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Operation Ivy - Hectic.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 1988
April 18, 2012 (2012-04-18)
RecordedNovember 30, 1987
StudioDangerous Rhythm in Oakland, California
GenreHardcore punk, ska punk
ProducerKevin Army and Operation Ivy
Operation Ivy chronology

Hectic is the debut EP by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy.[2] It was released in January 1988 through Lookout! Records (LK 003). Hectic is credited as one of the first ska-core records.[3]

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.[4] 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 are written by Jesse Michaels, except where noted; all music is composed by Operation Ivy.

Side one
1."Junkie's Runnin' Dry"2:03
2."Here We Go Again" (intro lyrics by Lint)2:04
Side two
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


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (October 13, 2000). "Alternative Rock". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Yancey, Bryne (March 2, 2012). "Hellcat Records to reissue Operation Ivy's "Hectic" EP on vinyl".
  3. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Rancid". www.trouserpress.com.
  4. ^ Records, Epitaph. "Operation Ivy - Operation Ivy" – via epitaph.com.