Dolores in GayWired: “I love the gay community”

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in GayWired: “I love the gay community”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

GayWired has a straightforward Q&A with Dolores posted. The interview hits all the same topics as the other interviews floating around, with the addition of some Q&A about gay rights, specifically gay marriage in Dolores’s part- time home of Canada.

Here it is:

Ten Minutes with Dolores O’Riordan 06.22.07
Who can ever forget Dolores O’Riordan’s glorious vocal gymnastics? As the leader of mega-successful alt-pop band the Cranberries, O’Riordan took listeners on countless musical joy rides, her crystalline instrument rising slowly from a whisper to a gorgeous and cathartic emotional cry. Still in awesome vocal form, O’Riordan has just released her first-ever solo album Are You Listening? on Sanctuary Records. Co-produced by Youth and Dan Broadbeck, the eagerly anticipated album is a 12-track tour de force and marks her first release in four years.

Cranberries “couldn’t do another Linger or Dreams”

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries “couldn’t do another Linger or Dreams”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“The Cranberries couldn’t couldn’t do another ‘Linger’ or ‘Dreams,’ because you can’t really do the same thing twice,” said Dolores O’Riordan in an interview published yesterday in New Jersey’s Courier-Post, explaining why she left the band.

At the same time, she’s quick to point out that there will be plenty of Cranberries material in her live shows during the upcoming US tour. The article in the South Jersey paper is specifically to promote the Philadelpha show on July 13th. (We’ll be there!)

“The Cranberries stuff is great and I still like to sing those songs,” she said via phone from Greece. “They bring back memories and it’s light-hearted now to sing them.”

Here’s the article text, as posted in the forums by CordellNJ:

Former Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan performs at the Fillmore at the TLA on July 13 with her four-member band. During her years with the Cranberries, O’Riordan, 35, helped the band sell more than 40 million records between 1993 and 1999. The group, which released four albums during that time, had it’s biggest hit single with 1994’s “Zombie.” This month, O’Riordan embarks on her first U.S tour in more than 5 years to plug her just released solo debut album, “Are You Listening?” The records earned raves as a striking return, “With angular chords and O’Riordan’s distinctively powerful vocals.” Written and recorded over 4 years, the album is largly inspired by personal experience. Her name, speaking by phone from greece, said she “Didn’t feel any pressure at all” in making the CD. “The more success you have, the more pressure you aquire.” She says. “The Cranberries couldn’t couldn’t do another ‘Linger’ or ‘Dreams,’ because you can’t really do the same thing twice. But after I stepped away from all that, and just focused on being a fulltime mom, music became a hobby to me again, and the pressure disappeared. “Music then was truely just for theraputic purposes.” The resulting effect, O’Riordan says, was “more experimental than her work with the Cranberries, while still retaining her melodic flare. For her solo tour, O’Riordan will be backed by a four member band, and plans to do a mix of old and new material. “The Cranberries stuff is great and I still like to sing those songs,” she said. “They bring back memories and it’s light-hearted now to sing them.”

“Zombie” features in “Singstar 90s” on PlayStation 2

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” features in “Singstar 90s” on PlayStation 2  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s official: The Cranberries are getting their first-ever placement in a video game when Singstar 90s releases for the PlayStation 2 in August in Australia and other PAL territories. (Unless, of course, you want to count the Doors and Windows CD-ROM as a game.)

Sony has just confirmed the ocial lineup of songs for the latest in the karaoke series, which carries an impressive lineup of tracks from artists ranging from The Cure to The Cardigans. Even Radiohead, who are notoriously strict about licensing their music — albums like OK Computer and Kid A aren’t even on iTunes — appear with “Creep.” Here’s the confirmed lineup:

  • » ALL SAINTS – Never Ever
  • »  AQUA – Barbie Girl
  • »  B-52’s – Love Shack
  • »  BARENAKED LADIES – One Week
  • »  BILLY RAY CYRUS – Achey Breaky Heart
  • »  DIVINYLS – I Touch Myself
  • »  EMF – Unbelievable
  • »  GIN BLOSSOMS – Hey Jealousy
  • »  LISA LOEB – Stay
  • »  MC HAMMER – U Can’t Touch This
  • »  MEREDITH BROOKS – Bitch
  • »  M PEOPLE – Movin’ On Up
  • »  NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Step By Step
  • »  NICK CAVE & KYLIE MINOGUE – Where the Wild Roses Grow
  • »  POISON – Unskinny Bop
  • »  RADIOHEAD – Creep
  • »  REM – Everybody Hurts
  • »  ROACHFORD – Only to be with You
  • »  SAVAGE GARDEN – I Want You
  • »  SEAL – Kiss From A Rose
  • »  SIR MIX A LOT – Baby Got Back
  • »  SPICE GIRLS – Wannabe
  • »  SPIN DOCTORS – Two Princes
  • »  THE CARDIGANS – Lovefool
  • »  THE CRANBERRIES – Zombie
  • »  THE CURE – Friday I’m In Love
  • »  WET WET WET – Love Is All Around

The game will also include the music videos for every track that will play in the background for each level. Below is a shot grabbed from WorthPlaying of the “Zombie” level.

Singstar 90s is due out in Australia on August 7, 2007. The game has not yet been announced for North America or other territories, but Zombieguide will post in case that changes.

Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “Irish Examiner” USA

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “Irish Examiner” USA  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan is on the cover of the June 13th issue of the American edition of the Irish Examiner, plus the full interview is online at their site. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Here are some good quotes pulled from the interview:

“I’d a good break, and I’ve the hunger back, the whole vibe is back. Most of the material (for the new album) was written in Canada. In winter, there’s four feet of snow there. It’s very cold, but very inspiring. I have a piano in my house, and I use the weather, the ever-changing climate to inspire me while writing,” she claimed.

The music scene in general however, has changed a great deal while she’s been away. “The emphasis is not on CDs anymore, it’s more on Ipods. It’s always changing, when we were teens, it went from vinyl to cassette. Good music is good music though.”

Dolores, discussing her cameo in Click, also revealed that she isn’t as interested in acting now as she was just a few years ago. (”I want to play some kind of femme fatale – curly hair, big breasts and a tight dress. I imagine it would be like ‘Hollywood! I’m here – Dolores O’Riordan in person!’” she said in 2002.)

Of her cinematic venture, she told us: “Adam (Sandler) is a big fan apparently. It was a blast, we spent ten days (on location). There’s a lot of waiting around for your scene. It’s a good laugh, and very interesting behind the scenes. Every morning, we’d three and a half hours doing make up, it makes you aware of so many different forms of art.”

Of a future in acting however, she said: “Maybe when I’m older, if it felt good at the time. I did like the whole experience, but you’d have to move lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles.”

It looks like back issues of the cover article may be available for ordering. We’ve emailed the Irish Examiner about it and will update if you can order online.

Lastly, the Irish Examiner has some juicy circa 2000-2002 hi-res photos that you obsessive picture collectors can grab here and here.

Read the whole article here or below, after the jump. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Dolores in The Star: “AYL” is a “therapeutic diary”

June 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in The Star: “AYL” is a “therapeutic diary”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan told Toronto’s the Star that the process of writing and recording Are You Listening? was therapeutic for her.

She describes the process of writing over a period of four years as a “hobby and a kind of escape” from both the good and bad elements in her life.

The Star is quick to point out that although it was written in seclusion at home, the album is loaded with heavy themes of death and insecurity — something we pointed out in our own review.

Here’s what The Toronto Star commented:

Are You Listening?, released in May, didn’t turn out to be a tip- toeing ode to domestic bliss, though. Minus the odd, sweet- natured ode to O’Riordan’s toddler daughter, it’s long on themes of death and escape while the music, like that of the Cranberries, is sometimes startlingly heavy and roiling.

Dolores also revealed that producer Dan Brodbeck actually moved into the basement of her home in Howth to work on the tracks on ProTools in O’Riordan’s spare time. She said:

“It was great because one minute we could be recording and the next I could be mashing the potatoes. He was brilliant,” says O’Riordan. “The set-up was downstairs and he’d be down there working all the time, so I’d go down and say, `I have an idea’ and I’d put it down and leave him to come up with some percussion while I went upstairs to peel some spuds. He only came upstairs when he smelled dinner cooking. Otherwise he was in the studio.”

You can read the whole interview at The Toronto Star or below after the jump. Thanks to Tara and others for the tip.

2nd single “When We Were Young” in charts

June 26, 2007  |  Comments Off on 2nd single “When We Were Young” in charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

It looks like “When We Were Young” will indeed be the second single from Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? The song has just entered the charts at Otvoreni Radio ( in Croatia at #19.

This comes after much speculation on the Zombieguide Forums about which song would follow “Ordinary Day.”

Otvoreni Radio was the first reported station to play the debut single “Ordinary Day” way back in February, so it’s no surprise to us that they’re the first station to pick up the second single.

To those at Sanctuary: excellent choice! Maybe “October” for the third single, hmm?

Thanks to Sale for the news.

10 more “Are You Listening?” scans in Flickr set

June 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on 10 more “Are You Listening?” scans in Flickr set  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

We’ve got 10 more print magazine scans having to do with Dolores O’Riordan’s new album in our Flickr set. Check ‘em out!

Has a newspaper or magazine published something about Dolores in your country? Send Zombieguide scans and we’ll add it to the set (with credit to you).

Cindy Sheehan writes editorial on “Zombie”

June 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cindy Sheehan writes editorial on “Zombie”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

High profile anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has written an editorial centered around The Cranberries’ “Zombie,” posted on the site Buzzflash.

In it, Sheehan reveals that she happened to be listening to the song on the day her son was killed in Iraq (April 4, 2004):

On the way home from Los Angeles yesterday, my daughter Carly and I stopped in a store on the Grapevine to purchase some CDs for the longish drive (6 hours). One of the CDs we bought was a greatest hits album by The Cranberries.

It’s not me, it’s not my family: One of the songs is the above song, Zombie. The Cranberries were an Irish group that took on social issues such as violence and drug addiction: serious problems in all societies, but especially their society in the 1990s. We were listening to the CD and after Zombie, I looked at Carly and she was wiping tears oof her face. She said: “How can you listen to that song? You listened to it the day Casey was killed while you were cleaning the house.”

You can read the whole thing here or after the jump…

Girl Talk mashes up “Dreams” at Bonnaroo Fest

June 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on Girl Talk mashes up “Dreams” at Bonnaroo Fest  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Billboard reports that electronic artist Girl Talk (alias Gregg Gillis) debuted a mash-up of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on Saturday at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Billboard said that the mix was “among the most crowd-pleasing combos.”

Other mash-ups in Girl Talk’s setlist included Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It Is” and Big Country’s “In a Big Country,” Kelis’ “Milkshake” with Guns N’ Roses’ cover of Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog,” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

The Cranberries Press