Ride the Wild / It's a Hectic World

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"Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World"
A white album cover reads "The Descendents" across the top in large capital typeface. The two song titles, "Ride the Wild" and "It's a Hectic World", are printed in capital letters on the lower right. In the center of the cover are caricatures of each of the three band members, drawn from the shoulders up and with their names underneath. From left to right they read "Tony", "Frank", and "Bill".
Single by the Descendents
A-side "Ride the Wild"
B-side "It's a Hectic World"
Released 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1979 at Media Art studios
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Length 4:22
Label Orca (I-1056)
Writer(s) Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo
Producer(s) David Nolte
Descendents singles chronology
"Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World"
"I'm the One"

"Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World" is the 1979 debut single by the Manhattan Beach, California-based punk rock band the Descendents. It was the band's first release and displayed a new wave and surf sound. It was recorded at a time when the band lacked a lead singer, so vocals on the recording were provided by guitarist Frank Navetta and bassist Tony Lombardo. With the addition of singer Milo Aukerman in 1980, the band moved towards a hardcore punk sound. "Ride the Wild" and "It's a Hectic World" were re-released in later years on compilation albums.


In 1977, friends Frank Navetta and David Nolte began writing songs on acoustic guitars with the intention of forming a band.[1] They initially called themselves The Itch, until Navetta came up with the name Descendents.[1] By the end of the year they had failed to attract any more band members, so Nolte instead joined The Last with his brothers.[1] In late 1978 Navetta was joined by drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Tony Lombardo, revitalizing the Descendents project.[1][2] Nolte sang with the group at several of their early performances, but by the Spring of 1979 The Last were becoming more active and he left the Descendents.[1] The singerless "power trio" lineup of Navetta, Lombardo, and Stevenson recorded the band's debut single at Media Art studios and released it on their own label, Orca Records, named after Stevenson's fishing boat.[1][2][3][4] Navetta sang "Ride the Wild" while Lombardo sang "It's a Hectic World". Nolte produced and mixed the session, and his brother Joe turned the lead guitar level up, resulting in the guitar being very loud in the mix.[1]

The band's music at the time was described by Stevenson as a "coffee'd-out blend of rock-surf-pop-punk music [...] The sound consisted basically of Lombardo's hard-driving, melodic bass lines, Navetta's tight guitar riffing, and my 'caffinated' surf beats."[4] Steven Blush, author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History, describes the single as "a blend of Devo-style new wave and Dick Dale-like surf."[2] Ned Raggett of Allmusic describes it as surf-inspired power pop with a new wave edge: "Not quite Devo if they grew up on the coast, but there's something to that comparison."[5] Following the addition of singer Milo Aukerman to the band in 1980, their music moved in a hardcore punk direction with shorter, faster, and more aggressive songs.[2]

Both "Ride the Wild" and "It's a Hectic World" were reissued on the compilation Bonus Fat in 1985, and on Two Things at Once in 1988 which combined Bonus Fat with the band's 1982 debut album Milo Goes to College.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ride the Wild"   Frank Navetta 2:30
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's a Hectic World"   Tony Lombardo 1:52
Total length:






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "F.A.Q.". descendentsonline.com. Descendents. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Los Angeles: Feral House. p. 79. ISBN 0-922915-71-7. 
  3. ^ Blush, p. 310.
  4. ^ a b Stevenson, Bill (1989). Hallraker: Live! (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. SST CD 205. 
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: Bonus Fat". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  6. ^ Two Things at Once (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. 1988. SST CD 145.