The Zombies

The Zombies were an English art-pop/psych band that was active from 1962 to 1968. Distinguished by the breathy vocals of Colin Blunstone and the moody keyboards of Rod Argent, they were among the first bands to infuse rock with melodrama and jazz chordal phrasings. As central players in the first British Invasion, they stormed American radio with the arresting theatrics of “She’s Not There,” a now-evergreen followed by the emotionally heady “Tell Her No.”

Beset with business-side problems, the band released many further singles but only managed two proper albums during their existence. Nonetheless, their 1968 swansong Odessey and Oracle gained comeuppance upon its overdue release in the U.S., where lead-off single “Time of the Season” became an era-defining mood-rock anthem. But the time it charted stateside, Colin had gone solo and Rod formed Argent with songwriter Russ Ballard.

Members: Rod Argent (keyboards, 1961-69, 2004-present), Paul Atkinson (guitar, 1961-68), Hugh Grundy (drums, 1961-69, 1990), Paul Arnold (bass, 1962), Colin Blunstone (vocals, 1962-68, 1990, 2004-present), Chris White (bass, 1961-68, 1990), Jim Rodford (bass, 1969, 2004-present), Rick Hayward (guitar, 1969)


The nucleus of The Zombies formed during a 1961 jam between three musicians from St Albans, Hertfordshire: keyboardist and songwriter Rod Argent, guitarist Paul Atkinson, and drummer Hugh Grundy. Argent invited his older cousin, bassist Jim Rodford, to join the band but Rodford was busy in another act, The Bluetones (the cousins would later team in Argent.) The new band initially wished to call itself The Mustangs but quickly realized it had been claimed by multiple other acts.

The lineup was rounded in early 1962 by bassist Paul Arnold and singer Colin Blundstone. Though Arnold’s tenure was brief, it was he who suggested they call themselves The Zombies. Later that year, he was replaced by guitarist/songwriter Chris White.

As the beat boom swept England, The Zombies won a band competition hosted by the Evening News. Their prize was a recording deal with Decca, which issued the Argent-penned “She’s Not There” as their debut single in July 1964.


Albums:

Singles:

  • She’s Not There / “You Make Me Feel Good” (1964)
  • “Leave Me Be” / “Woman” (1964)
  • “Tell Her No” / “What More Can I Do” (1965)
  • “She’s Coming Home” / “I Must Move” (1965)
  • “I Want You Back Again” / “Remember When I Loved Her” (1965)
  • “Whenever You’re Ready” / “I Love You” (1965)
  • “Remember You” / “Just Out of Reach” (1965)
  • “Is This the Dream” / “Don’t Go Away” (1965)
  • “Indication” / “How We Were Before” (1966)
  • “Gotta Get a Hold of Myself” / “The Way I Feel Inside” (1966)
  • “Goin’ Out of My Head” / “She Does Everything for Me” (1967)
  • “Friends of Mine” / “Beechwood Park” (1967)
  • “Care of Cell 44” / “Maybe After He’s Gone” (1967)
  • “Time of the Season” / “I’ll Call You Mine” (1968)
  • “Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)” / “This Will Be Our Year” (1968)
  • “I Love You” / “The Way I Feel Inside” (1968)
  • “Hung Up on a Dream” / “A Rose for Emily” (1969)
  • “Imagine the Swan” / “Conversation of Floral Street” (1969)
  • “If It Don’t Work Out” / “Don’t Cry for Me” (1969)

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