Jesse Michaels – lead vocals, backing vocals on Bad Town
Lint – guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on Bad Town
Matt McCall – bass, backing vocals
Dave Mello – drums, backing vocals
2. Sound System
4. Take Warning
5. The Crowd
10. One of These Days
11. Gonna Find You
12. Bad Town
15. Freeze Up
16. Artificial Life
17. Room without a Window
18. Big City
Energy is the only studio album by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was originally released only on vinyl and cassette in March 1989 through Lookout! Records (LK 010). It was remastered and re-released on CD by Lookout! Records in 1991 as an eponymous release with an additional 8 tracks from the band’s Hectic EP and the Maximum Rocknroll double 7-inch compilation Turn It Around! Energy has been cited as one of the most important albums of the ska punk genre.
Hellcat Records re-released the original album as a 12-inch LP picture disc in 2004, and in 2007 re-released a remastered version of the self-titled CD.
In 2006, Energy was ranked as the highest rated punk album of 1989 and 6th highest rated ever on Sputnikmusic.
Hellcat reissued the original album again with a digital download code on April 18, 2012.
Operation Ivy originally intended to record Energy at 924 Gilman Street but because of problems, they set out to record at Sound and Vision in San Francisco, California in January 1989. As did Hectic, Energy had outtakes that were later put onto the album Unreleased Energy. Energy has been said to be more mature and less hardcore than Hectic.
Energy is widely regarded as a pivotal album of ska-core. Many artists have covered the songs on Energy (and Hectic); including the tribute album Take Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy. Split Lip’s 1996 compilation album Archived Music for Stubborn People: Songs You May or May Not Have Heard Before included a cover of Unity. Goldfinger covered the song Smiling on their live album Foot in Mouth (2000). Millencolin covered the song Knowledge for their “Skauch” EP. Green Day covered the song Knowledge for their Slappy EP, and they continue to play the song at live performances (even pulling audience members on stage to play instruments).
Rating: ** * two out of three stars
On to the story . . .
I was talking to my buddy, Dave Diamond, yesterday about how different things are nowadays. I know everyone complains about how things have changed, people have changed, etc. For the most part I roll with it and try not to bitch too much.
The thing that popped into my head yesterday was jobs and more specifically job security. Growing up in the 70’s if you were 30, 40 or 50 the job you had was more than likely the job you retired from. A little ceremony, a check, handshake and a gold watch.
Now, it seems, most of my classmates are back in college trying to find a new career. We (my classmates) are all on the down-slide to 50 and are trying to figure out what we want to be and most of us are spinning 4, 5, and 6 plates to stay afloat.
I’m not good with politics, but I’m not ignorant enough to say it’s all Obama’s fault either (my apologies to any ignorant people reading this . . . oh look Pokémon is on!)
Somewhere between the 70’s and now people stopping being people and became cogs in these companies and while the companies keep pumping out product a lot of us are flapping in the wind.
While Walmart doesn’t want to pay for Health Insurance, McDonald’s doesn’t want to pay minimum wage and Chick-fil-A doesn’t want to feed or employ gays we still have families to feed.
I guess what’s scariest about this is at, almost, 50 I sometimes feel as confused as I did the day I graduated high school. It’s this big, “Where the fuck do I go now?”
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