The Cranberries’ re-edited video ‘Analyse’ rushed back to broadcasters

September 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries’ re-edited video ‘Analyse’ rushed back to broadcasters  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ —


In the wake of the Pentagon and World Trade Center tragedies, MCA Records and The Cranberries recalled their premier video from the Irish band’s upcoming new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” mere weeks before its debut release date. “Analyse” had been filmed in London by Australian director, Keir McFarland, a month before it was sent to the world’s major video networks (including MTV/VH-1, Much Music, Viva TV, Canal Plus, Channel V) at the beginning of September.


As the video was being screened around the world (and on the band’s own web-site), the events that took place on September 11th eerily mirrored sights captured by amateur and news cameras on that fateful day. MCA Records and the band immediately recalled the video from broadcasters worldwide after it became clear that scenes in the video could bring to mind those tragic memories.


Keir McFarland quickly organised a few simple edits eliminating the questionable scenes of lead singer — Dolores O’Riordan — performing atop a building as a plane flew over two skyscrapers. Another scene, which included the outline of a dead body in police tape, was replaced by a child’s chalk drawing of a flower on the pavement.


MCA Records (a division of Vivendi/Universal) are having their affiliate in London air courier replacement masters to the world in record time. It is expected that all channels will have the new video by Monday, October 1, 2001.


The band also resumed media promotional appearances in Europe beginning this week, visiting the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, after cutting short their previous schedule as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York. “Analyse” debuted at no. 3 on the singles sales chart this week in Spain.
The band will continue with promotional appearances in Europe, North America and South East Asia through December 11.


The Cranberries’ new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” was produced by Stephen Street, producer of the band’s first two albums. “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” will receive a staggered release around the world: October 3 in Japan; October 15 Internationally (excluding the United Kingdom and North America); October 22 United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland; October 23 North America.

Source: Press Release

Band appearances on Spanish radio

September 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Band appearances on Spanish radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries made three appearances today on different Spanish radio stations. Zombieguide contributor Jesus Castillo was able to get a synopsis of all three interviews:

1) M80

The DJ just said the band had been interviewed in that station some minutes ago, but the interview wasn’t broadcasted. Instead, the DJ talked briefly about how he had found Dolores and, afterwards the DJ’s WUASTC favourite track was played (studio version): track 7 WUASTC. Later on, he introduced “In the Ghetto” (studio version).


First, they played ANALYSE (studio version) and then they put a fragment of the interview thay had had with the Cranberries some hours before (about 5 mins). They said they would broadcast the rest on Monday so that they can have time to dub and translate the member of the band’s voices into Spanish.

3) CADENA 100 (40 minutes!)

The most interesting one – it was a live interview (I mean, not recorded some hours beforehand like the previous one). First, they played the studio version of ANALYSE and then the interview, with Dolores and Fergal, started. Throughout the interview they put clips of NEVER GROW OLD, IN THE GHETTO, THIS IS THE DAY and to close the program, the entire studio version of PRETTY EYES. The interview was very very interesting: they talked about the children of the members of the band, terrorism, the new album cover’s meaning, the success of the band, the exact procedence and meaning of her name, priorities in life, the meaning of NEVER GROW OLD,the different album releases of WUASTC, Storm Thorgerson, about why the election of IN THE GHETTO as a cover, Dolores’s new tattoo, their relationship with Stephen Street and their new company, Spanish food -she likes paella- and other minor subjects. After the band went out of the studio, the DJs commented on Dolores ́s beautiful behaviour and good manners ; and how their perspectives had changed with regards to Dolores because they had been told to be careful with her due to her reputation of “difficult woman” in interviews. They made emphasis on Dolores’s eyes: “a woman who haunts you with her beautiful and honest way of looking at you… and, more importantly, she always looks straight to your eyes”.

Dolores sounded really relaxed and it’s obvious she enjoyed the interview.

Source: Exclusive

“Analyse” US release date revealed?

September 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” US release date revealed?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to CDnow, one of the major music e-tailers on the Internet, “Analyse” is listed to be released October 16th, one week before the release of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. However, with a suggested $12.99 price point, it is very difficult to determine if this is an import version or if this is indeed the US release. If so, few fans will have qualms at paying the $13 price point, but such a tag would likely turn off the casual listener. Stay tuned for more details!

Source: CDnow

The Cranberries content to appear on Windows XP

September 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries content to appear on Windows XP  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Official Website has posted news today that the Microsoft’s much-anticipated operating system Windows XP will include new content from the Cranberries. The news originated from Universal Music in France, so we have yet to know if this applies to all regions.

Exactly what will be contained on the disc is still in the works. However, Microsoft (being the true friends of the environment that they are) have been known in the past to fill up Windows discs with bonus multimedia, such as Windows 95’s Weezer video.

The Cranberries Official Website has also been updated with an updated promo tour schedule for Europe and several new band photos.

Source: The Cranberries Official Website

Re-edited “Analyse” video returns to airwaves

September 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on Re-edited “Analyse” video returns to airwaves  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A re-edited version of the music video for “Analyse” has made a hasty return to music stations. The video was pulled last week from airplay due to suggestive scenes including airplanes and skyscrapers that reflected the tragedies in America earlier this month.

The new edit, which aired yesterday on Canadian station MuchMoreMusic, sheds any references to the airplanes found previously in the video. The plane seen circling through the two twin skyscrapers has been digitally erased. The most butchered scene occurs near the end, where two airplanes were seen flying directly over Dolores. That scene has been replaced with slow-motion footage of Dolores dancing. However, the slow motion eventually turns into an overtly sloppy freeze-frame.

It is currently unknown for certain if the chalk outline of a body outside the skyscrapers (which unambigiously signifies death) has been removed. However, such a change would be probable.

Thanks to Jeremy West aka Doloresfan2000 for the info.

Source: Exclusive

“Analyse” single delayed in Germany

September 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” single delayed in Germany  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Mostly due to the “Analyse” video fiasco, the single has been pushed back in Germany.
According to a representative from Universal Music Group, the two major music networks in Germany — MTV Germany and Viva TV — refused to play the original video due to the questionable imagery. Because of this lack of publicity, the single has been moved back to October 8th, 2001 for Germany, in order to better coincide with the airing of the re-edited video (which has already been sent to stations).

Thanks to ZG Europe’s Norbert for the info.

Source: Exclusive

Dolores discusses 2002 tour, cynicism on 2FM

September 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores discusses 2002 tour, cynicism on 2FM  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Earlier today, Dolores had an interview via telephone with Irish radio station 2FM. The interview lasted only about 10 minutes, but that was plenty of time to hit several topics — the new album, the upcoming tour, and Dolores’s cooking!

We have some exclusive sound clips from that interview below… (Links no longer available)

One of the most (or least!) informative topics was discussion about the upcoming 2002 World Tour. On the topic, Dolores stated, “Yeah, what I’m thinking actually, we’re thinking about starting off in a hot climate, like maybe we’ll go to Australia, but I mean, God, I don’t know about America. Hopefully all this stuff will blow over and things will go back to normal there, you know? And we’re definitely going to do a few shows in Ireland on this tour. You know we did one the last time, I think it was Ministries — oh we did one in Dublin as well, and that was amazing, it was a castle! And it was totally cool, and the audience, and it was so into it, man! The atmosphere was absolutely killer!”
(MP3 clip, 410K) (Link no longer available)

Also, Dolores discussed her negativity and cynicism earlier in life and how she has changed.
(MP3 clip, 320K) (Link no longer available)

Source: Exclusive

Amsterdam gig setlist and impressions

September 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on Amsterdam gig setlist and impressions  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Earlier today, on the other side of the world — or more specifically Amsterdam, Holland — The Cranberries performed a seven-song live gig for 3FM Radio. The audience included a large chunk of fans who were able to score tickets via the official webpage’s contest earlier this month. Zombieguide reader Xan21 was lucky enough to attend the show and even walk away with a few autographs…

Well I just got back from the absolutely fantastic performance of The Cranberries.They performed seven (lucky number) songs, here’s the setlist:

1. Zombie
2. Analyse
3. Time Is Ticking Out
4. Linger
5. When You’re Gone
6. Free To Decide
7. Dreams

We arrived very early because I just wanted to be there on time. We waited in the car and there was this grey Mercedes which stopped at the entrance of the studio and this little woman got out of it and it was Dolores, she looked extremely cool I must say.

There were these bodyguards walking all over the place which was very cool, one of them was a very small guy, he looked like the brother of Mini Me from the Austin Powers film.

We went into the bar where they were playing ‘En Vogue’?? on the radio but then came The Cranberries, recorded live the day earlier, I think, because there were interviews between songs. Some people thought it was a bit out of tune and they were right and the tension grew for me, I really wanted her to sing [well].

Well Dolores proved it, it was absolutely fantastic, what a sound they had! It was extremely hard and very beautiful.

Dolores asked where the setlist was and then she saw it and it was written very small so she said, “Who wrote that? Micky Mouse? It’s so small!”. Well so is Dolores (and the rest of the band)!

Then they started playing Zombie, really really powerful, Dolores played guitar on this one.

Analyse is much harder live, which I think is way cooler, everyone really enjoyed that song, Dolores played guitar on this one too.

Then came Time, really funky track that is. I really like it and Dolores sang it extremely well, she just danced and sang.

Linger was beautiful, I can’t say more about that, she played the acoustic guitar.

When You’re Gone was very good, although Dolores’s low voice couldn’t be heard as well as on the other songs (because the music was so loud). I sang along with this one too and this woman looked at me as if she wanted to say, “Shut up!”.

Free To Decide, that one got everyone moving and at the ending Dolores started yodeling, I have never heard her doing that on this song, I loved it

Dreams was great as always, but I have to say that the back up singer was very very good, he didn’t annoy me at all, I even laughed at him when he looked at me, Dolores was being very funny because on the instrumental part of the song she started playing with the lights to make it look like a disco.

Dolores also asked if some girls knew some good shops because Dolores wanted to go shopping, she said!

Then the performance was over, it was short but I expected that, but we were a little pissed that we couldn’t get her [Dolores’s] autograph. BUT as we were grabbing our jackets I saw Fergal walking towards the toilets and I ran after him. When he came out I asked him to autograph The Complete Sessions for me and he did. He asked if we liked the performance and we were like, “Oh yeaaaaaahhh”. He said he found it very intimate and very cool, well so did I. [As for] Dolores, her voice was in great shape I must say

Can’t wait to see them back on the next tour, I’ll be there!

Source: Exclusive

3 new promo CDs

September 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on 3 new promo CDs  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A slew of new promo CD’s have been sent out to radio this month, so here are some of the highlights.

In the UK, MCA has released a full 16-track version of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, including the three bonus UK tracks.
Full tracklist is:

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. Dreams (Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)
15. Promises (Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)
16. In the Ghetto


A second new promo CD is also out in the UK, another promo for “Analyse”.
We lack a picture for this one.
The track listing is:

1. Analyse (Oceanic Remix)
2. Analyse (Radio Edit)


And lastly, “Analyse” is featured on the Leeza Gibbons “Hollywood Confidential” Hot Radio Countdown, which aired earlier this month. The promo contains 3 CDs and several different artists.

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries on cover of “Monitor”

September 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries on cover of “Monitor”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The band’s new “red ball” art was featured on the cover of the publication “Monitor” earlier this month. “Monitor” tracks Top 40 titles, so of course both the cover and article were related to “Analyse”.

Source: Exclusive

Fergal speaks out about US disasters

September 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on Fergal speaks out about US disasters  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a press release about the recalling of the “Analyse” video, both Fergal and director Kier McFarlane are quoted. The video was filmed in August near London’s Canary Wharf, which is where the questionable images of the skyscrapers and airplanes were taken.

The press release said director Keir McFarland designed the clip as an “alien nation story following a man who appears in the video as a shadow, and chronicles his shock at the corporate build up of the environment.”

“The incidents in New York, Washington and elsewhere in the USA were the most horrific, saddening images I have ever seen,” the band’s Fergal Lawler said. “I’ve felt sick and numb since then. I would like to offer our sincerest sympathy to anyone who was affected.”

Source: Press Release

“Analyse” to be released in the US

September 23, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” to be released in the US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official Cranberries Webpage has confirmed that MCA Records of America has plans to release the 2-track and 4-track versions of the new single “Analyse” in the US! If this does indeed occur, it will be the first single released in the US since 1996’s “When You’re Gone/Free to Decide” mini and maxi-single. Exact release details/dates have yet to be announced, so stay tuned for that info.

Fans may also recall that there were plans for a 1999 release of “Just My Imagination” in single format, but those plans were eventually scrapped.

Source: Official Cranberries Webpage

Exclusive: Festivalbar 2001 shots

September 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Exclusive: Festivalbar 2001 shots  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Last week’s Festivalbar 2001 gig in Verona, Italy was broadcasted on Italian TV — which means we’ve got exclusive vidcaps for you!

Thanks to Andrea Russo for the shots!

Source: Exclusive

MuchMoreMusic’s “Story of The Cranberries” airs Oct 1st

September 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on MuchMoreMusic’s “Story of The Cranberries” airs Oct 1st  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Canadian music station MuchMoreMusic will air their new documentary “The Story of… The Cranberries” on October 1st at 9:00 PM EST. The hour-long biography, which has been in production for several months (see archived news) includes both old and brand new interview footage with the band. To check out MMM’s schedule for that day.

Thanks to Jeremy West aka Doloresfan2000 for the tip.
If anyone can record this and make copies, please email me at alex at
I will trade generously!

Source: MuchMoreMusic

“Wake Up” cover: Raw coffee?

September 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Wake Up” cover: Raw coffee?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Some observant folks on the Zombieguide Forums have turned up another interesting aspect, one I would have never thought of. Apparently the giant red balls on the cover of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” bear a striking resemblance to actual unharvested coffee. Coffee grows on trees in bright red circular pouches, as seen below. Interesting…

Thanks to Jesus and ZG Europe’s Norbert for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries at Festivalbar

September 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries at Festivalbar  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries performed at the Italian “Festivalbar” music festival last week in Verona. The official website has posted some backstage photos of Dolores warming up, seen below…

Thanks to Francesca for the tip.


“Analyse” video pulled, Euro tour continues

September 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” video pulled, Euro tour continues  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official page has updated with the note that the video for “Analyse” has been officially cut from airplay. Concerned fans have noted that many of the cityscape scenes allude to scenes of last week’s terrorist attacks in America. The video was shot several months ago, and this relation was not meant in any way, shape, or form. However it seems in the best interest of the band to do this. A new edit of the video will be made and sent to music outlets shortly.

In related news, the upcoming single and album have both been pushed back in the UK. “Analyse” will now be available on October 15th and “Wake Up” on October 22nd, one day before the US.

The band has decided to resume their European promo tour later this month. The first event will be a live media performance to take place in Amsterdam on September 24th. Tickets for this show will be given from a contest earlier this month on the official page. Winners will be announced soon.

Source: Cranberries Official Webpage

Dolores interview at

September 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores interview at  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries has posted a short interview with Dolores about “Analyse”, along with the news of the cut European tour. Read it below…

(9/18/01, 1 p.m. ET) — The Cranberries cut short their current European promotional tour due to the terrorist attacks on the East Coast of the United States last week (September 11). A terse statement on the group’s official website ( explains: “They are returning home to be with their families.”

The group promo tour, like a similar one in the United States in August, is in support of its fifth album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, which arrives October 23 from MCA Records. The album features first single, “Analyse,” which entered the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart two weeks ago and now resides at Number 31.

Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan tells LAUNCH that if the song recalls the classic Cranberries sound, it’s not a coincidence. “It’s kind of like a typical kind of Cranberries melodic, upbeat-type song,” she says. “I think it’s one where Stephen Street, actually being the producer, has really captured that sound from the first two albums. You know, when he works with us he just kind of, he has a certain technique in his production and it really seems to work, really. I guess, you know, if it’s not broken, why try to fix it? So it’s good to be back with him, you know?”

The Cranberries teamed up with Street on their 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and the next year’s follow-up, No Need To Argue.

– Neal Weiss, Los Angeles

Source: Launch

“Analyse” 2-trk, 4-trk tracklistings

September 15, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” 2-trk, 4-trk tracklistings  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide contributor Jesus Castillo has been able to get his hands on some pre-release copies of “Analyse”, which is due in stores in Europe next week. And from this, we now know the full tracklistings of both the 2-track and 4-track versions of the single.

“Analyse” 4-track version:
1. Analyse (Radio Edit)
2. Analyse (Oceanic Remix)
3. I Can’t Be With You (Live at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, November 11th, 2000)
4. In the Ghetto (Live at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, November 11th, 2000)

“Analyse” 2-track version:
1. Analyse (Album Version)
2. Wanted (Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)

Source: Exclusive

New high-res Andy Earl photos

September 15, 2001  |  Comments Off on New high-res Andy Earl photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Another set of professional band photos have been released in promotion for “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, taken by Andy Earl.

Source: The pretty Cranberries

Final US cover art?

September 15, 2001  |  Comments Off on Final US cover art?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has obtained what appears to the final US cover art to “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. In yesterday’s press release, it was revealed that not only will each region have different tracks, each will have different covers and liner notes as well.

Source: Exclusive

“Analyse” #1 HyperActive song in America

September 14, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” #1 HyperActive song in America  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Great news for The Cranberries fans, especially those in the US. According to Gavin, the primary radio “spin” tracker in the US, The Cranberries have beat out all other competitors for rise in airplay for this week in the adult contemporary category. “Analyse”, the band’s premiere single for the new album, stands at #1 for the week for most dramatic rise in airplay in the A/C category, beating out even the “king of pop” Michael Jackson, with his new single “You Rock My World”. Riding on the influx wave, The Cranberries track stands at #29 on the overall A/C charts, and will hopefully continue to ride the momentum.

In related news, “Analyse” has been added to VH-1’s “Medium Rotation” list, which means there’s an excellent possibility of seeing the video soon if you live in the US. Unfortunately, it’s currently “90’s Week” on VH-1, and all of their videos are following suit. VH-1 will probably return to newer videos next week.

Source: Gavin

Press release: streaming “Analyse”, “Wake Up” cover, inserts

September 14, 2001  |  Comments Off on Press release: streaming “Analyse”, “Wake Up” cover, inserts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ —


“Analyse,” the premiere video from The Cranberries’ new MCA album WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, has been uploaded to the band’s website and is now available for streaming. This marks one of first times a new music video has been made available to fans in full streaming mode. The entire full-length “Analyse” video can be found exclusively on The Cranberries’ own official website —, viewable using Real Player or Quicktime (click on the WUASTC section within the site).


WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, the new album, is due from MCA Records on October 3 in Japan, October 15 internationally, October 22 in the UK, and October 23 in the US and Canada. Each of the four different versions of album (Japan, International, UK and US) features slightly different front cover images, inner band images and bonus tracks. The artwork was created by internationally renowned designer Storm Thorgerson.


The album follows the premiere single, “ANALYSE,” which is currently at radio around the world. The international commercial single “Analyse” is due for release September 18, and features a remix by Marius deVries (“Analyse” Oceanic Remix) plus two previously unreleased live tracks. The UK version of the CD single will be released in the UK October 15.


Comprised of singer Dolores O’Riordan, Fergal Lawler, and brothers Noel and Mike Hogan — The Cranberries released their multi-platinum debut, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” in 1991. Two years later, the single “Linger” reached the Top 10, with their debut album selling 1 million in North America and debuting at #1 on the UK charts. Their second album, “No Need To Argue” (1994), sold 12 million copies, propelled by the hit single “Zombie.” The Cranberries’ third album “To The Faithful Departed” was released in 1996, while their 1999 fourth album “Bury The Hatchet” hit #1 in 17 countries. “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” was produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), producer of the band’s first two albums.

Source: Press Release

That “thing” on the cover…

September 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on That “thing” on the cover…  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

I’m not quite sure how I didn’t think of this, but the small image on the cover of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” is a person waking up in a bed (with the flying field of red balls to the left). The bed appears to be the same one on the “Analyse” cover. Once again, Thorgerson has used some comically metaphoric art. We should have a high resolution scan soon.
Thanks to Pedro Augusto for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

“In The Ghetto” on “Analyse” single?

September 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on “In The Ghetto” on “Analyse” single?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Tape Trader is reporting that the cover of the Elvis classic “In the Ghetto” will in fact be the B-side for the single for “Analyse”. The band told Tribe Magazine that the song was recorded “live” in one take, much like the ending track “Chocolate Brown”. A fourth track for the maxi- single has yet to be revealed (“Analyse Oceanic Remix” was the other). “Analyse” hits stores in Europe, Canada, and other areas next week.

Source: The Cranberries Tape Trader

MCA opens new Cranberries site

September 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on MCA opens new Cranberries site  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MCA Records has opened a gorgeous new “official” site to promote the release of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” (not to be confused with the band’s “main” official page, located at Content is thin at the moment — a few old and new photographs as well as a FAQ, and a good deal of content copied from the official page. There are definitely some great items up: Dolores is on the cover of LA-based “Venice Magazine” (of which there’s a photo) and two radio events are listed for the coming months. According to the top, the site will eventually be found at, but that address is invalid at the moment — it’s currently under a longer address. Ready?
It’s here: MCA Records Cranberries Site (Link no longer available)

Source: MCA Records Cranberries Site

UK sampler w/ “Linger” remix, new art released

September 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on UK sampler w/ “Linger” remix, new art released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MCA/Universal has released yet another new sampler in the UK in promotion of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The CD contains 9 tracks from the album, as well as a new “Linger” remix, which will likely appear on a single at a later date, or even more probably as a bonus track on the UK version of the album. This is only speculation at this point. The actual title for the remix is currently not known. Even better news to some, there is brand new art on the cover that may be the actual cover art, instead of the recently- surfaced piece that received much negative feedback among fans.

The track listing is:

1. Analyse
2. Time Is Ticking Out
3. This Is The Day
4. Wake up A Smell The Coffee
5. Analyse
6. I Really Hope
7. Every Morning
8. Do You Know
9. Analyse (Remix)
10. Linger (Remix)

Source: Exclusive

“Wake Up” panoramic cover?

September 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Wake Up” panoramic cover?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

After careful “Analysis” of both recently-surfaced “cover” images, Zombieguide has been able to determine that they are not two separate images, but rather a broken up version of one large panoramic image. The double-paneled art could feasibly be wrapped around the liner notes, on the front and back. If this is the case, then the right side with the man and horse would in fact be on the cover. And it looks like the spiraling circle motif is here to stay. Take a look at our rough mock-up image :

(Image no longer available) 

(Thanks to The pretty Cranberries for the image on the right)

And of course there’s also the possibility that there are even more panels to this image — possibly the liner notes open up to reveal other parts, as was the case in “To the Faithful Departed”. Another possibility is that the left image would go on the back of the CD case. And our last (and best) possibility would be that the left image goes on the front, and the right image on the back. Also one last point of speculation : Is that black figure on the front the walking man from the “Analyse” video?

Source: Exclusive

European Tour cut due to US tragedy

September 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on European Tour cut due to US tragedy  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In light of yesterday’s horrendous events here in the United States, The Cranberries have suspended their European promo tour and returned home to their families, according to the official page.

In case you are wondering, “What does terrorism in the US have to do with the band?” you must also take in a practical standpoint. As the media covers much more pressing issues, the priority for an interview with a music band dwindles. However, we in the US are trying to continue our lives as normally as possible, to show that we are not living in fear of terrorism and that no group or state can destroy the freedom of democracy. Zombieguide sends out our most earnest prayers and wishes to all of those affected by yesterday’s events.

Source: Official Cranberries Webpage

Tribe magazine interview

September 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on Tribe magazine interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Prepare to be spoiled as more and more new interviews surface. This new interview is from the September issue of the Italian magazine “Tribe”, which has 4 pages on the band, as well as photos.
Thanks to our Italian reader Daria for the translation!
Music and scent of coffee. The Cranberries issue their new album “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Ready for the great return of Dolores’ voice and the touch of a band who knows to play well.

The second time you visit a place you see many more things. In the Cranberries’ case, their ranch near Limerick (or rather Dolores’ ranch, she lives near there) seems bigger. The Cranberries are going to issue a new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Since the last time, many things have changed, Dolores and Noel have little girls. New is their relation with the press too — they don’t fear it anymore.

“”Bury the Hatchet” referred to our relationship, but there was an allusion to the press. The CD cover with the eye watching from above was an allegory of those persons who criticized us for many years.”


“We decided to not care about what they write about us. The last album sold 5,000,000 copies in the world even if it has been criticized. But these are not important things, they don’t change our life, so we are not worried”


“Even the title “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” has something to do with this. We understood that many persons don’t live in the present and everything he/she does is to moan for the past, something so wonderful you can’t recreate. So they all live in the future, worrying of what they will do and saving away for the dark times thet will come. Acting like this you don’t appreciate the present, the moment in which you live. Yes, time is a recurrent theme in this album. We say to people to open their eyes, to look around and appreciate the nice things that life gives you. We look to the future, but we are not obsessed.”


“Yes, naturally.”

“Some years ago the band was our life. Everything concerning to it was really important, all the negative things were big problems and difficult to resolve. We spent much time in touring for seven years to promote our music. You get married, you have babies and you guess there are many things more important. There isn’t just the band in our thoughts. Coming back home is a thing we appreciate. In the darkest moment we didn’t fight ourselves. We were exhausted and we got angry with the rest of the world. We often thought it was not our band anymore, because there were so many persons who managed it for us. The record company and the manager said we had to go touring for another year and we just said yes, we didn’t moan, but the only thing we wanted to do was to stop and get rest.”


“No, it was the way we did it, not the number. This time we had some breaks and we never played two days running. It has been more expansive because it has been longer and the technician spent days doing nothing, but it has been a necessary choice to keep our mind sane and to get the right breaks and to come back and see our families. In Europe I took private planes to go from a concert to another, or to come back home during the breaks. The crew was intolerant to this. They got bored and and they went often to the pub. It happened more than one time to come back in tour and find the technicians totally drunk, after drinking for two days. For “To the Faithful Departed” we played without breaks, for “Bury the hatchet” we did the opposite. We acted like spoiled rock stars. We’d do the same even if we didn’t have much money right to play and sing together. I guess this time we will find a middle solution.”


“No, I went on till the doctor said to me it could be stressing, with bad consequences for my baby. At the end we had to cancel 3 concerts. I was pregnant for 14 weeks, I was running a risk. Especially when we do a festival, there are more stressing things because situations change every time, with different problems during your tour where after a while you act automatically. I had particular necessities for my condition, and not everyone is well- disposed do give you something just to put yourself at ease.”

“It would be nice to go to a place like Brazil, where a tour would be really expansive, but to go to a festival is less expensive. Something like Rock in Rio to satisfy all those fans who always ask us in chat when will we play in their country. These are embarrassing questions, we never know what to answer…”



“We never record live, everybody in the same room. The last song of the album, “Chocolate brown”, was recorded in this way. We studied our positions in the room. We around the room 4 trying to find the best sound. We had those microphones that pick up every little murmor. It was the first time. It’s been really interesting and we saved a lot time. We did it again with “In the Ghetto” (* see editor’s note below), a B-side, an Elvis Prestley cover — It has got a nice feeling. Those microphones are unbelievable, luckly I can sing very well, so they don’t accentuate any deficiency that I don’t have. Often you like a band for what it does on the disc, but when you go to a concert it’s disgusting because they’re not able to sing. My voice is so that there aren’t effects. That’s why many people come to our concerts. We know we give the best in the concerts. Unfortunately there aren’t top models in this band: We are not beautiful, but we are great.”


“There are places in wich we haven’t gone yet, the Brazil for example. We have many fans in Mexico and Puerto Rico and we never went there before the last tour.”


“Many persons asked it…There is a disagreement, the managment and the record company. We think that a greatest hits is worthless. It would be too soon, it’s something like to close a door, but we aren’t closing anything, so it has no sense. Anyway I don’t think we’ll have a greatest hits. At the end we will impose our will. With all the changes we had in the last years it’s not easy to have a constructive conversation. It’s all new people and we never worked with them before, so we are building a relation. Contrary to what other think not all the hatchets have been buried……”

* Editor’s Note: The actual article says the Elvis song is titled “Indicator”. However, The Herald can find no existance of such an Elvis song, so it’s very likely that the author misheard the title, which is actually the well-known previously-announced “In the Ghetto”.

Source: Exclusive

“Live From The Lounge” audio clips

September 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Live From The Lounge” audio clips  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has obtained more exclusive media from the recent American promo tour. Today, The Herald serves up interviews and a performance clip from the LA appearance at “Live From The Lounge”.

Dolores talks about the day she wrote “Never Grow Old” (MP3, 175K) (Link no longer available)
“Dreams” Live In-Studio (MP3, 410K) (Link no longer available)
Dolores on the absence of political messages in “Wake Up” (MP3, 410K) (Link no longer available)

Huge thanks to Lionel Vasquez for providing this material!

Source: Exclusive

Dolores discusses “Analyse” music video

September 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores discusses “Analyse” music video  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

During a recent interview in Montreal, Dolores got the chance to talk about the new “Analyse” video, which she and the band just got to see for the first time.

“We just actually received this clip just a few minutes ago, it just arrived,” she explained. “I think [it’s] really nice.” When asked about the director for it, she answered, “Kier McFarlane. And I received alot of showings, but I loved his, it was really nice. He’s a very cool guy, he likes to do his own kind of thing. He likes ‘treatment’… it’s kind of, um, you’ll see!”

In related news, the video has begun showing across the globe, as it premeired earlier this week on MTV Latinamerica. A showing on the US MTV may be soon, so stay tuned.

Source: Exclusive

“Wake Up” cover art revealed

September 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Wake Up” cover art revealed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Although The pretty Cranberries are experiencing server troubles, they have managed to acquire a low-resolution scan of what appears to be the cover to “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The authenticity cannot be questioned, as the same giant red balls are seen in the lower left hand corner as on the “Analyse” cover. Overall, the desert landscape bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous cover to “Bury the Hatchet”. Replacing the naked man is what looks to be a horse and rider (?). The emblem in the top left also appears out of place, however, that may not appear on the actual cover. Complaints and compliments alike can be sent Storm Thorgerson, who has provided art for most of the band’s releases for the last two years.

Source: The pretty Cranberries

MusiquePlus interview clips

September 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on MusiquePlus interview clips  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Concluding their North American tour late last month, Dolores, Fergal, and Mike appeared on French-Canadian channel MusiquePlus to discuss “Wake Up” and several other subjects. Here are some exclusive MP3s from that interview… (Links no longer available)

“Yeah, you know, ‘cos like, when you think about it over the years from the first album is like, you’re young and you’re going out there, it’s all new, being in a band, and fresh,” said Dolores, explaining the context of each album. “The second album, No Need to Argue, is kinda like sorting out your little personal, your relationships, blah blah blah. The third album was kind of at the point whereupon we were becoming tired of touring and whatnot, and [there’s] alot of sad songs there on To the Faithful Departed. Bury the Hatchet was kind of egging back into it and into the band after taking a big break, and I think this one [Wake Up and Smell the Coffee] has come full- circle and it’s just fun again and it’s like starting again because, you know, we’re all at that new beginning in our lives.” (MP3, 271K) (Link no longer available)

“Well, it does feel like a new beginning, I was going to get to that, obviously with the new material,” reiterated the show’s host. “As I was saying lyric- wise, I’m assuming the fact of having two children now — it sounds as if you’re rejuvenating yourself.”

“Yeah,” responded Dolores, “it’s like… you really just relax and your priorities really get straight again and I guess we’re not so, like, worried about the career and stuff like that, so you don’t analyse things as much, and that’s kinda like the new single, it’s saying if you scrutinize and analyse and worry, you miss out on beautiful things. Sometimes it’s the simple little things right there that are beautiful. You just have to sit down, breathe, and think, and see this beauty right there in front of you, and not worry really.” (MP3, 299K) (Link no longer available)

“And let things happen as they’re supposed to, I guess,” added the host.

“I think Mike is having a child soon?”

“That’s right, yeah,” he confirmed. “First week in October”

“And first child it’ll be?” inquired the host.

Mike responded, “First child, yep”.

“So have you been getting some coaching the other people in the band?”

“Yeah, they’re telling me all stories and… scaring me more than anything, really! I’m looking forward to it so…”

“The sleepless nights, and you know,” teased Dolores.

“I’m trying to enjoy myself as much as I can when I’m out here now,” admitted Mike, knowing his time of childless freedom is getting shorter, “which they’re telling me to anyway.”

“Have you been practicing changing some diapers?” “Yeah, I have a doll back at the hotel…”

Dolores giggled and added, “A little Cindy doll! He’s gettin’ a bit senile in his old age, really!”

“Oh yeah, totally !” (MP3, 304K) (Link no longer available)

Source: Exclusive

“La Press” interview

September 7, 2001  |  Comments Off on “La Press” interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French Canadian newspaper “La Press” has published a new interview with The Cranberries, taken from when the band was in New York. It contains some very interesting content, especially near the bottom. Many thanks to Jesús Castillo for the English translation. (Webmasters: If you use this English article, please be sure to credit both Zombieguide and Cranberries Tape Trader)

The rock Irish band “The Cranberries” celebrates a more hedonistic approach to life with their album “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.

The title of the band ́s fifth album, an expression which encourages us to take advantage of a given situation when it takes place, reflects the new spirit of the four from Limerick (west Ireland); after a decade of work, they have decided to enjoy this life a little bit more.

“You realize you have let pass many things and, suddenly, you say to yourself: ́Jesus, it ́s time to start to enjoy yourself, and so let ́s start having fun ́”, declared Dolores O ́Riordan, the singer whose voice gives that unique touch to the band, to the AFP.

“We have never been so happy,” she added making reference to her second child ́s birth – little Molly – also to Noel Hogan ́s second child, the band ́s guitarist, and to the imminent birth of the first baby of his brother, the bassist Mike Hogan.

Fergal Lawler, the drummer, emphasizes: “You realize you just can ́t worry about everything all the time. It ́s necessary to let life get its own course and have fun. There is no more than one life to live… just imagine that tomorrow we may be hit by a truck”.

The new album presents, as the previous one did, a mixture of songs really close to the ballad and others closer to what we call rock. Besides, “this work doesn ́t have any resemblance to what we have made up to this point; these are very different songs”, underlines Dolores, comfortably positioned on a sofa in New York.

“There is always room to expect everything of Dolores ́ floating voice; it floats above everything”, says Fergal to describe the particular style of sound of the new CD. The quartet has decided to return to their lovely first steps in the world of music, since they work with Stephen Street, who had produced their two first albums (“Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can ́t We” and “No Need To Argue”) and made of the band a global phenomenon.

“It ́s different, because we all have changed; but, at the same time, there is also familiarity because, after having known each other for years, everything is OK”, says Fergal.

“Analyse”, the first single of the album, illustrated their great sense of happiness towards life.

“We shouldn ́t analyse things too much”, stated Dolores when she presented this song in a concert in New York on Wednesday evening, in the presence of a small group of fans and journalists.

“Time Is Ticking Out”, another song performed by the band during the mini- concert in New York, talks about ecological subjects, something new for the “Canneberges” (French name for the “peat bog bay” that has given to the band its name). However, they don ́t intend to be activists in the ecological movement.

“It ́s just that everything is done in deeper conscience when you have children”. “I suppose that you become more aware of what is going to happen in the future”, confesses Dolores. Fergal himself rejects the idea of taking advantage of the popularity of the band, “I ́m only a normal person, as are the rest of the people; I am worried about the same things that trouble other people, especially when having children”.

Dolores has said she has already started to write new songs, but she has refused to talk about it. The group wants to release a sixth album very quickly; they are working on it before – and they will also work during – the world tour they expect to begin in February.

Partial Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

“Analyse – Oceanic Remix” announced for single

September 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse – Oceanic Remix” announced for single  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Official Website today revealed one of the tracks due on the “Analyse” 4-track maxi single next month. The “Analyse – Oceanic Remix” was done by Marius DeVries, whose resume includes a long list of excellent credentials. DeVries remixed tracks on Björk’s most excellent all-remix budged-priced album “Telegram”, including the “Possibly Maybe – LFO Mix” and “Isobel – Dedato Mix”. Needless to say, the album is an absolute favorite of The Herald. Other artists DeVries has worked with include U2, Madonna, and David Gray.

The remix will also be sent to radio stations this week for airplay, which probably means we should be seeing a promo CD for it very soon. The new track can be sampled for free in streaming format from a mailing list-only page at the official site (here). Analyse will release next month in selected regions in both 2-track and 4-track format. A 3-inch CD for the 2-track version is likely, as we’ve reported to you previously. Other tracks have not yet been announced, but we do have the cover art, below.

Source: The Cranberries Official Website

MCA official band bio released

September 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on MCA official band bio released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Official Website has put up the newest official biography of The Cranberries, which is being sent out in press kits, etc… in promotion for the new album. The bio contains lots of new quotes from the band, which definitely makes it worth the read. And in case you can’t get enough biography action, please don’t forget to read Alex Kraus’s The Cranberries Ultimate Bio here at Zombieguide. (Link no longer available)



Noel Hogan – guitars
Mike Hogan – bass
Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion
Dolores O’Riordan – vocals, guitar, keyboards


Have you got a moment? That simple query lies at the heart of The Cranberries’ WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, the Irish band’s sublime MCA Records debut and first new album in two years. Over the past decade, the Cranberries have sold millions of records and won fans around the world thanks to their tight arrangements, inerrant melodic instincts, probing songs and, especially, the crystalline vocals of Dolores O’Riordan. Now celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Cranberries have got it down, and with their new album they make an earnest, tuneful plea to seize the day while cherishing every moment of life.


In some ways, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE is a homecoming. The album was produced in Dublin by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), producer of the band’s first two albums. Says Dolores, “There’s a sense of stability Stephen brings to this band. He used to be so paternal when he first worked with us, and he’d talk to me like I was one of his kids. This time, our relationship is more mutual.” Adds drummer Fergal Lawler, “It was great to be with him again. Stephen really understands us and gets the best from every one of us.” Indeed, the new album radiates a deep contentment the band members feel in their lives today, both personally and professionally. “This is the calmest we’ve ever been,” says Dolores. “We’ve proven ourselves by now, so we’re really relaxed and really enjoyed ourselves in the studio, totally going with the flow.”


Songs like the muted “Never Grow Old” and the premiere single “Analyse” capture the struggle between head and heart, while appreciating life’s simpler joys. “There was a point in the last year or so when I finally saw the beauty I had been blind to for so long,” notes Dolores. “These songs say ‘don’t stress worrying about tomorrow, next week, next year, when there’s so much beauty around.'” The haiku-like “Pretty Eyes” has a winsome 60’s feel, while “Time is Ticking Out” shows that the Cranberries still retain all the turbulent political fury of albums past. The languid “Dying Inside,” which describes the steady corruption of a soul, contrasts sharply with unabashed love songs like “The Concept” and “I Really Hope.” The slow waltz “Carry On” and “Do You Know” both celebrate the lifeforce, while the harder-rocking title track throws new light on an old saying. The album closes with the hauntingly personal “Chocolate Brown,” cut live with one microphone. “A few songs on the album have different vibes from anything we’ve done before,” notes Mike. “It’s nice to do different things, though it’s not something we plan. It just happens naturally.”


Taking that organic approach has been a hallmark of the Cranberries since first forming in their hometown of Limerick, Ireland. The 80’s had produced a bumper crop of Irish stars, including U2, Clannad, Enya, Hot House Flowers, and Sinead O’Connor. In 1989, the Hogan brothers, along with friends Fergal Lawler and singer Niall Quinn, sought to emulate their countrymen/heroes. Initially calling themselves the Cranberry Saw Us, the rowdy band ultimately coalesced when Dolores replaced Quinn sometime after the band had played a few gigs. Early demos drew the attention of Island Records’ Chris Blackwell and top producer Denny Cordell (Leon Russell, Tom Petty), which led to their first major record deal.


In 1992, the Cranberries released their multi-platinum debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? The 1993 single “Linger” reached the American Top 10, with the album selling over a million copies in North America and, following a re-release, debuting at #1 on the U.K. charts (after failing to climb above #75 initially). Their second album No Need To Argue (1994) sold 12 million copies in its first year of release, propelled by the hit single “Zombie,” while their 1996 third album To The Faithful Departed, produced by Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, AC/DC) reaped additional gold and platinum for the band. More than anything, fans and critics were charmed by the Cranberries’ no-frills style. “We learned early on that less is more,” says Noel. “If you fill up all the empty space, then there’s no room for the music to breathe, especially given the kind of singer Dolores is.”


The Cranberries’ self-produced 1999 fourth album Bury The Hatchet topped the charts in 17 countries and set the stage for their biggest tour ever (6 continents, 110 concerts, over a million fans). After that, they took a well- deserved break, reconvening to write and record the new album. The first sessions for WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE took place in summer 2000 at Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios, prior to the birth of Dolores’ second child. Dolores and Noel each became parents for the second time with the birth of Molly and Sophie, respectively, in January and March 2001. “Having children helps you stop worrying about stupid things,” Fergal notes. “And they brought us closer as a band too. We’re always asking things like, ‘How’s the teething coming along?’ “


Soon, they’ll be packing up the teething rings for an extensive world tour. The Cranberries have always been one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands, and family obligations notwithstanding, they’re anxious to get back on the road. “We really enjoyed the last tour,” says Mike. “To go out and enjoy each night the way we’d always dreamed about was fantastic. Fans anywhere can feel our vibe even if they don’t understand the lyrics.”


Globetrotters they may be, but for all four, there’s still no place like home. Says Fergal, “A lot of people told us we should move to Dublin or London. But we never saw the point. Limerick is where we live, where our families and friends are. Besides, if you’re away from Ireland too long, your heart grows heavy. You’ve gotta get back and get your fix, even if it’s just for a week or two. It’s a magical place.”


There are those that might say The Cranberries themselves have been responsible for some of that magic. Today, after ten years and 33 million albums sold, the band is in their best condition ever, both musically and personally. “We’re really happy as a band and as individuals,” notes Fergal, “and we think this album captured that.” With WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, the Cranberries have attained a new artistic benchmark. Drink up.


Copyright © 2001 Curtain Call Ltd.

Source: The Cranberries Official Website

The Cranberries kick off European promo tour

September 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries kick off European promo tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Following August’s radio and interview tour around the US, The Cranberries began their European venture today in Edinburgh, Scotland. Interviews on todays agenda included ScotFM / Forth FM and Clyde Radio. Tomorrow, the band heads to Manchester, England for interviews for Key 103, Century Radio, and Big AM (Stockton).

The Cranberries Official Website has posted the entire tentative schedule for the band’s European tour, which is set to end on October 6th in London. As with the US tour, the site is giving away tickets in a 30-word essay contest. Winners will receive tickets for the September 25th Amsterdam, Holland intimate gig.

Source: The Cranberries Official Website

Photo: 95.5 WPLJ appearance

September 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on Photo: 95.5 WPLJ appearance  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Below is another new photo of the band, from their visit to New York last month. This one is from WPLJ’s studios — the guy standing on the right is host Race Taylor.

Source: WPLJ moves

September 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on moves  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

If you were an average Internet surfer and suddenly needed info on The Cranberries, where would you go? of course. Since 1996, the site has been online, owned hosted by Island Records. However, unfortunately for those in need of good content, the site was only updated when new material was released by the band. The last update to the page was in March 2001 for the US release of The Complete Sessions.

However, now the hyperlink takes you to something else — The Cranberries Official International Homepage, the Ireland-based page that was previously (and still is) found at The international page has always been much more personal and far less “corporate” than Island. With Island owning the domain previously, it’s unknown if the band had to strike a deal to receive the domain for their personal site. So update your links!

Source: The Cranberries Official Website


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