The Zombies with Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent
When it comes to influential 60s bands, legendary British Invasion innovators the Zombies are right at the top with the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Founded by Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the Zombies scored hits in the U.S. with “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season.” Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is considered one of rock’s greatest albums, ranked 80 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Billy Joel, Paul Weller, and the band Badly Drawn Boy are just some of the artists that have been influenced by the Zombies. Their songs are covered regularly by artists such as Beck and Belle and Sebastian and have been used in numerous film and TV shows – Kill Bill: Volume 2 and The Simpsons.
The Zombies are now in their 51st year and are cited as being one of the most influential UK pop/rock bands of all time. Aside from the Beatles and perhaps the Beach Boys, no mid-'60s rock group wrote melodies as gorgeous as those of the Zombies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone's breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent's shining jazz- and classical-influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for their era. To this day, they're known primarily for their three big hit singles, "She's Not There", "Tell Her No", and "Time of the Season", however they have released multiple albums in recent years, both in the studio and live.