Zombie #77 on MTVla’s All Time Video list

August 21, 2006  |  Comments Off on Zombie #77 on MTVla’s All Time Video list  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV Latin America recently had a countdown of their Top 100 Videos of all time to celebrate the network’s 25th anniversary.

The Cranberries’ 1994 chart topper came in number 77 on the “Los 100 Videos Mas MTV” countdown.

Thanks to Angel and aguafiestas for the news.

Australian soldier “didn’t commit suicide”

August 18, 2006  |  Comments Off on Australian soldier “didn’t commit suicide”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Two psychiatrists have testified that an Australian soldier in Iraq didn’t intend to commit suicide when he shot himself while singing The Cranberries’ “Dreams” in April.

Philip Mitchell, a psychiatry professor at Australia’s University of NSW, and Alexander McFarlane, professor at the University of Adelaide, both agree that Private Jake Kovco didn’t exhibit any suicidal signs.

However, Professor McFarlane concedes that the title of the song may have triggered a memory of a dream that Kovco had weeks previously. Kovco contemplated shooting himself in that dream, and wrote about it in his diary.

“Given that Private Kovco had the dream some months before and he was in a playful state of mind, it is possible the song triggered a recollection of his dream,” McFarlane said.

“At this moment he may have drawn his 9mm pistol and in a jocular (and immensely tragic) way, re-enacted his dream,” he added.

McFarlane testified that Kovco was in a playful mood when he died, and it was therefore unlikely that he would have intentionally shot himself in front of two friends.

Mitchell further found that the lyrics and beat of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” to be that of “an upbeat love song” and unlikely “to induce suicidal thoughts.”

Sources: Border Mail (more), The West Australian

Cranberries Lads Investing in Radio Company

July 20, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Lads Investing in Radio Company  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Irish Independent reports today that Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler are together putting up 10% of the funds for a new radio company in Limerick.

The new company, called Heart Media, hopes to win a bid for the city’s radio station. The license is currently held by Live 95FM, but according to Irish law, radio licenses go up for renewal every 10 years. Heart Media wants to create a station with a more alternative mix, including at least a third of its content being news and current affairs.

Their investment will give the Cranberry lads a combined 10% sharehold in the company. Other investors include TV show “Killinaskully” star Pat Shortt, radio presenter Will Leahy, and former Live 95FM staff members.

Source: Irish Independent

“Zombie” on “Rock Star: Supernova”

July 20, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on “Rock Star: Supernova”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On Tuesday night, singer Dilana Robichaux let loose a violent rendition of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” on CBS’s “Rock Star: Supernova.” It was a hit with the superstar judges too. You can watch her performance here.

Robichaux is a native of South Africa, but moved to Houston in 2001.

“Hi, Dilana. I wanna,” said Mötley CrÃ1⁄4e drummer Tommy Lee immediately after her performance. (”Sorry, I’m taken,” she said in reply.)

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, on the other hand, was a little more sensible in his comments. “Every week I look for that one performance thatâ€TMs the one that gives you chills. That youâ€TMre like, oh my God, I canâ€TMt believe that I just saw that on television. That was it,” he said.

The winner of the show will go on a world tour as the frontperson for a new rock band. (The previous incarnation of the show, “Rock Star: INXS,” filled the singer position for that band.)

Source: Dallas Morning News

Australian Soldier Kills Self Singing “Dreams”

June 25, 2006  |  Comments Off on Australian Soldier Kills Self Singing “Dreams”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Australia’s The Age reports that an Australian soldier stationed in Iraq shot and killed himself while singing along to The Cranberries’ “Dreams.” His death is Australia’s first casualty in Iraq.

A military investigation made public this week revealed that Private Jake Kovko was playing around with his pistol on April 21 at the same time that he and fellow soldiers were mimicking Dolores O’Riordan’s high-pitched vocals on “Dreams.” The song was a random selection from one of the soldiers’ iPods.

Kovko was in a cramped barracks with two other witnesses, named Soldiers 17 and 19 in reports, when his gun went off.

“I think he might have done it in a joking fashion,” Soldier 17 said in a written statement. “The song we were singing was in a female, homosexual way.”

Soldier 17 said that his only explanation for the death was a joke gone wrong: “He may have pulled the pistol and put it to his head, almost to say, ‘This is so gay I’d rather be dead.’”

Both witnesses heard Kovco mumble something in a half-joking manner before he pulled the trigger, although neither heard it clearly.

Both soldiers insist that they did not see Kovko pull the trigger, and investigators are still unsure whether it was an intentional suicide.

Australia’s The Age has several articles about the ongoing investigation, which you can read here, here, and here.

Source: The Age

National Review: Cranberries are Conservative Rock

May 25, 2006  |  Comments Off on National Review: Cranberries are Conservative Rock  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Conservative American magazine National Review has compiled a list of the “top 50 conservative rock songs of all time,” the New York Times reportstoday. Number 41 on that list is The Cranberries’ “Icicle Melts” from No Need to Argue.

The magazine writes,

41. “The Icicle Melts,” by The Cranberries.
A prolife tune sung by Irish warbler Dolores O’Riordan: “I don’t know what’s happening to people today / When a child, he was taken away . . . ‘Cause nine months is too long.”

The article’s author, John J. Miller, made a request for song suggestions late last year on National Review’s website, and since then has received hundreds of suggestions.

“Any claim that rock is fundamentally revolutionary is just kind of silly,” Miller said. “It’s so mainstream that it puts [liberals] in the position of saying that at no time has there ever been a rock song that expressed a sentiment that conservatives can appreciate. And that’s just silly. In fact here are 50 of them.”

Miller said the songs on the list had to fill two criteria: first, it had to be good, and second, the song’s message had to support traditional values.

Despite Dolores’s pro-life stance, abortion was not the subject that inspired “The Icicle Melts.” In fact, it was the kidnapping and killing of Jamie Bulger(corrected) in 1993 that spurred this track, thus the lyric, “I should not have read the paper today / ‘cos a child, child, child, child, he was taken away.”

Having said that, “The Icicle Melts” can certainly be interpreted as a pro-life song, even if that was not the original intent. Dolores has been an outspoken pro-life supporter over the years, having famously told You! magazine:

“I am in no position to judge other women, you know. But I mean, why did she get pregnant? It’s not good for women to go through the procedure [abortion] and have something living sucked out of their bodies. It belittles women. Even though some women say, ‘Oh, I don’t mind to have one,’ every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self–esteem smaller and smaller and smaller.”

Here is the full list of National Review’s Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs:

1. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” by The Who.
2. “Taxman,” by The Beatles.
3. “Sympathy for the Devil,” by The Rolling Stones.
4. “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
5. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by The Beach Boys.
6. “Gloria,” by U2.
7. “Revolution,” by The Beatles.
8. “Bodies,” by The Sex Pistols.
9. “Don’t Tread on Me,” by Metallica.
10. “20th Century Man,” by The Kinks.
11. “The Trees,” by Rush.
12. “Neighborhood Bully,” by Bob Dylan.
13. “My City Was Gone,” by The Pretenders.
14. “Right Here, Right Now,” by Jesus Jones.
15. “I Fought the Law,” by The Crickets.
16. “Get Over It,” by The Eagles.
17. “Stay Together for the Kids,” by Blink 182.
18. “Cult of Personality,” by Living Colour.
19. “Kicks,” by Paul Revere and the Raiders.
20. “Rock the Casbah,” by The Clash.
21. “Heroes,” by David Bowie.
22. “Red Barchetta,” by Rush.
23. “Brick,” by Ben Folds Five.
24. “Der Kommissar,” by After the Fire.
25. “The Battle of Evermore,” by Led Zeppelin.
26. “Capitalism,” by Oingo Boingo.
27. “Obvious Song,” by Joe Jackson.
28. “Janie’s Got a Gun,” by Aerosmith.
29. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Iron Maiden.
30. “You Can’t Be Too Strong,” by Graham Parker.
31. “Small Town,” by John Mellencamp.
32. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” by The Georgia Satellites.
33. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” by The Rolling Stones.
34. “Godzilla,” by Blue Oyster Cult.
35. “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
36. “Government Cheese,” by The Rainmakers.
37. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” by The Band.
38. “I Can’t Drive 55,” by Sammy Hagar.
39. “Property Line,” by The Marshall Tucker Band.
40. “Wake Up Little Susie,” by The Everly Brothers.
41. “The Icicle Melts,” by The Cranberries.
42. “Everybody’s a Victim,” by The Proclaimers.
43. “Wonderful,” by Everclear.
44. “Two Sisters,” by The Kinks.
45. “Taxman, Mr. Thief,” by Cheap Trick.
46. “Wind of Change,” by The Scorpions.
47. “One,” by Creed.
48. “Why Don’t You Get a Job,” by The Offspring.
49. “Abortion,” by Kid Rock.
50. “Stand By Your Man,” by Tammy Wynette.

Source: New York Times

Howard Stern Played “Zombie” on Today’s Show

May 11, 2006  |  Comments Off on Howard Stern Played “Zombie” on Today’s Show  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

America’s favorite shock jock Howard Stern played The Cranberries’ “Zombie” live from MTV Unplugged on his Sirius satellite radio show today.

Stern started the “Zombie” discussion by talking about yesterday’s death of Colombian-American singer Soraya. Show co-host Robin Quivers remarked that Soraya “sounds like that Irish singer from The Cranberries,” which prompted Stern to start playing a clip of “Zombie” from MTV Unplugged. Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons sang along, although he thought the lyrics were “feed your head,” as evidently no one had heard the song in awhile. The segment lasted for about 4 minutes.

Stern had some especially good things to say about the song: “Man, that girl can sing!”

This is not the first time Stern has had flattering (yet raunchy) things to say about Dolores O’Riordan. Years ago, he played “Go Your Own Way” and said, “She’s pretty good… I dig her. I’d like to bang her! I dig this chick’s voice.” A caller then told him to shut up — he was ruining the song. (MP3 #1, MP3 #2of that show)

On the same show, he said, “I hear people carrying on about Barbara Streisand and stuff, and I go, ‘What are they talking about?’ I hear her [Dolores O’Riordan], and go, ‘She’s good!’ I hear this broad singing and go, ‘Man, she could bring me to tears every time practically.’”

Thanks to Kama and Zombieguide founder John for the news.

Source: Exclusive

“When You’re Gone” in ‘Toute la Beauté du Monde’

May 11, 2006  |  Comments Off on “When You’re Gone” in ‘Toute la Beauté du Monde’  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ “When You’re Gone” is being used in the recently-released French film ‘Toute la Beauté du Monde’, starring Marc Lavoine and Zoé Félix.

The film has already gone out to theaters, but you can view a trailer of the film here, which has “When You’re Gone” playing throughout.

Thanks to Copycat for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

Natasha Bedingfield Picks “NNTA” for iTunes

May 11, 2006  |  Comments Off on Natasha Bedingfield Picks “NNTA” for iTunes  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield has picked The Cranberries as one of the bands for her iTunes Celebrity Playlist. Surprisingly, Bedingfield didn’t pick a hit single, but instead opted for the somber title track from “No Need to Argue.”

She wrote:

“No Need To Argue” (Track 12): “I grew up with these guys constantly playing in my house. My sister and I used to try and mimic Dolores’ haunting and emotional vocals…I could never quite get it right but my sister did a pretty good impression. This song has quite a melancholy feel. The organ and choir-like harmonies compliment the subject matter quite nicely.”

It comes as no surprise, since Bedingfield lists The Cranberries as one of her influences in her official biography.

Thanks to Scott for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

To the Faithful Departed on Q’s “50 Worst Albums” List

April 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on To the Faithful Departed on Q’s “50 Worst Albums” List  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

British music snobs Q delivered a blow to The Cranberries’ “most difficult” album To the Faithful Departed by including it in their 50 Worst Albums list in their May 2006 issue.

Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that gave Dolores O’Riordan the cover in promotion of that very album and awarded it a modest 3 out of 5 stars.

Here’s the full list:

1. Duran Duran – Thank You
2. Spice Girls – All Their Solo Albums!
3. Various – Urban Renewal: The Songs Of Phil Collins
4. Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
5. Billy Idol – Cyberpunk
6. Naomi Campbell – Babywoman
7. Kevin Rowland – My Beauty
8. Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool
9. Westlife – Allow Us To Be Frank
10. Tim Machine – Tin Machine Ii
11. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
12. Tom Jones – Mr Jones
13. Bruce Willis – The Return Of Bruno
14. Terence Trent Diabolical – Neither Fish Nor Flesh
15. Various – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band – OST
16. Spice Girls – Forever
17. Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – Dylan And The Dead
18. Crazy Frog – Crazy Hits
19. Goldie – Saturnz Return
20. Mariah Cary – Glitter OST
21. The Clash – Cut The Crap
22. Robson & Jerome – Robson & Jerome
23. Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
24. Lauryn Hill – MTV Unpugged 2.0
25. The Cranberries – To The Faithful Departed
26. Vanilla Ice – Hard To Swallow
27. Destiny’s Child – Destiny Fulfilled
28. The Rolling Stones – Dirty Work
29. Various – Christmas In The Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album
30. Michael Jackson – Invincible
31. Stevie Wonder – Woman In Red
32. Ace Of Bass – The Sign
33. Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All
34. Fishspooner – #1
35. Puff Daddy – Forever
36. Kula Shaker – Peanuts, Pigs & Astronauts
37. Shania Twain – Come On Over
38. Chris Rea – The Road To Hell Pt2
39. Big Country – Undercover
40. The Others – The Others
41. Paul Simon – Songs From The Capeman OST
42. Babylon Zoo – The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes
43. The Travelling Wilburys – Vol 3
44. Kiss – Music From The Elder
45. William Shatner – The Transformed Man
46. Oasis – Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
47. Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover
48. Milli Vanilli – All Or Nothing
49. Neil Young And The Shocking Pinks – Everybody’s Rocking
50. Beck – Midnight Vultures

Please direct all hate mail to Q, thank you.

Source: Rocklist.net

Dolores Planned to Record Duets for Indie Film

April 7, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores Planned to Record Duets for Indie Film  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has learned that there were plans for Dolores O’Riordan to record two duets for an independent movie called “Catching the Stars” in 2003 — however, the film was scrapped due to budget problems.

The film’s soundtrack was to include two tracks with Dolores duetting with American rock singer Dusty Hughes. The first was to be a new version of The Cranberries’ “This is the Day” with Hughes on several verses, and the second was to be a Hughes-penned song called “Worthwhile” with Dolores on backing vocals.

“Back in 2003, I was contacted by a film producer, producing an independent film called ‘Catching The Stars,'” Hughes told Zombieguide this week. “I had written two songs for a previous movie of his. He sent me a track that I ignorantly thought was brand new called ‘This Is The Day.’ I was asked to sing verse 2 and background vocals on it, and harmony on the bridge. We were also supposed to duet another song together, which I wrote. I waited six months without hearing anything, then the guy wrote me back saying there was licensing problems with ‘This Is The Day,’ Mrs. O’Riordan wouldn’t be available to sing on the other song, etc. Then two months after that, he confessed to me that the film had been grossly over-budgeted, filming was brought to a halt, and it was going to be put on the shelf indefinitely.”

“I was a great bit disappointed,” he admits.

“The producer was already in contact with Dolores and had apparently been for a while. He asked if I would be willing to contribute two songs to this NEW movie — at that time — and I said gladly. He then asked if I would be comfortable singing with Dolores, and, even though I was very nervous about it, just starting out, I wasn’t about to refuse the offer! I never directly contacted her, although there was ‘small talk’ through the go-between. I can imagine her being a very cautious individual, not wanting her contact info leaked out, especially to a relatively unknown singer. I would really like to work on something like this now, where I’ve developed my sound, started finally actually receiving national attention, national air-play, etc.”

“When he first contacted me, I was very honoured, of course, but I confess I didn’t know much at all about the Cranberries. I remembered the Linger, Dreams, and Free To Decide videos, and of course Analyze from the radio, all of which I loved, but didn’t know much else,” he added.

While O’Riordan never recorded the vocals to “Worthwhile,” Hughes did manage to lay down tracks for “This is the Day.”

“I will say that I think it was a bit of injustice to replace her vocals in those parts with mine, especially at that stage of my ‘singing career’ if you will. I had only just started singing that year. I think if I had the chance to do it again now, I could definitely do it a little more justice. But that’s life!” he said.

This collaboration, like Dolores’s recent collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti, would have been long-distance.

“Incidentally, I never actually met Mrs. O’Riordan, but I did complete vocals on the first song. Listening back now, it’s pretty cringesome, but it was fun nonetheless… I think that’s a really great thing, the long-distance studio relationships. You can get so much done, without the huge costs of flying around in jets.”

We’d like to thank Dusty for the info!

Source: Exclusive

Rumor: Dolores Spotted in London

March 31, 2006  |  Comments Off on Rumor: Dolores Spotted in London  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to a message board post on the Internet Movie Database, Dolores O’Riordan was recently spotted in London.

Dolores was reportedly seen on King’s Road in the Chelsea district of London, looking “like she rules the world,” according to one observer.

No word yet on what she might be doing in London. Although her solo record was slated to be released in spring, there has been no news from Dolores since December, which means that yet another delay is almost inevitable.

Update: A source close to Dolores has confirmed to Zombieguide that she was indeed in London approximately three weeks ago.

Source: IMDb

Fake “Uncertain” 7″ Appears on eBay

March 28, 2006  |  Comments Off on Fake “Uncertain” 7″ Appears on eBay  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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.

Source: Exclusive

“When You’re Gone” Goes Out of Print

March 21, 2006  |  Comments Off on “When You’re Gone” Goes Out of Print  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music Distribution this month pulled the US single release of “When You’re Gone” (discography entry) from its catalogs, making the single now officially out of print.

The 1996 single was still a part of The Cranberries’ active catalog up until earlier this month. The move by Universal simply means that stores will no longer be able to order it as inventory. (In other words, if your local store still has a copy, you might want to pick it up as new copies will slowly evaporate.)

In 2002, Universal similarly removed the original pressings of The Cranberries’ first four albums from its catalogs, instead replacing them with expanded “Complete Sessions” versions with all of the studio B-sides from that era.

Source: Universal Music Distribution

Cranberries Illustrations in New Book by theHand

March 5, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Illustrations in New Book by theHand  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Italian cartoonist theHand (aka Maurizio di Bona) is gearing up to release his first graphic diary, titled Scarabocchio Ergo Sum, which includes several pages of Cranberries and Dolores O’Riordan caricatures in its pages. The book compiles work that theHand has completed over the last three years.

theHand produced a line of official merchandise for The Cranberries in 2003. One piece included in the book, a spooky horror-flick rendition of the now iconic No Need to Argue album cover, was part of that line of merchandise.

The book is being released under a “print on demand” license, so click here to reserve your copy for the first pressing of the book. For more previews from the book, look here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Thanks to theHand for the preview images.




Noel Hogan Invests in Entertainment Kiosks

December 10, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel Hogan Invests in Entertainment Kiosks  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Ireland’s Sunday Business Post reports today that Noel Hogan has put up the financial backing for a new plan to install hundreds of entertainment kiosks around Ireland.

The “Digital Jet” Kiosks will offer multimedia content — digital books, music, and videos — that users will be able to download by connecting their MP3 players, laptops, and mobile phones. The kiosks will be placed in airports, universities, and other high-traffic areas and will allow, for example, someone to download a digital book before they board a flight.

Longtime Cranberries financial manager Alan McEvoy got Noel involved in the venture. “The machine can be updated easily so it will never be dated,” McEvoy said.

The first machines will roll out in mid-February. McEvoy plans to have 300 kiosks installed around Ireland by the end of 2006.

Source: Sunday Business Post

House Cover Version of “Zombie” Enters Dutch Charts

November 26, 2005  |  Comments Off on House Cover Version of “Zombie” Enters Dutch Charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Zombie” is a chart hit in The Netherlands this week for the second time — but it’s not the original version.

A house music cover version of “Zombie” performed by Maximus vs. Banks feat. Jason entered the Dutch “Megatop 100” singles chart last week at No. 49. It dropped slightly to No. 55 this week. (The original release of “Zombie” hit No. 3 on the same chart.)

The new version was released as a 4-track single on the Double Dance label on November 9. You can buy it here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE). (The sound sample does not appear to be working.)

Thanks to Taco for the news.

Source: Planet.nl

Noel Opens Streetwear Shop in Limerick

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel Opens Streetwear Shop in Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores isn’t the only one pursuing business opportunities these days — Ireland’s Sunday Business Post reports that Noel Hogan has opened a designer clothes store in Limerick called “Identikit.”

“It is true that I have a clothes shop in Limerick, I am half owner,” Noel told Zombieguide. “We opened about six or seven months ago. It is casual street wear, jeans, t-shirts, that kind of thing. It’s been doing really well.” Noel opened the venture together with longtime Cranberries business manager Alan McEvoy. Noel patented the name in January of this year.

The Sunday Business Post also notes that despite the fact that The Cranberries have not released any new music in the past three years, “the royalties are still flowing in.”

Update: Monica Peña had a chance to visit the Identikit store in Limerick this week, so she took some photos and writes, “I found Noel’s shop Identikit. I was looking for it but never thought it was gonna be so easy to find, but it’s on the main street. Of course when I saw it I had a very small hope that maybe Noel had gone there at that time to check how sales were going or something, but of course he wasnt there… The clothes are cool, it’s a brand store so it’s a little expensive, for example a jacket for 130 euros but there were also tshirts for 30 euros and they sell footwear and accesories too.”

Source: Sunday Business Post

Cranberries Included on New Irish Music Wall of Fame

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Included on New Irish Music Wall of Fame  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are among 12 of the most influential artists in Irish music to be selected for the newly-erected Wall of Fame in Dublin.

The wall, which encompasses the Temple Lane wall of the historic Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, includes 11 smaller windows (6 x 6 ft) and one large window (20 x 20 ft) to house photographs of Ireland’s most influential musicians. The wall was unveiled on October 20th with a launch party that included notables Dave Fanning, Paul Brady and Philomena Lynott.

The permanent outdoor exhibit is complimented by a small indoor exhibit inside the Temple Bar Music Centre, which includes a synopsis of each artist compiled by Hot Press editor Stewart Clark. The 12 artists were chosen for the following criteria: “The artists featured on the Wall of Fame were judged by several criteria – not record sales alone, but also for their genuine pioneering work in contributing to modern popular music and for showcasing the quality and range of Irish musical talent on the World stage. It is by no means a definitive list of the Irish top 12, but each act has been highly influential in the Irish music scene past and present.”

The exhibiton includes a 6 x 6 ft decal of Dolores O’Riordan, photographed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London in 1994. Photographer Jill Furmanovsky of Dublin’s Rockarchive Gallery said, “The band had already conquered America but were relatively unknown in the UK. This daytime showcase was for the press and promoters. Dolores looked like a schoolgirl bunking off during her dinner hour.” The translucent decals are backlit at night, which makes the free public exhibit an attraction even during the evening.

The other 11 artists on the wall currently are Paul Brady, The Boomtown Rats, Christy Moore, Philip Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Shane MacGowan, U2, Sinead O’Connor, The Undertones, Van Morrison, and Luke Kelly.

You can find more info at the Wall of Fame’s Official Website.

Source: Wall of Fame

Cranberries Publicist Denies Reunion Rumor

November 8, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Publicist Denies Reunion Rumor  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s publicist Lindsey Holmes today told Zombieguide that yesterday’s rumor of a Cranberries regroup in the near future is false.

Holmes said, “Dolores did not have dinner with the other members of the Cranberries on Friday night.She had dinner with her husband and some fellow musicians. The rumour is not true that the Cranberries are getting back together.”

The rumor made the top headline on gossip website Showbiz Irelandyesterday.

No word yet on what Dolores’s reference to “four months” may have been, if anything.

If there are any more developments on the rumor, Zombieguide will have them here.

Source: Exclusive

Rumor: Cranberries to reunite in 2006?

November 7, 2005  |  Comments Off on Rumor: Cranberries to reunite in 2006?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Update: Dolores O’Riordan’s publicist has denied this rumor, read more here

Today’s front page story on gossip website Showbiz Ireland suggests that the Cranberries could be back as soon as within the next few months.

The tabloid managed to squeeze a few words out of Dolores at Shanahan’s Restaurant in Dublin, where they report that she and her husband were eating with the rest of The Cranberries last Friday, November 4.

While details are scant, Dolores told the tabloid that we might hear something from The Cranberries within the next four months.

Showbiz Ireland writes, “Now hopefully Dolores wasn’t just playing games with the waiting media because at the top of their game The Cranberries were one of the biggest bands in the world and it’s about time someone gave U2 and Coldplay a run- for-their-money!”

The website has also posted three brand new photos of Dolores and Don. Dolores’s very long black hair in these shots suggest that the tautbrunette shots posted last month on the Irish Independent may be slightly dated.

We are awaiting comment from Noel Hogan on this news and we will post his response on Zombieguide as soon as we get it.

Source: Showbiz Ireland

Dolores to Build $16 Million Complex in Alicante, Spain

October 7, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores to Build $16 Million Complex in Alicante, Spain  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Irish Independent reports today that Dolores O’Riordan (remember her?) has finally received permission to build four mansions in Alicante, Spain after nearly ten years of legal wrestling.

The Independent also published a brand new photo of Dolores today. This is her first public appearance in nearly a year.

Dolores purchased a 20,000 acre tract of coastal land called Tossal del Tender near the village of Benissa, Spain in 1996 after touring the area via helicopter. The land is one of the very few sites in that area of Spain that remains undeveloped. Since then, Dolores has been fighting a battle with the local deveopment board for permission to build on the land.

Originally, Dolores intended to build a hotel on the land, although this plan was rejected by the local development board. In 2001, Dolores set up a development venture named Paradise Hills with the plan of building four large homes. The development board again rejected this plan, after Benissa’s municipal architect pointed out that there would be too many technical problems in developing the land without disturbing the environment. Click here to read Zombieguide’s report from 2002 on that development.

In 2003, the town finally gave O’Riordan a tentative approval for the project. On Tuesday, October 3rd, the board gave O’Riordan final approval to begin building. The board approved under the stipulation that Dolores build an additional 30 homes on the property and sell these to the public. Irish real estate agent Jaime Jaen estimates that the finished complex will be worth a total of €13m (about $16 million US).

This is the latest in a number of investments that Dolores has made in recent years, including the purchase of a run-down mansion in Dublin for improvement and an aborted restaurant venture.

Source: Irish Independent

Universal to Release 3-Disc Version of “Stars”

September 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Universal to Release 3-Disc Version of “Stars”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music announced today that they will release a 3-disc “Deluxe Sound & Vision” version of “Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002” in October that will be made up of a greatest hits CD, a B-sides CD, and a bonus DVD.

The B-sides are all previously available tracks that you can find on 2002’s “Treasure Box” and the DVD will include the same videos 2002’s “Stars: The Best of Videos.” The “Deluxe Sound & Vision” series in the UK has included previous greatest hits installments by artists like Abba, Elton John, The Cure, Roger Waters, Texas, Tears for Fears, and Robert Palmer, just to name a few.

The set will include:

CD One:
1. Dreams
2. Linger
3. Zombie
4. Ode To My Family
5. I Can’t Be With You
6. Ridiculous Thoughts
7. Salvation
8. Free To Decide
9. When You’re Gone
10. Hollywood
11. Promises
12. Animal Instinct
13. Just My Imagination
14. You & Me
15. Analyse
16. Time Is Ticking Out
17. This Is The Day
18. Daffodil Lament
19. New New York
20. Stars

CD Two:
1. Reason
2. Them
3. What You Were
4. Liar
5. Pretty – Pret A Porter Movie Remix
6. How – Radical Mix
7. Away
8. I Don’t Need
9. Close To You
10. So Cold In Ireland
11. Zombie – Camel’s Hump Mix
12. Cordell
13. The Picture I View
14. Ave Maria
15. Go Your Own Way
16. God Be With You
17. Baby Blues
18. Sweetest Thing
19. Woman Without Pride
20. Such A Shame
21. Paparazzi on Mopeds

DVD:
1. Dreams
2. Linger
3. Zombie
4. Ode To My Family
5. I Can’t Be With You
6. Ridiculous Thoughts
7. Salvation
8. Free To Decide
9. When You’re Gone
10. Promises
11. Animal Instinct
12. Just My Imagination
13. You & Me
14. Analyse
15. Time Is Ticking Out
16. This Is The Day
17. Stars

HMV lists the set for release on October 17th in the UK. EIL lists it for release on October 30th. No word yet on a release outside the UK.

Thanks to YSGone for the tip.

Source: HMV, EIL

Universal Demands Removal of “Zombie” Lyrics from Website

September 2, 2005  |  Comments Off on Universal Demands Removal of “Zombie” Lyrics from Website  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a rather surprising move, Universal Music has sent a cease and desist order to Spanish lyrics website Portaldeletras, demanding that the website remove the lyrics for The Cranberries’ “Zombie” — or else pay for the right to reproduce them.

Universal claims that by posting the lyrics to the song (written by O’Riordan), the unauthorized website is infringing upon the copyright of the artist. It appears that “Zombie” is the only song that Universal is requesting be removed.

Portaldeletras has complied by removing both English and a Portuguese translation of the lyrics. However, the website has posted a long letter in its defense, saying, “Today, portaldeletras has never at any time supported piracy, and even furthermore, we have tried to support different music artists. Like how you can see from our website, you have the possibility of buying the artists’ discs, downloading the ringtones, and Real Audio clips and wallpapers and many other things. Everything is 100% legal.”

While the site claims to have no links to piracy — they even offer a link to download songs from iTunes — there are also links to much grayer P2P programs scattered throughout the page.

Thanks to Scott for the news.

Sources: Noticiasdot.com, Portaldeletras

Fergal and Laurie Proud Parents Again…

August 31, 2005  |  Comments Off on Fergal and Laurie Proud Parents Again…  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Fergal Lawler and his wife Laurie are proud parents again this month, as Laurie gave birth to their third child in mid-August. There were no reported complications, so it appears both mother and baby are doing fine.

The baby’s name and date of birth have not yet been announced. If anyone has more details, please drop a line!

This is Fergal’s third child, after two sons, Jacob (born March 2, 2000) and Nathan (born September 24, 2002).

Thanks to an anonymous tip!

Source: Exclusive

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