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Memories of an Airman

I remember as a young Airman at Chanute Technical Training Center, standing in the pre-dawn chill at first formation hearing 96 Tears for the first time; it blew me away! It became our morning ritual, kind of Student Flight # 1365's unofficial theme song. Heard it today, first time in 30 years and was transported back to that simpler time. Great!

WAAAY Back Machine

Along with Tommy James & Shondells, the Doors, Booker T. & the MGs; ? Was the soundtrack to the shifting sands called the mid-60s.

Set Aside is a gem!

Forget about 96 Tears. The jazz/blues piano player on Set Aside is fantastic-check it out. Too bad there's not more of this on the album,


Formed: 1962 in Flint, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It only took one song, the organ-driven number one smash "96 Tears," to make ? & the Mysterians into garage rock legends. Eccentric frontman Question Mark (actually spelled "?," once he had his name legally changed) cultivated an aura of mystery by never appearing in public without a pair of wraparound sunglasses; he frequently claimed he had been born on Mars and lived among the dinosaurs in a past life, and that voices from the future had revealed he would be performing "96 Tears" in the year 10,000....
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