Live Video: The Zombies at SXSW

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

There are few moments in rock ‘n’ roll as iconic as the opening drum-and-breath line in “Time of the Season.” Yet unlike many of their British Invasion co-horts (like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Moody Blues), The Zombies never reached the same level of success. Maybe it was that while these other hitmakers were mining American music and repackaging it for us, The Zombies were creating a new sound — jazzier, darker and quite often more dynamic. Whatever the case, their insistent vision is what kept them fan and artist favorites over the past 50 years, sparking some inspired covers by diverse yet similarly adventurous artists like Elliott Smith, Belle & Sebastian, Dinosaur Jr, of Montreal, Panda Bear, Tom Petty, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and even a recent duet of Neko Case and Nick Cave, among many others. As soon as we discovered that not only had Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent reunited The Zombies (and were playing with a full band) but that they were also playing SXSW this year, we had to book them for our live broadcast from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin. Here they are, decades later but sounding so much the same, proving the season never ended for fans to keep loving The Zombies:

Full Performance:

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