Daylight Video

Robert Balderrama, guitarist for ? and the Mysterians, is 65 today. The Michigan-based band was reputedly the first of Mexican descent to have a mainstream hit in the U.S. Here it is, 1966’s immortal “96 Tears,” as performed on Detroit’s Swingin’ Time:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.