Operation Ivy Bio:
The lyrics and tone of Operation Ivy's music portray a vociferous desire for social justice and a strong distrust of mainstream conformist culture.
The band existed between May of 1987 and May of 1989.
Their first show was performed on May 16, 1987 in Dave Mello's garage. The next day began a tradition of performances at the Berkeley ska/punk,
collective center 924 Gilman Street. They began playing a lot of gigs which led to their almost immediate cult-following.
Later in 1987 they made their debut on a Maximum Rock'n'Roll compilation called Turn it Around.
In January 1988, they signed to Lookout! Records, and released Hectic, their first E.P., which became one of Lookout!'s strongest sellers. By this time, Operation Ivy was one of the most popular Gilman/Berkeley Punk bands. They began getting many gigs and set out on a tour across the United States. By mid-1988, they began selling out larger venues and the pressure to sign to major labels began to rise.
They released the album Energy on Lookout! Records in May 1989. The band broke up the same month, and their last official show was on May 28, 1989.