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30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Colin Blunstone of the Zombies

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 26, 2010 by 30daysout

One of the most distinctive voices of the British Invasion belonged to Colin Blunstone, lead singer of the Zombies.  Hits like “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and the international smash “Time Of The Season” were perfect showcases for Blunstone’s soaring, soulful singing.

In addition to Blunstone, the Zombies included drummer Hugh Grundy, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White and keyboardist Rod Argent.  Argent wrote “She’s Not There” (1964), as well as the U.S. hit “Tell Her No” (1965), which brought the group stateside in the wake of Beatlemania.

The Zombies

In 1967, the group recorded the psychedelic album Odessey and Oracle, with songs written by Argent and White and powered by Blunstone’s remarkable tenor.  This was the album that contained “Time Of The Season.”  But even as that song climbed the charts, time for the Zombies had already run out – the group broke up a year before their biggest hit.

Odessey and Oracle (the first word misspelled by the album cover’s designer) was released in 1969 to commercial and critical indifference, but over the years it has come to be recognized as a masterpiece of the era.  Songs like “Care of Cell 44” and “Friends Of Mine” have been covered by many artists and of course the Argent-penned “Time Of The Season” has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows.

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