Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Count Five
Album:Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era
Psychotic Reaction is one of the most durable of one hit wonders and is considered today to be one of the cornerstone songs of the psychedelic sound of the 60s. But Count Five's other music wasn't very good so you're best off getting the song on Rhino's Nuggets comp. Count Five was from San Jose, CA founded in 1964 by guitarist John "Mouse" Michalski and harmonica player Kenn Ellner as The Squires. Bassist Roy Chaney, lead singer/guitarist John "Sean" Byrne and drummer Craig "Butch" Atkinson were added in 1965 and they called themselves Count Five and wore Dracula capes on stage. Byrne wrote most of the band's songs. Psychotic Recation was based on The Yardbirds song I'm A Man. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. They never had another chart hit so they are a true one hit wonder. Count Five split up in 1969 when they all went to college. The Nuggets comps have kept the song alive and it's still very popular. They reunited once in 1987. Roy Chaney had a band in the 90s called The Count. Craig Atkinson died in 1998 and John Byrne died in 2008. Here's Count Five performing Psychotic Reaction 1966.