One of the most influential bands of my youth was a punk outfit from Berkeley called Operation Ivy. The band's first and only full-length release, Energy, earned near constant play around 1988 and is a big part of my musical past. I recall a hand-drawn Operation Ivy t-shirt - the album cover free-handed with a black Sharpie on a standard-issue t-shirt - I think my friends and I may have shared around. There wasn't anything like a Hot Topic in those days (and I don't think Commander Salamander carried them) so the shirt was pretty damned cool.
Operation Ivy broke up and two of the members moved onto the well-known Rancid. The lead singer, Jesse Michaels, continues to make music and work on his art in the Bay Area. And he apparently has a blog.
Currently living on YouTube (but only as audio), Jesse is blogging about Thrash Metal and lamenting about the current state of music. Honestly, it's pretty amazing. Choice quotes!
"Hi. My name is Jesse Michaels. I'm a local music asshole."
"I'm a fucking dickhead, got that?
"Let's spend $40 on a t-shirt and then fuck-load some shit into our icunt."
"...if you measure popularity in self-hatred and failure."
Oh. Right. The answer to the question; the title of this entry. You must watch to find out!