An early ‘Mats classic, the high-octane ‘Takin A Ride’ is a must for any punks planning on hitting the road. The band’s hardcore blast of electric guitar, thumping bass and drums is perfectly matched by Paul Westerberg’s throaty screams and aggressive calls for speed, kicks and misadventure. The ‘Mats would expand their horizons considerably on their later records, but the hardcore thrash of ‘Takin A Ride’ and parent album Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash are just as powerful as anything this great band recorded. Put this track on whenever you feel the need for speed.
Available on: The Replacements Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash (Twin/Tone, 1981).