OPM (band)

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Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Reggae, rock, hip hop, pop
Years active 1999–present
Labels Atlantic, Suburban Noize, MNO
Website www.opmden.com
Members John E. Necro
Matt Rowe
Shane Mayo
Past members Matthew Meschery
Gary P. Dean
Etienne Franc
Robert Bradley
Billy Flynn
Big B

OPM is an American band based in Los Angeles, California. OPM has a distinctive sound, combining hip hop, rock music, and pop with laid-back reggae.

Band history[edit]

The name OPM, according to the band's frontman John E. Necro, is an abbreviation of the phrase "Open People's Minds". This was stated during an interview with MarijuanaRadio.com. The name also sounds like the drug opium.

OPM released their debut album, Menace to Sobriety, in August 2000 on Atlantic Records[1] Their debut single "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" charted worldwide and won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

In 2002, they signed to Suburban Noize Records, who released three albums and two EPs. Their second album, ForThemAsses, was released in June 2004. The album was produced by OPM and Steve Gallagher. Their third album was California Poppy, released in July 2006. OPM released their fourth album, Golden State of Mind in September 2008.

The band has joined the new label MNO records and release their new single "Holiday under the sun"


  • John E. Necro - vocals
  • Geoff Turney - guitars
  • Jonathan Williams- keyboards
  • Shane Mayo - drums
  • Matt Rowe - bass

Former members[edit]

  • Matthew aka Shakey Lo the Creation Kid - vocals and programming (left 2001)
  • Alfunction - guitar (live only) (left 2001)
  • Avram Brown - guitar & keyboards (live only) (left 2001)
  • Gary P. Dean - drums (left 2002)
  • Etienne Franc - bass (left 2002)
  • Robert aka The Skatanic Mechanic Bradley - drums (left 2008)
  • Carlos Perez - drums (left 2009)
  • Big B - vocals
  • Mark Van Eps - keyboards (live only - Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring festival 2001)
  • Billy Flynn - drums (left 2005)




From Menace to Sobriety:

  • "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" (2001) - UK No. 4[2]
  • "Stash Up" (2001)
  • "El Capitan" (2001) - UK No. 20[2]

From ForThemAsses:

  • "Horny" (2004)

Golden States of Mind:

  • "Dirty White" (2008)
  • "Feel the vibration" (2009)
  • "Runaway" (2010)


  • Outlaws, Perverts, and Misfits (2000) (Re-released 2004)
  • In the OPMDEN (June 18, 2006)
  • Heaven can't wait (September 22, 2012)


  1. ^ Menace to Sobriety. "Menace to Sobriety: Opm: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 399. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "/ Discography". Allmusic.com. 2000-09-20. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 

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