No Operation Ivy Reunion? Thank You, Jesse Michaels
|Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman|
Jesse Michaels, you have just earned yourself enough punk rock cred to fill a dirty van. (Or a four-door car, as the case may have been.)
In an interview with Jewcy, Michaels, singer of the short-lived-but-much-mythologized East Bay ska-punk band Operation Ivy, frowned on the possibility of getting the band back together:
I don't think it would be a service to the legacy of the band to have a reunion, I think it would be more of a service not to have a reunion. People always want more, and I understand that, but sometimes less is more. Take Minor Threat, could you imagine a Minor Threat reunion? It would be such a fuckin' disaster.
Now, its easy to make the case for an Op Ivy reunion.
But Op Ivy shouldn't reunite. It shouldn't
capitalize on its revered legacy for money and fame and even long-overdue recognition. For one thing, I
sincerely doubt that Michaels or any other original member could match
the fury they played with from 1987-89. Listening to the few
recordings Op Ivy made is like listening to the sound of an electric
current blitzing through a bathtub. I don't want to hear a sap-speed
version of that -- I'm happy to remember how the band sounded in its heyday.
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