Our interview with French Director Olivier Dahan

September 17, 2018  |  5 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

We may know Olivier Dahan as the director of La Vie en Rose, Le Petit Poucet or Grace de Monaco, but to us, he is the iconic director of four music videos for The Cranberries as well as one from Dolores O’Riordan’s first solo album.

A few weeks ago, Olivier Dahan was kind enough to answer our questions and revisit his fruitful collaboration with The Cranberries.

Cranberries World: First, let’s start by talking about your first project with the band, how was your first collaboration in 1996, on Salvation?

Olivier Dahan: I worked at the time at ‘Bandits’, the production company owned by JB Mondino. The band contacted me and left me carte blanche for this clip. Dolores had sent me the lyrics telling me about the main theme: a song against drugs. At the time I would always start working with preparatory drawings: so I began drawing this scary clown, then other characters that I placed in some frames that made sense with the lyrics of the song.

Two of Olivier Dahan’s drawings he kindly agreed on sharing with us
(More drawings to be uploaded soon on our “Salvation” video page)

CW: How was your work received by the band, specifically Dolores?

OD: Dolores was more involved than the rest of the band, because she was the one writing the lyrics – but also because of her strong personality. At the end of the day, most of my exchanges at the time of the development of the concept were almost exclusively with her. She would then debrief the rest of the band on the ideas that she and I were contemplating.

CW: What were her expectations for the Salvation video?

OD: Beyond the anti-drug theme, one of the first things that she told me when we talked about the concept of Salvation‘s video was that she wanted her bones to be seen. She liked provocative or disturbing things sometimes. I understood that she was ready to go far and, as a matter of fact, our video was censored in some countries: we thus released a “light” version where scenes of violence, like the scene where the parents are tied on a chair, were blurred.
In general, Dolores was very attentive and wanted her clips not to be formatted. She always tended to want to go beyond mainstream.

CW: Your second collaboration with The Cranberries was in 1999 for the video for their fourth album’s first single, Promises. How was this concept born? Tell us about the idea of having the ‘Robins des Bois’ in the casting.

OD: I wanted a gap between the seriousness of the lyrics and an almost burlesque visual. The Cranberries did not know the ‘Robins des Bois’ and, as far as I’m concerned, I had only seen some of their sketchs. I believe they were only starting out back then, but I thought they could fit what I had in mind. That being said, I have been able to work again with Jean-Paul Rouve or Maurice Barthélémy since, who I both really appreciate. Maïwenn is also featured in this video. She plays the role of the scarecrow.

CW: And what about the atmosphere on the set with the band?

OD: The atmosphere was always very pleasant. I was given lots of freedom for creation; and the band would place their entire confidence in me. Their success, at the time, would allow them to be granted significant budgets for their clips and therefore to have lots of fun. They were always very enthusiastic and excited about our projects. We would get along quite well actually, each of them were very friendly. We spent a fair amount of time together later in Toronto when shooting the video for Animal Instinct. We would go out, attend gigs together, etc.

CW: Animal Instinct is quite different from the two other clips we’ve discussed so far. Where did you get the inspiration for that video?

OD: On this third collaboration with the band, I wanted to do something much more down to earth, with a direct link to the lyrics. This time, the shooting lasted for almost a week, in similar conditions to that of a movie, in Toronto. We worked out an entire story, set up a casting to find the actors… I wanted something that looked realistic. When it was broadcasted, we had to submit an alternative edit of the videoclip, a version that did not feature the intro, for MTV. This story with those kids who are removed from their mother was obviously something somehow too harrowing for them!

CW: At last, the band called on you once again in 2002 to work on the This Is The Day videoclip. What was the idea behind this?

OD: The goal was clearly to make a spectacular video with powerful images. In the end, it was not the link with the lyrics that mattered most here, but the aesthetic side with a rather baroque universe.

Preview of the storyboard of “This Is The Day” that Olivier Dahan kindly shared with us
(See more images taken from “This Is The Day” storyboard on the video page by clicking here)

CW: Dolores would always have those looks, and different haircut in your videoclips…

OD: Something was very clear on each of our collaboration: she had to be transformed, change her appearance. These transformations would motivate her a lot. On each of our collaborations, she wanted her look to be completely different from all the previous ones. Actually, among the first questions she would ask whenever we would start working on a new video concept was: “Alright, so what’s my look on this one? Which costume? Which make-up? Which hairstyle?” That would amuse her a lot. Gigi Lepage, the designer I work with, loved working with her.

CW: In 2007, you worked on the videoclip of When We Were Young, from Dolores’ first solo album. How was this collaboration different from those you had experienced with the band?

OD: Actually, it was not any different. The one main difference was the budget! The challenge here was to find some aesthetic ideas that could fit within this limitation. We shot the video in Paris, with sequence-shots, within a day. We made several sequence-shots this way, and chose the right shot together, there was no montage. Shooting started in the morning, and by the end of the day, the clip was done.

CW: Throughout all of these years, did you ever get to see the band play live?

OD: I did, several times! They had even asked me to film one of their concerts back then, though, unfortunately, I was already working on other projects at that time.

CW: Last question, which of these videoclips would you consider your favourite among all of those that we’ve discussed?

OD: The one that marked me most is probably Salvation, because it was our first collaboration and the concept worked very well. This Is The Day was also a beautiful collaboration: I produced this clip with Hervé Humbert, and worked with a graphic designer, Marc Latil, who I appreciate a lot; and I think the result is very powerful, visually speaking. The concept actually evolved throughout the process. During the shooting, we had not yet considered projecting images in space. We only got to improvise this later.

“Dreams (Pop Mix)” version available on Apple Music

September 15, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

“Dreams (Pop Mix)” demo is premiering these days on Apple Music.

If you’re an Apple Music suscriber you can already listen to the full track by searching for “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (Super Deluxe) Edition”.

For all others, here’s a 30 sec preview of this gem:

 

As a reminder, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 25th Anniversary Edition” will be released on October 19th 2018.
Preorder the album on this link.

“IN THE END” The Cranberries’ final album title amended by The Guardian (UPDATED)

September 14, 2018  |  20 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

The Guardian just edited their online version of their interview with the lads as there were a few mistakes. Read below the notification added in the very last lines:

This story was updated to correct two errors. The Aer Lingus incident occurred in 2014, not 2016. At the time of her death, O’Riordan was in London to mix a record with her side project D.A.R.K, not to record vocals for Bad Wolves.

Furthermore, the article now features another amendement regarding the name of the album. “THIS IS THE END” has now been replaced by “IN THE END”… Could that be another mistake that hasn’t been listed in their “update list”?

Let’s not numerous fans have already been commenting on how heartbreaking “This Is The End” sounds, so let’s hope this time The Guardian got the title right…

1st version with “This Is The End”

2nd version with “In The End”


UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 14 – 3:30 PM (UTC)

The guardian edited their online article for the second time, again amending errors, although this time the name of the album hasn’t changed. So now looks very likely that “In The End” will be the title of the ultimate album.

We may thus wonder if this was a mistake from the journalist – as we can imagine that The Guardian would have listed this error on their “update list” while amending the article for the 2nd time – or if the band has decided to change the title between Sept 3rd and yesterday, thus requiring an amendment once the article was already printed.

3rd version still with “In The End”

Here’s also below the hard copy of the newspaper, shared by ‘The Cranberries Newspaper’ on Facebook, thanks to them. It appears that the printed paper features a different photo of the lads and the first version of the article, meaning the album title mentioned is “This Is The End”.



BREAKING: Noel, Mike and Fergal’s first interview since Dolores passing, revealing the name of their ultimate album (UPDATED)

September 13, 2018  |  8 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Today, The Guardian published the first interview of the lads since January 2018.

As we know, the band has been avoiding media interviews and requests to take part in commemorative projects these last months, asking for people to respect their wishes for privacy at this very difficult time.

However, as the 25th anniversary edition of “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” is about to be released this October along with The Cranberries final album called “THIS IS THE END” that will be released in 2019, the band spoke today for the first time to The Guardian at Strand hotel, Limerick, discussing the “challenges of working without [Dolores]”

Click here to read the article where the band says that their ultimate album will be “really strong lyrically“.
They indeed explain that “she always said she found it hard to write songs when she was happy. She always said: put a bit of misery in her life and it was easier.

The band also confirms that “This Is The End” will be their last album:
“We will do this album and then that will be it,” [Noel] adds. “There is no need to continue.”

The Guardian treats us with the first photoshoot of the band without Dolores, heartbreakingly describing the scene:
The band step out on to the balcony to do the photoshoot. Noel stood out here with O’Riordan the last time he saw her. This is new for them: no frontwoman, no idea how to stand, to pose, without their focal point. ‘With Dolores, doing pictures was so easy, because you knew exactly what to do’ he smiles. ‘Just all get behind her’. 

Photo: Patrick Bolger for the Guardian

Thanks to Julien @jttlse for his help


UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 14 – 3:40 AM (UTC)

“IN THE END” should in fact be the title of the album and not “THIS IS THE END”. See our update by clicking this link.

A preview of our ‘Cranberries Mystery Tour’

September 12, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Other News

Last week, just ahead of what would have marked Dolores O’Riordan’s birthday – and sadly, the date that was also chosen by the coroner to make the inquest public – we encouraged everyone to remember and celebrate the beautiful talent that she was by focusing on the music, sharing memories and spreading love.

Alan Martin, who we can fairly describe as the first ever Cranberries fan, took us at our words!
While some members of our team were in Limerick city to pay tribute to Dolores, Alan offered to treat us to a “Cranberries Mystery Tour” that would lead us to different venues where the band performed in their early days, schools they had attended as pupils, and Churches where they got married.

Most of the photos we took during this special tour will enable us to illustrate the concerts pages that represent the shows that they played during the 1990s. However, only a very few of these places are still standing today as they did back then.

During this tour, we were escorted to:

– The Flag Café (first ever show, 18 November 1989, TCSU with Niall Quinn – now closed and walled)

– The Crescent Hall

– The Glentworth (today’s Pery’s hotel)

– The Theatre Royal (closed)

– The Jetland Center (now a shopping center)

– People’s Park (where ‘Lark in the Park’ took place)

– The Parkway

– The Two Mile Inn

– The Speakeasy (today’s Texas Steak Out)

– The Empire Records shop where the band launched their debut album (today’s Centra shop)

– The Savoy, Top Floor (now entirely rebuilt)

– The Cruise’s Royal Hotel (first ever show with Dolores on 14 July 1990, the building is now gone)

But that wasn’t all!
We were honored to be welcomed at the Moyross ‘Corpus Christi Primary School’ where the very talented choir (who had sung earlier this year at Thomond Park for the Munster game, as well as on RTÉ One ahead of the All Ireland final) performed “Dreams” for us!!!

What a beautiful reminder of the impact of the band’s music on the upcoming generations, proving that music will, without a doubt, be the legacy that Dolores has left for all time.

Here’s our video to share this incredible and very emotional experience with Cranberries fans from all over the world :

Corpus Christi Choir Moyross – “Dreams”

Last, we were privileged to be joined by Professor Eoin Devereux at Limerick University, where he teaches, to learn more on the History of the band and visit some more places that are still full of memories:

– The Stables Club

– The University of Limerick room where ‘Treaty 300’ took place

– The Irish Chamber Orchestra

We’ve truly been touched by the hospitality we received in Limerick, and we treasure those lovely moments that we were privileged to share with everyone there. It is our sincere hope that by sharing this small review of our trip, fans throughout the world will feel the love the Limerick people have for the beautiful soul that Dolores undeniably was.

We would like to extend a very warm THANK YOU to Alan Martin, the Moyross Corpus Christi Choir, and Professor Eoin Devereux for filling our hearts with so much history and beautiful memories at a most needed time.

Photo shoot in Cancún 2017: Never seen before pic

September 12, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

A never seen before pic from the photo shoot in Cancún, Mexico in February 2017 was shared yesterday by The Cranberries on Facebook.

“Dolores was turning her life around before tragic death, she was full of hope for the future”

September 10, 2018  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Dolores was turning her life around before tragic death, she was full of hope for the future”
The article was published in print yesterday in the Irish newspaper ‘Sunday Independent’ and is now available online today on independent.ie (link above)

Photo credit: David Conachy

The Cranberries in studio for the new album’s mastering

September 7, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries posted a small video on Instagram today to announce they were currently mastering the new Cranberries album, that is to be released in 2019, in Metropolis Studios, London.
More info about this upcoming album can be found on this link.

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Today we master the new Cranberries album.

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One may imagine we should get some more glimpse of their studio work in the upcoming days.

Stay tuned!

RTÉ apologizes regarding the ‘Joe Jackson tapes revisited’

September 7, 2018  |  26 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday, September 6th, RTÉ published an apology regarding the ‘Joe Jackson tapes revisited’ show which aired last week on Radio 1.
As pointed earlier by our team and other fans, the broadcast appeared to feature a ten minutes interview of Sinead Lohan from 1998 that was incorretly attributed to Dolores O’Riordan. Moreover, “there was a clear inference that the members of The Cranberries band had used drugs”.
A correction and apologies from RTÉ were thus in order.

Press statement issued by the O’Riordan family

September 7, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Press statement issued by the O’Riordan family and published at 5:16 AM (Irish time) today on The Cranberries Facebook:

‘We’re just glad it is over’ – Family of Dolores O’Riordan as coroner records her death as ‘accidental’

September 6, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

'We're just glad it is over' – Family of Dolores O'Riordan as coroner records her death as 'accidental'

Gepostet von Cranberries World am Donnerstag, 6. September 2018

 

 

 

Band announcement on this special day

September 6, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

The Cranberries just published the below note:

On January 15th 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O’Riordan. Today we continue
to struggle to come to terms with what happened.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family and our thoughts are with
them today.

Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people ’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us. We ’d like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time.

We request, please, for our privacy to be respected at this time.

Dolores O’Riordan inquest: live updates on Sky News

September 6, 2018  |  21 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sky News is live from London where an inquest is being held, you can follow the updates on this link or on the below post.

UK TIME:
10:45 AM Setting up now at Westminster Coroner’s Court ahead of the start of the inquest.

10:50 The coroner is Dr Shirley Radclffe, and the first witness we will hear from will be Stephen Earl, who will give identification and background

11:07 Dr Earl’s report will be via documentation, he will not be in court

11:08 The mother, brother and sister-in-law of Dolores O’Riordan are in the Coroner’s Court today to hear the coroner’s findings

11:09 We will later hear a report from O’Riordan’s American psychiatrist

11:10 O’Riordan was found in room 2005 in the Hilton hotel on Park Lane, London, on 15 January.

11:13 As well as a musical star O’Riordan is described as a ‘loyal daughter’ and ‘dedicated & loving mother’

11:15 After checking in to the hotel, O’Riordan is described as accessing the mini-bar in her room and calling her mother at around 3am

11:16 O’Riordan is described as being found ‘submerged face up in the bath dressed in her pyjamas

11:17 We will now hear from PC Natalie Smart live in the court

11:18 Hotel manager had contacted the police and took PC Smart up to the room

11:19 A maid discovery O’Riordan’s body on entering the room

11:20 When police arrived O’Riordan’s nose & mouth were completely submerged in the bathwater

11:20 O’Riordan was dressed in pyjamas and a long sleeved vest

11:21 Five miniature bottles of spirits were found in O’Riordan’s room, a 35cl mini bottle of Champagne and the packaging for a quantity of medication.

11:21 A packet of cigarettes had also been smoked

11:23 A report from psychiatrist Dr Hirschfield – O’Riordan’s US psychiatrist- she had stopped drinking and seemed to be doing well, although he said she had felt a little low over Christmas

11:25 O’Riordan is described as being on a selection of prescription drugs taken for bipolar disorder

11:26 Toxicology report showed she was 4 times over legal driving limit when found

11:27 We now hear live from Dr Seamus O Ceallaigh, O’Riordan’s psychiatrist in Ireland

11:29 Dr Ceallaigh says he believes she had ‘an episode of mania or elevated mood’

11:29 No note was found in the hotel room

11:31 Back in 2017, at a time of stress, after drinking excessively, O’Riordan had begun a suicide note but then lapsed into unconsciousness.

11:32 Dr Ceallaigh saw her 1 week before her death. She was due to shortly return to New York.

11:33 He says she had maintained sobriety over long periods, but he recognised her use of alcohol as a high risk factor.

11:34 There was no evidence O’Riordan had taken any drugs, other than her prescribed medication. However she had drunk excessive amounts of alcohol.

11:37 The coroner describes O’Riordan as looking forward to the future, both her music and seeing her children in Canada

11:38 Cause of death: drowning due to alcohol intoxication

11:39 Verdict recorded: accidental

11:42 The coroner offers her condolences to the family, and concludes the court session.

11:44 The family of Dolores O’Riordan leave court.

September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018  |  6 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dear all,

As we reach what would have been the 47th birthday of Dolores O’Riordan, we continue to struggle with immense grief and sorrow in losing the woman who was such an inspiration to all of us.

Today, ahead of the release of the public results from her inquest, we encourage everyone to remember and celebrate Dolores for the talent and beautiful soul that she was.
Listen to the music if you can, sing it loud, share your priceless memories, and spread the love ❤️.

On this day, and every day, we miss you Dolores.
We send our blessings and deepest love on this anniversary.

The CW Team

Limerick man ‘Dreams’ up Dolores O’Riordan flag tribute

September 1, 2018  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Other News

Interesting article posted on limerickleader.ie

Seoirse Laffan’s ‘Dreams’ flag hung proudly at the Na Piarsaigh homecoming

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