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The Cranberries

Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop U.K. indie scene of the early '90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, whose keening, powerful voice is the most distinctive element of the group's sound, the group initially made little impact in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until the lush ballad "Linger" became an American hit in 1993 that the band also achieved mass success in the U.K. Following the success of "Linger," the Cranberries quickly became international stars, as both their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, and its 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, sold millions of copies and produced a string of hit singles. By the time of their third album, 1996's To the Faithful Departed, they had added distorted guitars to their sonic palette and attempted to make more socially significant music, which resulted in a downturn in the band's commercial fortunes.

Originally, the Cranberries were a band called the Cranberry Saw Us. Brothers Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass, respectively) formed the band in Limerick, Ireland, with drummer Fergal Lawler in 1990. Following the departure of the group's original singer, Niall, the trio placed an advertisement for a female singer. Dolores O'Riordan responded to the advertisement and auditioned by writing lyrics and melodies to some of the band's existing demos. When she returned with a rough version of "Linger," the group hired her on the spot. Shortly after she joined, the band recorded a demo tape and sold it in record stores throughout Ireland. After the original run of 300 copies sold out, the group truncated its name to the Cranberries and sent another demo tape, which featured early versions of both "Linger" and "Dreams," to record companies throughout the U.K. The tape was made at Xeric Studios, which was run by Pearse Gilmore, who would later become their manager. At the time the tape was made, all of the members were still in their late teens.

The demo tape earned the attention of both the U.K. press and record industry, and there soon was a bidding war between major British record labels. Eventually, the group signed with Island Records. The Cranberries headed into the studio with Gilmore as their producer to record their first single, "Uncertain." The title proved to be prophetic, as the band did indeed sound ill at ease on the single, leading to poor reviews in the press, in addition to tensions between the group and Gilmore. Before they were scheduled to record their debut in 1992, the Cranberries discovered that Gilmore had signed a secret deal with Island to improve his studios. The tensions within the band became so great they nearly broke up. Instead, the Cranberries severed all relations with Gilmore, hired Geoff Travis of Rough Trade as their new manager, and hired Stephen Street, who had previously worked with the Smiths, as their new producer.

The band's debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, was released in the spring of 1993, followed by a single of "Dreams." Neither the album nor the single gained much attention, nor did the second single, "Linger." In the summer and fall of 1993, the band toured the United States, opening for The The and Suede, respectively; frequently, the Cranberries were given a friendlier reception than either of the headliners. The strong live shows led MTV to put "Linger" into heavy rotation. By the end of the year, the single was on its way to becoming a crossover hit. Eventually, the single reached number eight on the U.S. charts, while the album went double platinum. Everybody Else and "Linger" began to take off in Britain in early 1994; the album eventually peaked at number one during the summer.

O'Riordan married the band's tour manager, Don Burton, in a much-publicized ceremony in July 1994. The marriage, as well as the group's videos, emphasized the singer as the focal point of the band. O'Riordan's position in the group continued to rise with the fall release of the group's second album, No Need to Argue. Boasting a slightly harder, more streamlined sound, yet still produced by Stephen Street, the record debuted at number six on the U.S. charts and eventually outsold its predecessor; within a year it went triple platinum, spawning the number one modern rock hit "Zombie" and the number 11 "Ode to My Family."

During the tour for No Need to Argue, rumors began to circulate that O'Riordan was going to leave the band to pursue a solo career, all of which the band vehemently denied. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted until the Cranberries began recording their next album with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who had previously worked with Aerosmith. The resulting album, To the Faithful Departed, was a tougher, more rock-oriented album. Upon its spring 1996 release, the album entered the charts at number six, but its first single, "Salvation," failed to become a hit on par with "Zombie," "Linger," or "Ode to My Family." Consequently, the album slipped down the charts relatively quickly and only went platinum, which was slightly disappointing in light of its two predecessors' multi-platinum status.

During the fall of 1996, the group canceled its Australian and European tour, sparking another round of rumors about whether O'Riordan was about to launch a solo career. In 1999, the group released Bury the Hatchet, and in 2003, shortly after the release of a greatest-hits compilation, Stars: The Best of 1992-2002, the Cranberries officially declared that they were taking a break. This finally gave O'Riordan the time she needed to work on her long-talked-about solo album, and Are You Listening hit shelves in 2007. In 2009, O'Riordan released her second solo album, No Baggage. Around the same time, the Cranberries reunited for a North American tour that continued throughout Europe in 2010. Several live albums also appeared in 2010. In 2011, the band began work on a new album in Toronto with longtime producer Street. The resulting album, Roses, appeared in March 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Roses

1. Conduct

2. Tomorrow

3. Fire & Soul

4. Raining In My Heart

5. Losing My Mind

7. Waiting In Walthamstow

8. Show Me

9. Astral Projections

10. So Good

11. Roses

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Track List: Stars:The Best Of 1992-2002

1. Dreams

2. Linger

3. Zombie

4. Ode To My Family

5. I Can't Be With You

6. Ridiculous Thoughts

7. Salvation

8. Free To Decide

9. When You're Gone

10. Hollywood

11. Promises

12. Animal Instinct

13. Just My Imagination

14. You & Me

15. Analyse

16. Time Is Ticking Out

17. This Is The Day

18. Daffodil Lament

19. New New York

20. Stars

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Track List: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

1. Never Grow Old

2. Analyse

3. Time Is Ticking Out

4. Dying Inside

5. This Is The Day

6. The Concept

7. Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

8. Pretty Eyes

9. I Really Hope

10. Every Morning

11. Do You Know

12. Carry On

13. Chocolate Brown

14. Capetown

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Track List: Bury The Hatchet (The Complete Sessions 1998-1999)

1. Animal Instinct

2. Loud And Clear

3. Promises

4. You And Me

5. Just My Imagination

6. Shattered

7. Desperate Andy

8. Saving Grace

9. Copycat

10. What's On My Mind

11. Delilah

12. Fee Fi Fo

13. Dying In The Sun

14. Sorry Son

15. Baby Blues

16. Sweetest Thing

17. Woman Without Pride

18. Such A Shame

19. Paparazzi On Mopeds

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Track List: To The Faithful Departed

1. Hollywood

2. Salvation

3. When You're Gone

4. Free To Decide

5. War Child

6. Forever Yellow Skies

7. The Rebels

8. I Just Shot John Lennon

9. Electric Blue

10. I'm Still Remembering

11. Will You Remember

12. Joe

13. Bosnia

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Track List: No Need To Argue

1. Ode To My Family

2. I Can't Be With You

3. Twenty One

4. Zombie

5. Empty

6. Everything I Said

7. The Icicle Melts

8. Disappointment

9. Ridiculous Thoughts

10. Dreaming My Dreams

11. Yeat's Grave

12. Daffodil Lament

13. No Need To Argue

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Track List: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

1. I Still Do

2. Dreams

3. Sunday

4. Pretty

5. Waltzing Back

6. Not Sorry

7. Linger

8. Wanted

9. Still Can't...

10. I Will Always

11. How

12. Put Me Down

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Track List: Tomorrow (Single)

1. Tomorrow

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You've written one of the most heartbreakin g songs about the mindset of those who want to kill everyone on Earth. They've become zombies! They can't see that killing is wrong. They've become so use to continual war that they're all zombified. All of mankind thinks that if you shoot it, blow it up, or nuke it, there will finally be Peace; it's a pipe dream. You can't kill evil anymore than you can good. There is an infinite dance betwixt the two. Neither one wins! Man? Man never changes.
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I LOVE ZOMBIIIIIE :'D
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Funny story: I have a gas problem and my insane friends used to say when I f*rted did you have to let that linger. Years later when the cranberries emerged when I passed gas it became, did you have to, did you have to, did you have to let it linger..It's now some 20 years later and my gas problem has been almost cured with medication and healthier diet. Occasionaly when I let one rip now a days, if one of my still insane friends is not around I still hear linger in my head and a smile appears.
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Free To Decide...Nee d s more COWBELL!!! ^__^
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Push it by Garbage... I used to think the lyrics were"push it, make your penis go harder.." I'm not trying to be goofy, I'm serious..!
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in your head.... in your head.... zombie... oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
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Ooh.The Smiths ay?
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Religious Awe
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#np Zombie by @The_Cranber r i e s on Adult-ternat i v e Radio (February's Station of the Month!)
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The cranberries lo máximo yuppy love it so cool my life
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what a great band!!!... not everything has to appeal to everyone.... s t y l e , musicianship and natural inclusion of expression of the soul that can connect to another soul... all you need...
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Never really listened to The Cranberries much, not bad, this song at least reminds me of early Blondie.
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The bio says they added distorted guitar to their sound, and a focus on social issues, with the album To the Faithful Departed - but both of these were also features of their second album, No Need to Argue. The biggest hit from that album, Zombie is full of guitar distortion, plus a social message about war. Just sayin'.
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I love how it speak and the bet���������
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love the celtic sound
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In the anfiteatro Tito Puente
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I went to the concert in Puerto Rico!
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ruben.mbm3
Empty
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Ode to my family
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Linger
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Love her voice..very unique and unlike anyone else's...
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They're alright. Not my favorite, but this is great pop rock music
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I have loved her distinct voice for years. So original & distinct.
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miss 90s music!
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Her voice is so unique and beautiful. 90S generated some of the best music across all genres. Proud to be a 90s baby!
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Adam
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Goose
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Zombie
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In your head
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Takes me back
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Xo
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people make great impacts on the lives of others but time erodes thought and salient memory
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She had great voice, zombie best though
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the cranberries make me sob like a little girl ....no ....its worse than that they make me sob like i just got raped and am confused about how much i like the pain,,,no ...its worse than that ..........i. . i dont know whether to jerk of or commit suicide .......NO... . . i t s worse than that ..........i. . . . i want dolores o`riordan to do surgery on me while im paralysed and fully conscious... . . . . . . . . . . N O its even more funkt ^ than that i i ,,i i,,, i i,i uh ummm please kil me beautiful ...
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love it
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gd song...so different
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This song encompasses the 90's and reminds me of happier times in the Summer
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Reminds me of every summer with Mr. UT Austin and his stupid BMW.......so young and so in luuuuv...... .
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Truly a great band. The songs and sound, resilient.
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I have loved The Cranberries since their first album, and have been a die hard fan since. Only saw them in concert once, but it was the best night of my life!
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I love this band
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Bob "the new Porky Chedwick" Jones. U must be a burgh guy. Hmmmm?
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Hello Julie F., North Dartmouth, Miss you W.C. , We had good times
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Sad, sweet, beautiful song.
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Everyone's favorite make out / breakup / song!!! Reminds me of this girl I used to see... I'll just call her Red �� maybe she'll see this
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I've always thought their song "Zombie" was about the "Troubles" in N. Ireland? Though I have to admit, I've never saw or read the lyrics to "Zombie."
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Loved them since they first came out in the 90's. One of my favorite 90's bands Except that was well after High School for this commenter.
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