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June 21, 2021

'96 Tears' — Question Mark & The Mysterians

In August of 1966 this fantastic song burst onto AM radio.

By October of that year it was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

From Wikipedia:

The song was written by Question Mark (Rudy Martinez) in 1962 in his manager's living room, and was recorded in Bay City, Michigan.

Known for its signature organ licks and bare-bones lyrics, "96 Tears" is recognized as one of the first garage band hits, and has even been given credit for starting the punk rock movement.

It's on my all-time Top 10 list.

June 21, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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6 years later, but the detail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXiQtD5gcHU&ab_channel=RETROVISOR

Posted by: nonom | Jun 23, 2021 8:10:52 AM

The Stranglers did a great cover...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-toSidOD0

It almost just sounds like it was a more refined take.

Posted by: Rocketboy_X | Jun 21, 2021 11:30:58 PM

man that's very groovy

Posted by: JohnM | Jun 21, 2021 5:30:57 PM

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