Paul Atkinson, lead guitarist of English group The Zombies, with his fiancee Molly Molloy,an American dancer. Here they are (in centre) pictured with other band members left to right: Chris White, Rod Argent, Hugh Grundy and Colin Blunstone, London, 15th September 1967. Photo by Bela Zola✨✨
Song Review: The Zombies - “Time of the Season” (Live on “Fallon”)
Why’d they do it?
Why would the Zombies - fresh off their induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - appear on national television (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”) and besmirch their legacy?
The Zombies lived up to their name and sounded like the undead as they performed "Time of the Season” with vocals so horribly off-key as to give backing tracks a good name. Rod Argent’s fingers worked fine on the keyboard, but Colin Blunstone’s vocal cords are toast - burnt, blackened toast.
And the rest of the band couldn’t save him.
It’s the “Time of the Season” for retirement.
Grade card: The Zombies - “Time of the Season” (Live on “Fallon”) - F-
The Zombies, featuring vocalist of wonder Colin Blunstone, keyboardist/composer Rod Argent, and noted Bob Wilkins imitator (not really…but, could have been) Chris White, perform She’s Not There in 1965 on Hullaballoo. Argent wrote the song specifically for Blunstone; “I could hear him singing it in my mind” says the organist. Worked out pretty well.
The Zombies circa 2005, in Belgium. Blunstone and Argent have certainly still got it, as they display on their monster 1968 landmark of psychedelic music, Time of the Season. One of the great songs, period, and the vocalist and keyboardist both display their massive talents.