Ever wonder where some bands come up with their band names? Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it. We’re hitting the streets (aka. “Internet”) to find the origins behind some of the more bizarre, intriguing or just plain random band names in the scene. Every Wednesday we’ll be pulling the curtain back on a different band and this week it’s legendary ska-punkers Operation Ivy.
The name Operation Ivy is the code name they gave to the first nuclear bomb testing they did in the Bikini Islands and was originally used as a band name for another fellow Gilman Street band. Jesse Michaels and crew needed a name for their fledgling outfit so they borrowed it until it just eventually became permanent.
Check out last week’s Band Name Origin story: Flogging Molly