100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-66: ‘She’s Not There’- The Zombies. I opened up yesterday with The Kinks- who I feel have been an underrated band over the years- but if you want to talk about really underrated- how about The Zombies. They are remembered most for three big hit songs- ‘She’s Not There’ in 1964, ‘Tell Her No’ in 1965 and ‘Time Of The Season” in 1968. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is considered today a classic- but it didn’t sell at the time-and with a decline in demand for them to tour- they broke up – ‘Time Of The Season’ became a hit right after the break-up. For years I thought The Zombies were those three big hits- it wasn’t until I bought their box set in the late 90’s -Zombies Heaven that I was really blown away by them- while they weren’t around that long- what they recorded was great. They should have been much bigger than they were. It is worth tracking down- Zombie Heaven- a 4 CD set- of studio material- rarities and live material.
Single:’ She’s Not There”- The Zombies/ Written by Rod Argent/ Recorded June 12, 1964/ Time: 2:25/ Produced by Marques Enterprises/ Released July 24, 1964 in UK- September 7, 1964 US/ Peaked at #12 UK Singles Chart and #2 in US Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #297 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.
Rod Argent & Colin Blunstone really are underrated. They were, and still are, brilliant.
I’m going to enjoy this series. The first two are both great representations of that time.
They are everything you say they are. I remember doing some reading on them awhile back that I think started with Argent’s song, “Hold Your Head Up.”
Love this song.
I think they were the best musicians of the invasion bands.
Now you have me tuned into this idea. It’s a have to look in on kinda thing.
A great band name, they beat everbody to it haha …kinda weird lyrics but a catchy melody, with the bass line… “her voice was soft and good, her eyes were clear and bright, but she’s not there’. um, what does that mean?
Ok I need to get the set you mentioned. I knew this song but didn’t know it was this group. Shame thy weren’t more appreciated at the time
I was amazed when I got the box- how great they were! They should have been big..