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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, Rovi
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And I love how zombie is talking about that war and trying to kind of help people realize what happens in wars.
The teens now don't really know about this band but I love it and it's my favorite band and I'm only 14. I remind everyone about it but no one knows about it. It's sad....
Esta chingona esta rola...
brings back memories...
ccatblckm
Reminds me of 1996...
With their tanks. And their bombs. And their guns.
When you stick it in me minger, do you have to smell yer finger?!?
Love me some Dolores O'Riordan. So beautiful and such a great voice
ixchel2004
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! :-) :-}
janet_avon12
I LOVE THIS SONG...
Love this jammmmm, u know im such a fool for uuuu��
Dreams... oh my life is changing everyday in every possible wayy
Even tho zombie is depressing I still jam to that song all day long :)
Zombie is depressing.
Be careful of Dolores -she might beat you up
hottubbill
Love it
ixchel2004
Love this song. :-{)
Such a good song, love the Cranberries.
I LOVE YOU DOLORES SINCE DAY ONE
What's in your head??
drama_skit
this song reminds me of my sister
Happy Halloween ��
The Cranberries are singing---le t me grab a turkey drumstick
My love sure used to listen to there music a lot , if ya are able to see this I do truly miss you everyday and every night still ,,,, who ever would have thought we would be so far a part ,,,, people really always thought we would be together forever and ever
dk517
They're IRISH!!! Ireland is not part of the U.K. The rest of the bio is correct, but get their heritage correct, please.
Great song I can listen to it any time
megan1490
I love their music a lot. Linger is my favorite song by them.
On of my favorite bands
I love this band so much I would love to meet them please let me meet u
arkhammer7
D'Lo can freakin howl!!!
What a great time, great song, couldn't say it better, luv it!!
Luv it!
Follow Celtic music,and this is a great fusion
I'd never heard the description of the band, but it is a great description: Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-induc i n g sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint... I think it is all very akin to African music in many ways, too. Awesome!

brijam0
Best band ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love this band and hate all these white a** motherf**ker s spaming the page, pweas refrain the overpowering urge to spam, shithead.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post in 2 days you will die. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This so scary because it actually works
Hi
no words can express... this chick saved my life at least a couple of times. life long fan!!!!!!!!
hhhen79
thumbs ^
ashleywallac e k r a m e r
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post in 2 days you will die. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This so scary because it actually works.
searodent200 1
Don’t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don’t post it this you will die in two days. Now you’ve started reading this so don’t stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
the music didn't die until around '97 :) but there are some exceptions like Third Eye Blind who had some great jams on their 3rd and 4th albums extending into the '00's. But mostly I agree. I always hear younger people who listen to all that electronic crap now that the 90's has the best music. Thanks.
Love this song
Now I tell you openly, you have my heart so don't hurt me. So nice.
Nice band
I love zombie
Reminds me of the last great era of music - the 90's. In fact, I tell people the music died in about 1995.
Love this song!!!
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