"96 Tears is the best Rock 'n Roll song ever" - John Lennon.

 

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The 96 Tears 45' from Cameo-Parkway

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? and The Mysterians - Where The Action Is! - 1966 - - - - With Dick Clark

Stephen King on 96 Tears

Anthony Bourdain on 96 Tears


Liza Richardson: Hi, I'm Liza Richardson from KCRW and I'm here with Anthony Bourdain - world traveler, TV personality, insane eater and master chef. And today, we will be playing excerpts of songs that have inspired him over the years as part of KCRW's Guest DJ Project. Anthony, welcome!

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.

 

 

With the fabiulous RONNIE SPECTOR performing 96 Tears at Lincoln Center - July 31, 2010

 

 

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.
Jon Parales-N.Y.Times-review of Ponderosa Stomp

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD'S GREATEST GARAGE BAND.

The song has been covered by the following artists:
Big Maybelle, from her 1967 album, America's Queen Mother of Soul: Got a Brand New Bag.
The Music Machine, from their 1966 album, (Turn On) The Music Machine.
David Byrne
Joe "King" Carrasco
Eddie and the Hot Rods, from their 1976 EP, Live at the Marquee
The Foundations, a live version of "96 Tears" appears on the European EP Baby, Now That I've Found You
Aretha Franklin, from her 1967 album, Aretha Arrives.
Thelma Houston
Iggy Pop
Inspiral Carpets, on disc 2 (Rare As) of their 2003 compilation album Cool As
Garland Jeffreys, from his 1980 album, Escape Artist
The Modern Lovers
Music Explosion, from their 1967 album Little Bit O' Soul
Primal Scream, a B-side on their 1997 single, Kowalski
The Residents, a drastically different rearrangement is included on their 1976 album, The Third Reich 'n Roll early in the "Hitler was a Vegetarian" segment.
The Rubinoos
Tom Tom Club
Jimmy Ruffin
Bruce Springsteen, as a "Stump the Band" number during his 2009 Working on a Dream Tour
The Stranglers, from their 1990 album, 10
Suicide, live performance included on some reissues of 1977 album, Suicide
Texas Tornados
Utopia

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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

 

HOWIE PYRO LOVES THE SONG MORE THAN YOU OR I!

 

? and The Mysterians - ROSWELL - 1998