A 7″ record that appeared on eBay weeks ago purporting to be a demo version of “Uncertain” has turned out to be fake.
The listing purported that the 45 rpm, which has “The Cranberries, UNCERTAIN DEMO” machine-printed onto the white label, had four tracks. The vinyl also has a printed catalog number “XERIC PROMO 001.”
We at Zombieguide purchased the vinyl, only to be dismayed that not only was it not The Cranberries, but that it wasn’t even a Xeric Records release. The vinyl is actually a 1989 punk release on Glut Records, catalog number FRIDGE 001. The vinyl carries four songs by Glut artists, none of which even remotely resemble The Cranberries.
A close inspection of the center label shows that the actual label information (“Glut Records”) has been whited out. The actual catalog number, “FRIDGE 001,” is etched into the inner ring of the vinyl.
Noel Hogan told Zombieguide that he does not believe Xeric ever released a 7″ version of “Uncertain.”
“We never released a 7″ version of Uncertain, or a demo. There were demos, but we would not have released them. The EP is the only version of that track, there was the white label and the printed cover version. I have most of everything we ever released, and that is what I have here,” he said.
In 2002, Fergal Lawler sent Zombieguide a copy of a demo version of “Uncertain,” which appears to have been taped from a radio broadcast. We have an MP3 of that demo available to download (see first link in post, “Xeric Records Demos” folder).
The Cranberries’ “Uncertain,” released in 1991 on Limerick label Xeric Records, is only available in three known formats: a CD release (discography), 12″ vinyl (discography), and a 12″ white-label test/promo vinyl (discography). The CD version is the version most sought-after by collectors, usually fetching over $100.
The fake vinyl has since been “lost” in the mail. We returned it for a refund, only to have the seller claim that he never received it.
Why did this vinyl get re-labeled as a non-existant Cranberries rarity? It’s a question we still have yet to answer. The seller claims to know nothing about it, and has an otherwise good eBay feedback rating.