When I saw The Zombies were playing a show at The Satellite, a small club in Silver Lake, I didn’t think there was any chance it could be the same Zombies that formed fifty years ago, and broke up just a few years later. And yet out they came, led by singer Colin Blunstone and songwriter/keyboardist Rod Argent, and going straight into “I Love You,” one of the band’s earlier hits. They impressed the crowd right away, sounding just like they must have in 1965, but it wasn’t until the final line of the chorus that we realized what we were in for. As the music cut out and Blunstone crooned, “And I don’t know what to say-ay-ay!” the crowd burst into applause. It was impossible not to.
They want on to play a mix of hits, covers, and even a couple of new songs that fit right in. But the highlight of the evening was a five-song run from Odessey and Oracle, the band’s masterwork, which ended with their biggest hit, “Time of the Season.” Though not much of a commercial success, the album is cited as a favorite by countless critics, musicians, and indie-aficionados. The band and crowd alike seemed elated to be in an intimate venue full of just those people.