? and the Mysterians

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? and the Mysterians (pronounced "Question Mark and the Mysterians") were an American rock band famous for the song "96 Tears". Zappa told an interviewer

I like 'Nighnty-six (sic) tears." ... I mean, I thought, listen! 'Ninety-six tears'! Wow! That's an art statement.[1]

The Mothers performed a version of this song called Tiny Sick Tears.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pop Chronicles interview, transcript p. 9.