"Outta Control"

(Self-Released 2003)Destroyed - Outta Control

Whether it is your first introduction or simply a trip down memory lane, the Destroyed's "Outta Control" is a modest attempt to relive the good old days. Breaking up in 1979, punk band the Destroyed rerecorded ten of their tracks to make up the first half of this album while the second half is the band "practicing to be pros."

The Destroyed pull you in to "London Town" as aggressive vocals with Johnny Rotten's snarl of attitude are delivered before some serious, and continuous, drumming. With gruesome and catchy repetitive lyrics, "Let's Go Electric" is mid tempo with guitar buzzing in the background. Slower, "1-2-3" is traditional punk rock: simple and straightforward. Through crashing drums, "No Cruel Mishaps" is fuller and more thought out before the quicker and rhythmic "20 Lines," roars in. "Lullaby" is a punk rock march with a good focused sound and catchy lyrics. The Destroyed omit drums from "London Town," a distant sounding demo recording despite relatively clear guitar chords being thrown at you.

Drums assault you as electric guitar squeals and a tape reels on "Outta Control." Similar style instrumental jams are heard on "Punk Outlaw" and "Armed and Dangerous," as well. "Outta Control" leads in with strong guitar and then adds drum rolls. Meanwhile "Armed and Dangerous" focuses more on drums.

Less than stellar recordings make up the rest of the album. Some repeat earlier tracks, such as "London Town," while others offer lost gems, so to speak. "Cry your heart out, sweetheart," J. D. Jackson suggests on "Nothing Wrong with Tears" with an air of Lou Reed. "It's Love" is brighter punk with a poppier sound than earlier tracks. And the microphone feed back on the catchy "Jump Bad" gives an authentic feel. "It Hurts," performed live back in 1979, offers more soul while "Don't Worry, That Train Ain't Gonna Hit You" is full of attitude and style.

Rock 'n' roll will never die but, with bands like the Destroyed around, neither will punk. While the album offers a surprisingly chunk of 70s era recordings, they may only appeal to Destroyed fans as the quality on those recordings is not the cleanest. Not always the best of quality, "Outta Control" is a likable effort with spirit.


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