Fake Zombies Band; Gay Life & Death; The Search For A Lost Song

Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy
Published in
6 min readJun 11, 2024

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Ear Worthy Easy Listens

On this Tuesday, we present to your ears — who will then communicate with your brain — three new podcasts, all of which have a common trait — their subject matter is uncommonly weird. Different? Unique?

Yet all three podcasts — one debuting today and the other two next Monday — share that creative spark, that sense of thematic misdirection, and the desire to entertain that defines superb podcasting.

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The True Story of the Fake Zombies Podcast Debuts

In a time when there is a 24-hour global stream of information at our fingertips, some stories are impossible to imagine. Talkhouse has just launched its latest podcast, The True Story of the Fake Zombies, in which host Daniel Ralston regales listeners with an expertly researched and unbelievable music industry scam that went untold for decades.

Throughout the historiographic eight-episode weekly series, Ralston dives deep into the tale of how, in 1969, a music promotion company in a tiny Michigan town sent out not one but two bands onto the road to pretend to be The Zombies, the recently disbanded British Invasion band who had just had a huge hit with their song “Time of the Season.” Fake band members included Frank Beard and Dusty Hill, who would go on to become legendary figures in their next band, ZZ Top!

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Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”