Laika and The Cosmonauts – Psycko

I don’t feature many instrumentals but this one reminds me of the great Telstar. Laika and The Cosmonauts formed in 1987 and was a working band until 2008. The band was named after Laika, a Soviet space dog that died on board Sputnik 2 in 1957. This song came out in 1994 on the Instruments of Terror album…without a hint of the 90s….80s, or 70s for that matter. 

They are a Finnish band that take surf rock, ‘60s spy movie music and other twangy influences and give them a spacey feeling. 

The song on the album is listed as Psyko (Themes From “Psycho” And “Vertigo”) and they give you an early 60s feel. It seems they take Telstar as a base and go from there. 

Musicians who like this band? Del Rey, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, and Dick Dale just to name a few. 

They released 6 studio albums, 2 compilation albums, and a live album. If you have some time look them up on youtube. 

No Lyrics…just sit back and dig the groovy music

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

46 thoughts on “Laika and The Cosmonauts – Psycko”

    1. I’m just shocked they released that many albums and had such famous fans! I was getting ready for your visit lol. This one is OUT there.

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  1. Totally new to me! Not a bad sound – definitely could have fit with a Beach Blanket movie or perhaps an upbeat part of a Hitchcock film. Too bad they didn’t bring in Duane Eddy to add some of that twangy guitar!

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    1. I loved this…like I’ve told other people it’s like they took Telstar and built everything off of that.

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      1. That is what he is saying…it’s hard to believe someone that loves movies as much as he does would do that…but you never know. I like to listen to him talk about other movies.

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      2. I’m afraid I don’t like hearing Quentin talk about his movies. He seems too obsessed and biased about what he likes. He sounds like a teenager trying to sell his movie.
        I much prefer listen to Paul Thomas Anderson in interviews (one of Quentin’s friends and peers) who is really measured and modest about his attempts. Tarantino praised as one of his favourite movies ‘Dunkirk’ which I felt totally sterile and lacked characterisation. Horses for Courses as they say

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      3. Sorry Matt… not his movies….when he talks about other peoples movies….I’ve heard him before talk about the Godfather…good stff.
        I’ve never seen that one.

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      4. Oh I’m doing a post on them…they were really huge over there…or so what I’ve read said they were.

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      5. LOL…I love what I’ve heard. They had a sixties garage band sound in the songs I’ve heard.

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    1. They were really off the wall but I do like them. It’s so weird that these bands can release 6-7 albums yet no one knows much about them.

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  2. This sounds just like the music they used on Repo Man. I wonder if they did some of the tracks? I can imagine a whole bad “B” sci-fi cult classic around this. Great find, Max! You find such good treasure.

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      1. Max, your blog is a hangout for an awful lot of people. Of course what you’re doing is worthwhile! You are enriching the blogging community and I think what you do is awesome.

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      2. I appreciate it…I thought I would lose readers posting all of these unknown songs…I think I’ve gained…well gained some different people. It made blogging fun again. I love the Beatles, Stones, and Who but I had to take a break from them.

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      3. I understand. I have a new weekly feature starting in September that I think you will like (it’s a surprise for now) and will be daily posting my POPO 2021 postcard collages and poetry starting in October.

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      4. Sadly, not enough people seem interested in learning about new ‘current’ music, including quite a few of our mutual blogger followers who ignore those posts of mine. It often makes me feel I’m wasting my time. Sorry to rant on your post…

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      5. Jeff I talked to a blogger today from Scotland who switched his blog format from new music to obscure bands from the 60s and 70s trying to get a following.
        I think the way I’ve got by with the obscure bands is getting followers with the giant bands and easing these in.

        Jeff you are free to rant on this blog anytime. Graham, you, and Christian are the ones that I follow that present new music.

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      6. Thanks Max. Graham is one who never, ever engages with my posts about unknown indie artists. Before you found out about my blog, I posted a general, and sarcastic, question asking my followers whether they’d rather read posts about my cat, instead of new music. A few honestly replied that they’re just not interested in reading about artists or bands they’re not aware of.

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      7. That is surprising to me about Graham. I thought he would be more engaging about new music. I like learning about new music to my ears…what I mean is whether old or new much more now than I did a year or so ago. I still love my classics but it’s nice hearing new things.
        But yes…it is much harder to get unknown music across. My views will dip a bit and I’ll post a Stones song and people will come out.

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