Here's a few more tidbits concerning what former members of Operation Ivy
have been up to since their glory days at Gilman
Immediately following the demise of the much loved ska-core quartet, Vocalist Jesse Michaels went on to form punk outfit Big Rig . They recorded one EP, called it Expansive Heart, and then promptly broke-up. Afterwards, Michaels took a sort hiatus from music, and for 6 years worked quietly as a graphic designer for Lookout Records, creating a plethora of Album Artwork for many of the Label's bands, including Filth and Green Day. During that time, Michaels wrote over 300 songs, but found himself unable to start a band and put them onto wax, which he claims was due mostly to a long, arduous struggle with depression and alcoholism. Finally, in 1999, he managed to get himself together, and subsequently founded the Punk-Reggae group Common Rider, which continues as a working band to this day. That year, the band released Last Wave Rockers, a musically compelling blend of Reggae, Ska, Jazz and Punk, which was for the most part well received by critics, but somewhat lost upon fans of Micheal's earlier work in Op Ivy, from which the music of Common Rider was a far departure. In 2001, Common rider released a follow-up EP to Last Wave Rockers, entitled Thief in a sleeping town, which contained music that was much more similar to (though not at all derivative of) that of Operation Ivy.
Drummer Dave Mello played in Downfall with Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman and older brother Pat Mello during and after his tenure in Operation Ivy. The band recorded a full length for Lookout Records in 1990, which, for various reasons, still is yet to be released. Afterwards, he and Pat formed Ska-Punk trio Schlong, who put out a few very odd, obscure releases during the mid 90s. Most notable among these an album in which they covered all the songs from the West Side Story musical. I've heard that Mello now owns and operates a bar somewhere in Berkeley, but I'm not sure whether that's true or not.