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"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique."
- Walt Disney
The Zombies - Time Of The Season
“I remember the band coming around to rehearse ‘Time Of The Season’ because we had to record it, and I was still living at home. I had to send them all off down the pub while I finished the lyrics’ With my faulty hearing, for years where Smokey sings ‘if you look closer it’s easy to trace’ in ‘Tracks Of My Tears’, I thought was ‘it’s the time of the season to trace’. I felt cheated when I found out the real words, but I thought I’d use that phrase. Then you’ve got the weird choral part, the ‘loving’ bit, so the song has a weird hybrid of influences”
“I think ‘Time Of The Season’ was one of our last sessions, and as I remember, the song was written very close to the session, maybe even finetuned the morning before the afternoon session. Rod was always a stickler for making sure the phrasing and the melody was exactly right. Rod taught me to try to be a bit more precise about what I was singing, and he was being very precise from the control room about how this song should be sung. And it wasn’t a particular favourite of mine. Rod was saying ‘No, for the umpteenth time, the melody line is this!’ So I said ‘Listen, if you’re so good, you come in here and you sing it!’ The language was as extreme as you can imagine! But he insisted, ‘You are the singer, you are going to sing this thing’. And obviously looking back now after it was such a huge hit, I just give a most genuine thank you to whoever kept me there and made me sing it. It sounds like quite a relaxed vocal, but it was tense at the time. Rod did the ‘aahs’.”
Taken from the Zombie Heaven Box set Booklet.
The Zombies - Friends Of Mine
They are friends of mine
They are friends of mine
And they’ve got something you don’t often find
The Zombies - Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)
Certainly the most experimental track that the Zombies ever recorded. Stemming from Chris’ interest in the history of the First World War, the subject matter of ‘Butcher’s Tale’ was greatly enhanced by the instrumentation and special effects.
"For the most part they weren’t into strange Sounds, but on ‘Butcher’s Tale’ the sounds of guns and wartime things were tried: just ordinary sound effects rather than trying to be overly clever. Basically, the Zombies were legit, writing good quality material, and they didn’t get into the ilk of the Floyd or Beatles who often went for effect rather than the song or performance."
Peter Vince (Abbey Road sound engineer) taken from the Zombie Heaven Box set Booklet