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96 Tears - 2022 Reissue

    Formed in the Bay City/Saginaw area of Michigan in 1962 by Mexican-American children of migrant farm workers, the band gained popularity with the addition of drummer Robert Martinez’s brother Rudy, aka Question Mark, as lead vocalist. The eccentric Question Mark (often stylized as ‘?’) has claimed to have been born on Mars and lived among dinosaurs in a past life.

    The band’s debut single “96 Tears”, with its distinctive organ line played by Mysterians’ keyboardist “Little” Frank Rodriguez, was originally released on Pa-Go-Go Records in 1966, but quickly reissued by the more established Philadelphia-based label Cameo-Parkway Records. The raw-yet-infectious song swept the airwaves, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 29, 1966, beating out The Monkees, Four Tops, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys and many more established acts. ? and The Mysterians’ debut album, also titled 96 Tears, followed in October ’66 just as the single was crossing the one million sales mark. The LP, filled out with ten more originals — including the Top 40 hit “I Need Somebody” — plus a version of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” peaked at #66.

    A mere eight months after 96 Tears was released, Cameo-Parkway put out the follow up full-length Action in June of ’67. Their sophomore album is more evenly split between originals and covers, among them “Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby,” written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer and first recorded by The Four Seasons one year previous. ? and The Mysterians’ version got to #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, faring better than Smash Mouth’s ubiquitous 1998 version, which appeared on four other Billboard charts but was absent from the coveted Hot 100. Action would be the band’s last studio album for more than three decades.

    “‘96 Tears’ IS one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs in the history of the genre,” said Bill Holdship of Detroit Metro Times in 2009. “In fact it may be the greatest.” In a May 1971 issue of Creem magazine, Dave Marsh referred to a ? (Question Mark) and The Mysterians reunion as “a landmark exposition of punk-rock,” one of the very first times the genre was applied to a band. Not only did they influence others within punk, but they have also had a profound impact on music writ large. “96 Tears” alone has been covered by a diverse range of artists, including Iggy Pop, Suicide, The Modern Lovers, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Sir Douglas Quintet, Tom Tom Club, Primal Scream, Big Maybelle, Jimmy Ruffin and Aretha Franklin.

    SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel air personality Lenny Kaye, who masterminded the famed Nuggets compilations that shined a light on the garage rock phenomenon of the mid-1960s commented, “‘96 Tears’ is the ur-text of garage rock, the truest ‘Nugget’ if you dug It… In these two albums, Question Mark and The Mysterians answer the eternal query with the yearning spirit and self-revelation that is becoming a band, yowl, reedy organ and guitars on stun, with a backbeat that accelerates the move-and-groove. I remember seeing ‘Qwesty’ and the band at Coney Island High in the mid-90s, me and Joey Ramone hollering, ‘Yeah baybee!,’ knowing we were at the heart of rock as it begins to roll.”

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    I Need Somebody
    Stormy Monday
    You’re Telling Me Lies
    Ten O’Clock
    Set Aside
    Up Side
    Side B
    “8” Teen
    Don’t Tease Me
    Don’t Break This Heart Of Mine
    Why Me
    Midnight Hour
    96 Tears

    ? And The Mysterians

    Action - 2022 Reissue

      Formed in the Bay City/Saginaw area of Michigan in 1962 by Mexican-American children of migrant farm workers, the band gained popularity with the addition of drummer Robert Martinez’s brother Rudy, aka Question Mark, as lead vocalist. The eccentric Question Mark (often stylized as ‘?’) has claimed to have been born on Mars and lived among dinosaurs in a past life.

      The band’s debut single “96 Tears”, with its distinctive organ line played by Mysterians’ keyboardist “Little” Frank Rodriguez, was originally released on Pa-Go-Go Records in 1966, but quickly reissued by the more established Philadelphia-based label Cameo-Parkway Records. The raw-yet-infectious song swept the airwaves, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 29, 1966, beating out The Monkees, Four Tops, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys and many more established acts. ? and The Mysterians’ debut album, also titled 96 Tears, followed in October ’66 just as the single was crossing the one million sales mark. The LP, filled out with ten more originals — including the Top 40 hit “I Need Somebody” — plus a version of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” peaked at #66.

      A mere eight months after 96 Tears was released, Cameo-Parkway put out the follow up full-length Action in June of ’67. Their sophomore album is more evenly split between originals and covers, among them “Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby,” written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer and first recorded by The Four Seasons one year previous. ? and The Mysterians’ version got to #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, faring better than Smash Mouth’s ubiquitous 1998 version, which appeared on four other Billboard charts but was absent from the coveted Hot 100. Action would be the band’s last studio album for more than three decades.

      “‘96 Tears’ IS one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs in the history of the genre,” said Bill Holdship of Detroit Metro Times in 2009. “In fact it may be the greatest.” In a May 1971 issue of Creem magazine, Dave Marsh referred to a ? (Question Mark) and The Mysterians reunion as “a landmark exposition of punk-rock,” one of the very first times the genre was applied to a band. Not only did they influence others within punk, but they have also had a profound impact on music writ large. “96 Tears” alone has been covered by a diverse range of artists, including Iggy Pop, Suicide, The Modern Lovers, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Sir Douglas Quintet, Tom Tom Club, Primal Scream, Big Maybelle, Jimmy Ruffin and Aretha Franklin.

      SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel air personality Lenny Kaye, who masterminded the famed Nuggets compilations that shined a light on the garage rock phenomenon of the mid-1960s commented, “‘96 Tears’ is the ur-text of garage rock, the truest ‘Nugget’ if you dug It… In these two albums, Question Mark and The Mysterians answer the eternal query with the yearning spirit and self-revelation that is becoming a band, yowl, reedy organ and guitars on stun, with a backbeat that accelerates the move-and-groove. I remember seeing ‘Qwesty’ and the band at Coney Island High in the mid-90s, me and Joey Ramone hollering, ‘Yeah baybee!,’ knowing we were at the heart of rock as it begins to roll.”

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Girl (You Captivate Me)
      Can’t Get Enough Of You, Baby
      Got To
      I’ll Be Back
      Shout (Parts 1 & 2)
      Side B
      Hangin’ On A String
      Smokes
      It’s Not Easy
      Don’t Hold It Against Me
      Just Like A Rose
      Do You Feel It

      Various Artists

      The French Dispatch OST

        Wes Anderson’s latest film The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.

        It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

        The film will likely premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in France (July TBC), with a worldwide theatrical release to follow.

        The eclectic soundtrack features Jarvis Cocker, Grace Jones, Ennio Morricone, Charles Aznavour & others.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        Obituary - Alexandre Desplat
        After You've Gone - Gene Austin With Candy And CoCo
        Simone, Naked, Cell Block-J Hobby Room - Alexandre Desplat
        Fiasco - Gus Viseur
        Moses Rosenthaler - Alexandre Desplat
        Side B
        I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) - Grace Jones
        Mouthwash De Menthe - Alexandre Desplat
        Sonata For Mandolin And Guitar A-Dur K.331, Adagio - Boris Bjoern Bagger & Detlef Tewes
        Cadazio Uncles And Nephew Gallery - Alexandre Desplat
        Inseguimento Al Taxi (The Chase) - Mario Nascimbene
        The Bernsen Lectures At The Clampette Collection - Alexandre Desplat
        Side C
        L’Ultima Volta - Ennio Morricone
        Tu M'as Trop Menti - Chantal Goya
        J'en Déduis Que Je T'aime - Charles Aznavour
        Fugue No.2 In C Minor [The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book 2 BWV 871] - The Swingle Singers
        Adagio - Georges Delerue
        Side D
        Police Cooking - Alexandre Desplat
        The Private Dining Room Of The Police Commissioner - Alexandre Desplat
        Kidnappers Lair - Alexandre Desplat
        A Multi-Pronged Battle Plan - Alexandre Desplat
        Blackbird Pie - Alexandre Desplat
        Commandos, Guerillas, Snipers, Climbers And The Jeroboam - Alexandre Desplat
        Animated Car Chase - Alexandre Desplat
        Lt. Nescaffier (Seeking Something Missing...) - Alexandre Desplat
        Aline - Jarvis Cocker

        Jarvis Cocker

        Chansons D’ennui Tip-top

          Wes Anderson asked Jarvis Cocker to record a new version of “Aline” for his new film The French Dispatch. The French pop hit from 1965, “Aline” was originally performed and made famous by Christophe. The song appears in a critical scene in The French Dispatch, the character Tip Top appears on a poster in the café where the revolutionary youth of Paris congregate, while the song plays on the jukebox.

          Anderson and Cocker decided to collaborate on an entire album of French material from the same period, songs originally made notable by the likes of Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsburg, Jacques Dutroc and others. And with this, the album named after Tip Top is here.

          TRACK LISTING

          Dans Ma Chambre
          Contact
          La Tendresse
          Looking For You
          Dutronc – Le Gent Sont Fous
          Il Pluet Sur La Gare
          Parole Paroles
          Requiem Por En Cos
          Mon Amis La Roase
          Mao Mao
          Elle Et Moi
          Aline

          ? And The Mysterians

          The Best Of - Cameo Parkway

            Finally, a proper legit "Best Of" covering their prime period!! 27 nuggets of rockin', soul-driven garage ravers! Includes two previously unreleased tracks from 1996. And yes, it does include the awesome "96 Tears" before you ask!!!


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