Birth Place: Albany, California
Years Active: 1987–1989
Genres: Punk Rock, Ska Punk
Operation Ivy was a ska punk band formed in Albany, California. They are well-known as one of the earliest ''ska-core'' bands, a genre that fuses elements of hardcore with ska punk. 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 (Drums/backing vocals). The band's name, previously abandoned by another Gilman group, Isocracy, was derived from the Operation Ivy series of nuclear tests.
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