This 46 year old song may finally find its moment in the sun. Originally recorded and written by the Count Five, “Psychotic Reaction” is considered by many to be the ultimate Garage Rock song.
The song started as an instrumental, and after many performances, the song got lyrics before it was recorded. “Psychotic Reaction” has already been recorded by Television, The Vibrators, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Cramps and The Residents, to name a few. I think this version by The Fashion Slaves is the best version yet. I think The Fashion Slaves vocalist, Emily Jayne really nailed it, and the guitar playing is stellar. I don’t miss the harmonica, which was a key ingredient in the original version.