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Operation Ivy’s Tim Armstrong and Jesse Michaels reunite on new track

on July 12, 2013, 6:04pm

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Now that The Replacements have reunited and David Bowie, Daft Punk, and My Bloody Valentine have all released new albums, there’s really only one thing worth anticipating. And no, it’s not The Smiths or Talking Heads, because neither group is getting back together. Sorry. No, the only thing I still hope and dream for is a reunion of Operation Ivy, the East Bay ska band who pumped out one of the single greatest punk albums (sorry, Henry Rollins) during their three-year run. Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, of course, went on to form Rancid, while singer Jesse Michaels became a painter. Michaels performed with Rancid on a few occasions back in the mid-2000s, but has shot down any chance of a full-fledged Operation Ivy reunion.

But wait, what’s this? Armstrong and Michaels back together on a new track? Yes, in a year where literally everything has happened, of course the two core members of Operation Ivy would reunite for the first time in 24 years. Entitled “Living in a Dangerous Land”, the song is part of Armstrong’s Tim Timebomb and Friends singles series. It comes nowhere close in quality to anything on Op Ivy’s Energy, but it’s nice to hear these two guys singing together again. Maybe next year they’ll tour.

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David Jenkins
July 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

So it seems some think that a punk/ska band reuniting is worse than other bands. I find this interesting. Bands are doing that on the festival circuit and fans of those bands want that to happen. Blur. That was pretty cool. Archers of Loaf….Pavement….not too bad. Massive Attack at Sasquatch was fantastic. I guess I’m just a fan of a lot of music and an Op Ivy reunion at a festival would be frickin’ rad.

Clive
July 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

You forgot about Jesse’s band, Common Rider!

ribbit
July 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

why would you want Operation Ivy to reunite? do you think that band would work at all in a gigantic theater or — worst yet — a ridiculous festival like Coachella? It would be the disgraceful selloutery of the Refused reunion times 3.

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