Apollo’s Apaches were from Chicago, Illinois and released this, their debut single, on Anybody’s Records in February 1966.
‘Cry Me a Lie’ is book-ended by a simple but very effective guitar riff that is also used in slightly modified form for the break. The singer is an emotional wreck after losing the cheating girlfriend that he still loves, but not so distraught that he can’t “hope that guy makes you cry too”.
Lyrically ‘Why Tolerate’ presents the other side of the coin, this time admonishing the girlfriend for accepting all the put downs and slights from the singer and telling her to “learn your own mind before it’s too late”. Maybe that explains why she went off with someone else! All done in low-key fashion but with pounding drums and a slight upping of tempo for the more aggressive guitar break.
The band later became Beautiful Apollo, recording a couple more singles for Barra-Donna.
‘Cry Me a Lie’
Reissues: The a-side is on Teenage Shutdown Volume 15 and Psychedelic Unknowns Volume 8; ‘Why Tolerate’ on Garage Punk Unknowns Volume 8.
- Cry Me a Lie / Why Tolerate (Anybody’s, 1966)
- Boss (Be Good to Me) / Cry Me a Lie (Barra-Donna, 1967)