The Shangri-Las aren't just any saccharine girl group form the 60's. Spooky is a word that comes to my mind when I listen to their tunes. (Also, there are identical twins in this group, so ya know...that's kinda creepy. We all have The Shining to thank for that). It's not that the Shangri-Las aren't poppy, they are...and they're fun and sing-songy. The voice of Mary Weiss just has a tinge of desperation that other female voices of the 60's lacked. The teenage angst in their tunes clearly influenced pop punk music of the 70's. Blah blah blah.
Another bad-ass thing I just learned about them: they were known for being "tough girls". They sang about hot boys with dirty fingernails and cool shades. So rad. Also, Mary Weiss got busted by the FBI when carrying a firearm across state lines. (Thanks Wikipedia)!!! She was all,
"If some butthole sneaks into my hotel room again, I will not hesitate to shoot a mofo."
Go getcha some Shagri-Las. They aren't just a novelty 60's girl group.