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Operation Ivy - Hectic.jpg
EP by Operation Ivy
Released January 1988
April 18, 2012 (2012-04-18)
Recorded November 30, 1987
Studio Dangerous Rhythm in Oakland, California
Genre Hardcore punk, ska punk
Length 10:39
Label Lookout!
Producer Kevin Army and Operation Ivy
Operation Ivy chronology

Hectic is the debut EP by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was released in January 1988 through Lookout! Records (LK 003). Hectic is credited as one of the first ska-core records. In 1991, all 6 tracks from Hectic were later released on the self-titled compilation album, which also featured all the tracks from Energy and two tracks from the Turn It Around! compilation. Hectic was re-released on 12-inch vinyl by Hellcat Records on April 18, 2012.

Larry Livermore, founder of Lookout! Records, has said that Lookout! was founded solely to release an Operation Ivy record. Lookout! Records was in fact started with simply a PO Box in order to release records by Livermore's own band, The Lookouts. This was said to emphasize Operation Ivy's importance in Lookout! Records' catalog.


Hectic is often overshadowed by Energy, mainly because Hectic is included on the release of the compilation Operation Ivy. However, Hectic is widely regarded as the first ska-core record.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jesse Michaels, except where noted; all music composed by Operation Ivy.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Junkie's Runnin' Dry" 2:03
2. "Here We Go Again" (intro lyrics by Lint) 2:04
3. "Hoboken" 1:10
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Yellin' in My Ear" 1:31
2. "Sleep Long" 2:06
3. "Healthy Body" 1:40
Total length: 10:39


Additional musicians

  • Pat Mello – backing vocals


  • Kevin Army – producer, engineer
  • Operation Ivy – producers
  • John Golden – mastering
  • Jesse Michaels – cover art, booklet
  • David Hayes (credited as “Sprocket”) – back cover, labels
  • Murray Bowles; Cammie Toloui; Cesar Rubio; Vivian Sayles – photography