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Count Five

Psychotic Reaction

Psychedelic Rock
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Space
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Punk
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1966
  • 1966
  • 2012
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1986

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“Psychotic Reaction” is an early psychedelic/garage rock song released by the band Count Five in 1966, and also the title of their only album. Guitarist Sean Byrne was sitting in a Health Education class in his freshman year at San Jose City College in California, learning about psychosis. His friend Ron Lamb leaned over and whispered: “You know what would be a great name for a song? Psychotic Reaction.“ Byrne had been writing a tune in his head that day, and used the title to finish it, with the entire band given writing credit. The song hit number five in the Billboard charts. This song was popular in the Vietnam War era, and appears in the game Battlefield Vietnam. Probably the best known of the many obscure covers that were made in the 1960s is the one by Positively... Read on...

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