Psycho (Imelda May song)

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Psycho single.jpg
Single by Imelda May
from the album Mayhem
B-side "My Baby Left Me"
Released June 28, 2010
Format Digital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded May 2010 — June 2010 at Embassy Studios in Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Genre Rockabilly
Length 2:52
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Imelda May
Producer(s) Imelda May, Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg
Imelda May singles chronology
"Big Bad Handsome Man"
"Big Bad Handsome Man"
Alternate cover
Limited edition 7" pink vinyl cover
Limited edition 7" pink vinyl cover

"Psycho" is a song by Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May. Written solely by May, the song was released as her third single on June 28, 2010 and the lead single from her third studio album, Mayhem. The single was May's first release on her new record label, Decca.

Origin and recording[edit]

The song was written after the release of May's second studio album, Love Tattoo, which she was promoting on tour at the time of writing. The song was recorded during the Mayhem sessions at Embassy Studios, a sixteen track analogue recording studio in a converted cow shed, near Basingstoke, United Kingdom. A remastered version of the song was released as a bonus track on the iTunes version of Mayhem.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

"Psycho" was announced for release in May 2010 at which time the recording and production was completed. In the official press release by Decca Records, it was noted that "'Psycho' sees Imelda displaying some of her more disparate influences, as if PJ Harvey's "Sheela Na Gig" had been recorded in the Ace cafe in North London in front of a load of rockers."[2]

May's following tour of the United States with Jeff Beck promoted the song abroad and in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the song was performed on The Late Late Show[3] on September 10 and Later... with Jools Holland[4] on October 12, respectively.

Though well-promoted in comparison to her previous singles, the single failed chart in neither Ireland nor the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

Filmed on a higher budget than her only previous music video, "Johnny Got a Boom Boom", the promotional music video for "Psycho" is aptly set in a mental institution and features May as a nurse delivering patients with medication. The video also features The Imelda May Band performing in a solitary confinement room.

Musicians and personnel[edit]

The Imelda May Band
Technical personnel
  • Imelda May - producer, mixing
  • Andy Wright - producer, mixing
  • Gavin Goldberg - producer, mixing
  • Graham Dominy - engineer
  • Darrel Highham - mixing
  • Guy Davie - mastering

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Imelda May.

Digital download[5]
  1. "Psycho" - 2:54
  2. "My Baby Left Me" - 2:57
  3. "Sneaky Freak" - 3:10
  4. "Psycho" (video) - 2:44
Limited edition 7" vinyl[6]
  1. "Psycho" - 2:54
  2. "My Baby Left Me" - 2:57

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Mayhem by Imelda May - Download Mayhem on iTunes". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Imelda May releases 'Psycho' June 28th". Decca Records. June 1, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mayhem at No.1 by Imelda May on MySpace". September 10, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Imelda May >> Imelda Appearing on Jools Holland". October 11, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Psycho - EP by Imelda May - Download Psycho - EP on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Imelda May - Psycho / My Baby Left Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved December 25, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)