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

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