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Josh's Top 50 Albums #11 - Energy



Operation Ivy's Energy is often credited as one of the two albums that started the late '80's/early '90's punk rock revival (the other is Bad Religion's Suffer). The unique blend of spastic hardcore and ska that Operation Ivy played has been incredibly influential on many bands over the years. Two of the members of this band (guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman) would go on to much more commercial success with their band Rancid (which is also great), but these earliest recordings are certainly their most important.

The CD edition of this album contains Energy, as well as the Hectic E.P. and two tracks from a Maximum Rock and Roll compilation, effectively encompassing everything the band released in their short tenure (the band actually broke up the same month that Energy was released).

Energy was one of the first punk albums that I ever listened to, and the effect it had on me was profound. The themes of social justice, open-mindedness, and unity that are addressed on this album are ones that I have always believed in, and since they are presented in such an anthemic, catchy way, it helped to solidify my belief in those issues. I find myself returning to this album time and time again, it simply never gets old.

Some of my favorite tracks include "Here We Go Again", "Take Warning", and "Unity", but honestly, any of the 27 songs on this album could be listed as a favorite of mine.

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