IMAGE: Terrence Murphy
“I never listen to other people’s music, really,” explained Mark, who claims—astoundingly—to have never heard Nuggets. But event organizer Luke Strahota sees more in ?—a man who claims to have been born on Mars—than just the figurehead of an era: “I admire lifelong musicians,” Strahota says, “the people who keep playing whether they make a lot of money or not.” A lifer no doubt, ? has just self-released a new 7-inch, though he’s best known for his 1966 No. 1 hit, “96 Tears” (for which, unfortunately, he recieves no royalties due to complications with Cameo-Parkway records). I wrote to the night’s bands for their thoughts on the Mysterians and Nuggets.
Gregarious T. Cline (of the Sugarlumps)
“I heard '96 Tears’ when I found a pile of old 45s as a kid. It left an indelible imprint on me. I don’t know anybody who upon first listening to it hasn’t been completely blown away.”
Joe Kobjerowski (of The Honus Huffhines)
“It was when I was 16 that I found a copy of '96 Tears’ on vinyl at a used book store. I put it on and instantly realized that I had zero idea what the hell was coming out of the speakers. I’m not sure I understand it [now] any better than I did back then.”
Mark Sten (of the Oblivion Seekers, who will play a separate, all-Mysterians set at the benefit)
“Fred Cole [of Dead Moon] said once that ? was the ultimate ’60s punk singer, and that’s about right. I bought [the Mysterians’] first album in 1967. I got it autographed after they played Berbati’s, which was the second time I’ve ever bothered anyone for an autograph.”
The Oblivion Seekers, Michael Maker, The Sugar Lumps, Paper Cameras, The Foxgloves, The New Ball Loons, Sean Croghan, Crack City Rockers, Giant Bug Village, The Quags, The Honus Huffines, DJ Disorder and VJ Gregarious play Saturday, May 12, at Slabtown. 9 pm. $5. 21+. To read more performer responses and ?’s thoughts on everything from gas prices to the nature of man, visit LocalCut.com.