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Psychotic Reaction

music reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Psychotic Reaction

Artist: Count 5
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: March 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
2½ stars out of 4

"Psychotic Reaction" was the only album Count Five would ever release. Originally released in 1966, on the heels of the title track hit single, the group could not seem to come up with another formula for success after that initial burst of energy. It was good enough to be committed to vinyl in 1966 and it is still good enough for the same treatment, albeit better with a bonus track, in 2002.

This is garage punk at its best in its infancy. I would be willing to bet all the kids that were getting off on the Seattle grunge sound in the 90's didn't have a clue that it was groups like this that inspired the music they were listening to.

There is something raw and simplistic that always has held an attraction for me with this music. All of the fuzz tone and feedback with the angst-ridden vocals were no doubt a precursor to the rise of groups like the Sex Pistols. Yes my younger music enthusiast, punk rock goes back a ways, long before you were a gleam in your parent's eye. This is a real collector's piece, and it is a very important part of the puzzle in the formation of a genre. This was the only album they ever made and they made it count.

Side One
1. Double-Decker Bus
2. Pretty Big Mouth
3. The World
4. My Generation
5. She's Fine
6. Psychotic Reaction

Side Two
1. Peace of Mind
2. They're Gonna Get You
3. The Morning After
4. Can't Get Your Lovin'
5. Out In The Street

Bonus Track
6. Contrast

Craig Atkinson-Drums
Sean Byrne-Rhythm guitar, vocals
Roy Chaney-Bass
Kenn Ellner -Vocals, tambourine, harmonica
John Michalski-Lead guitar



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