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Thanks for enjoying my late night post tonight. Operation Ivy is one of those bands that change your life when you first hear their music. They are one of my favorite bands of all time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/..._(band)

Operation Ivy was an American ska punk band that formed in Berkeley, California, and was often credited with spurring the 1990s punk revival in California. It is well-known as one of the first bands to "mix" hardcore punk with elements of ska, known as ska-core. The band consisted of Jesse Michaels (lead vocals), Tim Armstrong (credited as "Lint") (guitar, vocals), Matt Freeman (credited as "Matt McCall") (bass, vocals), and Dave Mello (drums). Although Operation Ivy had little mainstream success during its career, the band had a large underground following and influenced bands such as Sublime and Green Day. Its only studio album, Energy, has been cited as one of the greatest punk rock albums of all time. The band's name, previously used by the punk band, Isocracy, was derived from the Operation Ivy series of nuclear tests.

You should recognize Tim Armstrong's name from Rancid, who I like a lot, but I agree with Fat Mike that it was dumb for Operation Ivy to break up. They are who everyone wants to see and it's a shame they will not get together or even have a reunion. they would have been even bigger had they stuck it out.

(look for the Op Ivy sticker)

I love the lyrics in Operation Ivy' songs and the lead singer Jesse Michaels(Who can sing and as much as I like his voice anyway, Tim Armstrong still can't really sing as well). It's not surprising the lyrics are so good given that Jesse is the son of the deceased author Leonard Michaels. This is one of my favorite songs and quite prescient right now as we gather while occupying: The Crowd. (Whoah just another crowd! We need to gather instead!)

More lyrics in this song relevant to Occupy Wall Street:

Officer! You act like an animal you're out of control! Officer! What the hell is wrong with you?!

A message to those wanting to co opt the movement. Quit Yelling in my Ear:

Sound System

Ain't nothing wrong with another Unity Song!

Room Without a Window

Knowledge

Now you know. Sorry for this late late version but it is technically still Wednesday. I hope someone gets something out of this.

Originally posted to DKOMA on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:56 PM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music, punkXkos, and An Ear for Music.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - I Illustrate #OWS protest T-shirts you can buy at priceman political prints

    by priceman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:56:51 PM PST

  •  I am and have always been a Rude Girl. (5+ / 0-)

    I love Ska, Calypso, and Hi Life music.

    It makes me happy, dancy, & politically aroused all at once.

    Awesome set.

  •  I like it, but I'm thinking: "The Clash" (3+ / 0-)
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    Of course it sounds like the Clash, that is a no-brainer.

    But more importantly, it is the Clash who mixed Jamaican Ska with UK Punk, and that was in 1976, correct?

    And I'm sure it goes even deeper than that, into the roots of London ex-pat Jamaican subculture.

     

    I used to write here as VeganMilitia. I let that user name pass into the history books.

    by Shuksan Tahoma on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:21:17 PM PST

    •  Op Ivy was very inspired by the Clash (2+ / 0-)
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      But technically Reggae is not ska and the Clash never played a ska song.

      Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - I Illustrate #OWS protest T-shirts you can buy at priceman political prints

      by priceman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:24:20 PM PST

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      •  Police and Thieves in the Streets (3+ / 0-)
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        I'm floored,  I never saw this before just now.....

        Original via Junior Murvin

        It ain't ska... it's conscious rock steady on the verge of becoming reggae - ah it is reggae - .  So this isn't a contradiction of your statement, it's just... wow.

        I used to write here as VeganMilitia. I let that user name pass into the history books.

        by Shuksan Tahoma on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:29:42 PM PST

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      •  no, reggae is not ska (3+ / 0-)
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        ska -->  rock steady --> reggae

        The legend is that in the dancehall, while ska was king, the tempo was too upbeat, and the women would complain that their men were too worn out afterwards to make love.  

        So Rock Steady was born from the need to allow the men to pace themselves so they would still have some energy for their ladies at the end of the nite.

        It took the tempo way down, and introduced the one-drop, where the first beat of the measure is de-emphasized.

        By this time, politics and rastafarianism were becoming more central than ever to Jamaican popular music.   Artists like Marley, Tosh, Dennis Brown, etc.

        Joseph Hill and Culture recorded 'Two Sevens Clash' in 1976, which was released in 1977.  It is at least hypothetically plausible that the band The Clash took their name from this album and song of the same name.

        I used to write here as VeganMilitia. I let that user name pass into the history books.

        by Shuksan Tahoma on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:40:41 PM PST

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        •  That is correct (1+ / 0-)
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          The skatalites was actually a big band full of all members of the Wailin Wailers , Toots and the Maytals and other bands in the beginning, but they are the root of ska indeed and everyone shooted off from them.

          Interesting, I didn't know about the stamina motivation regarding love making and Rocksteady. That is awesome! :D

          Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - I Illustrate #OWS protest T-shirts you can buy at priceman political prints

          by priceman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:50:04 PM PST

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      •  I don't know, priceman, (1+ / 0-)
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        I think the Clash did some Ska.

        But at the time, there were some badass Ska bands around. Bigtime real Ska competition.


        •  In the early 80's yes (1+ / 0-)
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          There is actually one song you could argue had the upbeat tempo of ska, but it was overwhelmingly reggae and my main argument is the way Op Ivy did it switching directly in the same song known as ska core was a making of its own that had just as much influence.

          Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - I Illustrate #OWS protest T-shirts you can buy at priceman political prints

          by priceman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:47:07 PM PST

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  •  Specials (1+ / 0-)
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    My BFF used to sing this to me. Still makes me smile.

  •  OpIvy, Rancid, and the Transplants (2+ / 0-)
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    which I'm pretty sure are Tim Armstrong's three biggest bands are all awesome
    Are awesome

  •  Enjoy Yourself! (1+ / 0-)
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    My Mom told me & my BFF that we thought this was new but it wasn't, when we were singing it. We didn't care. It was good and fun.

  •  Amazing band. Where 'Freeze Up'? (2+ / 0-)
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    Op Ivy have been one of my favorite punk acts since I first discovered them in the mid-90's. Great post, great band, great song picks. But where is 'Freeze Up'? Aside from being one of the bands' best songs, it is also one of the most politically poignant. And similar to the Bush-era work of NOFX and quite a few popular 'punk' groups, that song still specifically resonates to the 'right now', and they all maintain in those songs a tone hoping that it will not do so in the near future.

    Side note, but anyone who enjoys the above songs should check out any Rancid work, (as noted), and also 'The Decline' by NOFX. It's an absolute masterpiece.

    •  Thanks. Here you go: (1+ / 0-)
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      Indeed, great lyrics.

      Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - I Illustrate #OWS protest T-shirts you can buy at priceman political prints

      by priceman on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 02:49:09 AM PST

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      •  "It's 1989, (1+ / 0-)
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        Stand up, and take a look around...They're...Drunk with power, and fighting one another. Every hour, situation getting harder."

        From the perspective they wrote this from, I'd say it's pretty much the same as it was when I was younger and found this, in 1998 I think. I was listening to Rancid and Op Ivy in a class on 9/11, and thought nothing but 'It took this long?', and put the headphones on while frightened parents started picking up their kids before 10:30 AM and the teachers just stared at the televisions.

        That is not on topic, minus the fact that I was jaded then as I was three years earlier and since. I don't get despair or apathy from these songs. I remain one of the few among my left-leaning peers who actually vote regularly. Sorry to rant, but I lost this record years ago and it's bringing back a bit of nostalgia. ...Just one political song, heh. Liars.

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