by Operation Ivy


Energy is the only studio album by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was originally released on vinyl and cassette in May 1989 through Lookout! Records with the catalog number LK 010. Although the album itself has never been released on CD, all of the tracks were featured on the career-spanning compilation Operation Ivy issued by Lookout in 1991. Despite achieving no mainstream success, Energy is considered one of the most important albums of ska punk and is frequently cited as an influence by many later bands of the genre.The album stayed in print on Lookout until 2006, when the band took back its recordings from the label due to unpaid royalties. Guitarist Tim “Lint” Armstrong’s label Hellcat Records re-released the original album as a 12-inch LP picture disc in 2004, and in 2007 put out a remastered version of the self-titled compilation. A second vinyl edition was released by Hellcat on April 18, 2012 and debuted at number 13 on the Vinyl Albums chart.


  1. Knowledge (1:40)
  2. Sound System (2:14)
  3. Jaded (1:49)
  4. Take Warning (2:44)
  5. The Crowd (2:10)
  6. Bombshell (1:01)
  7. Unity (2:13)
  8. Vulnerability (1:58)
  9. Bankshot (1:30)
  10. One Of These Days (1:05)
  11. Gonna Find You (1:52)
  12. Bad Town (2:32)
  13. Smiling (1:44)
  14. Caution (1:23)
  15. Freeze Up (2:19)
  16. Artificial Life (2:03)
  17. Room Without A Window (1:31)
  18. Big City (2:14)
  19. Missionary (2:05)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue
Label Hellcat Records
Catalog Number 86893-1
Notes Recorded at Sound And Vision in San Francisco. Mixed at Dancing Dog in E-Ville. Mastered by John Golden at K-Disc, Hollywood. Insert contains band info, lyrics, photos & artwork.
Discogs URL Operation Ivy - Energy