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The Zombies On World Cafe | December 5, 2011

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In the 1960s, the Zombies enjoyed success as one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion, releasing the enduring and beloved hits "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There." Although the group initially split amicably in 1968, the Zombies returned to making music in various incarnations in the early '90s. This year, two of its founding members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released Breathe Out, Breathe In, which the veteran musicians say is the first album that makes them feel truly together again as a band.

In today's World Cafe session, Argent tells the story of his attempt to meet his idol, Elvis Presley, in 1965 by visiting Presley's Memphis home — and the surprise he received when he got there. Later, Blunstone describes recording the famous Odessey and Oracle at Abbey Road immediately after the Beatles finished Sgt. Pepper's; the Zombies even used some of the same instruments, like the Mellotron. Finally, Argent and Blunstone perform two new songs off Breathe Out, Breathe In before treating us to a rendition of the classic "She's Not There."

This segment originally aired on November 11, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Talking Heads "Blind" Naked
The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling" El Camino
Raphael Saadiq "Heart Attack" Stone Rollin'
The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" EP

((The Zombies "Time of the Season" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Zombies "I Don't Believe in Miracles" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Zombies "Time of the Season" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Clientele "The Queen Of Seville" God Save The Clientele))

The Zombies "I Do Believe" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Zombies "Any Other Way" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Zombies "She's Not There" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Hour 2

Radiohead "Lotus Flower" The King of Limbs
Surgeons in Heat "Better on Your Own" Surgeons in Heat
Surgeons in Heat "Storms Are Passing Over" Surgeons in Heat
Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Elbow "Grounds for Divorce" The Seldom Seen Kid

((Surgeons In Heat "The Price" Surgeons In Heat))

Dr. Dog "The Old Black Hole" Be the Void
Los Lobos "Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)" By the Light of the Moon
Fool's Gold "Street Clothes" Leave No Trace
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
Andrew Bird "Imitosis" Armchair Apocrypha

((Nicole Atkins "Cool Enough" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Civil Wars "Barton Hallow" Barton Hallow
Josh Ritter "Girl in the War" The Animal Years
Drive-By Truckers "Used to Be a Cop" Go Go Boots

((Everest "Into Your Soft Heart" Ghost Notes))