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Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman on the possibility of ever seeing an Operation Ivy reunion

June 4, 2009 |  3:01 pm


My longish profile of Rancid has finally seen daylight and it should give you all you need to know about the band's eminently enjoyable new album, "Let The Dominoes Fall." But, as we have pondered before in these pages, there is one last thing to ask of Rancid in these boomtown days of rocker reunions. And that is the possibility of ever seeing an often-dreamed-of reunion of Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman's late-'80s ska-punk band Operation Ivy. Will it ever happen? Your probably definitive answer after the jump.

"I love what we did back then, but what we do now is move forward," Armstrong said. "To go back 20 years wouldn't feel right. I'm super proud of what we did then, a big part of me is in that band. But it's always about the future for me."

"We're all still friends, we still talk to Dave [Mello] and Jesse [Michaels]," said Freeman. "But we were 21 in that band. I'm 43 now. I still really like the songs, though. That band definitely had an....'Energy'." And from that first cornball pun, the whole band launched into a routine of several more magnificently terrible yuks based on other Operation Ivy song and album titles.

So, the short answer is no, it won't happen. The long answer is that this is no Smiths-style situation where everyone loathes each other. So your best bet is probably to go to a whole lot of Rancid shows and keep your fingers crossed for a cameo or two.

-- August Brown

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