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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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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
These guys are rancid btw
maloneut
Bosstones in the same conversation ? You should be ashamed.
Love them always... deeper lyrics than most ever cared to delve into?.. Sound System!!!
-*It's Alive* Great Great Post!
Another tip top punk group.
Very ki€k a** music, as always.
top notch!!!
I hate that they mentioned mmbts for opiv
Love this song!!!
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.
Never fails to put me in a good mood.
pick it up pick it up!
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"
shut up ajmck712 no one gives a s***
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
Jesse was/is in sounds of love he is still alive and well around berkeley and oakland.
@daryllikt they arent related. fyi. theyre friends. but no relation.
Ha! Skankin Pickle! How bout Janitors Against Apartheid?!
its 1989 everyone stand up and take a f**king look around.
Legendary!
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
zappa707
Named after a nuclear bomb
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.
@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?
markiesaldan a
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
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?
jgiammetta77
Green day hasn't been good for a long time. Try SxDx
jgiammetta77
Whatever happend to Jesse anyway?
jesse is my hero
this band sucks
f**k yall
iixtellz
I'm gonna get a lot of crap for this but, Green Day brought me here.
Prolly my faverit ska song ever!! Luv it great beat!
jennidagodde s s 6 0
If you want to hear a great band that is still under ground and struggling too be heard. Look up, The National Rifle, or most call them TNR. They are from Philly and are fantastic!
Michaels went on to form Common Rider and Classics of Love. Buddhist monk my a**.
natalyloveee
@crab666batt l e i totally agree with you!
how the f**k can you compare rancid and greenday.... . . . t i m armstrong need to beat the s**t out of how wrote this crap........ . . . . . . . . p u n k for life
OP Ivy! Good s**t! Wish I could have seem them.
@socalsoulsu r f 1 x
> skankin pickle rocks

I missed the bus
Bosstones??? Dear Pandora, please fire the writer of this bio and slap yourselves for ever allowing him to post such nonsense. it would be funny if it wasn't so damn offensive.
One of the first bands to fuse revivalist ska with the energy and aggression of post-hardcor e punk rock (after the Mighty Mighty Bosstones).. . . yeah years after ))>FiShBoNe) * )
this bad influenced me greatly. lyrically amazing, the beat top notch it makes you want to dance, they are just great overall. i may not of been alive when they started but when i first listened to this at the age of 16 i fell in love. operation still lives to this day through music, not physically except for records, but its not even needed. no one can recreate how their music makes you feel.
jf.mathtutor
I don't think that it's fair to blame Op Ivy or Bosstones for the soulless pop which came with No Doubt and Sublime... It's not as though Bad Brains were neglecting to bring Reggae to the Hard-Core scene, there's just a thirst for soul-less crap somewhere in our economy - maybe near where all our lost socks go...
momojcg21
when i first heard this band...uhh. There just f**kin' great.
The bio is shite. Great band....
Energy is one of the best punk albums of all-time!
rsfleming9
This thread needs some UNITY. You all sound like squabbling 12yr olds. Just enjoy the bands you like and, if something you hate pops up, skip it and go cry about it in your Toyota Pruis... Is that too much to ask?
Best f**king band ever, not one song that I dislike. Bought the discography and it was worth every penny, too bad I lost it. :(
benmc19
So much hate, Lets argue about which long-broken up punk bands are better then each other and who sold out. Why don't you just spin the albums you want to hear and fight for something that matters.
I just got got goosebumps !!! One of the best bands of all time!!
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