The Zombies were one of the few English bands of the 1960s that enjoyed true global popularity, with two American number ones, chart records throughout the rest of the world, and a deep and lasting affection for their music.
The Zombies had several remarkable attributes that set them apart from other artists. The sheer consistent quality of Rod Argent and Chris WhiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s songwriting is rivaled only by Lennon and McCartney. Building upon the standard R&B and rockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢roll influences, the Zombies introduced class and sophistication into a genre not noted for either, and in the most natural, unselfconscious way possible.
Their unsurpassed work continues to influence musicians around the world, whether they are original fans the stature of Tom Petty or Pat Metheney, or relative youngsters like REM, Beck, Pavement and Paul Weller. And contemporary cutting edge UK acts such as Badly Drawn Boy and Super Furry Animals are just the latest in a long line of musicians to play homage to the Zombies, for thanks to high profile reissues like the definitive 1997 box set Zombie Heaven, each new pop generation has been able to discover for themselves the undiluted magic of the bands catalogue.