JOE's Classic Song of the Day : The Zombies - Time of the Season
The ultimate sunny vibe.
Artist, album and year : The Zombies, Odyssey and Oracle, 1968
Why is it a Classic? : There are certain songs that just have to be heard whenever that bright shining star appears over the Irish sky and the weather takes a turn towards the sunny.
This is definitely one of them but it also helps that this seminal psychedelic track is an absolute timeless masterpiece.
The band aren't shy about their intentions on this track as right from the beginning that memorable bass riff, that has shades of Stand By Me, seductively burrows and enchants you into a mellow mood.
The languid, effortless and hushed vocals of lead singer Colin Blunstone are so convincing and swaying that you would almost believe the gospel if it came from his voice.
The Summer of Love has rarely been this clear with its intentions because The Zombies revel in building up the sexual chemistry, especially in lines like "What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me?".
That's not to say that this tune is all about 'getting it on' because the psychedelic use of the organs in the latter half of the song give it a whole different dimension that stand alongside some of the very best tunes of this seminal decade.
The lyrical hook: "It's the time of the season for loving".
Did you know? : Most people will probably know this track from the famous Bulmers advert. The company also used Donovan's - Sunshine Superman and The Kinks' - Sunny Afternoon. They have good taste.