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Bay City MI, United States (1962 – present)

? and the Mysterians (also called Question Mark & the Mysterians or Question Mark and the Mysterians) are an American band that formed in Bay City, Michigan in 1962. The group is best known for their song “96 Tears”, a classic recorded in 1966 that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Having released six studio albums, the latest being 1999’s well-received ‘More Action’, ? & the Mysterians are also notable as perhaps the first Latino rock group to have a major hit.

The frontman of the band is Question Mark, birth name believed to be Rudy Martinez, who later legally changed his name to ?. His eccentric behavior helped establish the group in the national consciousness for a period. He claimed (and still claims) to be a Martian who lived with dinosaurs in a past life, and he never appears in public without his sunglasses. He also claims that “voices” told him he would still be performing “96 Tears” in the year 10,000. The group named itself after the 1957 Japanese science fiction film The Mysterians, in which aliens from the destroyed planet Mysteroid arrive to conquer Earth.

The original lineup was formed in 1962, comprising Larry Borjas (bass), Borjas’ cousin Robert Balderrama (guitar) and Robert Martinez (drums). They soon added Frank Rodriguez (organ) and Rudy Rodriguez on vocals. These Mexican-American musicians were mostly born in Texas but grew up in Michigan. Borjas and Robert Martinez were soon drafted, and Frank Lugo (bass) and Eddie Serrato (drums) replaced them.


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ребята в гараже или дома у себя записывали великие песни, и это в то же время, когда beach boys тратили на звукозапись десятки тысяч долларов. мораль из этой истории одна - это ж какое охуительное время было, когда и мировые звезды и безвестные гаражники были заодно и одинаково заботились о качестве своей музыки.

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • genegir

    Великолепны, просто великолепны...

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    so they just sat there and counted those tears

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • TestaBeat

    Terrific Band!

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • shuttleruss

    96 Tears is up there with Psychotic Reaction and Dirty Water and 7 and 7 Is--Definitely in the top 10 of the 60s garage classics...

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    Can't Get Enough You, Baby ♥

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Hola. Great pop music.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    original punk rock

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Pi_Puppids

    For a side-splittingly hilarious interview with ?:

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dianemoats

    Saw ? and The Mysterians for the first time on PBS last week. Now I'm addicted. I keep playing their video stream on you tube and lovin it! I would really love to see a live performance. Hope they are out there in 2012.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    I heard "96 Tears" on the radio today. Good stuff.

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • eSpinoza88

    dytz-dytz can i say about this crazy music

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • memofromturner

    This song will continue to kick any punk song's ass to the day the world ends! This song is untouchable in the world of punk/garage rock/chicano rock etc. It's the champ. It's the song they all wish they created. It's untouchable and it's crack rock!

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • FlyingSalt

    yes they did unfortunately

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DotsDisconnect

    did smash mouth cover 'cant get enough of you baby'?

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Huh? and the Mysterians

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • iZiplok

    96 Tears i do have on my hard drive at my expense... great song.

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Palffy3314

    Their version of "I Fought the Law" is by far my favorite. They have a lot of great/classic songs.

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    @alemii I looked it up online and found 2 stories about his house burning down, both were from 2007 though.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
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