Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 2006
Original album - Fundamental
Producer - Trevor Horn
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - promo

The first song on Fundamental seems a surprising choice: a vaguely Kraftwerkish piece, a stylistic throwback in some ways, that's frankly more the kind of track that one would think might make its debut as a single b-side than as an album opener. But it does tend to grow on you. And it sets the lyrical tone for the album as a whole. Dominated by a series of suspicious, paranoiac, and at times rather abstract statements and questions, "Psychological" raises the possibility that one's fears may be all or at least largely in one's own head. In light of the fact that, in the May 2006 issue of Culture, Neil cited "the addictive properties of fear" as one of the album's major themes, it becomes apparent why this song was placed in such a prominent position.

Neil has referred to "Psychological" as a "war on terror song." As he puts it (in the November 2005 issue of Literally), "It's basically about how you imagine things, of how being afraid of a directionless terrorism in a way is like being afraid of the dark." Years later, in a promotional piece for the 2017 reissue of the album, he noted once again how this opening track is about "aimless, generalized fear that is used to sort of fuel a political agenda sometimes."



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