Various - Take Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy (Cover Artwork)


Various: Take Warning: The Songs of Operation IvyTake Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy (1997)
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Ya know, you'll have to forgive my purchase of this disc. I was young. I liked the Operation Ivy tape I had bought. I saw this, and thought to myself "Hey! I like Op Ivy! and I like The Blue Meanies and Reel Big Fish! I'll like this!". Was I ever wrong. This disc, while having a couple of saving g.
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Ya know, you'll have to forgive my purchase of this disc. I was young. I liked the Operation Ivy tape I had bought. I saw this, and thought to myself "Hey! I like Op Ivy! and I like The Blue Meanies and Reel Big Fish! I'll like this!". Was I ever wrong. This disc, while having a couple of saving graces, is for the most part a total waste of time. Lets do the ever-popular track by track deal.

1. Home Grown - "Bombshell" - At least they get the worst cover over with early. "Bombshell" is one of my least favorite OpIvy songs anyway, but Home Grown do a really weak version of it, losing all the energy of the original. Ugh.

2. Reel Big Fish - "Unity" - I don't hate this cover, though I think RBF could have done better. The song sounds rushed, and while the loose, raw sound works for some bands, RBF don't pull it off very well. Not a bad track, though maybe not worthy of a tribute album as much as it is a contender for a RBF B-sides disc.

3. My Superhero - "Big City" - To be fair, this song is done pretty well. My Superhero put a different spin on the song. Still, not even close to Jesse and Lint. Sounds like a lo-fi Hippos.

4. Pocket Lent - "Bankshot" - What is this? I mean, Pocket Lent play well and all, but this song was not meant to be played like circus/surf/ska/whatever. It loses any resemblance to the original in parts, and while its cool to do it in an original manner, Pocket Lent just butcher the song.

5. The Blue Meanies - "Yellin' In My Ear" - One of the best covers on this thing. The Blue Meanies seem to realize that simply playing a corny 3rd wave ska version of the song is not the best way to tribute the band. They do this song in true Blue Meanies style, slow with lots of bizarre organ sounds and Billy Spunke's characteristic Biafra-esqe wail. They manage to give this song a new life, which is what a tribute album should strive to do.

6. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - "Sound System" - Nothing against CPD, but I don't think they ruin this song. It's cool that Steve Perry is a fan of OpIvy and all, but for some reason, CPD can't get it together on this song. Again, it just sounds rushed.

7. Teen Heroes - "Smiling" - Awful. Just awful. No energy, just bland pop-punk. Ugh.

8. The Long Beach Dub Allstars - "Take Warning" - I don't like this rehashed version of Sublime very much, but they do a decent job with this song. I don't really need to describe this for you - if you don't know what this band sounds like by now...

9. Jefferies Fan Club - "Healthy Body" - Not badly done, but pretty much pointless. Not much energy in the lyrics at all, and really no innovation in the music. It could be worse, but it's not the most inspired cover ever.

10. The Hippos - "Freeze Up" - Belive it or not, the Hippos actually come pretty close to the original sound, while still maintaining their signature sound. It's a decent track, and I have actually thrown it on a couple of mixed tapes.

11. Longfellow - "The Crowd" - They do alright with the song. Basically, it's just skate-punk, like any number of Fat and Epitaph bands, but it is a welcome addition to this disc. I saw them do this cover live, with a lot of energy and praising of OpIvy, so I would guess that this cover was done with love.

12. Marshall Arts - "Bad Town" - Oh Lord. This sounds like a ska version of TLC. The girl vocals on the chorus are provided courtesy of the great ska band Ocean 11, but the horrible rapping is just too much to bear. AWFUL SONG.

13. The Aquabats! - "Knowledge" - Hysterical. While this song kind of undermines the passion of the lyrics, by turning it into a campfire singalong, its damn funny.

This compilation really sucks. I would suggest downloading the tracks you want off the internet or something, and just forgetting you ever heard the rest. The few good songs on this are far outweighed by the terrible tracks. Stay far away from this.


People who liked this also liked:
Operation Ivy - Operation IvyLight Years - Temporary [EP]Devo - Something for EverybodyThe Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit RiotThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Pin Points and Gin JointsThe Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Skaboy JFK: The Skankin¹ Hits of the Cherry Poppin' DaddiesGreen Room Rockers / The Pinstripes - Midwest Soundclash [10 inch]Rancid - Let the Dominoes FallThe Cherry Poppin' Daddies - SusquehannaThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Medium Rare

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thejoshbennett (April 3, 2006)

i give this a 5; just because instead of going full on punk with it it's more like skacore; which isn't bad. but thats not what OpIVY was

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

I thought that that cover by Blue Meanies was TERRIBLE!

I'm dissapointed "Artificial Life" by Save Ferris wasn't on this album. Also even thought they didn't really change it up too much, "Sound System" by Big D was pretty good.

Anonymous (January 4, 2002)

another note...I think the Suicide Machines should have been on this album with Yellin In My Ear

Anonymous (January 4, 2002)

with the exception of Bad Town and Smiling....I really liked this one. All the bands did the song as they saw fit and that's sweet..I really hated Bad Town though, and I wish they would have used Buck 0 Nine instead of CPD although I like CPD older stuff that wasn't swing. Don Quixote ruled!

fish (January 3, 2002)

i hate tribute albums.
at least half of the songs are completely butchered when they covered, and the decent ones rarely come close to the original.
an opivy tribute album was a horrible idea. no one can really do justice to their songs. opivy is just the kind of band where other bands doing their songs sounds like shit.

and christ almighty, whose idea was it to put homegrown on it? whoever came up with that idea should get kicked in the junk.
homegrown on an opivy tribute album. thats just wrong.

seek (December 28, 2001)

fucking christ almighty. here is the god damn definition: prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly

seek (December 28, 2001)

bah, it fucked up somehow, here is the definition again©©© by the way, this CD really does suck© there are a few DECENT songs, thats it© Aquabats doing "Knowledge" was rad©

Main Entry: age

seek (December 28, 2001)

From Webster's Dictionar:
Main Entry: age

Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

dumb, fucking dumb review. actually, if these bands covered the song in exact same style like how op ivy was, then it won't be a cover, it's just bullshit messing up. these guys tried their best (i think), even tho a lot of songs suck, it's good to know that almost none of em sound the same like op ivy.

theboywhocriedangel (December 20, 2001)

really? i looked it up and didn't see it...
you might have wanted to use "age discrimination" instead...
only here to help.

Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

Yes, it is a word.

theboywhocriedangel (December 18, 2001)

"ageism"? is that even a word?

sXe_nick (December 17, 2001)

decent cd. Good enough to keep it...barely. But the blue meanies cover is really good. and whoever covers the crowd, i saw real big fish play unity and that was a really good cover. They played it with a lot of energy. A whole lot of fun. Probably the highlite of the show for me. Op-ivy rules and you know thye do. They created a whole genre. I'd like to see you do that.

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

about the ageism thing...i don't have anything against younger kids listening to punk...i bought my first punk record when i was 13....i'm 21 now, so it's been awile (oh shit, i just gave myself away...i didn't grow up during the late 70's when punk was blooming...) but when people start ACTING like they're little kids, it gets kind of annoying...my little brother is 14, listens to punk (the little fucker steals my records...) and he's more mature than half the people who have replied on this thread....

all i'm saying is, don't act so immature (you little brats know who i'm talking about...) if you're young and you know what you're talking about, more power to you! Rock on...


Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

Lets get one things straight:

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones formed in 1985

Operation Ivy formed in 1987

1985 comes before 1987

Therefore, those that pointed out that the Bosstones were mixing ska and punk before Op Ivy, you are correct.

However, bands like Bad Brains, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, all dabbled in punk and jamaican music. The Clash especially had some ska songs. Even the Specials could claim to have mixed ska and punk, because while their CD's had like NO punk, their live shows did include some more punkish type stuff. So whatever. Op Ivy were a great band, Jesse wrote some great lyrics.

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

It seems kind of funny to me that people are all down on reacism and homophobia and stuff (which is good, don´t get me wrong), but no one cares about ageism. Since when were there age restrictions on punk? Since when were there age restrictions on being able to state you oppinion?
Anyway, just some food for though.
But about OPIV... personally, I don´t think they are over rated at all. They may have put out one full length, and truthfully, its not even a real full length. It´s a compilation of songs from all their singles. And they did put out a LOT of singles.
The sound quality may not be that great on their album, but the energy and passion still shine through. And I think that´s what makes OPIV so great, it´s not that they were the best musicians (though arguably, Jesse writes some of the most amazing lyrics Ive ever read and has one of the most amazing voices), its that they were so passionate about what they were doing. Never before them, or since them have I heard a band who just eminated passion and energy from every note and every sillable.
Oh, and one last thing. Op Ivy was WAY before Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Members from MMB were in Gang Green during the time of OPIV, (they played shows together) and Im pretty sure Gang Green broke up after OPIV, thus Mighty Mighty Bosstones would have formed long after OPIV broke up and therefore could not have been doing the same thing as them.
Anyway, thats it,

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

no, that comment about being 16 wasn't directed toward you...sorry about that....

geez, everyone's all quite now..


theboywhocriedangel (December 16, 2001)

hey, thanks for the compliment, jimi.
oh, and i don't know if the question was geared towards me or the brilliant geniuses (read: blatant sarcasm) but, yes, i am over 16.

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

okay, you're right.....operation ivy was playing the same sort of punk that was happening at the bay area around that time...but to say the bosstones were doing it before Op. Ivy? I don't think so...no sir, you're out of line...

I love operation ivy myself...sure, they only had one OFFICIAL album in energy....but it's an amazing album...the ska-punk sound they were playing was unlike anything that was really being done...

sure, the clash and special and all those english bands had a sort of sound like that...but they played ska and had punk ethics or whatnot...yeah, the clash were a punk band as well, but they didn't play "ska-punk" not like this...the specials are punk as fuck if you ask me, but in a totally different way...

still, i can see why some say Op. Ivy is overrated...one album and they're labeled gods...but they were original, and they were good..not THE best band to come out of the bay area, but they were one of the best....


Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

i know this might be a few days late

but yes...operation ivy is the most overrated band ever

listen to their CDs,the sound quality is pretty much crap..and it dosent sound like anything special...they play the same exact punk music that was going on in the area at the time...and oh wow,they played ska
people are always saying "they were the first ska/punk band ever" and blah blah blah...fact is they did nothing that the mighty mighy bosstones werent already doing a couple of years earlier.

if someone can tell me whats so special about operation ivy,please tell me
..and dont say "2 members went to form rancid"...that had nothing to do with operaion ivy by itself

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

haha, i think all of you are so funny...everyone bashes the boy who cried angel, and yet he's the only one who ever seems to have any intelligent comebacks or putdowns...not to mention he seems to know what he's talking about, which is more than i can say for everyone else...

how many of you who have replied on this thread is older than 16? I didn't think so....you're all quite pathetic...

And yet, i keep replying because i'm amused at the stupidity of the comments..."oh, you're a fag" "you're bad at comebacks..."

ahahaha, i can't believe this stuff is real...


theboywhocriedangel (December 16, 2001)

oooh, i'm a "fag" now? using homophobic slurs to attack me, now that's class...
oh, and, looking through my collection, i'm very sure that i don't own any blink. sorry guys! i'm also a trendy 11-year-old? ooh, that really hurts. honestly, if i was 11, would i even be at this site? would i even care about music? don't think so. thanks anyways! keep coming at me with your lame comebacks, they really give me a good laugh, people.

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

If you wanna here a good cover of "Smiling," listen to the version done by Goldfinger on their live cd, "Foot In Mouth".

Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

Hahaha I want in on this argument, "Boywhocriedangel" is the biggest dork ever. What kind of a fag makes a nickname like that anyways. I love how he is trying to sound so old and smart, but you can really tell he is a closeminded trendy 11 year old who likes blink, haha its funny, you go girl

OedipusWrecks (December 15, 2001)

Would everyone quit picking on "boywhocriedangel", because he's just really bad at this whole comeback thing, it's getting pretty pathetic. I know the guy's got some huge twig up his ass, but let him rant about ska.Atleast we don't have to hear the childish retorts of an eleven year old that way.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

OPIV = Overrated

OpIV Ska Tribute = Shit

Ska = For 14 Year Olds who think shirts from Pacific Sunwear look cool.
That Clears That Up.


theboywhocriedangel (December 14, 2001)

oh, i'm a moron because i've formed my own opinion about music that i don't like? maybe if people didn't cry me a fucking ocean every time i gave my honest opinion, it wouldn't look like i was "picking fights in reviews," now would it? ooh, hurt me some more, buddy... oh, and op ivy did indeed only have one "real" album; that seedy thing was just an EP that you can only get on import, as far as i know, and energy was their only real full-length album. who's REALLY posting the "false statements" here, huh? here, i got a false statement for ya! "kurt_f" is a fucking genius!

Kurt_F (December 14, 2001)

Another thing, i just realized how muchof an idiot theboywhocriedangel is. All you do is try to start fights on every album review, and bash ska punk all the time. I'm not going to even go into all the false statements that you have said over the weeks, like op ivy "only putting out one record" I'm sick of this new wave of morons that are trying to be different lately by dissing every good (and usually "classic") record, or band, and dissmsing it/them as "not that good anyways" Who are you kidding? Has anyone noticed that as of late? For example, people trying to look like their music intrest is in a class far superior to anyone else's by saying things like "the beatles werent that ground breaking" or "the ramones sucked"

Kurt_F (December 14, 2001)

Ha, Jimi, the same thing is happening at my high school right now. One day in a class we had a 90 year old substitute and i had downloaded a bunch of wesley wllis songs earlier and it was dead silent in he class and i got on the computer and blasted i whupped batmans ass and rock and roll mcdonalds. I will never forget the look on his face....he asked me if it was bob marley. After that, my whole class spread the gospel of wesley willis and i got a bunch of people go to his show when he came through here in august. He is still getting big at my school. What have i done...

theboywhocriedangel (December 14, 2001)

oooh, i need to be more open-minded because i don't like ska-punk? ooh, maybe i should just run right out and buy some then, just so i can sacrifice my own opinion, huh? yeah... oh, and i stick by my word about operation ivy being overrrated; think about it! they've only put out one album, which, IN MY OWN OPINION, wasn't that great anyway! imagine that! my mind speaking here!

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

oh man, wesley willis is greatness...i almost picked up The Wesley Willis Fiasco live ep today at the record store, but i bought my little brother some records for christmas instead....

seriously though, he's great....4 years ago when i was a junior in high school i was a newscaster on our high school radio station...and we did a Wesley Willis skit one time..my friend brought in his casio and i sat in the hall for 3 periods playing it while people would ask me what the hell i was doing..we taped it all, edited it, and played it during the morning announcments the next morning...no one got it, but to my friends and I, it was funny as shit... eventually we had to stop doing the morning news because me made it a huge joke...apparently they said we had too much foul language and sexist jokes..whatever...

we also played rock and roll mcdonalds during the credits...people always asked me who it was, cause everyone at the school got a kick out of it....Wesley Willis actually got kinda popular at my high school because of that...it was neat...now he's all the rage..it's weird...


kirbypuckett (December 14, 2001)

How can you say that a band is overrated? They are well liked due to the fact that they are really, really good.

Anyways, this CD, it's not too bad. I wish someone would have covered Jaded. Anyone know of any existing covers of that?

Nothing beats the Duran Duran tribute CD...wait why do you ask? Because Wesley Willis is on it! Someone review one of his albums!

krowdsurf (December 14, 2001)

This is a tribute album, devoid of original material, so I'll keep this short and to the point. I like a large majority of the bands on this album (especially The Hippos, Reel Big Fish and LBDA) and I also love Operation Ivy, so in theory this should be right up my ally. A lot of the bands do a good job, but in the end, none of the songs are as good as it's bands own material and none of these versions are as good as Operation Ivy's originals. If I want to hear the Hippos I'll put on their album and if I want to hear Operation Ivy I'll put on Energy. If you like the bands on here, you like Operation Ivy, and you're willing to spend $12 on an album you're only going to listen to a handful of times, go ahead and pick it up....krowdsurf

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

this is a terrible cd. i got it used for $3 and i still payed too much.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

Hey angel-boy, I really don't care that you don't really like Op Ivy so much, but what's your deal with ska-punk? It's kinda of harsh to generalize a whole genre of punk and say it's ALL bad, and NONE of it will go down in music history, and it's ALL tools of the devil. Because that's too general, I mean even some pop punk is good, like the fucking Bouncing Souls are alright, or Agnostic Front. you have to be more open minded, man.


theboywhocriedangel (December 13, 2001)

okay, here it comes, the opinion that i am SURE to get bitched at for harboring: operation ivy have GOT to be one of THE most overrated bands in punk rock. ooh, there, i said it! now cry me a river! having said that, i also don't think that "ska-punk" is going to go down in music history as a good idea, either!

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

dude, that review was shit. what the fuck does 'rushed' mean? i don't really like this cd, but i love the rbf and cpd covers. they are true to the original with a touch of each band's style. what more could you want. moreover, the hippos and aquabat tracks fucking rule. the rest of the cd unfortunately is shit, but whatever. those four tracks rock.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

I like Millencolin but i do not like their cover of Knowledge at all. Homegrown should be shot for their version of Bombshell, which is, by the way, a fucking awesome song.


Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

Wrong score.-sickboi

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

The best 2 OpIvy covers I have ever heard were both 'Knowledge', one by Green Day, the other by Millencolin.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

Billy Spunke from the Blue Meanies said Jessie called him and told him they did the best cover on the album....that is a damn find compliment and I totally agree....

The My Superhero cover rocks too...and the Hippos sound like My Superhero, not the other way around...My Superhero rocks..

And what's wrong with a band not playing an exact duplicate when it's a cover? I mean, Pocket Lint's was cool just because it wasn't a totally rehashed version...

Telegraphs cover of "Unity" was a million times better than RBF's...aw well...

This comp isn't as bad as you say though....better than the Pixies triubte...


maverick (December 13, 2001)

I saw the Hippos perform "Freeze Up" live once, and they totally rocked it out even more than the recording. They definitely did that one with feeling. The Aquabats played that same show but wouldn't play "Knowledge" no matter how much I requested it. Bastards.


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