THE ZOMBIES are a quite literally legendary English rock band. Formed in 1961 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored US hits in the mid- and late-1960s with “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No”, and “Time of the Season”. Their 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle”, is ranked 80 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by NME, “Odessey & Oracle” was placed at Number 32, with the accompanying comment: “…British psychedelia with a kaleidoscopic vision that rivals even The Beatles.”
The Zombies are cited as influences by many major mercurial artists such as COURTNEY LOVE, BADLY DRAWN BOY, PAUL WELLER, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, MAGIC NUMBERS, BILLY JOEL, and the ARCTIC MONKEYS. Zombies songs are regularly covered live by such varied artists as BECK and BELLE & SEBASTIAN, not to mention being used in films and TV shows (‘Dear Wendy’, ‘Awakenings’, ‘Kill Bill 2’ and THE SIMPSONS to name but four…) – evidence that their music really is as fresh and relevant today as it ever was.
The band take to the road again in May 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of their first getting together in St Albans in Easter 1961.