You, of course remember and likely loved the “cheesy” garage band classic “96 Tears” by ? And the Mysterians in 1966. But, did you know that the original title of the song ( written in 1962) was….”69 Tears” ? The bands manager convinced the band to “invert the numbers” and make the change, fearing radio stations wouldn’t play it with the double entendres of the title. ( listen closely to the lyric and you’ll realize how closely the original title reflects the lyrics…..yes they do.) Right or wrong, the song shot to number one, sold one million singles and a very mysterious and legendary band was born. Many historians sight ? and the Mysterians as the first ‘punk band’.
Here’s what it sounded like after the re-write in 1966….
My God,….I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’….
How ’bout You?