operation ivy hectic


This is our choice for record of the month – hands down! OP IVY Are like genetic scientists who have carefully cross-bred punk and ska and come up with a mutant that contains the best elements of both. “Sleep Long” and “Hoboken” are the punkier-sounding tunes while “Junkies Runnin’ Dry” and “Healthy Body” have that jamming ska feeling to it. The remaining two tracks are also fascinating: “Yellin’ In My Ear” has an undeniable surfin’ sound while “Here We go Again” sounds like the BEASTIE BOYS without lobotomies. Great lyrics too, covering the homeless, macho attitudes, and conformity. A lyric/art booklet make the package complete. You must own this. ($2.50 ppd. to Lookout Recs., P.O. Box 1000, Laytonville, CA 95454) Last second disappointment: they don’t seem to write back!   [TONY and MICKEY]

[Originally published: Issue #7, circa 1989]