And here is the artcle if anyone is interested, I typed it to make it easier to read!
BBC Radio Norfolk - Stephen Bumfrey, Norfolk and Norwich Festival launch: Preview, The Zombies
Stephen chats to original Zombies Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent.
From Paul Is Undead, by Alan Goldsher. More
The Zombies - A Rose For Emily
“I remember the day that was written actually. I was still living at home and I was going through one of my periodic things of thinking, ‘Right, I’ve got to get down to work, got to get down to some writing. I’m going to get up at eight o’clock tomorrow morning and I’m going to start writing and not let anything distract me.’ I’d been reading a William Faulkner short story called A Rose For Emily and while the song’s got nothing to do with that, I liked the way the title sounded. So I got up really early and I just started to write the song from that. It was one of those songs where I think I almost just plucked it out of the air and let the lines follow themselves, let the story build up from nothing. There’s a particularly nice change that I liked as it came out of the chorus and went into the verse again. There’s a modulation where the melody line at the end of the chorus merges into the beginning of the next verse.”
Rod Argent, taken from The Zombie Heaven Box set Booklet.
Meeting original Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye. Fantastic set last night by Tony’s current band, with Billy Sherwood, The Prog Collective!
SXSW 2013: The Zombies return to a hero's welcome
Having their work finally recognized for the masterpiece it was - and still is - must be incredibly gratifying for Argent and Blunstone. And a bit surreal, perhaps. But their wide smiles have spoken volumes on the subject of music’s capacity to speak past any presumed timeframe or era. Especially when it speaks with the beauty of Blunstone’s still breathtaking voice and the power of Argent’s still nimble keyboards.
Part of the Artist Portraits from SXSW by Jacob Blickenstaff. More here.
Photos from SXSW of the Zombies from their Facebook!
Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, interviews The Zombies at SXSW.
KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 4: The Zombies
Trends come and go quickly in music. Something can be hot one day and out the next, while some things take hold and never let go. The latter can be sincerely said of The Zombiesenduring jazz-infused psychedelia, especially their handful of American hits and acclaimed album Odessey and Oracle. Although never achieving the enormous success of other 60′s British contemporaries, their unique sound and melodies have earned them a place among the greats on many “best of” lists and continues to infect new generations of music lovers as well. In the last few years, core members Rob Argent (organ, keys, vocals) and Colin Bluntstone (lead vocals) reunited and began touring and recording again.
write on music: An Interview with Rod Argent
My interview with the Zombies legend is published.