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16 Jan

Continuing our sweep through the ’60s comes this one-hit wonder, Question Mark and the Mysterians and their soul hit “96 Tears.”

It’s a fun song as sad as the romantic longing may be.  Once again the organ plays a prominent part in the sound.  It’s a hummable, bouncy fun little pop song and almost entirely forgotten or overlooked by modern audiences.  The band got their name from a 1957 Japanese sci-fi film.  And some music critics say they were the first band to be given the label “punk rock.”  Enjoy!