The Zombies‘ history might just be one of the most bizarre in British band history. Their second album, 1968’s Odessey and Oracle, often finds itself way up ‘Greatest Albums Of All Time’ lists, but was released after their split. The band were offered a huge amount of money to reform and tour the album soon afterwards but declined. Following this, fake versions of the band toured the States.

The actual band didn’t release another record until 1991 (in a way, that seems quite recent, in actual fact it’s much closer to ’68 than now…), with a few pop-up appearances throughout the rest of the 90s, before founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone recorded and toured together as… Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. Their touring name soon changed to The Zombies, and with a new line-up joining them they continued to record and play live, but not before a reunion of the surviving original members to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle in 2008, and once again to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Next month the current line up – Rod, Colin, Steve Rodford (son of former bassist, the late Jim Rodford, who also played with The Kinks), Tom Toomey (who’s played guitar for Don McLean, Cliff Richard…) and Soren Køch (on bass after joining the band this year) – tour Europe, kicking off in the UK on June 2nd. Wondering what they’re listening to before taking to the stage? We’ve got their playlist at the bottom of the page. Here’s who picked what:

Nick Drake: River Man
Leonard Cohen: Suzanne
Pat Metheny Group: The First Circle

The Isley Brothers: Caravan Of Love
Paul McCartney: Souvenir
The Beatles: Here Comes The Sun
Spencer Davis Group: Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles: Sticks And Stones
Elvis Presley: So Glad You¹re Mine
Elvis Presley: Hound Dog
Elvis Presley: Trying To Get To You

The Beatles: I’m Down
The Beatles: Back In The U.S..S.R.

Eddie Cochran: Somethin’ Else
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Spencer Davis Group: I’m A Man

Little Richard: Lucille
The Kinks: ‘Till The End Of The Day
The Easybeats: Friday On My Mind
The Hollies: Bus Stop
Sam & Dave: When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Live At Star Club,
Hamburg – 1964 version)
Wilson Pickett: 6345-789
Elvis Presley: Tutti Frutti

Cover photo: Maggie Clarke

Comments (6):

  1. Maggie Clarke

    May 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    What a fascinating collection of songs. Thanks for putting this together!

  2. Cj

    May 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Hi there…Jim Rodford was Steve Rodford’s father, and was Rod Argent’s cousin.


    • Dan Bull

      May 10, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks! Ammended that. Hope you enjoyed the article.

  3. Hank Wirtz

    May 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Steve Rodford is Jim Rodford’s SON. It was Rod Argent who was Jim’s cousin. Good list!

    • Dan Bull

      May 10, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Whoops! Changed that now. Glad you liked it 🙂


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