The Zombies: Still Got That Hunger

With the energy of a new band, the 60s masters come up to date.

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And it’s no wonder the Zombies have still got it.

Of all the 60s originals, Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone are the ones who didn’t gorge themselves on blow-out tours and too much recording together, so although it’s 51 years since She’s Not There, their eagerness is fuelled by the 30 or so years in which they were still friends, and sometime collaborators, but not fully-functioning Zombies. That’s why, newly septuagenarian, they do those things with the energy and enthusiasm of people half their age. A redoubtable line-up with Rod’s former Argent colleague Jim Rodford on bass, son Steve on drums and guitarist Tom Toomey has helped maintain the extraordinary energy levels. Lead song Chasing The Past signals that the group is in probably the rudest health of its life, Blunstone’s uniquely expressive voice ever the perfect foil for Argent’s organ/piano sorcery. Rod pens all but one song, embracing the blues that informed the Zombies’ teenage emergence (Moving On), the band’s history (New York) and age-appropriate reflection (And We Were Young Again). As they justly earn plaudits not always in evidence first time around, the results are uniformly charming.

Paul Sexton

Prog Magazine contributor Paul Sexton is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and author who started writing for the national UK music press while still at school in 1977. He has written for all of the British quality press, most regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, as well as for Radio Times, Billboard, Music Week and many others. Sexton has made countless documentaries and shows for BBC Radio 2 and inflight programming for such airlines as Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific. He contributes to Universal's uDiscoverMusic site and has compiled numerous sleeve notes for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other major artists. He is the author of Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia and, in rare moments away from music, supports his local Sutton United FC and, inexplicably, Crewe Alexandra FC.