March 9, 2012

The Zombies - inexplicably more popular in the States than in their native UK. Lucky us.

To me, The Zombies were one of the milestone bands to be part of the British Invasion in the mid-1960's. They had a completely unique sound and approach to their music which set them apart from the majority of bands vying for airwave attention during those days.

But for some reason they were more popular in the U.S. and Continental Europe than they were in their native UK. Maybe because of that they were almost constantly working on getting exposure on British radio which was the reason for the huge amount of sessions they recorded for the BBC for the various music programs of the time. Sadly, we never got to hear those live sessions in the States (well, occasionally via the trusty BBC Transcription Service) and so we never really got to appreciate what a truly unique and influential band they really were.

So tonight I'm running three tracks The Zombies recorded for the BBC. The first one was a huge hit for them over here and is probably the one song most closely associated with them over the years, Tell Her No, recorded in session in 1965. The second and third tracks, Gotta Get Hold Of Myself and Goin' Out Of My Head are from 1966 and give a glowing indication of what they were capable of doing with other people's material. Goin' Out Of My Head, made famous by Little Anthony & The Imperials is probably the best version I've ever heard by a white group of a song indelibly stamped by Little Anthony.

Three tracks by a unique and noteworthy band who were part of a massive upheaval and change in Rock Music.

The 60's were an interesting time.

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