Scans of Blue Jean magazine’s “Greatest Hits” CD-ROM

May 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on Scans of Blue Jean magazine’s “Greatest Hits” CD-ROM  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

Late last year, we reported of an official Greatest Hits promo CD from the Turkish magazine, “Blue Jeans”. We now have new details of the CD-ROM and some nice scans of it to boot.

The CD-ROM’s cover has a wicked photo of the band from their “Bury the Hatchet” photo shoot, and on the CD and back, a now-famous photo from the Fleadh Festival in 1994. On the CD-ROM, there are such features as a discography, several high-quality music video clips, lyrics, a photo gallery, as well as an “audio mix”. It’s still unknown if the release will play on a conventional CD player or is CD-ROM only.

The CD-ROM features the following tracks:
1. Zombie
2. Salvation
3. Linger
4. Dreams
5. Ode To My Family
6. I Can’t Be With You
7. Ridiculous Thoughts
8. Animal Instinct
9. Just My Imagination
10. Promises

The Herald will be receiving their own copy of this release in a few weeks, so perhaps we’ll post our own impressions of it. And now on to the scans…

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The Cranberries storm entertainment weekly poll

May 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries storm entertainment weekly poll  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

In a recent poll posted on Entertainment Weekly Online, the popular magazine asked visitors to pick their favorite Irish musician(s). Shockingly, The Cranberries pulled out a clear lead, over double the closest competition, U2. As of today, The Crans hold 59.41% of the vote, U2 holds 28.17%, The Corrs with 3.78%, The Pogues with 2.01% and Van Morrison in fifth with a meager 1.71%. Tough luck to Enya, Sinead O’Connor, and everyone else… they’re all further down on the list.

The poll is still open, so if you feel the need to rub it in the nose of U2 and The Corrs, or just view the complete results, check it out here (Link no longer available)

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New band photo, “Wake Up” engineer announced

May 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on New band photo, “Wake Up” engineer announced  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

The “CranFan Exclusive” page of The Cranberries Official page has updated with a brand new photo of the band, taken on the last day of mixing “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” in London’s Townhouse Studios, May 17th. Amazingly, we have some news from this photo alone. Leftmost is Cenzo Townshend, whom the band has selected to mix the new the album. From left to right is Engineer Cenzo Townshend, Noel, Producer Stephen Street, Dolores, Mike, and Fergal.

The band looks a bit different since we saw them last in late March. Dolores now has medium length natural brown hair (instead of the previous blonde) and Fergal has ditched the bleached hair.

Those wishing to gain access to the CranFran Exclusive area should sign up on the mailing list on the official page!

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Source: Official International Homepage

Dolores discusses “Wake Up” on official site

May 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores discusses “Wake Up” on official site  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

Dolores has posted some news on the official page, where she is on the way back from the completion of “Wake Up”‘s mixing in London. She explains the reasoning behind the new title and the overall feel of the album, “It’s gonna be called ‘Wake Up And Smell The Coffee’, because that’s where I’m at in my life and all of the boys in the band relate to it. It sounds killer, really! There’s stuff on there that we could never have done years ago. I guess as you get more wrinkles and grey hair, you also become wiser, more assertive, and more positive!”

The band threw an “end of studio” party in London on Thursday night to celebrate the completion of the new CD. “We went to a trendy restaurant and had some amazing food, and of course wine. (Sake actually!) There were a lot of sick heads going around the next day, needless to say!”, she wrote.

And lastly, Dolores discusses her newfound maternal bliss. “I’m soooo looking forward to getting back to my babies. It’s soooo cool! Molly is getting bigger and more beautiful and Taylor really loves her. I’m such a lucky blessed person. I’m so thankful to God for what I have. On my eleven years of touring, I’ve seen so much deprivation and sadness. Life’s so short, it’s essential to put love and happiness first. I can’t function without love.”

Oh, and she vows to stay away from mushrooms now after her “near to death experience” of nearly choking on one a few months ago!

Sources: Official International Homepage

The meaning of “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The meaning of “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

If English is a second language to you, you may not understand the phrase “wake up and smell the coffee”. It is an English idiom, like “Bury the Hatchet” (which means “leave bad things in the past”).
“Wake up and smell the coffee” means in English “Pay attention!” or “Realize this!”
It is sometimes a very mild insult.

We hope this a help to all our foreign readers!

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries LEAVE Island Records!!

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries LEAVE Island Records!!  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

Another brand new interview with CDNOW.com confirms it: The Cranberries quietly moved onto the MCA Label last fall. MCA is not an entirely separate music label, but yet another under the huge umbrella of the Universal Music Group (thanks to Vance for the tip). The reason should be very obvious to any fan that remembers April 1999 well.

The merging of record companies is usually a mess-maker for both artists and avid fans. “Bury the Hatchet” received sub-par promotion, which can be tracked in sales figures and chart placing. But the band doesn’t care about that and neither do I. What they do care about, though, is when their own fans don’t even know that they have a new album out. This was be exemplified in Dolores’s 1999 interview with Craig Kilborn, where she said Bury the Hatchet was, “going pretty good, it’s just that alot of fans are coming up, going, ‘Oh, Dolores, have you guys got a new album coming out?’ And I’m like, ‘It came out six months ago!’, so it’s that kind of thing.”

She further continued with her dissent, “It’s [BTH] doin’ OK, like, but alot of people don’t really know it’s out and stuff, ’cause our record company [Island] got bought out, so at the moment it’s a bit messy over here [in the United States].” It may be because management decided that MCA could represent the band better than Island that the band made the move.

The Cranberries signed onto Island Records in summer 1991 for a 10-year 6-album contract. That 10-year mark is quickly approaching and the band has had four studio albums on the label. No doubt the March 20th release of “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions” in the US counts as one album release. As for the 6th, it’s vague at the moment. 1995’s “Doors and Windows” CD-Rom/B-sides disc may have counted as one album release. Also, Fergal noted last year in a chat with “El Foco” that the band has acquired rights to their 1991 “Uncertain” EP (originally on Xeric records) and that the band plans to do full B-sides release sometime in the future. Even so, it may be that the band won’t even be obligated to a 6th Island release because Island is now part of Universal and they will still be publishing the album on Universal.

Here’s today’s brand new info, stright form CDNOW.com:
The Cranberries Move Forward With Wake Up And Smell The Coffee May 18, 2001, 2:10 pm PT

Ireland’s Cranberries have decided on nine of the tracks that will help make up the band’s forthcoming album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, due Oct. 23 on MCA Records.

In addition to the previously reported tracks “Analyze,” “Time Is Ticking Out,” and “Never Grow Old,” the band has decided on “This Is the Day,” “Dying Inside,” “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” “Chocolate Brown,” “I Really Hope,” and “Cape Town” for the album, which is the band’s fifth album and first for MCA.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, recorded at Windmill Lane studio in Dublin, Ireland (where U2 recently recorded All That You Can’t Leave Behind), was produced by Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur). The Cranberries signed to MCA Records last fall after a four-album stint at Island Records. Coffee is expected to contain 13 tracks.

– Kevin Raub

Partial Source: CDNOW.com

Up-to-date “Wake Up” song titles list

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on Up-to-date “Wake Up” song titles list  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

We’ve gathered all of the info of the past few days and past few months and here is the current known song listing for the upcoming album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Note that these songs are in no order of any kind — this is NOT the way they will appear on the album.

Album:
· “Analyze”
· “Time is Ticking Out”
· “Never Grow Old”
· “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”
· “This is the Day”
· “Dying Inside”
· “Chocolate Brown”
· “I Really Hope”
· “Cape Town”
· “Pretty Eyes”
· “The Concept”
· +2 More Unannounced titles

B-Sides:
· “In the Ghetto”
· +4 More Unannounced titles · Various Remixes

And, of course, some commentary. “Cape Town” was originally written last summer when the band was touring South Africa. It was first disclosed under the tentative title “Down in Cape Town”, but it has now officially been shortened. Also, the planned remixes will almost assuredly be remixes of new songs. Because this album is on a new label for the band, MCA, remixing old songs could strike a major conflict with Island without proper permission.

Sources: Various (Recap)

Official news from the official site

May 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on Official news from the official site  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

The official site has updated with much more info on the fifth album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Apparently, it wasn’t forseen that the new interviews posted yesterday would appear so soon and so now the official site has filled us in on the particulars. According to the page, “The interviews are continuing, and are going extremely well! Reaction to the new album has been phenomenal!”

New titles have also been revealed: “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” is the title track. Others include “Chocolate Brown”, “This Is The Day”, and “The Concept”.

The site promises to have constant updates with exclusive info, so we will assuredly keep our eyes fixed on the screen.

Source: The Cranberries Official International Homepage

“Wake Up” release date, remixes planned

May 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Wake Up” release date, remixes planned  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

When it rains, it pours. An interview with Fergal has been posted on Rollingstone.com and there’s lots more “Wake Up” goodness to be had. According to the site, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” is planned for a release on October 23rd on MCA Records. According to the article, “Analyse” has been chosen as the first single from the album. No release date has been set for it.

In addition to “In the Ghetto” and the other 4 planned B-Sides, Fergal notes that they will be doing some remixes to include as B-Sides.

Source: Rolling Stone

Dolores announces new album title, possible first single

May 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores announces new album title, possible first single  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

This, from MTV.com:

Cranberries Bear Babies, Prepare Album For Release (05.16.2001)

While ethereal Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries were working on such chart- topping hits as “Linger” and “Zombie” at Dublin’s famous Windmill Lane Recording Studios during the ’90s, the grounds probably resembled a smoky bar. But when the band finished its upcoming record, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, two weeks ago, the place looked more like a day-care center.

Vocalist Dolores O’Riordan’s second child, Molly Leigh, was four months old, guitarist Noel Hogan’s wife had just birthed the couple’s second young ‘un, Sophie, and bassist Mike Hogan was preparing for the birth of his first kid. As a result, the music being generated was less akin to the death-obsessed ramblings of 1996’s To the Faithful Departed than reflective of the sheer joy of creation.

“I’m going to be 30 this year, and I guess when you get to that next level in life, everything that once seemed so important – record sales, touring and staying popular – doesn’t matter as much anymore,” O’Riordan said as the band was about to enter Townhouse Studios in London and begin mixing the record. “Suddenly your life’s fuller and you learn how to grasp the moment you’re in and live it and enjoy it.”

O’Riordan described Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, scheduled for release in October, as an upbeat combination of the band’s four studio releases. “There are a few fast, kind of punky songs and some slow, gentle ones,” she said. “There’s more maturity, more confidence and less apprehension. I’ve come to the conclusion that life is for the taking and just too short to dwell on the negative.”

The Cranberries recorded 18 songs at Windmill Lane, 13 of which will end up on the record. The rest, including a cover of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto,” will be released as B-sides.

Some of the songs on the album were written last year during the band’s Bury the Hatchet tour. The rest were penned throughout O’Riordan’s pregnancy. Though the record doesn’t concern childbirth directly, O’Riordan said becoming pregnant had a profound impact on the band’s new material.

“There’s a kind of sacredness around your body that affects everything you do,” she explained. “You don’t drink, you’re not smoking, you’re going to bed early and the baby’s ruling you. You think about the child all the time. And when you sing, there’s a certain emotion in your voice you couldn’t have if there weren’t a baby inside you. The feeling that’s in your heart all the time comes out spiritually in your voice and the music.”

While Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’s first single hasn’t been chosen yet, O’Riordan said she hopes the first radio track will be “Analyze,” which describes her newfound anti-analytical perspective. “It’s an uptempo song about not analyzing things,” she said. “When you overly analyze things, it can really paralyze your evolution. It’s important to follow your heart and go with the flow.”

Another track, “Time Is Ticking Out,” addresses global warming and ecological awareness. “Those kinds of concerns come naturally when you become a parent,” she surmised. “You see how the ozone layer is being depleted and there’s lots more skin cancer, and you start to worry about what the world will be like when your kids are older. I know we need the products we manufacture, but at the same time, why can’t we live without plastic and all the crap that’s not biodegradable?”

But of all the songs The Cranberries recorded, O’Riordan said “Never Grow Old” is the one that most succinctly sums up the past year of her life. “It’s about realizing that when your life is very good, you don’t want things to change,” she said. “You believe this is the perfect moment in your life and you’re really very grateful. It’s ironic because when the band were really big and we had massive hits, I never felt like that. I was always stressed out and insecure. I’ve learned that for me it’s not about being a huge star. I never felt as happy as I do right now.”

-Jon Wiederhorn

Well, there’s alot of info here and alot to comment on. All in all, it’s great to read. Hopefully, I’ll have my own comments when I update the “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” preview section (formerly the Album #5 preview).

And for all those on the discussion board that think MTV a strange place for The Cranberries news coverage, it’s not as odd as it seems. Recall that in November 1998, MTV was the first to report the new single (“Promises”) from “Bury the Hatchet”.

Major thanks to Yusef for the tip.

Source: MTV.com

The Cranberries decline invitation to play AIDS Benefit

May 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries decline invitation to play AIDS Benefit  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

A spokesperson for The Cranberries today imparted to Zombieguide.com that the band unfortunately will not be able to perform at the Dublin AIDS Benefit in Dublin on September 8th. The reason, the spokesperson said, was that as previously announced, The Cranberries will be promoting their new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” throughout the end of the year. Because of this busy agenda, it was decided that the band had to decline the invitation.

Source: Exclusive

New details on Dublin’s September AIDS Benefit

May 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on New details on Dublin’s September AIDS Benefit  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries continue to be included in the list of expected artists to perform at the Dublin Phoenix Park AIDS Benefit gig, as reported earlier. In addition the previously mentioned appearences of George Micheal and the Hothouse Flowers, Elton John is now also on the roster for the mega-scale gig.

As of yet though, not much is set in stone. The two major organizers of the program, Ciaran Geraty and Daragh Kavanagh, have yet to give a full list of acts to perform. However, they confidently noted, “The acts we’re talking to will sell themselves”. The two 27-year olds quit their jobs nearly two years to work on the major project.

Not surprisingly, U2 is still expected but unconfirmed. A spokeswoman for the band commented, “I don’t think anyone’s been confirmed for it. U2 are still on tour, so nothing’s even in the pipeline yet.”

September 8th, 2001 is still the projected date. The artists will be performing on an outdoor stage from 12:00 noon to 10:30 PM at Phoenix Park. Two principal corporate sponsors are funding the gig, which will take an estimated £2 million (or $2.83 million) to pull off. All proceeds will benefit the Third World Aids projects. The show will be unrivaled in size and ambition since the enormous “Live Aid” show, which took place on July 13, 1985.

Source: Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

“Beneath the Skin” re-release planned

May 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Beneath the Skin” re-release planned  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

As a follow-up to yesterday’s news, we now have an official explanation of the cancellation of Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS. According to sources, Island/Universal had intentions to subtitle the video for Spain, but after due consideration, it was deemed that it would not be profitable enough, and therefore the project was cancelled.

According to sources near the band, The Cranberries are planning to re- release the concert to coincide with the new album’s release in October. This will be a worldwide re-release on VHS and DVD once again. It is unknown if the new re-release will include new material and bonuses as a result of the new album, but we will have to wait for more details as they arrive.

Source: Página de Cranberries

Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS delayed indefinitely

May 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS delayed indefinitely  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

It seems that Spain has hit yet another snag in a long line of delays in recent Cranberries releases. The VHS edition of “Beneath the Skin”, scheduled to release in February, has been yet again put on hold.

Previously, Island/Universal explained that the video was still in production for Castillian Spanish subtitles. However, other such subtitled editions have already been released for months in countries such as France, Germany, and Italy. Universal has been contacted, but no response thus far. Most have given up hope for its release.

This is only one of the many release woes of Spain since “Bury the Hatchet”. Singles and even “The Complete Sessions” have all be delayed or cancelled there, due the large mess created by the merge of Island and Universal.

Source: Página de Cranberries

“Whisper to a Scream” impressions, high-res scans

May 7, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Whisper to a Scream” impressions, high-res scans  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

At long last, we at Zombieguide find a copy of “Whisper to a Scream” (in a brick-and-mortar Borders no less) so here’s all the juicy goodness for you Cranfrans that may or may not have been able to purchase it.

The interactive menus, to begin with, are expertly designs, with fast-pased stills of nearly every musician in the documentary. Animated photos of Dolores can be seen to the left of the options, shots of her smiling, staring to the right with intent, and eyes fixed on the ground.

As previously reported, the actual Cranberries portion of the 2 and a half hour documentary is fairly short, but there’s a lovely amount of content in that little span. Again, as reported earlier, the portion features the extremely rare first video for “Dreams”. Although reported as “low budget”, which it obviously was, it’s still fascinating.

And that may be due to the quality of DVD. I’m still astounded by the quality of DVD video, even though I’ve owned a player for months. “From a Whisper to a Scream” emphasizes the smoothness of quality a hundredfold. Not only is the interview with Dolores (and all the other artists) recorded at an astounding smooth framerate, but the “Dreams” video looks amazing at the same level.

So sure, it was cheezy, but Dolores looks incredibly lifelike in her long brown hair, adorable freckles, and her (then) slightly crooked teeth.

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The 1st “Dreams” Video

Dolores, too, looked likewise great for her interview. Her long blonde locks pulled back behind her head quickly dated the interview as early ’99. She sat alone in a dark green room in a tall, director’s chair, while an illuminated white guitar faced her at the opposite side of the room. Not only does she discuss the plight of the Cranberries, but she also narrates her feelings on other Irish music. For example, in the second episode, she laments at the death of Phil Lynott, former singer for Thin Lizzy. The later comments that she honestly considers Thin Lizzy her favorite Irish music band ever formed.

Dolores also appears in the “bonus interview footage”, nearly as much so as she does in the film. She appears in both omake features, which are “Traditional Irish Music” and “Earliest Musical Influences”.

Below are scans of the full cover and backcover, disc, ’90s description from the chapter list, and a photo of Dolores from the back of the chapter list.
Webmasters: Please remember that these are exclusive scans, so kindly credit Zombieguide!

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Source: Exclusive

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