20 years ago today, The Cranberries released their fifth studio album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.
On this occasion, Hot Press magazine are revisiting their original 2001 review; read here.
UPDATE – OCTOBER 23
Windmill Lane Recording Studios in association with Universal Music Ireland just announced the release of their new album which features songs from classic albums recorded in their iconic studios.
The compilation album simply titled “Windmill Lane Recording Studios” includes “Zombie” among 10 classic songs and will be released on 29 October 2021 on limited edition clear vinyl.
Exclusively sold through their online shop here (pre-order available now).
Price: 33.00 euro + shipping (ROI only)
Mysterious Way – U2
Imitation Of Life – R.E.M.
Zombie – The Cranberries
All This Useless Beauty – Elvis Costello
Old Town – Phil Lynott
World Of Our Own – Westlife
Breathless – The Corrs
When A Woman – Gabrielle
She’s A River – Simple Minds
Julia Says – Wet Wet Wet
Today was the official release date for “Salvation inspired by The Cranberries” and the full album was available at midnight earlier today on all streaming platforms. A few songs were even officially posted on YouTube yesterday.
No reason given yet…
UPDATE – OCTOBER 2
Now removed from Spotify as well.
Earlier today during their facebook event to commemorate what would have been Dolores’ 50th birthday, The Cranberries announced quite out of the blue, the release of “To The Faithful Departed 25th Anniversary” for the end of the year, before Christmas.
For now they gave very few information about the content except that it will include 3 demos done in Paris with Tim Palmer (audio engineer / record producer) when they were in the middle of a tour.
If you missed The Cranberries special event on Facebook earlier today, you can watch it again here, it’s available to everyone whether you are on or off facebook. The band was interviewed by Stuart Clark (from Hot Press magazine) at the Strand hotel in Limerick.
They discussed about:
- A brand new playlist called “Remembering Dolores” (available here)
- The Cranberries documentary
- To The Faithful Departed 25th Anniversary to be released this year before Christmas
- Eminem, Miley Cyrus and their covers of Zombie
- Charlie Watts; The Cranberries and AC/DC opening for the Stones in 2003
- The Hot Press book
- Touring memories
- Noel working on soundtracks (like Woodstock 99), then the band performing Woodstock in 1994
- Dolores being so much fun
- Stephen Street, almost the fifth member
- The Grammy’s
- A brand new official music video for “Never Grow Old” (watch it here)
Noel Hogan was interviewed on “The Six O’Clock Show” today on the Irish TV, Virgin Media One, talking about the new Hot Press book.
If you missed the show, replay is available here.
The interview with Noel starts at 3:25
Dreams 2020 and Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board Further Education & Training are presenting a youth arts event this year in Limerick on Dolores’ birthday weekend, inviting young singer-songwriters from the area to apply. The special event/showcase will be streamed from the Dolores O’Riordan Park (Morning Star Park) in Bruff, Ireland, to remember Dolores’ 50th birthday.
More details on Facebook by clicking here.
A second image was posted by user malamusicajerez
However, this image could be a generic one and not the exact transparent vinyls (?)
update: indeed, not the exact vinyls at all!!!
Noel Hogan was asked by director Garret Price to work on the soundtrack for his new documentary about Woodstock 99 and the (not so well known outside of US) chaos that ensued.
Note: The Cranberries didn’t play the festival that year, only in 1994.
The film will arrive on HBO Max streaming service July 23rd in the US.
The website launched in December 2020 now includes a lot of different sections.
On the links section, some readers may have noticed a brand new project called between two and its soon to come website (https://betweentwoofficial.com)
“When You’re Gone” by Pillow Queens is the first single from the forthcoming tribute album “Salvation” inspired by The Cranberries for Pieta. The song was released today and is available on all streaming platforms now.
Pillow Queens will be performing the song on “The Late Late Show” tonight from 9:35pm on RTÉ One (Irish TV).
Pillow Queens on Twitter,
The “Salvation” album is set for release 1st October 2021, full track listing as follows:
- Sinead O’Connor – No Need To Argue
- Irish Women in Harmony – Dreams
- Pillow Queens – When You’re Gone
- Moncrieff – Free To Decide
- Wyvern Lingo – Salvation
- Aimée – Linger
- Walking On Cars – Promises
- Kodaline with the RTE Orchestra featuring Noel Hogan – Zombie (Live)
- The Cranberries – Chocolate Brown (Recorded Live for 2FM)
- Kitt Philippa – Twenty One
- Roe – I Can’t Be With You
- True Tides – Ode To My Family
- Kellie Lewis – Ridiculous Thoughts
You may note that “Dreams” by Irish Women In Harmony and “Zombie” by Kodaline+Noel+Orchestra were already known and released a few time ago and could be considered in fact as the real 1st singles of the album!
Two more things to notice, the album includes an unreleased Cranberries recording “Chocolate Brown” live for 2FM, and singer Lyra (who performed “Zombie” on “The Late Late Show” as tribute to Dolores last January) is not featured on the album.
CD and limited edition yellow vinyl are available to pre-order today (more or less €9.99 and €19.99). See your local shops for more details.
A rare and unique “Stars” test pressing signed by the remaining band members plus Dolores’ mother (!?) will be auctioned tomorrow for the White Label Auction in aid of The BRiT Trust.
Auction page here (lot #115)
UPDATE – MAY 5
Sold for £400 (+28% inc. VAT)
A new 3CD boxset to be released by Spectrum (the record label who already released Dreams The Collection) and titled “The Essential Cranberries” or “Essential Cranberries” or maybe just “Essentials” has been spotted on Amazon.co.uk, wowhd.co.uk and merchbar.com recently.
According to Amazon, it is to be released on 30 April 2021 and according to other websites it is to be released on 7 May 2021. There is no tracklist information for now and artwork might be very uncertain as already seen before (for example on 606Musix).
Even though the 30th of April is the exact release date of the album “To The Faithful Departed”, this boxset has probably nothing to do with a 25th Anniversary Edition!
Special thanks to Dan for the links.
UPDATE – MAY 10
Nothing was released on May 7th.
Could be the usual mistake due to the American style of writing dates, which could mean to be released on July 5th!
To be continued…
The “Zombie” Music Video has hit another 100 Million views exactly a year after getting 1 billion views on YouTube. 100 Million views a year looks like its cruising speed!
iTunes made the song available for 69 cents. As a result, it got back on Billboard charts, not just arriving at its peak position on the hot alternative songs charts (#13) on 9 April 2021,
Thanks to Seamus and Benjamin Alexander for the info and screenshots!
A new Italian book has been released this week.
“Dolores O’Riordan & The Cranberries – Parole Di Una Star Riluttante. Testi Commentati”
The book recently appeared on Amazon and eBay. 287 pages published by Arcana, format 15×21 (cm). Not much information for now, the book could be a kind of song by song analysis.
Thanks to Dominic Taylor for sharing today on Facebook group Revival Press this never seen before gem/photo of poet Mike MacDomhnaill with Dolores and 2 other students on their last day at school.
The other 2 girls could be Dolores’ school friends Rachel Real on the right and Anne Marie Cunningham on the left, thanks to Thérèse Hunt on Facebook. (Re)read the interview from February 2019 with Rachel Real.