A song to start your week : ? and The Mysterians – 96 Tears

Apologies for missing the last few weeks, but I am sure you’ve all managed to start your weeks successfully without me. This week’s song to start your week takes us back nearly 50 years. I love me a bit of garage rock from the mid-1960s (especially if there’s an organ involved somewhere), having been introduced to the genre, like so many others, by the Nuggets box set.

I love the fact that the era produced so many bands who wrote one great song and then disappeared back into obscurity, only for their music to be re-discovered years later. My absolute favourite example is not from Nuggets, but shares a sound with many of those bands. 96 Tears by the excellently named ? and The Mysterians is 3 minutes of brilliance, has the catchiest organ riff you’re likely to hear. As a bonus, it was referenced in another great track, The Cramps ‘Human Fly’

A fine way to start the week, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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4 thoughts on “A song to start your week : ? and The Mysterians – 96 Tears

  1. Jeff Gemmill October 26, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Garland Jeffreys does a great version of it on his 1981 Escape Artist album – and in concert.

    • amethyst3704 October 26, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the tip. Will have a listen and let you know what I think

    • amethyst3704 October 30, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Good version, anything else of his you can recommend?

      • Jeff Gemmill October 31, 2015 / 12:29 am

        “Wild in the Streets” is another classic song of his. And his best albums, in my opinion, are Escape Artist, Ghost Writer and Don’t Call Me Buckwheat. (He’s still going strong, too – his most recent albums, the King of In Between and Truth Serum, are well worth picking up.)

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