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Both tribes have been with us a long, long time — indeed, crawling all over our screens in the respective heydays of Universal and Hammer horror. In the case of vampires, the mysterious appeal of this figure has always been his triumph over not just death but senescence. Cinema has cottoned on to this only gradually — why cast the wizened and feral Schreck as your ageless, immortal being, when you have the option of Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt in their prime?

Zombies are more gregarious beasts. Because they lack the power of independent thought, filmmakers have latched on to them as embodiments of the herd mentality: Romero especially saw the potential for allegory here. The difference now is one of repute. These creatures, who once lurked in the B-movie shadows, the dust-covered coffin of cult or underground status, have emerged into the glare of mainstream scrutiny — even empathy.

The album was mixed into the standard mono; however as another concession toward their limited budget, Argent and White who, due to their songwriting royalties, had earned more than the rest of the members personally paid for the stereo mixes. The change in direction was evident on their first single released by CBS, " Care of Cell 44 ", a song about the anticipation felt while waiting for the singer's partner to be released from prison.

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It is also notable for the title of the song not appearing anywhere in the lyrics. Unfortunately, like their previous Decca releases, it failed to reach the charts. With the band experiencing a declining demand for live appearances, the band split up after a final gig in mid-December It was only given a US release because musician Al Kooper , then signed to Columbia Records, convinced his label of the album's merits. One of its tracks, " Time of the Season ", written by Argent, was released as a single in and spent a long period as a 'sleeper'.

Eventually, in , it grew to become a nationwide hit in the US, peaking in the Hot Billboard at No. In Argent and White began working on material for a possible new band when they were approached by CBS to do another Zombies album. Several new tracks were cut with a lineup of Argent, Hugh Grundy, Rodford bass and Rick Birkett guitar , and were combined with some old Decca out-takes and demos that were overdubbed and enhanced in sessions at Morgan Studios in London.

The album, scheduled for release in , was cancelled and only a couple of the songs, "Imagine the Swan" one of the newly recorded songs and "If It Don't Work Out" a demo of a song that Dusty Springfield recorded and released in , were put out as singles instead some of this material was released on several compilation albums during the s and s, and the album, titled R.

After the Zombies disbanded, Rod Argent formed the band called Argent in , with White as a non-performing songwriter.

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Blunstone started a solo career after a brief period outside the music business, including working in the burglary claims section of an insurance company. Both Argent and White provided him with new songs. He also did studio vocals for the Alan Parsons Project. The original lineup declined to regroup for concerts following the belated American success of "Time of the Season". In turn, various concocted bands tried to capitalise on the success and falsely toured under the band's name.

In a scheme organized by Delta Promotions, an agency that also created fake touring versions of The Animals and The Archies , two fake Zombies were touring simultaneously in , one hailing from Texas, the other from Michigan. LP, several unissued recordings and a disc of recordings made for the BBC. Blunstone and Argent did not play together again until late Argent spotted Blunstone in the audience while performing at a charity concert for jazz musician John Dankworth and invited him onstage for an impromptu reunion.

This positive experience set the stage for further collaborations to come. They recorded an album, Out of the Shadows , and continued playing live shows together into when they began going out under the name "The Zombies" again. The Zombies reunited for the event, which turned out to be Atkinson's last performance with them. To mark the 40th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle , the four surviving original members of the Zombies participated in a three-night series of concerts at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre between 7 and 9 March In Ace Records released a series of six 7-inch vinyl EPs.

All the tracks were new to vinyl, with some rarities taken from the Zombie Heaven box set, as well as previously unreleased material.

Tom Toomey replaced Airey on guitar. Reviews were generally strong, [28] and included 4-star reviews from publications including Record Collector , Q , Uncut , the Daily Mirror and The Independent. In band members participated in the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the Blacksmith's Arms, a St Albans pub where the Zombies met for their first rehearsal. On 16 October , the Zombies were announced as nominees for inclusion to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , [31] the first nomination for the band since coming into eligibility in The Zombies were nominated again for the Hall in The next year, the band announced that it would embark on a American tour of the Odessey and Oracle album with White and Grundy returning.

In the four surviving original members Colin Blunstone , Rod Argent , Chris White , and Hugh Grundy re-united to carry out a North American tour marking the 50th anniversary of the recording of Odessey and Oracle. They were nominated again a year later and were announced as one of seven inductees for the class in December Jim Rodford died after a fall on 20 January , aged The band was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in That year, the three-day outdoor festival "Woodstock 50" was announced, to observe the 50th anniversary of the August Woodstock festival, at a Watkins Glen, N.

This tour would also feature the four surviving original members Colin Blunstone , Rod Argent , Chris White , and Hugh Grundy in addition to the bands current lineup. Why do we love zombies so much? Is it merely an offshoot of our enduring obsession with horror-related media movies, games, TV? Eh, I don't think so. Not totally, anyway. Though there is no short supply of fans of the horror genre, I'm not convinced it's these aficionados alone who have fueled the meteoric rise of TWD to the top of the TV food chain.

A contributing factor?

But "the" reason? Probably not. No, there has to be a more substantial explanation. We could point out that TWD 's acting talent is phenomenal and the show superbly cast. I would agree. Or we could also highlight the fact that it's extremely well written, produced and directed. Or is it because every episode leaves virtually every viewer screaming Um, yeah! That's a "no-brainer. Heck, even the make-up, prosthetics and gore-factor make the rotting horde appealing to millions of faithful viewers. All these components contribute to what, in in the opinion of this zombiephile, will cause TWD to be remembered as one of Network Television's most enduring legacies.

I also suspect there may also be a few intangibles to TWD 's success saga. And I think it has something to do with our humanity. We mortals have always had a subconscious fascination with ourselves. An ever-present, underlying quest to know who we really are. Not to wade too deep or far out into the philosophical pool here, but if you think about it, TWD poses questions about the human race itself.

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It reanimates the fears we thought we buried long ago. Ah, but perhaps this is the key ingredient in TWD 's "secret sauce. Our own flesh! The grave truth is that the monster is indeed "us.

We eventually discover in the show that we're all born with the potential for this deadly, reanimating virus something previously proposed in a certain Zombie Book , long before it was revealed in the show