The Count Five was a 1960s garage rock band from San Jose, California, best known for their Top 10 single "Psychotic Reaction". The band was founded in 1964 by John "Mouse" Michalski (lead guitar) and Kenn Ellner (harmonica, vocals), two high school friends who had previously played in several short-lived outfits. After going shortly under the name The Squires, and several line-up changes later, the Count Five were born. Roy Chaney took over bass duties, John "Sean" Byrne played rhythm guitar and lead vocals, and Craig "Butch" Atkinson played drums. The Count Five gained distinction for their habit of wearing Count Dracula-style capes when playing live. The band members were rejected by several record labels before they got signed to the Los Angeles-based Double Shot Records. "Psychotic Reaction" was released as a single, peaking at #5 in the U.S. charts in late 1966. The band got along for about another year, but dropped out of view altogether when their only hit had fallen from public memory. Another setback to a potential career in the music business was the decision of the five members (who were between the ages of 17 and 19) to pursue college degrees.
01 - Psychotic Reaction 02 - Double Decker Bus 03 - Pretty Big Mouth 05 - My Generation 06 - She's Fine 07 - Peace Of Mind 08 - They're Gonna Get You 09 - The Morning After 10 - Can't Get Your Lovin' 11 - Out In The Street 12 - Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper 13 - You Must Believe Me 14 - Contrast 15 - Merry-Go-Round 16 - Declaration Of Independence 17 - Revelation In Slow Motion 18 - Mailman