Count Five

Summer of ‘66, transistor radios across America blasted ‘Psychotic Reaction’ as this masterpiece of teenaged angst sauntered into the national Top 10. Sporting the same disaffected cool as the Stones and Yardbirds, San Jose, California’s Count Five embodied the quintessential suburban punk achievement: one solid stone hit and then straight back to nowhere. In fact, the group had such an uneventful subsequent career that gonzo rock writer Lester Bangs famously invented one for them. Yet, in a mere two-and-a-half minutes ‘Psychotic Reaction’ perfectly articulated, in sound and fury, the frustration of youthful America in those heady days.

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