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Operation Ivy existed for only two years, from May 1987 to May 1989, but they have since become one of the most influential American punk bands. They eschewed the tuneless assault of hardcore, and instead delivered an update on the formula of the Clash: melodic punk rock, inflected with Jamaican rhythm and brimming with political passion and youth-oriented sincerity. Operation Ivy recorded one EP, one LP, and a handful of compilation tracks — all of which is contained in this eponymous collection — but that was enough to set the stage for bands like Green Day and Rancid. By now, “pop-punk” and “ska-punk” have become generic clichés, but Operation Ivy’s music still sounds remarkably fresh and vital. Because they formed before the codification of either of those genres, their music transcends those categorizations. All punk-rock righteousness aside, “Knowledge,” “Sound System” and “Unity” are flat-out-great rock ‘n’ roll songs. Those are the band’s anthems, but don’t overlook lesser-known gems, including “Bankshot,” “Smiling,” “Missionary,” and “Big City.”

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This albm is the reason my screen name is eastbay. this is the definitve ska/ punk/ bay area album of the last twenty years. The sex pistols only realeased one album as well and frankly it pales in comparison to energy. This album isn't just about tearing everything down it's about pointing out what's wrong an empowering the listener to do something about it . songs like "healthy body" and "freeze up" seem to be more relevant today then back then. Then there is the sound of this album Tims scratchy ska riffs Matts walking bass lines and jesse's sandpaper vocals. This is not a Ska Punk album in the goldfinger reel big fish sense' this album reminds me of blue colar kids in seventies england who identified with ska for it's hope and rhythm but latched on to punk for its political leanings. The guys in this band all came from working class eastbay families took the music they loved and created there own thing if you have ever wondered what the expression "lightning in a bottle" means buy this album.

op ivy is the greatest

this album changed my life by opening the ways to look at the world.

op ivy's on MY sound system

itunes needs to get the energy LP and the hectic EP and complete the collection. i pray daily that op ivy will do a reunion...


Formed: May, 1987 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

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...
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