Perhaps you remember the band ? and the Mysterians from the 60s? I hated them and their hit tune 96 Tears. First of all, the tune sucked moldy eggs. I like the song now, as a sort of "historical snapshot" of all the kinds of music that coexisted on the "rock and roll" AM airwaves. But the tune brings up painful memories of "greaser bands" who played this tune, kicking our asses at the Teen Center Battle of the Bands in Van Nuys, CA. "Greaser band" was our derogatory name for bands that didn't do "sophisticated" music like Beatles, Hollies, Association, etc. - you know, vocal harmonies, more than three chords. To each his own.
But I digress. Here's an excerpt from my heavily researched article on a mysterious vine that grows along Santa Barbara's Highway 101.
I'm not sure which I saw more of this past year—political ads warning that Barack Obama was an Islamic, communist foreigner or public service announcements about the switch from analog TV to digital. It made me wonder just how many people still get their daily dose of media from an antenna on the roof.
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