Spanish television channel TVE1 aired the newest episode of “Música Sí” earlier today, which included The Cranberries’ four-song mini-concered, recorded in a frictional session in late November. In an attempt to cover their own asses, the show manipulated much of the video, putting the band in a very degrading, humiliating, and indignant position.
They originally recorded the songs in this order:
2. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
4. Time Is Ticking Out
During “Zombie” Dolores and the director had a harsh exchange of words, which you can read about here (Link no longer available), if you haven’t already. The show instead changed the order of the songs, putting in the following:
2. Time Is Ticking Out
3. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
At the beginning of “Zombie” Dolores said, “This next song is Zombie.” It was properly translated at the bottom of the screen. “Zombie” was never finished. Halfway through the song, an understandably irritated Dolores dropped the lyrics and said, “The sound is crappy, I can’t sing like this.” However, the subtitles deceptively read, “I’m stressed and I can’t sing.”
To make matters worse, in the break before “Zombie”, the show substitued in falsified clips that were recorded after the show. “The interviewer said that Dolores had told her during the spots that her voice was terribly bad and that she didn’t know whether she would be able to sing,” says Jesus Castillo, one Spanish fan who was able to watch the show. “They have followed a line of argumentation completely false to save their image by manipulating what actually happened. Dolores was very serious, angry, uninterested and she commited a HUGE mistake singing WUASTC. In TITO, she didn’t sing ‘we’ in the chorus . She said, ‘… don’t know, for me love is all’. In Zombie she skipped many parts. If you don’t know what has happened, you lose all the respect for the band BECAUSE Dolores seems really silly.”
Spanish fansite Cranberries of Prat has plans to begin a petition to send to “Música Sí” in hopes of a public apology from the show. In the meantime, they also plan to have an MP3 of the audience-recorded argument between Dolores and the director within the coming days, so that the situation can be made known first-hand to fans.
And perhaps the biggest insult of them all is that this situation isn’t exactly new. The band experienced similar mistreatment when they recorded for “Música Sí” in early 1999, where it was reported that the audience filler at times boo’ed The Cranberries on stage.
Thanks to Jesus Castillo for the info.