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Berkeley, San Francisco CA, United States (1987 – 1989)

Operation Ivy was a highly influential / band that originated from the East Bay of San Francisco (in Berkeley) and was active from 1987 through 1989. They were credited as one of the first bands, influencing bands such as The Suicide Machines, Choking Victim and Authority Zero.

The band consisted of frontman Jesse Michaels (vocals), Tim Armstrong (Credited as “Lint”) (Vocals/Guitar), Matt Freeman (Credited as Matt McCall) (Bass/Backing Vocals), and Dave Mello (credited as Hujuku Girl) (Drums/Backing Vocals). Their name was derived from the Operation Ivy series of nuclear tests. Two of their members, Armstrong and Freeman, also perform(ed) with the bands Rancid (their current, and biggest project), Basic Radio, Downfall and Shaken 69.

Armstrong also went on to perform with The Transplants, and contribute to Dance Hall Crashers, P!nk and on solo work.

Additionally, Freeman has performed with Auntie Christ, Generator, MDC and Social Distortion.

Mello went on to perform with Schlong. There was a great deal of speculation regarding the fate of Michaels, with many fans believing that he had moved to Nicaragua or became a Buddhist monk. Michaels eventually resurfaced into the music world with a project band, Big Rig, and later with a more active band, Common Rider, which included bassist Mass Giorgini (of Screeching Weasel) and drummer Dan Lumley (of Squirtgun).


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  • StopMakeTheEyes

    finest band ever

    1 Aug 1:14am Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • RoveRBastarD

    Tan Simple, Tan Buena Musica... I Fuckin Like This Band, Good Mix, Ska, Punk and a Little Bit Hardcore. Good Job Tim Armstrong! Tenia Que Estar Metido En Medio!

    8 May 2:29am Reply
  • 811Records

    Pick it UP!! Pick it UP!!

    24 Mar 5:08am Reply
  • abanner

    Anyone else think the vocals sound like Mr Garrison?

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • owlies

    sound of working class youth

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    one of the few ska punk bands that i actually like.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Owantjaaaa

    I'll say it again: classics of love

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • onestoploser

    I don't want to see these dudes get back together. It could be great, but it could be horrible. I'd rather just keep the memories of great music.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • elita_blya

    skacore from Russia! Vodka, matryoshka, accordion and aggression

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • onyacoxxx

    ok little kid iAdieuxi i dnt know about u but id love to hear new oi

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • iAdieux

    don't kid yourself. you don't want operation ivy to get back together. 20 years later, people change, they just wouldn't be the same and you'd only complain.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • LucianeLirou

    Melhor banda do planeta....

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    Does anyone else think that Jesse Michaels would've made a great rapper? [2]

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • damphoussed

    Does anyone else think that Jesse Michaels would've made a great rapper?

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Owantjaaaa

    But we already have Classics Of Love

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Devi_ka

    all i want for christmas is for Operation Ivy to get back together. (2)

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rustco

    Check out my mates band "Thursdays Friend" LastFm page. Cool band from Adelaide Australia. Free downloads of Grunge/Punk. Peace!

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • emotron

    I love how every time an OP ivy song comes on the station im listening to its twice as loud as any of the other songs that play. Seriously that shit gets me amped.

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MrLynk

    Listening to this album after a year or so is amazing. It's almost like hearing them for the first time again. Energy <3

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
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