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Bob Bert

Robert Bertelli
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1982-present
Labels Thick Syrup Records
Associated acts Bewitched
Chrome Cranks
Knoxville Girls
Pussy Galore
Sonic Youth
Notable instruments

Robert Bertelli, better known as Bob Bert, is an American rock drummer.


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • With Sonic Youth 2.1
    • With Lee Ranaldo 2.2
    • Bewitched 2.3
    • Chrome Cranks 2.4
    • With Lydia Lunch 2.5
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4


Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Bert initially came to prominence as drummer for the experimental rock band Sonic Youth during the early to mid-1980s. Bert played on the Sonic Youth releases Confusion Is Sex, Sonic Death, and Bad Moon Rising. After Bad Moon Rising, Bert quit the group.

Bert contributed during the last half of the 1980s as percussionist for noise band Pussy Galore. He was a member of Action Swingers in the early 1990s.[1]

In the early 1990s, Bert drummed for the Chrome Cranks (which also included Peter Aaron on vocals; Jerry Teel on bass; and William Weber on stun guitar).

After the dissolution of the Cranks, Bert joined forces with guitarist Knoxville Girls.

Throughout, Bert managed to release a handful of recordings by his percussive/concussive vehicle Bewitched. Releases by Bewitched include the Chocolate Frenzy 12" EP; some albums, including Harshing My Mellow on No. 6 Records; and the "Hey White Homie" 7" on Sub Pop. Bewitched toured with S.Y. and STP (short-lived NYC all-female foxcore band which included PG guitarist Julie Cafritz) during the summer of 1990, the year Goo was released.

During the late 1990s, Bert (with his wife, artist Linda Wolfe) began publishing BBGun, a zine that primarily covers punk rock.

In 1998, Bert contributed the liner notes and interviewed Suicide for the reissue of the band's eponymous second album.

Bert played with "Five Dollar Priest" as well as with the International Shades, which features ex-Live Skull guitarist Mark C. and former Pier Platters shop assistant-turned-keyboardist Dorien Garry among others.

In 2011 Thick Syrup Records released the compilation cd Bewitched - Bob Bert Presents: The Worst Poetry Of 1986 - 1993, featuring all tracks Bob Bert recorded with Bewitched. The label also released the last album of the re-united Chrome Cranks featuring Bert on drums.

Bert is now playing with Retrovirus (Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl), they released studio and live albums, and also with Wolfmanhattan Project with Kid Congo Powers (Gun Club, Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Knoxville Girls, Pink Monkey Birds) & Mick Collins (Gories, Dirtbombs)


With Sonic Youth

With Lee Ranaldo


Chrome Cranks

With Lydia Lunch

  • Retrovirus, Recorded live at the Knitting Factory, Brooklin, NY, Nov 15, 2012 (CD / Widowspeak, 2013)
  • Retrovirus, Urge to Kill, (CD / Widowspeak / Rustblade, 2015)



  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 588
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