Jesse Michaels From Operation Ivy Speaks On Reunion, Making Music


    Band reunions happen with such frequency these days that they can be taken as a given. Even the most unlikely eventually happen. ’80s Bay Area ska-punk band Operation Ivy seems to be a consistent exception to this rule.

    Jewcy‘s interview with the group’s former singer Jesse Michaels is strictly for the fans as it further supports why the Op Ivy exception clause will remain in effect for the foreseeable future, but he contextualizes it as a ‘place in life’ thing:

    “I don’t know.  All I can tell you, and I wish I could be more definite, is that my life hasn’t taken that direction and those guys lives haven’t taken that direction.  I don’t think any of those guys are planning on it, and I don’t really talk to them about it.  I think all of us are pretty happy with out lives the way they are.  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.  I mean it would probably be a lot of fun, but it would be like, “Is this really necessary or helpful?”  So the short answer is life is unpredictable, but there’s no plan for it to happen.

    The rest of the interview doesn’t reveal much about Michaels that hasn’t been common knowledge (he didn’t realize the band would be so famous, he tries to stay humble about the band’s success), but there are some genuine grown man moments, like when he talks about his current music-making process:

    “Okay, so I was in Op Ivy and we didn’t always get along so well, but every time we played music this magical thing happened where the songs came out and they were always really good. I just thought that was the way it was because I’d never experienced anything else. It was a big surprise to me when I realized that it’s not always quite that easy, when I found out how lucky we were… Op Ivy was a white-hot magic. Now I’m working with slower magic, but that’s fine.”