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Monday, November 14th, 2011


Sunday, October 10th, 2010
Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Contacting Bert Switzer....

The only direct way to get in contact with BERT
is to send good old fashioned MAIL to:

 Bert Switzer - 12 Summer St. - Somerville, MA 02143
* no phone or email... just snail mail.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Six New Videos of Bert Drum Solos Added

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Theme From Rocky with Bert On Drums...

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) by Bill Conti
with Bert Switzer on playing along on drums.


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

NEW VIDEOS with BERT Playing Along with Classic Songs by THE DESTROYED !

Bert plays drums on new videos of The Destroyed's best songs from the 1970s. Songs include: We Got It, The Power, KO, and others. Bert plays along with the original drum parts heard on the two CDs: Bert Switzer 1977-2002 and Outta Control.


see all the rest of the videos at:

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


Dusty Springfield Tribute Medley
with Bert Switzer jaming alon on Drums.

Tons of new and archived videos at:
Monday, June 8th, 2009


BERT SWITZER DRUM SOLOS and also a DRUM OUT along with the Coming Home song by The Destroyed from the RUSSIAN ROULETTE CD - 2006. Written by J.D. Jackson who also plays guitar and sings on the track.

SEE ALL THE VIDEOS HERE on THIS SITE, along with tons of earlier videos at:

Check it out over at the recently launched YouTube channel at:

Plus, there are clips of Bert playing along with some of his favorite rock drummers over at:

Please SUBSCRIBE to the YouTube channel and POST COMMENTS.

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

New Review....News, Reviews,and Interviews Vol. 2, Issue 7 Feb. 5, 2007

THE DESTROYED-Russian Roulette- If you are looking for unpolished punk that is not over-processed in the studio, look no further than The Destroyed. Russian Roulette by The Destroyed is raw, unadultered punk rock. The recording is not the greatest, and the timing between the drums and the guitar and vocal tracks is sometimes off. In fact, the timing issuue might be resolved if the drummer played more of a straight punk beat and less drum rolls. The album does feature a track, " Bombs, Part 1" which is a drum solo and more fitting for drum virtuosity. However, songs like "Dangerous Bomb," "A Window," "Devil rules the World," and the Sex Pistols-influenced "Crime Wave" are actually quite good. If the melodic punk, "Falling," and the surprisingly catchy, "Lullaby," were recorded a little better, we could almost hear them on a punk radio station somewhere. Overall, a decent album that could benefit greatly from a little more studio TLC.
Friday, February 23rd, 2007


Russian Roulette was honored as one of the years best CD by Totally Radio of England on it's December 28th show..........
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
Last month on our website Dangerous Bomb received nearly 1000 hits and Outside Reality 500 Hits. Videos on the site are getting tons of hits every month. Happy New Year to all our fans...
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
A track from Russian Roulette the song Lullaby has been included on the new CD tittled program ten a new release from This is the 3rd time The Destroyed has given this honor. See for more info.
Thanks Perter at Netshows
Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Reviews Worldwide

Russian Roulette continues to gather incredible reviews from the press worldwide so much so that this CD is The Destroyeds' most critically acclaimed CD to date. Happy Holidays to all our fans........
Thanx so much....
Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Roctober Magazine December 20, 2006 Issue# 43

The Destroyed "Russian Roulette" ....Normally you hate to hear a comtemporary CD from a reformed 60s or 70s punk band because you know whatever was wild or fucked up about the teenagers is going to be gone, and slickmodern instruments, ProTools and bar band crap will take over. Not the case here. This is just a spare recording of a drummer and guitarist, and it couldn't sound more direct, or rawer, or more gloriously fucked up, or more vitally important. Original Destroyed members Bert Switzer (whose wild, stumbling, rumbling, jazz/noise drumming is amazing) and J.D. Jackson (whose intense, primal guitar playing is only surpassed by his mad, magical singing) keep the Destruction contemporary, and this is genuinely one of the craziest records of the year. Review by Flamin Wayman Timbsdayle
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006


Underground punk darlings The Destroyed continue their renaissance with their second new CD. No one is daring to do this type of punk anymore, so fans of the true, angst and anger-riddled roots will go nuts over this. Purposely raw and sloppy, Bert Switzer presides over drumming that sounds like Keith Moon wrecking his set- and keeping a semblance of rhythm while doing so. Ear-splitting guitar chords and vocals from chief songwriter J.D. Jackson like an angrier Jello Biafra add to the basement tape feel. Punk used to spit on everything conventional, these guys never quit doing that.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006


The Destroyed Russian Roulette self Released:
Both Bert Switzer Mad Man Drummer and JD Jackson were original members of This Boston Band in the late 70's are back while this is not my cup of tee IT'S EDGY AND WELL PLAYED.
Monday, October 16th, 2006


The Detroyed were one of the origianl bands from waaay back in the day, think '77 era punk rock. The band, like so many from that time, had hit their peak, members grew into other projects, the band lay bare for a while, until one day... Bert Switzer and J.D. Jackson, original members of the legendary Boston band, got back together and cranked out a bunch of new tracks. Keeping true to their original punk rock sound, that many compare to the Sex Pistols, The Destroyed continue with gritty, unrefined sound of distorted guitars and primal drum beats. This release features ten tracks, not a lot, but certainly enough for a band that has been around in some form for over 25 years! It really takes a bit of patience to get into The Destroyed, because they are so different than the sounds that are classified as punk these days, so I don't blame the younger generation for missing this disc. For anyone who had lived during the latest 70s and early 80s, this disc is a must have. Bert and J.D. have really come through with resurrecting the sound that made them fresh and edgy, something that is seemingly missing in a lot of today's artists. I should point out that of the tracks on the disc, there are two bonus tracks, included in the ten I mentioned..... A new version of "Lullaby", written by J.D., and "Bombs Part 1" a release from one of Bert's singles collection. All in all though, The Destroyed are a crunchy old school band who know what it's about, and can deliver a solid tune that carries the torch of the original generation of punks that paved the way for the rest of us!-MG
Monday, October 16th, 2006


This is the second album by the reunited, two man lineup of the Destroyed, and it's another strong effort. J.D. Jackson (guitar and vocals) and Bert Switzer (drums) may be middle-aged, but they haven't mellowed any. They still turn out the same sort of raw, abrassive punk rock on which the Destroyed originally built its reputation during the late seventies.
For a two-piece unit, the Destroyed create an impressive sound- Jackson lays down a wall of fuzzed-out guitar noise, while Switzer unleashes a nonstop barrage of drum pyrotechnics. Over top of it all, Jackson goes into angry rants about the Iraq War ("Dangerous Bomb") and homelessness ("Devil Rules the World") among other things, as well as a celebration of freedom and returning home ("Coming Home").
It's good to see these guys still going strong and keeping the punk spirit alive.
By: Geoff Cabin
Thursday, October 12th, 2006


They are so different than the sounds that are classified as punk these days............
This disc is a must have......
Bert and J.D. have really come through with resurrecting the sound that made them fresh and edgy, something that is seemingly missing in a lot of today's artists.........

Another strong effort.......
Raw abrasive punk rock......
For a two piece unit, the Destroyed create an impressive sound- Jackson lays down a wall of fuzzed-out guitar noise, while Switzer unleashes a nonstop barrage of drum pyrotechnics........

RUSSIAN ROULETTE is sure to rattle your senses.....

Songs like Dangerous Bomb, You , Crime Wave, Devil Rules The World and the title track prove that the guys still have it....

I didn't think drum solos were part of the punk mentality. But I guess when you're Bert Switzer you can do anything you damn well please..................Reviewed by: S.Gregory

There is no doubt that the band has talent....

"The American Sex Pistols".....

Very punk rock.......

They don't lack energy or eagerness.....Worthy your ears.....

Raw and uncompromising music....
sounds like it was recorded by a bunch of guys 30 years younger then them.....
completely unpolished....
a right racket of noise, discordance......
the most honest punk rock album to be recorded in the last 5 years...
It's truly what punk rock is about....
This crude, coarse, and unrefined record is more punk than 90% of the punk rock out Paul Zimmerman

The Destroyed have fashioned this new herky-jerky, rapsy, raw and basic "punk rock" album.
Switzer is all over the place, dropping rapid fills, then crashing his cymbals at full-throttle as if to "destroy" them.
Jackson stabs at his guitar.......primal and shake you up..... "The Devil Rules the World" indeed......

A Gem.......Powerful drums and creative guitar.......
True Punk Rock!

Bert Switzer-a phenomenal drummer.........
Berts inhuman percussion racket do make this an interesting ride..

Non-stop guitar shredding and fierce drumming....

Two outlaws who continue to exist below the radar to the commercial music machine, thank god!........

Ten classic punk rock tracks......serious lyrics..... pounding rhythms....all their songs capture the furious, frenzied emotions of punk...... they bring new blood to the punk revolution!.....

This album is titled Russian Roulette for a reason. I own a handgun and after the second listen to it I wanmted to play the game with fully loaded chamber.

Roulette is pretty damn worth picking up...... honest and boundary-pushing......

It's in the real spirit of punk rock, I think, and yet there's something new in there, too............
It's tumbling on the edge of violent chaos.......
Keep it going, Mike............

A lyrical intensity and musical energy fitting of their legacy as Boston's premiere Punk band........
"America's" Sex Pistols.........

It's Edgy and Well Played.........

No one is daring to do this type of punk anymore, so fans of the true angst and anger -riddled roots will go nuts over this.....
Punk used to spit on everything conventional these guys never quit doing that........
Monday, October 9th, 2006


"Russian Roulette" Adding to my collection of oddball, outsider music is this new CD from The Destroyed. This is the type of music that, if I put it on while hanging out with somebody, they'd ask me, "What is this shit?" To which I'd simply answer, "The Destroyed," and I'd get that person another beer to help them enjoy ther album more. If the White Stripes really put their money where their mouth is, they'd sound like The Destroyed instead of the ass-licking trendoids they are. Guitar/vocals vs. drums recorded at different times-I think. Sloppy as a Manwich,baby. Like it should be... (CD)-Chuck.Foster
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006


This album is titled Russian Roulette for a reason. I own a handgun and after the second I listened to it I wanted to play the game with a fully loaded chamber. So, I can at least say that the album is appropriately titled. -J. Sherrod
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

NEW By Laura Turner

The Destroyed originally started in the 70's during the height of the punk era and recently reformed to carry on the raw, energetic tradition of the genre. J.D. Jackson (guitarist, singer and songwriter) and Bert Switzer (drummer, mixer and producer) are a formable team. Russian Roulette is their third full-length release featuring ten classic punk rock tracks. The tunes are fast paced and intentionally dislocated. J.D. wails his serious lyrics over jard driving guitars and Bert's pounding rhythms. 'Dangerous Bomb',
A furious, frenzied emotions of punk. the CD has plenty of attitude in arrangements that are organic and primal. J.D. and Bert may be music veterans but they bring new blood to the punk revolution!
* Recommended Tracks: (1,6) [USA/MA 2006 - web] (Review by Laura Turner Lynch for
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

NEW By Rick Montana

In 'Russian Roulette', J.D. Jackson (Vocals/Guitar) & Bert Switzer (Drums) attack their fans with a lyrical intensity and musical energy fitting of their legacy as Boston's premiere Punk band. Often referred to as, "America's" Sex Pistols, these two rockers definitely pump a sonic adrenalin right out of this CD!
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

NEW REVIEW....Bog Magazine Issue 35-06 by J.R. Oliver

The Destroyed-
The boys are back in town, or maybe I should say they're at it again. Two of the original members of the seventies punk band The Destroyed have reformed to release Russian Roulette. Drummer Bert Switzer and guitarist and vocalist J.D. Jackson have attempted to recapture the spirit and energy of their early days and have achieved their goal for the most part.Songs like Dangerous Bomb, You, Crime Wave, Devil Rules The World and the title track prove that the guys still have it. My favorite track is Falling for the Johnnt Rotten style vocals alone- J.R. Oliver
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Bill T. Miller

Bill T. Millers song has top honors on this website for the 3rd month in a row nearly 600 downloads this month.
Congradulations Bill!
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006


Reviews continue to pour in confirming Russian Roulette as
A Critically Aclaimed CD. This follows The Destroyed's other criticaly aclaimed releases Bert Switzer 1977-2002, Outta Control and The DVD Second Chance. Could it be that Russian Roulette will gather CD of the year honors?
Stay tuned to this website
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

New Review from


Il duo composto da J.D. Jackson e Bert Switzer, assembla in "Russian Roulette", otto songs pi
Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Announcement: The Destroyed has broken up

Effective today, June 18, 2006, The Destroyed has broken up. Says Switzer, "I will never play on any projects with J.D. Jackson again." Russian Roulette is the last CD to be done under The Destroyed name.
Sunday, June 18th, 2006

New Review -

I'm trying to think of something positive to say about seventies punk, but I'm toiling badly. There was a reason for its commercial failure and it wasn't because of an establishment conspiracy. It was because, with very few exceptions, punk was shite. And most of the exceptions weren't really punk anyway, they were just jumping on the London based media bandwagon to try and get some attention. So, a new CD from 70s US punks the Destroyed wasn't something likely to set my heart a-flutter.

But there was one saving grace that helped propel this CD into the review pile - the drumming of Bert Switzer - something I first encountered on a solo album he put out a few years back. And it's nice to report that he remains a phenomenal drummer.

Something that helps to keep this out of the potential mire. For the songs by bandmate J D Jackson aren't that special. But Jacksons Iggy meets Mark E Smith vocal delivery and Berts inhuman percussion racket do make this an interesting ride. So, if the notion of Iggy Pop replacing Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin to jam on 1979 Fall songs intrigues you, then go for it.

:twisted :twisted 1/2 out of 5
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

New Review

I'm not from the East Coast, so it took me awhile to figure out what was really going on here. It also took a few listens to get it. Bostonians may remember, '77 to '79, there was a band called The Destroyed. They played with The Ramones and The Dead Boys, among others. The drummer (Bert Switzer) and guitar/vocalist (J.D. Jackson) reformed and recorded this EP last year, after almost 30 years. My first reaction after listening was to laugh. I feel a little bad about it, though, because when I get older, I only hope I'm as cool as these guys. The drums and the guitars are so out-of-synch at times it makes me wonder if they were listening to each other when they recorded it. After a few listens, the style sank in a little bit. Switzer mostly plays a series of drum rolls, and sloppily accents different changes in songs. Rarely will he play a steady beat. I say this not in suggesting he isn't proficient at his instrument, but because he is not a typical "punk" drummer. There is a two-minute, 50 second drum solo at the end of the CD that Max Weinberg couldn't touch on his best night. It's that his style is more like a constant drum solo with an attempt to sink some guitar and vocals over the top. Jackson plays simple melodies that remind me a lot of the late seventies Cleveland scene (Rocket from the Tombs or Pagans). The combo, as strange as it seems, somehow reminds The Urinals with a jazz drummer. At other times, it just super sloppy '77 punk. If you can get over their inability to play in tempo with each other, some of the songs are actually pretty good. I'm still pretty torn on a final opinion. Is the world ready for such a cross-over?
Saturday, May 27th, 2006

New Review from Reviewer Magazine

The Destroyed:
Monday, May 22nd, 2006

A New Review from Metronome - June 2007

Metronome - June 2007

Russian Roulette

The Destroyed was a local hard rock/punk pand that saw their heyday in the late 70s. Nowadays, drummer Bert Switzer and singer/guitarist J.D. Jackson carry the torch. Featuring nothing but loud, overdriven guitar and vocals by Jackson and bombastic drumming by Switzer, Russian Roulette is a giant free-for-all of cacophony guaranteed to rattle your senses.
Friday, May 12th, 2006

Review from the Big Takeover

The Big Takeover - Issue #58 - May 2006

Out of the original 1977 - 1979 Boston punks, the Destroyed, guitarist/singer J.D. Jackson, and crazed, wild drummer Bert Switzer, both now in their 50s, have fashioned this new herky-jerky, raspy, raw and basic "punk rock" album. That would be "punk" in the 70s idea, meaning attitude and "anything can happen" strangeness, not buzz here, some Marshalls, three cords, and single long chorus. There's not even a bassist. Switzer is all over the place, dropping rapid fills willy-nilly, playing more around the beat like a jazz cat, then crashing his cymbals at full-throttle as if to "destroy" them. Jackson stabs at his guitar, and sings in an odd voice. The whole thing is disjointed and strange and primal and savage, and if it isn't in synch, it's not supposed to be - it's just supposed to shake you up. "The Devil Rules the World" indeed.

-Jack Rabid
Friday, May 12th, 2006

Great email from Mike at

Joe Jackson received email an from Mike at in the U.K. It read:


I really like your record. I've played it a few times and to friends as well. It's in the real spirit of punk rock, I think, and yet there's something new in there, too. It's tumbling on the edge of violent chaos.

Keep doing it,

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Exciting Phone Call from

John, from, called Bert Switzer today to tell him that Russian Roulette is being played by 25 DJs worldwide. John himself has played the whole album on one show. Enthusiastic email is coming in from listeners, inquiring about The Destroyed.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

New Review from

The Destroyed Russian Roulette CD

I don't come across to many bands that stay true to thier
roots, but I have finally found a gem shining bright through all the bullshit that our world has to offer as music goes. The Destroyed have been around for quite some
time releasing their music and gaining a huge fan base
across the world. This band has stood the test of time and remained focused on what is really important....The Music!
It's almost amazing to me that a band that started in the
70's is still playing just as hard as they ever were, powerful drums and creative guitar riffs give this new CD a refreshing outlook on what PUNK-ROCK was like for
many of us when the movement started. My hats off to these guys for never letting go of what changed the world of music and inspired so many others..True Punk-Rock!
Highly recommended...........Dave Fishwick
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
Radio Chart Action for Russian Roulette

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

New Review from Bonafide Studios in England

The Destroyed/Russian Roulette/Album/The Destroyed
Wow! This Boston based punk band are at it since 70s.
You have to admire and respect them without even listening their new album.
They don't lack energy or eagerness.
Worthy your ears.
Friday, April 21st, 2006

New Review from

The Destroyed Show Punk Knows No Age Barrier

by Paul Zimmerman
First Coast News

As founding members of 70
Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Russian Roulette reviewed at

The review is in Spanish, but we also provide a sort-of translation from Alta Vista's Babelfish.

The Destroyed, Punk en estado puro
"Russian Roulette" - - CD
Por J. E. G
Saturday, April 1st, 2006


2006 Self-released

Ok, so these dudes were active in Boston in 1977ish and broke up in 1979. as far as I can tell they never released any albums, but their drummer, Bert Switzer, released some songs they recorded on a disc called Bert Switzer 1977-2002. Then he decided to reform The Destroyed with original singer J.D. Jackson. They're 57 and 51 respectively, and though Switzer's drum solos don't mix well with Jackson's distorted riffs and Jackson sounds like Lou Reed on crack, Russian Roulette is pretty damn worth picking up. There's just something real about it. It's post-Velvet and Iggy punk-punk the way it should be-honest and boundary-pushing.
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
Downloads of RUSSIAN ROULLETE can be purchased from the music store at
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006


The Destroyed would like to let everyone know our new CD is out:
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
Henry Kaiser has done the music to the new hit movie Grizzly Man, a Warner Herzog Movie.......
Killer... The Movie is now out on DVD which received 4 stars in Rolling Stone. The movie also won The Best Picture of the Year Award at the Sundance Festival.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
The Top Songs on our website for November are as follows:
1.) Outta Control Kizer-Switzer 3834 Hits
2.) 1-2-3 The Destroyed 973 Hits
3.) Reactor The Destroyed 922 Hits
4.) It's Love The Destroyed 280 Hits
5.) Lullaby The Destroyed 268 Hits
6.)Jump Bad The Destroyed 198 Hits
7.) No Cruel Mishaps The Destroyed 170 Hits
8.) Let's Go Electric The Destroyed 166 Hits
9.) We Need A New World The Destroyed 163 Hits
10.) War Planes The Destroyed 154 Hits
11.) We Got It The Destroyed 147 Hits
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
The top songs on our website this month are as follows:
1.) Outta Control-Kaiser-Switzer 6300 Hits
2.) 1-2-3 The Destroyed 950 Hits
3.) Reactor The Destroyed 693 Hits
4.) 20 Lines Demo Jackson 513 Hits
5.) Lullaby The Destroyed 255 Hits
6.) Its Love The Destroyed 198 Hits
7.) No Cruel Mishaps The Destroyed 142 Hits
8.) Jump Bad The Destroyed 134 Hits
9.) Lets Go Electric The Destroyed 131 Hits
10.) We Need A New World The Destroyed 127 Hits
11.) 20 Lines The Destroyed 113 Hits
12.) War Plains The Destroyed 113 Hits
13.) Punk Outlaw Kaiser-Switzer 98 Hits
14.) We Got It The Destroyed 98 Hits
15.) London Town The Destroyed 89 Hits
16.) Outside Reality Switzer-Miller 88 Hits
17.) Ill Treatment The Destroyed 88 Hits
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
Last month we told you about Andy Sandler ex Destroyed Bass player who just got off a tour with ex Beatle Pete Best. Another Bass player story involves ex Sex Pistol Sid Vicious. During 1978 over the phone from the Chelsea Hotel in New York Sid agreed to join The Destroyed after Tony our guitarist at the time offered him the job. A few days later someone from The Ramones informed Tony he would not be joining. When Tony asked why he was told because Sid was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy. TRUE STORY...
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
THE DESTROYEDS' NEW CD IS FINISHED. Mixing is still going on. The CD will be out at the end of February.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
J.D. Jackson has written 5 new songs for a CD to be recorded in 2007.....................
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
NETSHOWS.US has added Let's Go Electric to their New CD compilation titled Program 7. For more info check it out @
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
1.) 1-2-3 The Destroyed 973 Hits
2.) Reactor The Destroyed 922 Hits
3.) It's Love The Destroyed 280 Hits
4.) Lullaby The Destroyed 269 Hits
5.) Jumpbad The Destroyed 198 Hits
6.) No Cruel Mishaps The Destroyed 170 Hits
7.) Let's Go Electric The Destroyed 166 Hits
8.) We Need A New World The Destroyed 163 Hits
9.) War Planes The Destroyed 154 Hits
10.) We Got It The Destroyed 147 Hits
11.) 20 Lines The Destroyed 147 Hits
12.) London Town The Destroyed 122 Hits
13.) Ill Treatment The Destroyed 114 Hits
14.) Ounk Outlaw Kaiser/Switzer 104 Hits
15.) Outta Control Kaiser/Switzer 97 Hits
16.) The Rebel Switzer 84 Hits
17.) One More Chance The Destroyed 84 Hits
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
Former Destroyed Bass player Andy Sandler just finished a national tour of America with The Beatles original drummer Pete Best. As you know Ringo Star replaced Pete in The Beatles. For more info visit:
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
7 New songs have been recorded for The Destroyed's next CD to be released in January. JD is writing a few more and Bert is on the process of selecting an engineer to mix. Bert will go back in the studio when JD is finished writing to record 4 more songs for this release. Some of the new songs are titled:
.......Keep Posted for Details.....
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
Reglar Wiglar #21- PC Jones

Bert Switzer is a Boston drummer.... and he's wicked awesome. Switzer played in Monster Island, with noise guitarist Henry Kaiser, as well as the 70s Boston punk band, The Destroyed. This DVD features Bert Rocking his kits (he's got a couple) in some free from skin bashing in between interview snippets about drums, drumming and past projects. Switzer also visits former band members and does split screen remote jams. Also included is some old Destroyed footage which is lacking in audio and visual-what's the word?-quality, but you can imagine yourself drunk at the bar thirty years ago and you'll be all right-PC Jones
Monday, October 3rd, 2005

1.) 1-2-3 430 Hits The Destroyed
2.) Reactor 257 Hits The Destroyed
3.) Lullaby 172 Hits The Destroyed
4.) Its Love 113 Hits The Destroyed
5.) Punk Outlaw 110 Hits Kaiser/Switzer
6.) Jump Bad 110 Hits The Destroyed
7.) London Town 105 Hits The Destroyed
8.) Lets Go Electric 105 Hits The Destroyed
9.)ILL Treatment 97 Hits The Destroyed
10.)War Plans 95 Hits The Destroyed
11.) We Got It 94 Hits The Destroyed
12.) Outta Control 92 Hits Kaiser/Switzer
13.) 20 Lines 87 Hits The Destroyed
14.) We Need A New World 86 Hits The Destroyed
15.) Outside Reality 78 Hits Miller/Switzer
16.) No Cruel Mishaps 78 Hits The Destroyed
Monday, October 3rd, 2005

1.) Outta Control 1295 Hits Switzer/Kaiser
2.) Ounk Outlaw 1208 Hits Switzer/Kaiser
3.) 1-2-3 902 Hits The Destroyed
4.) London Town 854 Hits The Destroyed
5.) Reactor 547 Hits The Destroyed
6.) Lullibuy 443 Hits The Destroyed
7.) Its Love 314 Hits The Destroyed
8.) Jump Bad 295 Hits The Destroyed
9.) Let's Go 215 Hits The Destroyed
10.)We Got It 194 Hits The Destroyed
11.)No Cruel
Mishaps 190 Hits The Destroyed
12.)War Plains 165 Hits The Destroyed
13.)Outside 154 Hits Miller/Switzer
14.)Bombs 122 Hits Switzer
Part 2
15.)20 Lines 120 Hits The Destroyed
16.)ILL Treatment 108 Hits The Destroyed
17.)Animal Disease 102 Hits The Destroyed
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
www.Lost in The Grooves
Blog from: Margaret Griffis

Over the last thirty years rock 'n' roll drummers have been turned into fancy metronomes. They might as well just be replaced with drum machines since they don't play much differently from the tap-tap-tap of disco or electronica. Yet, here we have Bert Switzer, who disappeared from the scene for many of those years. Raised on Keith Moon and seemingly oblivious to the watering-down of music, he kept a powerful, organic method to his playing. Think free jazz played by a gorilla--a really with-it gorilla. This is a musician, not a machine. So after a couple of recent CD releases, we now have this Second Chance documentary, which showcases Switzer's drumming while interspering the segments with interviews from Switzer and former bandmates, including Henry Kaiser. This is a really neat treat for drummers and the people who love them.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
August 2005
Bert has been rehersing all summer since June 1st songs, JD Jackson has sent him. So far 5 songs have been written for the next CD. JD will arrive in Boston Sept 1st to reherse with Bert and they will record the CD Sept. 25-29. The new CD will be released January 1st 2006. Thanks for your support. Also all JD Jackson Lyrics will be included in the CD and all our lyrics from our CD's will be published on this web site next year.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
Bob Gob Magazine Issue # 32 August 2005, By Spoot

This is some kind of fucked-up DVD. It's basically about a guy named Bert Switzer (now 55) who drummed in a couple of bands in the 70's, making his "comeback." The DVD consists mostly of Bert whipping the shit out of various drumkits, talking, visiting and jamming with some of the guys from his old bands. There is some old footage of one of his bands the Destroyed that is terrible, but not as bad as the new jam with one of the dudes from the Destroyed (via Internet cam, or some such nonsense) that was even worse. There was an interesting (in a terrible way) jam with the guy's old quitarist from Monster Island, the prog band Bert played with, and that guy was actually playing some really interesting things while Bert flailed away on the kit. I guess we should talk about Bert on the kit, since there are a total of 14 drum solos on this DVD, varying from a minute and a half to five or six minutes of full-on Bert. And that was really the problem, because every sols was full-on Bert, going apeshit all over the kit; toms, cymbals, just going to town, and never really doing anything significantly different from solo to solo. Now don't get me wrong, this old dude can blow away whoever is your sorry assed excuse for a drummer in your band, but the nonstop pounding combined with terrible drum sound/tone made it start to get old around the 3rd or 4th drum solo, and I'm the type of guy who would be interested in watching somebody play a drum solo. I think Bert would probably be just better off getting a band back together, and making a DVD of that, rather than a DVD of some half-assed jams and a never-ending drum demo. But still, that old dude can fucking whup some drums though. You'd totally kick out your drummer and put old dude in if you could.
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Dream Magazine Issue # Spring 2005
Boston area drummer Bert Switzer does a bunch of solo drum solos and his old pal guitarist Henry Kaiser shows up on a jam they did by mail; Henry filming himself improvising over Bert's mad Keith Moon inspired drumming. There are also a few interview snippets tossed in here and there. Some of the pieces are cut off midway; but I suppose Bert felt that they showcased the best parts of his abilities. Though certain to be of limited appeal Bert really is some kind of percussive demon; and though none too pretty, his work is worth looking at for any drumming fanatics, or those interested in Bert or his history.
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
Bert is now rehearsing new Destroyed songs for the next CD that JD Jackson is writing. They will work through the summer and record on Sept. 24 and 25 in Boston.....
The CD will be out in January.
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
The Destroyed are recently now featured on several more websites.......
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
Dagger Number 36 Spring 2005
.......55 year old Boston area drummer who played in a band called Monster Island (w/ Henry Kaiser) when he was 17. This has lots of recent clips of him drumming and some archival footage as well (plus interviews).... There's no doubt the guy is an amazing drummer....
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
Razorcake Issue # 25 April 2005
The pieces of reviews and blurbs on the back of the case all profess to the brilliance of the drumming of Bert Switzer, former skinman for the Boston-area band Monster Island and the Destroyed, and for the most part those reviews are right: the guy truly is impressive. Where this DVD falls short, however, are seemingly self-indulgent motivations in producing it. I really do want to believe that there was a call on the part of the masses for this video, but it comes off much more readily as a blatant promotional tool than something produced to entertain, inform, or meet consumer demand.
A huge chunk of this video id devoted to watching Switzer perform drum solos, often in excess of three minutes, Yes, the solos are impressive. Yes, they get dull quickly, if only because there are so many of them and they never seem to end. Moreover, they tend to be shot from one angle and one angle alone: dead center facing Switzer in a practice space. About half way through the DVD there occurs a solo that was very good, if only because some production value (different angles, close-ups, rudimentary computer enhancement, etc.) has been added to jazz up what I was essentially looking at for the tenth time at that point.
That is not to say that Second Chance doesn't have its strong points, though. The interviews with former bandmates are often quite interesting, especialy that of Owen Maercks (sadly, that interview is far too short), and in the course it is presented with some wonderfully obscure footage and tales from rock'n'roll history, always a good thing. The most entertaining bit, though was a conference-call jam between Switzer and former Destroyed frontman J.D. Jackson. But as with the footage of other bandmates, I feltt that it was too short and seemed to be included for good measure rather than to provide a complete picture of Switzer's past and present. Topically, this is quite an interesting subject; a blurb from Reviewer Magazine claims that someone should make a documentary on Switzer. I agree, because as it is now, Second Chance can't stand on drum solos alone, and a good filmmaker could turn this into something truly worthwhile.- The Lord Kveldulfr
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
Program Four a new CD complaition by Media Factory Records is out now. One track from Bert Switzer 1977-2002 has been selected, that being Out Of The Straight Jacket. For further information check out
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
JD Jackson is busy writing the next Destroyed CD to be recorded on June 25 and 26 at New Aliance in Boston with Nick and Marc from Bostons own Cracktorch.
Monday, March 28th, 2005
Impact Press March 2005

Bert Switzer used to play with Boston's The Destroyed, but left music in 1979. In 2002, he picked up his sticks again to make music one more time. What you see in this DVD is Switzer playing drums by himself, and being interviewed. There are also a few Destroyed performances. By the way, this guy is an awesome drummer. I was mesmerized seeing this 53 year old bang away at the drums like he was an angry teenager. (AL)
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
Heartattack Magazine Issue #45 April 2005

This might be of interest to drummers. Most of the footage is of Bert Switzer playing drums in his studio. Something to watch to figure out his style and maybe influence your own. Switzer can definitely play, and at 55 he's running circles around most of the young bucks I see in bands today. Cut in between the drumming footage are interviews with Bert as well as band mates from The Destroyed and Monster Island. There is also footage from The Destroyed in 1978, as well as new performances Henry Kaiser ( Monster Island) an J.D. Jackson (The Destroyed).
Matt Average
Monday, March 14th, 2005
Verbicide Magazine Issue 13 March 2005

Bert Switzer's drumming is sick! Imagine turning on a DVD that kicks off showing a 55-year-old guy sitting in a rehearsel space bashing on his drums, and now imagine not being able to look away. You get sucked right in by his intense playing. This DVD comes on the heels of Switzer's two self-released CD's, Bert Switzer 1977-2002 and Outta Control, a reunion/ archive CD of late 70's Boston punkers The Destroyed. This DVD tends to run a bit long- there are Tons of clips of Bert bashing away, and the interview clips tend to be a little to lengthy-but there is plenty to keep your interest. In addition to the drumming clips and the interviews, there is awesome archive footage of a Destroyed performance in 1978. Personally, I really like seeing old punk rock footage. It doesn't matter if I'm watching a clip of The Destroyed or Minor Threat, it never fails to make me wish I could go back in time to go to some of these shows. There are also live videos of Switzer performing with JD Jackson and Henry Kaiser-not the highlights of the DVD, but kind of interesting. If you're a fan of Switzer's two CDs or want to step into a time warp for a few minutes to the late 70's Boston punk era, you should pick this up, it's only ten bucks postage paid. Jackson Ellis (Bert Switzer, 12 Summer St. Somerville, Ma. 02143)
Monday, March 14th, 2005
The Big Takeover Magazine Issue # 56

You people owe yourself this history lesson about Bert Switzer. One of the most revered drummers to hail from Boston, he established what was aguable the city's first punk band roughly 30 years ago. The ferocious performer reemerged a couple years ago when The Destroyed staged an off-the-cuff reunion. His reputation re-ignited, this video showcases Switzer at the drums, firing at his kit like a nonstop hailstorm, while recent interview clips and ancient Destroyed footage is intermingled. Pals Henry Kaiser, Owen Maercks (of Monster Island, Switzer's pre-destroyed outfit) and J.D. Jackson appear remotely, and in some cases, perform on a split-screen with Switzer. The DVD would be a lot more effective had all the guys congregated in the same location, but it's a nice little item all the same. Kurt Orzeck (
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
HENRY KAISER - solo guitar

One of three solo takes shot by HK in his home studio space
for a collaboration with Monster Island drummer Bert Switzer.
The duet version with Kaiser & Switzer appears on Second Chance DVD.

click on link below
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
Reviewer Magazine Issue #26 February 2005

Bert Switzer Second Chance Early punkrock Boston band The Destroyed may have brawled their way to oblivion in the late 1970's but this 128-minute DVD records for posterity who the members were and what they're doing now. Very DIY, and the sound quality is not the best, this is as genuine of an indy documentary as they come which any 70's punkrock fan or music film student should see. I wish we could have seen more of Owen Maercks reptile store on Monster Island, the "oldest and largest reptile store in the United States, "where Maercks said that he sells old-vintage 7-inchers of Monster Island for $40 on Ebay. Lots of amazing drumming by Bert here. Switzer is one of the strongest drummers you've ever seen - sounding fast, controlled and precise all the while looking like a blur of arms, sticks and flying hair caught up in maelstrom. Anyone who can keep the dream alive and after all these years take another shot at it deserves all the satisfaction he can get out of it. This CD is a good find for someone who likes early punkrock, especially if you're into New England's. Find a full complilation of The Destroyed studio and line ala' garage- recording at the website. (
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
One track from Bert Switzers first CD titled Outta the Straight Jacket has been selected by Net, next CD compliation titled Program 4 to be released soon.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
METRONOME- March 2005

Drummer Bert Switzer first plied his trade with two 70s Boston-based punk outfits, Monster Island and The Destroyed. In 1979 he left the music business only to return to it in 2002 where he released to CDs, Bert Switzer:1977-2002 and Outta Control. His lateset project is this DVD which features footage of Switzer's furious drum style as well as live performances of his reunion with former band members Henry Kaiser and J.D. Jackson, an interview with Owen Maerks of Monster Island and archival footage of The Destroyed from 1978.

Citing Keith Moon and Pete Townsend as his earliest musical idols, Switzer adopted the frenetic drumming style of Moon and made a niche for himself with his energetic, over the top approach to the kit. This DVD is proof positive of Switzer's chops.

Missing from the music scene for almost 25 years, Switzer has returned in the new millennium with 2 CD's and a DVD giving him the opportunity to fulfill his life long dream.

Douglas Sloan
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

from Second Chance DVD

click on link below
Friday, February 4th, 2005
Fran Magazine Issue
Volume 3, Issue 1 (#8)
February 2005

Bert Switzer, Second Chance, One Way Productions

Switzer is graying drummer who makes Animal look comatose. Actually, he looks a little like Animal. They have the same pattern baldness. Switzer is far more articulate than the Muppet, however. He started playing drums when he was 16, providing the beat for Monster Island and the Destroyed, but he abandoned drumming 1979. Then, at the age of 53, he decided to revive his musical career. That included self-releasing two albums, the second featuring some of his old buddies from the Destroyed. In 2003 Punk Planet hailed Switzer as,
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
New Review from Rocktober, Issue #29, February 2005

Bert Switzer (Second Chance) DVD

Switzer is a Boston drummer who recorded some punk records in the seventies in a band with twisted guitar hero Henry Kaiser. Over the last couple of years, he began recording and playing again. This purports to be a documentary about his return. But it is more a series of interviews, punctuctuated by a series of out-of-this-world, insane drum solos, shot straight on, one camera, no edits. The solos last between 40 seconds and five minutes and are surreal to watch on a big TV. This is what makes Switzer special - he really has a gift for unusual, out there, beautiful drum violence, and though this may not tell his story expertly (though I love his thick Boston accent this DVD sure shows his powers. Bonus highlight: a split screen "duet" between Switzer and Kaiser shot separately, Kaiser in his bedroom. Also, note that Switzer has changed from his White Sox hat to his native Red Sox hat just in time for a championship.
Monday, January 24th, 2005
New Review from Chaotic Order
Monday, January 24th, 2005
New Review from Reviewer Magazine
Issue #25
Monday, January 24th, 2005
Monday, January 24th, 2005
14 months after its release, "Outta Control" by the Destroyed has now caught on with FM radio nationally and is growing strong. We've now been played 100 stations.
Monday, January 24th, 2005
The Destroyed CD
Monday, January 24th, 2005
Bert Switzer 1977-2002 Current Radio Air Play 2005

WSRZ 107.9
Friday, January 14th, 2005
New Review from Reviewer Magazine
Issue #25
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
New Review from Plug-in Music

"Outta Control" by The Destroyed (Self-Released 2003)

Whether it is your first introduction or simply a trip down memory lane, the Destroyed
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
New Review from Exclaim

By Stuart Green
December 09, 2003

A reunion of sorts for J.D. Jackson and Bert Switzer
Thursday, November 4th, 2004
New Review from Bog-Gob, Issue #30 - October, 2004

Raw, unbridled, garage-punk metal with Johnny Rotten/Iggy style vocals and wild outta-control drumming. The original Destroyed broke up in 1979. This CD features original vocalist J.D. Jackson a.k.a. Joe Rainbow, and gonzo drummer Bert Switzer reunited for the first time since '79.
They've recorded ten new songs with Jackson on guitar as well as vocals. The spirit of the old Destroyed is still there and you get ten bonus tracks from 1977-79 so you can judge for yourself. The bonus tracks are ballsy and distorted and sound somewhat like the early Stones or Chocolate Watchband. Recording levels are very similar to that of the Nuggets compilations series. '60s punk from a '70s band reunited in the next century.
-Richard Oliver
Friday, October 29th, 2004
Check out these PHOTOS of HENRY KAISER playing guitar and scuba diving in Antarctica....
Sunday, October 17th, 2004
Here are some lost lyrics from Joe Rainbow, written in 1979, newly found:

Tonite I feel like a dangerous gun
Ain't nobody gonna stop me under the sun
I feel gifted; I feel number one
I wanna see the world run.
Sunday, October 17th, 2004
For all you Henry Kaiser fans, the November 2003 issue of Relix contains a great 3-spread on him, includig some terrific pictures.
Thursday, October 7th, 2004
The Destroyed
Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
New Review from (Australia)

The Destroyed - Outta Control

To be honest I wasn
Monday, September 13th, 2004
Haiku Review from Regular Wiglar #29

answering the call
seventies punk pals unite
to destroy again

Monday, September 13th, 2004

J.D. Jackson of The Destroyed
on Vocals and Guitar

Jamming out a new song in his
garage studio in California.

Internet-Only Video Release.
Check It Out:

Saturday, September 4th, 2004
Catch a sneak peek of THE DESTROYED - LULLABY VIDEO from upcoming DVD.

Bert Switzer - Drums
J.D. Jackson - Guitar / Vocals

Check Out:

Friday, September 3rd, 2004
New Review from Impact:

The Destroyed
Monday, August 16th, 2004
New Review from All Music Guide

Twenty-four years after the Destroyed splintered, drummer Bert Switzer and guitarist vocalist J.D. Jackson key members of the original band reunited for the six song session that starts Outta Control. In doing so, they've managed to capture a raw, likable and at times sloppy feel on tracks like "Let's Go Electric," an incendiary proelectrocution rave up, and "Lullaby," which is anything but. "You think I'm A.D.D.," barks Jackson, coughing out Ramones like lyrics in a fashion aficionados of classic punk will have a hard time dismissing. If the gutteral, Stooges soundalike "London Town" is the best of these collaborations, Jackson's "Jail House Demo" of the same tune is certainly redundant. But Outta Control doesn't end there, as Switzer and guitarist Henry Kaiser contribute three instrumentals. Yet sadly, concoctions like "Punk Outlaw" and "Armed and Dangerous" lack any real structure, amounting to little more than practice room noodling. Although punk archivists will be pleased that Switzer has appended ten bonus tracks culled from Destroyed practice sessions dating back to '77, '78 and '79. These are very crude basement recordings likely recorded on a boom box that make extended listening difficult. But, in bite size pieces, powerful excerpts like "War Planes" and "Reactor" are out of sight.

~ John D. Luerssen, All Music Guide
Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Horizontal Action
Issue # 13

The 1st half of this is a reunion of the singer and drummer of the DESTROYED, with the help of Henry Kaiser on a couple tracks. The 2nd half is old unreleased recordings from the late 70s of this 4-piece. These recordings have lots of great 60s-snot garage attie-toods, especially in the vocals while the reunion songs are raw and amateurish, with Bert Switzer drumming like he
Sunday, August 8th, 2004
J.D. Jackson has written a fantastic new song called "Coming Home" and has videoed a new version of "Lullaby" that will be included in the new DVD "Bustin' Out." Also, Henry Kaiser is working on video footage for this DVD as well.
Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Bert Switzer is working on some videos of his drumming that will be compiled into a limited edition DVD. Bill T Miller is shooting and editing the footage. Stay tuned for more info on the DVD release later this year.

In the meantime, see some quicktime video previews of the footage with Bert jamming live in his rehearsal studio that were shot Spring 2004. This is the first video of Bert Switzer in a quarter of a century.

Check out:
Sunday, August 8th, 2004
Here's what reviewers are saying about Bert Switzer's drumming, soon to be seen on the new DVD Bustin' Out.

From Impact: ...well worth a listen.

From Horizonal Action
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
From Rock Beat International
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
Jun 2, 2004

Bert Switzer - Bert Switzer 1977-2002 (self released)

Boston's The Destroyed were and are punk legends and the backbone of this top notch outfit was drummer Bert Switzer. On this album,,Bert has put together the very best of his ass kicking drum playing for the past 25 years. Starting way back in his days with Monster Island in 1977,then his days in The Destroyed in the late 70's and finally what he has been doing in the past few years,this is a drummer's delight to listen to. I thought his take on Ozzy's "Crazy Train" was just insane and the weird trippy vibe with Monster Island just has to be heard to truly know just how talented Switzer is.
And at 19 tracks,you get your money's worth of a master at work.
My favorite tracks were the above-mentioned "Crazy Train" ,"686-6" and "Hoh".

Highly recommended for punk rock fans and drummers.

want to know more?
Wednesday, June 16th, 2004
We are delighted to announce Outta Control was chosen as #9 on the Top Twenty Albums for 2003 of Thanks!

From Neufutur. Com
Top Twenty Albums of 2003
Monday, May 31st, 2004
Demorama Reviews for April 2004

The Destroyed: Outta Control
I like me some grimy old punk rock stuff. Are the Destroyed grimy? Yes they are. Are they old? Half the tracks on this CD date from the heady days of 1977-1979, back when "hardcore" referred to porno and Richard Hell still had a music career. Are they punk rock? Indeed they are, albeit of the unstereotypical nebulous safety-pin-less garage rock/new wave/doom rock/general racket type. The old-school bonus tracks that make up the last half of the CD are definite highlights; if Demorama existed back in the Carter administration this stuff would get Top Honors faster than you could say "I don't need a cure, need a final solution." It's so Stoogey it ain't funny, but it ain't bad, either -- muddy '70s home-taping production notwithstanding, it's likeably sloppy and raunchy and almost incoherent, perfect for running around damaging public property with bicycle chains. But the first half of the CD is occupied by new material, and while the band's overall energy hasn't dissipated after a quarter century -- the guitars still sound like they can give you tetanus, and the drums exist not so much for strictly rhythmic purposes as they do for causing bruises on your's worth getting this CD for the cool-as-hell old stuff (and a couple new instrumentals that make the incidental "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" music beds sound like Muzak). Aging punks are still less embarrassing than 50-year-olds in every other genre, so give this one a shot.
(Nate Patrin)

Monday, May 17th, 2004
Distorted reviews - 13/04/04
Sorted Magazine
Ken McGrath

Bert Switzer - 1977-2002 (CD Baby)
Vomit, vomit, vomit, vomit, vomit, vomit, vomit, vomit. This is shit. No songs, no substance, nothing. It opens with what sounds like a drum kit in a washing machine trying to tune up, then Bert "Bastard" Switzer and a young companion proceed to murder "Crazy Train." This isn't music. Call it avant-garde if you want, but do it someplace far away from me or I will break your knees. Now fuck off and get a job. Stop wasting my time and let me tell the people about some proper bands.

Dear Ken,

This is my favorite negative review. I have posted it on my website ( To refer to me as Bert
Monday, May 17th, 2004
Review from Verbicide #11

Put this disc in the
Monday, May 17th, 2004
New Review from Scram #19
The Destroyed
Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
New Review from Neus Subjex (#61)

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
New Review from

One of Boston's first punk bands, The Destroyed play tough cartoon violence ("Let's go electric / Let me set you on fire") for pure pleasure. Their passion will overwhelm you more than the songs themselves; Switzer's drumming, unheard for nearly two decades, remains as wild and manic as they come. On songs with JD Jackson, {Switzer} he demolishes his drum set according to each track's simply-structured melody, but the three noisy instrumentals with Henry Kaiser fly all over the place, reaching crazier musical dimensions than even the hilarious cheerleader chant that introduces "War Planes" ("Two four six eight, Who do we appreciate / The President!").

The group's primary setback [is] are poor sound quality. Many historical demos from the seventies, attached to the end of the disc, were recorded directly to boombox, but all of the songs have that vibe. It basically turns the band into B-grade Dictators, or an even sloppier Dim Stars, neither of which are bad things. Just follow the lead of smalltown punks and treat The Destroyed like an Elks Lodge band -- live, loud, and in front of drunks -- and party hard to them.

Friday, April 30th, 2004
The Destroyed's CD, Outta Control, has been nominated for Album of the Year by
Friday, April 30th, 2004
Outta Control just hit its highest position ever when it went to NUMBER FIVE at KZSU (Stanford) in Palo Alto. Thanks, guys!
Friday, March 12th, 2004

This is a rare glimpse into hearing Kaiser's mind, fingers, and
heart at work on guitar and bass stretching out in several different
improv modes over top of Switzer's amazing outta control drumming.

Switzer was the drummer in Kaiser's band, Monster Island in 1977.

from this 2003 collaboration available as an INTERNET ONLY RELEASE.
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
Bert Switzer's new CD Single, entitled Bombs - Parts 1 and 2, is now available as a free MP3 Download. Check out:

Bombs - Part 1 was recorded on Bert's 55th birthday, December 27, 2003; and Bombs - Part 2 was recorded January 4, 2004. This CD is also available as a very limited edition CD. Email for details.
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
Here are some excerpts of reviews of
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
Excerpts of Reviews of
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004

A review from

Albummars 2004

Sans doute que les archivistes et autres d
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
A review from:

The Destroyed "outta control"

Les 10 derni
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
The Destroyed
Outta Control
(self released)

Band Site:

This CD marks the reunion of Bert Switzer (drummer), and J.D Jackson (guitar/vocals), members of the the Destroyed, who broke up in 1979. The result is10 brand new, raw as it gets, 70s style punk rock. With just guitar and drums on most tracks, this CD puts current acts like the White Stripes to shame. Together, Jackson and the 55-year-old Switzer embody what punk is (or was) all about. These songs are poorly recorded, noisy, sloppy, and damn good. "Outta Control" also includes 10 bonus tracks, all recorded by the Destroyed from 1977 to 1979. This makes it easy to compare the two sets of songs, and the Destroyed prove that they have not lost their original spirit.
Monday, March 8th, 2004
.A New Review from

The Destroyed
By Tim Byrnes

Old, Loud and Snotty

The Destroyed were part of punk rock's first wave, bringing anarchy to the USA by way of Boston in those heady days of 77-79. Unfortunately, they never recorded anything then, except live cassette tapes, portions of which can be found on this CD and are essential listening for anyone who cares about punk rock. Original members Bert Switzer, who plays drums like Keith Moon's octopus and J.D. Jackson (formerly Joe Rainbow), who adds guitar duties to his singer/songwriter gig herein, have returned with a passel of new and old material that's at once a postcard from the past and a portent of the future possibilities of punk rock.

Legend has it that the Destroyed were banned from the Rathskeller, Boston's answer to CBGB, that they rehearsed on stage and that their one claim to fame was an opening slot for the J. Geils Band (shudder) in, I believe, 1978, where they were bottled by the audience and had the plug pulled on them when they refused to leave the stage after their allotted time. Drums not being electric, Switzer commenced to play, in his words, "...a wild drum solo" and the band was ultimately taken offstage by Security. Listening to this CD, I believe every word of the legend. Old school in the best sense,
Monday, March 8th, 2004
From Punk Planet (Issue #60)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2004
New Review from Shredding Paper
Wednesday, February 25th, 2004
New Review from

This CD begins with the strike of a single guitar chord and a question:
Sunday, February 22nd, 2004
The Destroyed
Outta Control
One Way Productions

New Review from

Saturday, January 31st, 2004
The Destroyed will be recording a new CD. J.D. Jackson is writing songs for the next Destroyed album which will be recorded in September. Some of the demos will be posted on shortly.

The Destroyed are looking for an engineer and a studio in Boston to do the recording. Contact if you're interested.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2004
From Roctober, Issue #37, January 2004

"Outta Control"
The Destroyed

On the heels of The Destroyed/Bert Switzer retrospective CD from last year we now get this disc with 10 tracks of raw, absurd, somewhat experimental puink from 1977-79 and ten new tracks featuring Switzer (a unique drummer) playing with the original Destroyed vocalist J.D. Jackson and on several tracks with experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser. The new tracks are as ragged and raw as the stuff culled from a 25-year-old cassette, which is impressive. Minimal, ugly guitar mixed with scrambling ambitious drumming and flat, disaffected yet audibly disgusted vocals is a winning combination. Noisy music fans will appreciate the Kaiser tracks as they have HK getting really classic Rock-like in his solos, but with a twisted twist, and Switzer Bonzo-ing it up behind him. Bonus: Switzer is wearing White Sox fan on the cover, perhaps to piss off Red Sox fans, perhaps because he heard that Magglio Ordonez is an excellent drummer.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2004
A New Review from

Outta Control
The Destroyed

Classic punk sound, new tunes, and a sweet reunion of this band after 25 years have passed. All I can say is that this is punk rock - raw, lo-fi, and good music. See what the MA punk scene knew about, and you probably didn't. Even more, there are bonus tracks on here from The Destroyed from 1977 to 1979. This should be in any true punker's collection. Fans of early Husker Du might like this as well. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
First, J.D. Jackson and Bert Switzer reformed The Destroyed and recorded "Outta Control." Now J.D. Jackson will reunite with original Destroyed guitarist and songwriting partner Tony Pavadore on an original song. Stay tuned.
Monday, January 19th, 2004
Here's a review we just got from Bog-Gob Magazine.

Bert Switzer
1977 - 2002
(self released)
Switzer himself describes this CD as his "best musical performances with all the musicians and bands I have played with over the last 25 years." He has worked with renowned avant garde guitarist Henry Kaiser under the moniker of Monster Island as well as being a member of early punk pioneers The Destroyed with a few odd recordings in between. The Destroyed tracks are
my personal favorites with "Power" being my favorite of the bunch. Any time you put together 25 years of work there's bound to be a few moments that, let's just say, wear a little thin. The 10:39 cover of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" comes to mind here, but I enjoyed the majority of the compilation and you will too.
-Richard Oliver,
"Bog-Gob" magazine
Friday, January 16th, 2004
"Outta Control" is currently being featured at (right at the top of the page). Check it out!
Friday, January 16th, 2004
Bert Switzer and J.D. Jackson will be doing an interview with soon. We'll post it here when it's available.
Friday, January 16th, 2004
From Reviewer Magazine
Issue #19, January-February 2004

The Destroyed
Sunday, January 11th, 2004
"The songs are mid-paced, cacophonous and chock full of attitude... the utter rawness of these tracks is definitely part of their charm....damn rowdy and fun."

Sunday, January 11th, 2004
....if you like punk drumming, this would be the CD for you.

Monday, January 5th, 2004
Here's a new review of Bert Switzer 1977-2002 from issue #24 of Rockbeat International.

This CD documents the musical history of Boston-based drummer Bert Switzer, through the varioius bands and solo projects in which he has been involved. The music on the disc ranges from avant garde jazz fusion to savage punk. Whatever the musical context, Switzer is a human dynamo who keeps the beat while tirelessly unleashing a barrage of rapid-fire drum fills and cymbal crashes.

The earliest two tracks on the disc date from 1977 and capture Switzer with the band Monster Island, which also featured guitarist Henry Kaiser. On these tracks, Switzer's manic drumming provides a rhythmic foundation for Kaiser's guitar explorations, which combine elements of jazz fusion and avant garde noise.

Following Kaiser's departure from Boston, Switzer joined a punk band called the Destroyed. The band also included singer Joe Rainbow, guitarist Tony Pavadore, and a number of different bass players. The bulk of the CD is comprised of recordings of the Destroyed from 1977 to 1979. These tracks feature Rainbow's booming voice backed by a savage onslaught of powerhouse drumming and feedback-infested guitar. Songs such as "686-6," Power," "and "The Ocean" have a bluesy, garage-rock feeling, and are actually quite catchy beneath all of the cacophony.

The Destroyed broke up in August 1979, and Switzer retired from public performance. However, he continued to rehearse and participate in some jam sessions. The disc contains a recording from a 1985 jam session that features Switzer and a 13-year-old guitar player named Bobby Powers performing Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." This is totally amazing! Powers matches Switzer's drum pyrotechnics with a barrage of rapid-fire picking and screeching feedback.

In 1993, Switzer gave up the drums altogether. He began playing again in 2001, however, and the CD is rounded out by a couple of new tracks recorded in 2002. The tracks show that Switzer hasn't lost any of his prowess on the drums. They also show that he hasn't mellowed any. "Outside Reality" features Switzer doing his thing on the drums while guitarist Bill T. Miller cranks out some screeching feedback. "Out of the Straight Jacket" features Switzer alone at the drum kit.

Following Bert Switzer through his musiclal history on this disc proves to be quite an interesting history.

-Geoff Cabin
Friday, January 2nd, 2004
Fans of The Destroyed who especially like Bert Switzer's drumming will be happy to hear that some all-new drum tracks will soon be appearing at as MP3s. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 31st, 2003
From Northeast Performer
Sunday, December 28th, 2003
Review from

The Destroyed - Outta Control (Self-Released)
By Lance Conzett

For three years in the late 70s, Boston
Friday, December 26th, 2003
Here's our latest review from Chaotic Order #16
December 2003

Bert Switzer 1977-2002

Thoroughly absorbing collection of cuts from the past 25 years by this Boston-based drummer whose work includes collaborations with improv. guitarist Henry Kaiser, Bobby Powers, and Bill T Miller and playing for both Monster Island and, in the late
Thursday, December 25th, 2003
Bert Switzer will turn 55 on Saturday, December 27. He just wants you to know he plans on playing drums until he's 100, maybe more!
Friday, December 19th, 2003
Happy Holidays from The Destroyed to all of our fans!
Friday, December 19th, 2003
Bill T Miller, of Headroom Studios in Boston, MA, will be shooting new video footage of Bert Switzer playing the drums that will be available on the website ( early in 2004.
Friday, December 19th, 2003
J.D.Jackson, singer, guitar player, and songwriter for The Destroyed has written 3 new songs for the band: You Don't Like Me, Kangaroo, and Devil Rules the World.
Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
Here's our latest review from

The Destroyed - Outta Control
Bert Switzer and J.D. Jackson know you're never to old to rock. Original members of this late 70's punk act reformed after nearly a quarter of a century and came up with new music that makes you want to throw a brick at the House of Parliament. Rowdy, raw and laden with f**k you attitude, this music is what punk really was by guys who really did it, not the poser music we hear too much these days. If that's not enough for you, the CD also has ten songs from their early days as a bonus.


Sunday, December 14th, 2003
We were pleased to find outselves on the November 11, 2003 playlist of WUWG's Appalachian Trail Vaguely Folk Music Show (State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, USA).

The host, Steve Sedberry, had this comment: "I liked this drum solo by Bert Switzer but I usually don't like drums accompanying folk style songs. A creative drum solo can be very interesting, though."

Thanks, Steve!
Saturday, December 13th, 2003
Tons of FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS from both CDs have been added to the site.
Check out:
Saturday, December 13th, 2003
CD, eigen beheer
Tussen 1977 en 1979 maakte de punkband The Destroyed de oostkust van de Verenigde Staten onveilig. Zoals zoveel punkbandjes dat in die tijd deden. En ach, The Destroyed hebben inderdaad een legendarische status. Drummer Bert Switzers trommelde onlangs oud-gitaristen Joe Rainbow en Henry Kaiser op en nam een tiental nieuwe nummers met ze op. Het eerste gedeelte van Outta Control is het matige resultaat vol gedateerde, fantasieloze punkrock.
De bonustracks van oud The Destroyed materiaal klinkt echter behoorlijk goed. Het laat een band horen die aan de ene kant wil klinken als de Amerikaanse Sex Pistols maar aan de andere kant uitstekende ruige liedjes spelen in de stijl van de oude Kinks en Stooges. Luister maar eens naar 'Reactor' (uitermate cool) en het new wave achtige 'Jump Bad'. Switzers had het beter bij een heruitgave kunnen laten.
tekst: Theo Ploeg
Bezoek The Destroyed's website


Here's a translation of the above:

Between 1977 and 1979, the punk band The Destroyed threatened the east coast of the United States, as did many punk bands during this time. And yes, The Destroyed actually have a legendary status. Drummer Bert Switzer recently drummed up his old guitarist, Joe Rainbow, and Henry Kaiser to record ten new numbers with him. The first piece from Outta Control is a huge success, full of early fantasy punk rock. The extra tracks from the older Destroyed material actually sound outstandingly good. Listening to the band, on the one side intending to sound like the American Sex Pistols but on the other side are excellent raw songs played in the style of the early Kinks and Stooges. Listen once to "Reactor" (tremendously cool) and the new wave attention of "Jump Bad." Switzer has had the best comeback one can have.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
KCMU in Moab, Utah recently played 48 minutes of music from The Destroyed. We can't thank them enough.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
Here's a new review from our friend Branimir Bane Lokner in Serbia & Montenegro

Branimir Bane Lokner
Recenzije rock / indie, garage, punk, HC, rock'n'roll,
industrial, electro, world music... izdanja


"1977- 2002"
(Self-released - 2002.) CD
Punk/noise - USA


U ovom delu Evrope manje je poznato delovanje onoga
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
Here's a review of our first album from Reviewer Magazine:

Bert Switzer 1977-2002 An eclectic compilation of
recordings that include the drumming talents of Bert
Switzer. The CD opens with a recent experiment in
free-jazz and moves into a 1985 boom box cover/jam of
Monday, November 24th, 2003
The Destroyed
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
Review from

Bert Switzer
This one has been around for a while, but it seems unable to leave my rotation of favorite discs. It
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
Review from

BERT SWITZER- 1977-2002 (Site) Drummer Bert Switzer has compiled a bunch of songs he
Saturday, November 15th, 2003
Review from The alternative News
November 15, 2003

The Destroyed
Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
Bert Switzer and J.D. Jackson both appeared live on Thursday, November 13 at
WBRS 101.1 FM at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA

An in-person interview with Bert Switzer, "drummer extraordinaire" of "Boston uberpunk band" The Destroyed, and J.D. Jakcson from The Destroyed, who joined the conversation by phone from California were heard, along with songs from The Destroyed's new CD "Outta Control."
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
A Punkers dream! This recording screams BOSTON PUNK.

CD REVIEW from THE ALTERNATIVE NEWS --- Feb15 - March 14 2002 Issue --------- Bert Switzer - 1977-2002

A Punkers dream! This recording screams BOSTON PUNK in it's earliest, rawest, most insane form! For those of you who aren't famiiar with Bert Switzer, he is the totaly insane drummer for the long defunct punk band "The Destroyed." They were one of Boston's earliest and wildest punk bands to devasate the local scene. After being spotted by Perter Wolf at a performance at Boston's renowned punk palace "The Rathskeller," The Destroyed were asked to open for the J. Geils Band at a performance in Maine. --- This CD has a rather "underground", punk feel about it right from the get go: from the recording quality to the vocals to the power, insanity and noise! This just reminded me how mellow and refined is today compared to the Boston punk of old. This is a collection of material from the hey days of Boston Punk along with a few newer numbers showing Bert is as crazy as ever. With tracks like "Outside Reality," Power," "Animal Disease," "The Rebel," "The Killing," "Out Of The Straight Jacket," and many more this, this release is packed with 19 mind shattering ear bleeding punk tunes that will send any true, hard-core punker into ecstasy. It features material with Bert and The Destroyed, Bill T Miller, Henry Kaiser, Joe Rainbow, Bobby Powers and Monster Island. Awesome release, great packaging, and a sure favorite for hard-core, underground punkers and all those who want to be! ------- The Alternative News
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
Bert-mania has swept the nation, and I scarcely think we'll ever be the same.

Reviewer: Northeast Performer Mag - Reviewer -Jesse Fisk Cravens

Bert Switzer - 1977 - 2002 Recorded at various places. Produced by various people. There seems to be something about largely unknown, extremely loud music that just captures the imagination of the American public. Take for example the recent deification of Bert Switzer, the extremely loud and largely unknown Boston drummer. Before, he was a footnote. Part of Henry Kaiser's annotated bibliography, perhaps. Now, with the release of his new compilation, 1977-2002, he's become a superstar of Neil Diamond proportions. Women burst into his dressing room, begging for autographs and a bit of the nasty. You can scarcely walk down Rodeo Drive without seeing studio executives imitating his carefully maintained coiffure. He's showered with praise by the national sporting press. Bert-mania has swept the nation, and I scarcely think we'll ever be the same. If only it were true. Mr. Switzer is certainly deserving of such adulation. He's cobbled together an enviable body of work and this compilation represents an excellent cross-section of it. Therein one will find, most notably, the work of a young Henry Kaiser, whose excellent playing suggests shades of Crazy Backwards Alphabets to come. Second in line are the Destroyed, the great unknown Boston uberpunk band, whose sound can, perhaps, be best described as "Mick Jagger fronting the Stooges with a largely unknown Ginger Baker hittin' the skins." Also included are a few choice cuts from some of Switzer's lesser known musical collaborations, all of which shine brightly when set against the more famous fare, especially the Switzer-Powers Freak-Out version or Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." All in all, its extremely loud, compelling stuff, and more than enough to convert the weary denizen of lo-fi English-language rock'n'roll. Give it a spin, dear reader, and you may just find yourself outside Mr. Switzer's dressing room some night, begging for hair-care tips from the Man Himself. Contact:
Monday, September 29th, 2003
First ever Bert Switzer interview/article is up at CHORUS AND VERSE WEBZINE.

Check it out:

Plus, three new reviews of the Bert Switzer 1997-2002 compilation CD
from Indieville, 100punks, and Zeigeist WebZines.

Check it out::

(click on link or copy and paste urls to view websites)

Thanks for all the support.
Monday, September 15th, 2003
The Destroyed - Outta Control CD is Out Now!
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Monday, August 18th, 2003
70s punk band, The Destroyed, re-forms after 25 years, releases new CD,
Outta Control. The CD is follow-up to last year's underground success: Bert Switzer, 1977-2002

Bert Switzer, 54, and J.D. Jackson (formerly Joe Rainbow), 48, former members of 70s punk band The Destroyed, play together for the first time since 1979, on the new CD, Outta Control. Ten Destroyed tracks from the 70s are included as bonus tracks, released for the first time ever.

"Except for our original guitarist, who is pursuing a solo career," says Bert Switzer, drummer, "this CD is effectively a reunion of The Destroyed."

Promo CDs available for PRESS and RADIO... email:

The Destroyed - Outta Control CD release date is September 15, 2003. -----