"96 Tears is the best Rock 'n Roll song ever" - John Lennon.
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The 96 Tears L.P.
? and The Mysterians - Where The Action Is! - 1966 - - - - With Dick Clark
Anthony Bourdain: Happy to be here.
LR: Tell me what you brought.
AB: Five songs that were important to me in my life at various points, starting with one of my all-time favorites still - 96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians. It would be accurate to describe it, I think, as a pre-punk classic.
Song: ? and the Mysterians – 96 Tears
AB: Even at age 10, I responded right away to that. Cheesy, evil, roller-rink organ…it laid out for me the possibility for darkness in an otherwise happy landscape of AM radio pop music. This was a very sinister-looking band -- Question Mark, had sort of a Ramone-like bowl haircut and wraparound shades. It's essentially a very angry song about revenge.
LR: That was 96 Tears, it's by ? and the Mysterians, it's the choice of our guest DJ, Anthony Bourdain.
In the long night’s finale, Question Mark of Question Mark and the Mysterians, bounded onstage in a frilly-sleeved cropped top fit for a Las Vegas showgirl, along with his cowboy hat and shades. Defying age, he was in constant motion around the stage, singing about lust and hormonal overload over the band’s merrily pumping organ riffs–as frenetic and well-preserved as a record collector’s most prized vinyl artifacts.
THE WORLD'S GREATEST GARAGE BAND.
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THE COVER VERSIONS
Aretha Franklin - 96 Tears
Eddie and The Hot Rods - 96 TEARS
Big MAYBELLE- 96 TEARS
THE STRANGLERS- 96 TEARS
The Modern Lovers - 96 Tears
IGGY POP - 96 Tears
THE MUSIC MACHINE - 96 Tears
? and The Mysterians - ROSWELL - 1998