The Zombies

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1989 (The 1990 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2014   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2012 (ranked #160) .


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Odessey And Oracle (1968)

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She's Not There (1964)
Tell Her No (1965)
Time Of The Season (1968)

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Will The Zombies be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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These minor key master should be inducted. Their early singles were sophiticated and miles ahead of what anyone else was doing. Blunstone is one of Rock's most underrated vocalists. Listen to 'She's Not There' and tell me anything sounded like that in 1964.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 14:33pm


It's the time of the season for The Zombies to be in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 17:07pm


IMO, the Zombies, Hollies, and Moody Blues are probably the last three 60's British invasion groups that should be inducted.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.26.08 @ 01:06am


I agree with those three picks.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 06.17.08 @ 18:33pm


You left out The Turtles and The Troggs Philip.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 10:18am


Oh yeah, but The Turtles aren't British, missed the "British" part of your comment. Only saw the "60's" part LOL.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 15:28pm


Heh, yeah, that qualifier there. I wouldn't put the Troggs in, myself, though, I would add the Spencer Davis Group.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 17:31pm


Beautiful vocals. Haunting melodies. Totally different then the other British Invasion bands.

Shall we call it "progressive pop?"

Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 08:46am


Shall we call it "progressive pop?"

Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 08:46am


I would call the real GOOD!!

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 10:19am


If you havn't listened to Odysee and Oracle, its one of the best sixties albums ever recorded. The songs have such great hooks and the mellotron orchestration is stunning.

Another classic recorded in Abbey Road studio's in 1967.

Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 15:44pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If the Zombies and Terry Jacks were to do a song together, it would be called...

What is "Time Of The Seasons In The Sun"?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 01:40am


Heck Yes! I can't even believe The Zombies arent already in the Rock Museum. Brit invasion: "She's Not There", "Time of the Season", "Tell Her No", "Going Out of My Head", etc.
As stated earlier, "Odysey and Oracle" was a huge album in the late 60s -- Rolling Stone ranked it #80 of 500 Greatest All Time. Note: Rod Argent later formed the group Argent.

Posted by Telarock on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 08:52am


How have the Zombies not been considered yet? They are one of the best groups of the British Invasion.

Posted by Lucario on Thursday, 12.3.09 @ 19:37pm


They've done a good job inducting the Dave Clark Five and The Hollies, now they need to focus on the Moody Blues and the Zombies. Some may make cases for the Small Faces and the Troggs but I think focus should be put on the two aforementioned acts first. 33% induction chances? Rightly so.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 08:17am


eh, yeah, that qualifier there. I wouldn't put the Troggs in, myself, though, I would add the Spencer Davis Group.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 17:31pm

Philip
I like the troggs but Zombies first.. Having said that the troggs were great It would be cool to see them get in also

Posted by mrxyzomg & mrxyz on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 22:22pm


One of the best bands I've seen - they deserve the recognition..............

Posted by Jacky on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:38pm


Odessey and Oracle alone is enough to get them in let alone the rest of their work. Deeply underrated band.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 07.31.10 @ 13:52pm


Agreed, very underrated and also influential as pioneers of baroque pop and psych pop, just listen to a little known song like "Walking in the Sun" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJup4T5IxtI

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 07.31.10 @ 14:31pm


Yes, definitely. They should've gotten in instead of The Hollies, if you ask me.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 15:36pm


Leave the Hollies out of it Sam...and no one asked you.

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 14:59pm


Nothing wrong with having both the Hollies and the Zombies, imo. No reason not to have both, imo.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 15:51pm


I agree, in fact I wouldn't mind adding the Spencer Davis Group as well

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 16:09pm


Oh, wow. I agree with Philip, too. That doesn't happen often. ;)

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 17:06pm


LMAO! On that note, I think I just heard a shofar or something.

'60s British Invasion acts I still want in:
Zombies
Spencer Davis Group
Moody Blues
Donovan

Those I'm lukewarm to:
Manfred Mann
The Searchers
Herman's Hermits
Procol Harum

No:
Troggs
Peter And Gordon
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas
Petula Clark
Tom Jones
Chad And Jeremy
Tremeloes

Any other major act I'm forgetting?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 18:22pm


Any other major act I'm forgetting?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 18:22pm

The Small Faces, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black ("You're My World" was big) and Them (I know they're from Northern Ireland, but still, Tom Jones is from Wales)


Anyways, here's my take on the remaining British Invasion acts:

YES:

The Zombies
The Moody Blues
The Spencer Davis Group
Procol Harum
Them
Donovan


MAYBE:

Manfred Mann
Herman's Hermits
The Troggs
The Small Faces
The Searchers
Tom Jones


NO:

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas
Freddie and the Dreamers
Gerry and the Pacemakers
The Tremeloes
Peter and Gordon
Chad and Jeremy
Cilla Black

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 02:50am


"Leave the Hollies out of it Sam...and no one asked you." - Steve

A bit touchy, aren't we? However, I think I may have shot myself in the foot there... where's Casper when you need him? I believe it was he who called The Zombies "much more influential". Even Ralph would do.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 08:21am


Cilla, Gerry, and Freddie all go in the "No" pile. Small Faces are still a no, but may be lukewarm at some point.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 11:04am


"Ten is our worst album, I really don't like Jeremy at concerts that much, these fans need to listen to our catalog, and stop whining for the same old songs over and over again. Riot Act and Yield are our best albums. I know Backspacer sucks."

- Eddie Vedder

Posted by Zach on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 11:07am


Sorry Zach but what exactly does that have to do with the Zombies?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 01.24.11 @ 13:31pm


I think I'll take you lot up on this.

YES:

The Zombies
The Moody Blues
The Spencer Davis Group
Procol Harum

MAYBE:

Manfred Mann
Donovan

NO:

All the rest

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 11:16am


On second thought I think I would move Them and Donovan to the maybe pile, Van Morrison's already in solo and Them don't have too much going for them other than the weight of "Gloria." Still a yes for the Zombies, Spencer Davis Group, Moody Blues and Procol Harum though and I'm flirting with the idea of moving Tom Jones into the "No" pile unless someone convinces me otherwise.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 11:52am


yet another one of those early bands I just assumed were already in . . . how can you have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and leave out the Zombies? . . . ridiculous!!! . . .

I vote YES! . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 16:57pm


It's almost as if the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame thought they inducted the Zombies somewhere between 1995 and 2007, the most important British Invasion bands (of the first wave) in my opinion are 1) The Beatles, 2) The Rolling Stones, 3) The Kinks, 4) The Who, 5) The Yardbirds, 6) The Animals, 7) The Zombies, 8) The Dave Clark Five, 9) The Hollies and 10) The Spencer Davis Group. (Anyone interested to see how I came up with this Top 10 can check out my comments on the Moody Blues page).

The Top 6 were inducted in that order with the Animals being inducted in 1994. The Dave Clark Five went in in 2008 and the Hollies in 2010, the Zombies really should have been inducted somewhere between 1995 and 2007 and the Spencer Davis Group should be inducted soon!!

The Moody Blues were more prog than British Invasion after their first album, though they should also be in already, of course and I'd like to see Donovan get in at some point.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.20.11 @ 03:01am


wonderful band......Short shelve life ;;;but moved rock in the right direction..

Posted by justtim on Monday, 05.9.11 @ 22:01pm


GFW's Hall of Fame worthiness criteria analysis on the Zombies:

Innovation: Pretty much invented baroque pop, combined it with psych pop, to create a new style (progressive pop?), may not be that big of a genre but it had plenty of weight in its day. Set a template for prog rock. 20

Influence: The Zombies' influence is actually enormous. From contemporaries like the Left Banke, to hordes of progressive rock acts (heck, they pretty much directly influenced the subgenre itself), and are even relevant today in the indie scene (acts like Belle and Sebastian). When everybody as diverse as Dinosaur Jr. to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and everything in between has covered your work, you know you've gone places. 30

Commercial success: The group charted reasonably well. However, the Zombies weren't all that commercially successful. Nevertheless, hits like "She's Not There," "Time of the Season" and "Tell Her No" all made splashes.10

Critical acclaim: The Zombies are critical darlings. Odyssey and Oracle is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time and is actually one of the most critically acclaimed albums ever. 30

Bonus: 10. (For Odyssey and Oracle, the 3 aforementioned hits that clearly stand the test of time, and FRL giving them 33% Induction chances).

Total: 100

Conclusion: Yes. The Zombies were made for the Hall of Fame.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 06:08am


It is absolutely beyond my comprehension why a group like the Dave Clark 5 who had 3 or 4 hits and then disbanded, never to be seen or heard from again can make it into the Hall, while groups like The Zombies with the work they have done, including Odyssey and Oracle have not even been considered. Colin Blunstone has an absolutely amazing voice and Rod Argent is still a keyboarding wizard. If you get a chance, check out their latest CD - Breathe Out, Breathe In.

Posted by Tom on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 07:27am


Tom, I don't know what your beef is with the DC5 (also seen on your post on the Moody Blues page), but they had much more than 3-4 hits.... try over 20. Not all of them are still staples on Oldies radio, but even then, they still have more than 3-4 that will appear on the playlist.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 10:52am


Philip, my point is not so much that the DC5 are in but that groups like The Zombies and The Moody Blues are not in. Whether the DC5 had 4 hits, 10 hits or 20 hits (which is doubtful)they in no way have had the same kind of influence that has been demonstrated by either The Zombies or The Mooody Blues. When you consider consider factors such as an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, or musical excellence, there is simply no comparison. So my point is that the election process by the Hall is simply one big scam and the fact that Jann Wenner seems to have so much influence to the point that deserving people do not even seem to be considered is a total B.S.

Posted by Tom on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 18:50pm


First, just to address you matter of factly, the DC5 did in fact have over 20 hits. 24 of them in the Hot 100 and three more that Bubbled Under the Hot 100, for a total of 27. Now, that aside...

I won't tell you that the Moody Blues don't deserve it, nor the Zombies. As I stated in earlier comments, there's room for these groups, but even their current states of omission does not make the Hall a "joke" or "scam". They have Elvis, they have the Beatles, they have Zep, etc. Their credibility is pretty intact. Also, your ignorance of the DC5 doesn't bode well for you to speak in terms of comparing them to the DC5. The DC5 actually lasted longer than the Zombies, for starters. For influence, I would simply quote one of the Van Halen brothers (Alex, I believe) who said "When we saw the Dave Clark Five performing on the Ed Sullivan Show, we quit playing classical and started playing rock'n'roll."

I'd also point out tangentially that Wenner was not on the NomCom when the DC5 finally got in, and given how little praise he had for them in his opening remarks for the 2008 ceremonies, I daresay he wasn't thrilled about their selection. In fact, it was his decision to cut them OUT from 2007 and induct Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five instead.

Lastly, there is little to no need to tear down the credentials of one artist for the purpose of propping up another. The Moody Blues and the Zombies are deserving on their own merits, but so were the Dave Clark Five. As long as that is established, it doesn't matter in what order they get inducted.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 11.14.11 @ 20:43pm


I'd support their induction.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:13pm


One of the very few '60s acts not already inducted that truly deserves to go in the RRHOF. The Zombies helped kickstart baroque pop (An achievement which The Beatles can't lay claim to making, thank God.) and sounded completely unlike any of the other British Invasion groups. Colin Blunstone later lended his expressive vocals to one of the best Alan Parsons Projects songs, Old and Wise. Very moving song and highly recommended.

Get them in right away.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 00:04am


The Zombies helped kickstart baroque pop (An achievement which The Beatles can't lay claim to making, thank God.)
________________________________________________

But the Beach boys sure can!

Posted by GFW on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 11:07am


My comment in parentheses was directed toward obsessive Beatles fans who think that The Beatles are single-handedly responsible for every major development in music from 1964 to the present.

The Beach Boys are OK in my book.

Tell me something, GFW: Is the rabid idolatry of The Beatles by teenagers/college students as bad where you live as it is in the U.S.A.?

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 13:20pm


Most people like them but there aren't many I don't think who would consider them their favourite band.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 13:59pm


DON'T FORGET;"I LOVE YOU."!!!

Posted by Glenn W Wacker on Friday, 08.10.12 @ 23:01pm


The Zombies

Colin Blunstone (lead vocals; The Zombies, Argent, Keats)
Rod Argent (organ, vocals; The Zombies, Argent)
Paul Atkinson (guitar, vocals; The Zombies)
Chris White (bass, vocals; The Zombies, Argent)
Hugh Grundy (drums; The Zombies)

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.6.13 @ 22:19pm


The Zombies

01. Colin Blunstone (lead vocals; The Zombies, Argent, Keats)
02. Rod Argent (organ, vocals; The Zombies, Argent)
03. Paul Atkinson (guitar, vocals; The Zombies)
04. Chris White (bass, vocals; The Zombies, Argent)
05. Hugh Grundy (drums; The Zombies)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.15.13 @ 07:40am


There are a few corrections that need to be made to Roy's post above. Neither Colin Blunstone or Chris White were members of Argent, though Chris White did write "Hold Your Head Up". Russ Ballard was the lead singer and guitarist. The bass player was Jim Rodford (who also spent 18 years with The Kinks). Jim is also a current member of The Zombies, who reunited in 2001 and are still going strong!

Sometime after The Zombies initially broke up, Colin Blunstone had a successful solo career releasing three singles under the pseudonym of Neil MacArthur before going back to his real name. He went on to appear on several albums by The Alan Parsons Project and has had 12 solo albums released under his own name, including the latest one in 2012.

As mentioned, The Zombies have been touring regularly since 2001. The current lineup consists of:

Colin Blunstone - lead vocals
Rod Argent - keyboards, vocals
Jim Rodford - bass, backup vocals
Steve Rodford (Jim's son) - drums
Tom Toomey - guitar, backup vocals

Since reuniting, The Zombies have produced 2 studio albums - As Far As I Can See(2004) and Breathe Out, Breathe In (2011).

They certainly meet every criteria to be inducted into the Hall.

Posted by Tom on Tuesday, 07.2.13 @ 06:26am


The omission of The Zombies is yet another example of how rock critics have a subtle bias against bands with the strongest musicianship. I think this is because the critics are mostly frustrated musicians, and thus can praise punk bands without being threatened by them. Songs like The Zombies' She's Not There and Harem's Whiter Shade of Pale, for example, incorporate jazz piano and classical organ in a very creative, sophisticated way. These bands have strongly influenced those who followed them. Even Santana has covered Zombies' tunes! Most of all, though, this music still sounds fresh almost a half-century after it was recorded.

Posted by Matt Hagerty on Thursday, 07.4.13 @ 14:31pm


https://rockhall.com/blog/post/9871_rod-argent-of-the-zombies-letter-to-hall-of-fame/

Rob Argent of the Zombies wrote to the museum about his and Colin Blunstone's visit. The letter mostly told positive things about the museum and his influence to Rock and Roll. Do you think the hall might owe them a nomination/induction to Hall of Fame.

Posted by John R.C. on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 23:34pm


I just read the blog post by Argent on the Rockhall site and it sounded like he gave the RRHOF its full blessing. Even though several non-inducted bands/artists have performed and toured the place, I think its time for Jann to wake up and not be a zombie and induct a Zombie!

(I know it didn't make sense, but I wanted to make it sound stupid)

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 07.26.13 @ 19:52pm


Do you think the Zombies will be passed over the way The Marvelettes were?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 14:33pm


also Tahvo, u totally messed up my formula, critical can't get more than 20!

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 02.13.14 @ 16:35pm


Well, Zombies lovers, your group is still among the living dead, a.k.a. greatest "snubbed" groups. But I do believe they should someday be enshrined in that pyramidal reliquary called the Rock Hall. The Zombies were, afterall a singular fine specimen of the British invasion.
BTW: To any uninformed readers here, Donavan is now already enshrined, as well he should be. Now nomcom, put forward The Zombies once more, bcus it will be restless and dreary upon Lake Erie until you do!

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 11.13.14 @ 19:08pm


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