Operation Ivy had kind of an unblemished record, as far as staying underground goes. It’s not because we were super-super-uptight about anything; it’s because we were a garage band. We didn’t get big till after we broke up. It feels to me that it would be kind of a shame to take that very pure thing and subject it to booking agents, cuts at the door for merchandise and all that bullshit that goes along with being in a bigger band. While it’s tempting—I’m not exactly made of money; I’m doing okay, but… [Laughs.] Money is a nice thing, and I know a lot of people would enjoy it, so while it’s tempting, I think it’s a little more classy to leave it alone. That being said, I wouldn’t completely rule it out, but the short answer is no, there won’t be a reunion. It’s very unlikely there will be a reunion, because it would be in poor taste. I’m very happy that people are still interested in that music and that it still has an appeal to younger kids.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with OPERATION IVY or don’t remember who they were, they were the brainchild of not only Jesse Michaels (who is now in CLASSICS OF LOVE), but it also featured Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, who are both in RANCID. OPERATION IVY had only existed for two years, from 1987 to 1989, and released one EP (“Hectic”) and one full-length album (“Energy”).
OPERATION IVY live: