One of the coolest and simplest band names of all time belonged to the “British Invasion” band called The Zombies.
Since the zombie horror sub-genre has exploded in popularity in recent years, I’m sure there have been many an upstart band that would “die” to have that name…
If you don’t remember the band by its name, there’s a good chance that most of you will remember one of their catchy songs.
But our title today comes from the bands most well-known hit, “Time of the Season.”
The song, according to band members, was the last one written for what would be the band’s break-up album.
In fact, the band did break up in the time between recording the album in 1967 and when it was finally released in 1969.
In contrast to their earlier work, this song (and indeed, the whole album) had a more modern psychedelic feel.
The haunting opening baseline punctuated by handclaps and the breathy “ahhh” vocal are instantly recognizable today.
Because the band was not able to support the album’s release, it had only modest success in the U.S. (and was basically a flop back home in the U.K.).
But despite the lack of support, the evocative tune reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard charts and #1 on the U.S. Cashbox magazine charts.
And as icing on the cake, the album “Odessey and Oracle” (the album title was misspelt by the graphic artist and kept) continues to inspire critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine lists the album as #100 in its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.
Why the Rock n’ Roll history lesson?
When I started to write today’s article about an amazingly strong and profitable seasonal tendency in the stock market, that evocative opening lyric kept popping into my head:
“It’s the time – of the season
When love runs high…”