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) .
|Essential Albums (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||Amazon CD|
|Odessey And Oracle (1968)||☆||♫||♁|
|Essential Songs (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||YouTube|
|She's Not There (1964)||☆||♫||☊|
|Tell Her No (1965)||☆||♫||☊|
|Time Of The Season (1968)||☆||♫||☊|
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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.
Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 08:46am
Shall we call it "progressive pop?"
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.
Posted by Ed on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 15:44pm
Rock & Roll Jeopardy
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.
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 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.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 18:22pm
Any other major act I'm forgetting?
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 02:50am
"Leave the Hollies out of it Sam...and no one asked you." - Steve
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."
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.
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!!! . . .
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).
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:
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...
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.
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.)
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.
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
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.6.13 @ 22:19pm
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!
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
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!
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.
Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 11.13.14 @ 19:08pm
zombies not in ? cant' believe it ! guess the powers that be never listened to them. awesome defines them best. it's like saying vietnam never happened or drive in theaters didn't exist.....
Posted by jack on Friday, 04.17.15 @ 07:23am
The Zombies should have been inducted long ago. They are producing incredibly high quality music to this day. I call it "the thinking man's rock and roll". Well written and produced with amazing attention to detail. No other group, then or now, sounds like The Zombies.
Posted by Dale on Sunday, 12.20.15 @ 08:31am
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