Hectic was the debut EP by the seminal Ska-core band Operation Ivy. It is credited as one of the first records in the Ska-core genre. First it was released by itself, then later released with their only LP Energy. Larry Livermore (founder of Lookout! records) has said that Lookout was formed 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.
According to Lookout!'s website, Hectic was recorded in a shabby recording studio on an Autumn afternoon. It was recorded and mixed in a matter of days. Hectic was one of the first records to combine Hardcore and Ska.
Hectic is often overshadowed by Energy, mainly because Hectic is included on the second release of Energy. However, Hectic is widely regarded as the first ska-core album.
Note: the tracks are included on the end of the CD rerelease of Operation Ivy's album Energy along with tracks from the compilation Turn It Around.