Rancid is one of the most-respected American punk rock bands from the last twenty-five years. They were formed in 1991 by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong in an effort to rekindle the spirit of old school punk rock. But this wasn’t their first attempt.
Before there was Rancid, Tim and Matt were in a band called Operation Ivy. They were together for about two years–1987 to 1989–and are credited with being a big influence on the punk scene in and around Oakland, California.
A lot of kids who went to Op Ivy shows ended up forming their own bands. One of these kids was Billie Joe Armstrong. He was a HUGE fan. The Operation Ivy guys used to sneak him into gigs through the back door. Green Day has covered Op Ivy material and still even plays some of their songs live. If you want to hear what inspired Green Day to do what they do, track down some Operation Ivy.