAT SHOULDNT BE TOLD, LOL.
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F**k all u kids this was the s**t when u we're just a squirt in your dadys shorts
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Great band, but it is funny how every kid who wants to be a real punk buys the OP IV T-Shirt, like I did.
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Mohawks are a punk staple, like a leather jacket, boots, a s**t ton of studs and some tatts. The only one who gets away without that stuff is Henry Rollins
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peter.s.bogo s i a n
Moo obviously is retarded. They had Mohawks before they were cool. Do even know what true punk/ska is? F**king mainstream f**k. Go listen to Taylor swift f*g!!!!!!
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Hey moomoo007... pull your head out of that cow vag and get a life you racist inbreed moron...
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Rancid sucks. Any band with mo-hawks is trying too hard.
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I find it hilarious how smug and snarky some of the comments are. They sound like the least punk things you can say. Its like some dude syaing I've named my kid ronald reagan and I'm punk. Like fan girls arguing over what ever that twilight team bullshit
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I don't know why the Bosstones are getting so much s**t here. No one's actually explained why they're so bad. Listen to Devil's Night Out again, they're no worse or less punk than Op Ivy.
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The energy and raw emotion of Op Ivy will never be duplicated, however their music has been a good influence to many bands that came later.
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LONG LIVE OPERATION IVY! enjoy the raw energy and greatest cause it will never happen again with how music is going now. sham on you big record company. you ruined music and turned them into p**sys
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Why have that snide comment about the Bosstones? Not only are they not similar to Operation Ivy, they are lame.
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Follow for follow (Please read my bio)
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When I heard this in the late 80's. I knew something was up .
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Brutal
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Punk rock is awesome my favorite 3 punk bands are operation ivy rancid and the misdits
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pinklysmooth 2 8
So good
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I'd prefer Operation Ivy over Rancid any day of the week. Rancid is a good band but Operation Ivy was better. Both bands have put out great music. Operation Ivy still takes the cake.
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md.eric
@ Kellie some of op ivy guys later formed the band rancid BUT they are NOT the same.. thats like saying wings is the same as the beatles.. fail
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These guys are rancid btw
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maloneut
Bosstones in the same conversation ? You should be ashamed.
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Love them always... deeper lyrics than most ever cared to delve into?.. Sound System!!!
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-*It's Alive* Great Great Post!
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Another tip top punk group.
Very ki€k a** music, as always.
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top notch!!!
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I hate that they mentioned mmbts for opiv
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Love this song!!!
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Tim Armstrong if your reading this, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get Operation Ivy back together. Us younger generation need to know what punk is, i've been in to it since 6th grade. And i'm about to get a band together. I love Rancid, Rancid is great, but I REALLY want Operation Ivy to get back together. I even made an Operation Ivy patch.
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Never fails to put me in a good mood.
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pick it up pick it up!
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dopaminecc
Tim and Jesse have actually gotten together in the last couple months collaboratin g with Tim's side project " Tim time bomb and friends"
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shut up ajmck712 no one gives a s***
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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freediver41
Jesse was/is in sounds of love he is still alive and well around berkeley and oakland.
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@daryllikt they arent related. fyi. theyre friends. but no relation.
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Ha! Skankin Pickle! How bout Janitors Against Apartheid?!
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its 1989 everyone stand up and take a f**king look around.
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Legendary!
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How stupid for someone to say, " I don't like Operation Ivy anymore cause too many people listen to them now"! If that's you... You never were a true fan to begin with! And you think your so Punk Rock- as if you are the only one in this world to have the honor of enjoying their music.. Well my 14 year old and I still jam out to them! I'm sure Lint would agree with me on this one.. I send a Big Middle Finger "F**k You" -and Boot party your a** to the curb you!!! Their fame continues to gro
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zappa707
Named after a nuclear bomb
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katie.a1989
LOL at this guy. I'm soooo underground like no one in the world besdies me has ever heard of Operation Ivy. I can't believe someone is so ignorant they would let success of a band compromise if they listen to them or not. Please do us all a favor and don't listen to them then. You're a freak.
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@markiesalda n a - they haven't done anything in 20 years, but now that kids who missed out the first time can go buy a t-shirt at hot topic, those same songs that were great this whole time suddenly suck? that's pretty dumb. that attitude is young enough that i'd bet you're part of the previous generation that missed them the first time. was i supposed to quit listening to them when you first discovered them?
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Operation ivy is getting too known now ... I seem so many shirts out there that its getting bad ... I can't listen to them anymore ... Love all the messages they send but I hate when everybody listens and burns out the same things I do ... There's a reason punk isn't mainstream
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daryllikt
HOW IN THE GREAT F**K ALL Does this reference green day without pointing out the fact that TIm was Billy Joe's cousin and helped inspire the creation of green day?
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jgiammetta77
Green day hasn't been good for a long time. Try SxDx
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