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Interview: The Zombies Come To Springfield


The name was chosen on a whim - because no one else would have it. That was over five decades ago. The band's initial success came after winning a contest that got them a record contract.

The Zombies'break out hit was the song "She's Not There," though their most well-known might be "Time of the Season." Fans of Wes Anderson movies will recognize their songs from those soundtracks. The British invasion band only registered on the U.K. Top 40 chart once, but found more success in other countries. 

Chris White, bassist, wrote many of the songs on the second studio album Odyssey and Oracle, a sleeper hit that didn't get the recognition it deserved until years after its release. It's ranked #100 on "Rolling Stones" list of the best 500 albums of all time. The band originally dissolved after that album was relatively poorly received, but went on to collaborate on works by lead singer, Colin Blunstone, and keyboardist/composer Rod Argent. "I think people still like us now because we're alive and we still like each other, which is very rare for a sixties group," says White. Listen to the interview for a taste of some of their timeless sounds, and more on the band's background.

For info about the performance in Springfield, which highlights 'Odyssey and Oracle' 50 years after its release -CLICK HERE. That's Tuesday April, 11th.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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