Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer wrote this song for The Toys, who recorded it on their 1966 debut album along with 10 other Randell/Linzer compositions, including "A Lover's Concerto
." It was later recorded by The Four Seasons, but it was a version by ? & the Mysterians ("96 Tears
") that gave it a swinging rock sound. In 1985, a British group called The Colourfield recorded it, and in 1998 Smash Mouth became the first group to bring it into the Top 40 when they released it as the lead single from their Astro Lounge
When we spoke with Denny Randell
, he told us the Smash Mouth version was his favorite, and explained, "I felt, as with many songs, they could be performed in more than one way, and it was the first time that the song had been done in a rock bag. I think that was really the basis for it moving on from there, because what Colourfield did in the '80s, they performed it similarly, although the sound of the group was different - they were a great group. And the same thing with Smash Mouth. They're a phenomenal group and really hit it out of the park with our record. But it's interesting the way song just kept growing and getting into different bags."