Sunday Indie: Dolores to Fly Home in December

November 16, 2003  |  Comments Off on Sunday Indie: Dolores to Fly Home in December  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to a short blurb from the November 9th issue of the Irish newspaper “The Sunday Independent,” Dolores will be flying home to Limerick on December 12th, just in time for her mother Eileen’s birthday. The O’Riordan clan (that’s Dolores, Don, Taylor, and Molly) are currently in Toronto. Dolores is recording solo material at Metalworks with co-producerMatt Vaughan and engineer Mike Plotnikoff.

Sounds like the O’Riordan family will be spending Christmas at home this year. What, no third Pope performance? Dang it.

Source: Sunday Independent

Zombieguide’s Interview with Alan Swan

November 10, 2003  |  Comments Off on Zombieguide’s Interview with Alan Swan  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Trying to find new interviews with The Cranberries this year has been a bit like hunting Yeti. But luckily, a new interview with Fergal Lawler is being published this week in book form, thanks to author Alan Swan. Alan has been working on his new book “From the Cradle to the Stage” for the past year and a half, and it’s turned into quite an impressive project with interviews from over 70 Irish musicians, including Damien Rice, Damien Dempsey, The Frames, Mundy, David Kitt, Christy Moore, The Corrs, Relish, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Bellefire, Six, and oh-so-many more.

Perhaps the best part is that it’s all for a good cause: all profits from the book will be donated to Irish charity Fighting Blindness. According to their press release, “Fighting Blindness has been in existence since 1983. It is a small but dynamic charity made up of families and individuals affected by progressive blindness. The charity is determined to investigate every avenue where a realistic hope of finding a cure exists. The projects it funds are at the cutting edge of international research and have become global leaders in the search for treatments for blindness. 65,000 Irish adults and children are currently losing their sight to progressive blinding conditions known as retinal degenerations. Funds raised through the sale of this book will ensure this vital work is maintained and developed, bringing hope of a bright future to those currently affected by blindness and to future generations.”

“From the Cradle to the Stage” will be released on Wednesday, November 10th for €14.99 ($15 US). You can order the book now from the publisher,Poolbeg (direct link to the book) or from Fighting Blindness.

A full review of the book will come soon, but in the meantime, Alan Swan sat down with Zombieguide’s Alex Kraus to talk about his interview with Fergal, Fighting Blindness, and the current state of Irish music…

Zombieguide: First of all, when did you come up with the idea for this book?

Alan Swan: It was brewing around in my mind for a long time but it
wasn’t until March of 2002 that I sat down and started the ball rolling
on the project. I was presenting a breakfast show on CKRfm, a
commercial station for counties Carlow and Kildare, at the time, so I was up early in the morning, in for work at 5 am, on air at 6 am, finished work at 11 am. I was getting into the habit of sitting down at home pottering around at this and that and not really making use of the time that I had in the afternoons. So one day I just switched on the laptop and got going.

Zombieguide: What was the idea behind the book?

Alan Swan: The creative idea behind the book was very simple. I’m a massive fan of music, always have been. I wanted to put together a book where the artist, speaking in their own words could talk about there younger years and why they choose the road they travel. I’ve always been fascinated about what lights the spark. I wanted all original material. So I set about interviewing over 70-75 acts either face to face, by phone or by e-mail. Hoping that I could get little snippets of information that would give the book a little edge. Because I only had space for 80,000 words myself and my editor felt that we would have to give each artist around 800-1000 words each. Looking at the book now I feel we have a nice mix, some chapters run a bit more, some are short and get the message across. I’m happy with the finished product and extremely proud. I hope that someday someone might pick it up and that it might inspire them to take up music.

Zombieguide: How many pages will the final book have?

Alan Swan: Well it comes in at around 80,000 words, so 200 words a page, 400 pages. To tell you the truth, I have no idea. I still haven’t seen the finished product yet… I have seen the cover and it looks great. It has lots of different shots of different acts, including the Cranberries.

Zombieguide: Nice… when did Fighting Blindness come into the picture?

Alan Swan: Fighting Blindness came in from the start. I wanted a charity involved because I knew it would the perfect vehicle for them to promote themselves. I am good friends with one of there chief fund raising managers in Fighting Blindness and out of courtesy I asked him first before I pitched the idea to other charities. His Chief Exec. liked the idea, got the board to approve it and here we are. I’m thrilled the proceeds of this book is going to charity, Fighting Blindness are an incredible organization and quoting their Chief Exec. Micahel Griffith “Its flagship project in Trinity College is a world leader in the development of gene therapy for dominantly inherited retinopathies and the contribution of this group to the global research effort to find treatments for blindness has been truly outstanding by international terms.” I knew by having the charity on board that it would make it a lot easier to have all the other pieces to come together. The result is that from all of us combined, ie., from publishers to record companies, from artists to me, all our efforts will result in the proceeds from this book going to charity.

Zombieguide: I would assume then that not only was it easier to publish the book once you got a charity sponsor, but that it was a lot easier to get artists to jump in once you told them that it was for

charity?

Alan Swan: It was in a way – but there was an awful lot of work and presentations to do. Our publishers are great, like myself they are very passionate about the book and have put so much effort into it. The artists have been great too – a few due to work commitments weren’t able to contribute (which I totally understand) but I would hope they would make the second edition which I would love to put together in a few years time. Those who did contribute in fairness gave up there time to take part, for example Donal Lunny wrote a beautiful piece from Japan which he e-mailed to me. A lot of artists really took the project to heart and were very generous.

Zombieguide: It looks like the book has gone under a few changes since the first press releases were put out. Originally, the press release stated that Dolores wasto appear in the book, but now it’s Fergal who will appear in the final version. Was Dolores originally supposed to be interviewed? What happened?

Alan Swan: It was a simple case of crossed wires. Nothing more. It was a really early Press Release that wasn’t really finalized before it went out into the public domain. We are delighted to have Fergal on board and I think you will like his contribution. I honestly think that all our contributors have great little stories to tell.

Zombieguide: Yeah, can’t wait to check it out. This question comes from Brad from the Zombieguide Forums… What makes this book unique and not just a mini-biography? I mean, a lot of us diehard fans have already read many, many biographies already, especially about the band’s early days. Just last year, Niall Quinn published his own story online about the earliest days of The Cranberry Saw Us in his own words. Can you promise us something new?

Alan Swan: To be honest I can’t promise anything.

Zombieguide: Then can you give us a little taste of what to expect?

Alan Swan: Each chapter contains small snapshots of the artists life. In Fergal’s case he talks about his first gig, listening to the radio, singing songs in his father’s rocking chair and so on. It would be unfair of me to say “Ah yeah, it’s full of so much new info, lots of it, go out and buy it.” I wouldn’t lie to you, it’s only when you read through the whole book that you get a sense of Irish life and how these stories compare. I found Fergal’s chapter really interesting and I hope whoever buys the book finds this too. Remember too it’s in his own words like all the chapters in the book. I would hope that whoever buys the book would enjoy the other artists stories too, and go, “Jaysus did that happen to Jim Corr, or I never knew that about James Galway or Damien Rice, was THAT the first ever song he learned?” It’s really a celebration of Irish music and that we as a small country have such an array of different styles and singers. I think it’s unique in the way that I don’t think there has been a book that gives such a broad taste of Irish music through the artists own words.

Zombieguide: Oh, really? So the chapters are in first-person monologue style, like an autobiography? Dolores did something very similar for Liz Evans’s book “Women, Sex, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1994, only Evans had to turn the interview into a monologue on her own, since Dolores was in a hospital bed from her skiing accident in the Alps.

Alan Swan: Yes they are. I felt it would be more personal to the reader if it was written like that. I tried to have it flow like a natural conversation, snippets here, snippets there. I hope it works.

Zombieguide: When exactly did you get to interview Fergal? Was it a face-to- face interview or by phone or…? What were your overall impressions of him?

Alan Swan: Because the band where busy, I conducted Fergal’s interview via e-mail and he was very open and obliging. He also wished the project the very best of luck.

Zombieguide: Wow, so did you get Fergal’s personal email address? If you did, I think you just captured the envy of everyone reading this.

Alan Swan: Actually, I have a good friend who acted as a third party for me. E-Mails were then just forwarded to me through that address. I was delighted Fergal had the time to do it because he was on tour at the time. He also left a lovely good luck message for me at the end which was very kind.

Zombieguide: We know that “Cradle to the Stage” covers artists’ roots and early days, but what other subject matter is in the book? Did Fergal get the chance to talk about The Cranberries’ current or future projects?

Alan Swan: No I’m sorry he didn’t, because we asked the artists to focus so much on the past we tended not to get so much info on the future, In some cases we did, but in Fergal’s case we didn’t. Sorry…

Zombieguide: It’s alright. Dolores has been quoted as saying that she doesn’t like to incorporate “trad” elements into The Cranberries’ music because she feels that it’s too much of a cliché for an Irish band. In a sense, its one distinction that separates The Cranberries from other modern Irish, particularly female acts like Enya and The Corrs. Do you feel that a lot of new bands agree with Dolores’ sentiment, or are there still a number that have that “Irish” sound?

Alan Swan: Not to be arguing with Dolores, but in my honest opinion and in a sense I think Dolores’s main instrument, her voice, has a massive Irish traditional Sean Nos sense to it. Her voice is sensational and much of their early material had an Irish feel to it. Recently it has shifted away from that. I can see her point though; some Irish acts do go with the trad element. I don’t think it’s a cliché, I think if it works for Enya and The Corrs and the fans like it well then it works. There are a lot of Irish acts that don’t go with the Trad slant — JJ72, Ash and The Frames. I think it’s great for the Irish sound to be still around, it’s what makes us distinctive, different.

Zombieguide: About the Irish elements, I think everyone would have to agree that Dolores’ voice has a very inherently Celtic quality. But what she means to say is that she’s very much against incorporating stuff like the fiddle or the tin whistle unless it’s absolutely necessary…

Alan Swan: I know exactly where you’re coming from. With regards to Enya and so if it works it works. What the Cranberries do also works and works incredibly well.

Zombieguide: On a broader scale, there is this fear among some cultural purists that Ireland is losing a lot of its ethnic identity and “Irish charm.” (Not to be confused with Lucky Charms, of course.) A hundred years ago, it was a fear of Ireland becoming Anglicized, but today, there’s just as much of a fear of becoming Americanized, or even just “globalized” in general. Do you feel this social trend is having a large impact on music?

Alan Swan: It is in a way. A few years back, and to some small extent now, an awful lot of bands were trying to sound like Radiohead, singer- songwriters were trying to sound like David Gray, and many would follow what was the in sound at the time. I think you will get that in every country though and not just in Ireland. I don’t think Irish music is dying though, I think it’s stronger the ever and a lot of acts are going back to basics and bringing an Irish folk kind of feel to there music. In that I mean that many of our best artists have always been unique story tellers. We have a new generation of artists such as Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, David Kitt, Mundy and so on who all have there own unique sound and bring something fresh to Irish music. I’ve always said it but for a country as small as Ireland we really do produce amazing things. On the other side Trad music is as popular as ever and seems to have lost the stupid stigma that was attached to it. Acts like Altan, Donal Lunny, Dervish and as always The Chieftains are leading the way.

Zombieguide: One radio-related website that I ran across said that “From the Cradle to the Stage,” is your first book but that you have “several others in the pipeline.” Is that right?

Alan Swan: It is, I’m going to take a bit of break from writing for a while, maybe six months or so. I want to write a book about my grandmother, it’s a personal story and really a celebration of her life, she was an amazing woman and I’m really looking forward to sitting down and starting the research work on that. I also want to work on some other biogs but that’s a long way down the road.

Zombieguide: Any chance of another Cranberries-related book?

Alan Swan: Who knows, maybe some day… never say never!

Zombieguide would like to thank Alan Swan for his time and wish best of luck to him and Fighting Blindness.

Source: Exclusive!

Cranberries Parody on French & Saunders DVD

November 9, 2003  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Parody on French & Saunders DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Before they appeared on the show “Absolutely Fabulous,” British comedy duo Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French carried their own series called “French & Saunders,” which is now getting a flurry of releases on DVD. Their newest DVD release, Living in a Material World has something to offer which will amuse — or infuriate — Cranberries fans.

“Living in a Material World” includes one skit that impersonates Dolores O’Riordan. DVD Talk laments that the parodied lyrics are tough to make out, but hilarious none the less. “Bjork and the Cranberries… also get intricate send-ups… although the musical tributes are a bit less effective as the jokey lyrics are a bit tough to make out. Still, these skits are all awesomely funny.” Björk and Dolores aren’t the only ones getting a jab; Madonna also gets the shaft.

“French and Saunders – Living in a Material World” is now available on DVD in the US for a retail price of $14.98.

Source: DVD Talk

“Whisper to a Scream” DVD Retitled, Re-released

November 7, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Whisper to a Scream” DVD Retitled, Re-released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Irish rock documentary “From a Whisper to a Scream” has been picked up by Eagle Vision USA for a re-release this week on DVD. The new version, entitled “Out of Ireland: From a Whisper to a Scream” was originally released by Fox Lorber under the title “From a Whisper to a Scream: The Living History of Irish Rock” in March 2001 on DVD and a VHS set. The documentary was produced in 2000 and was originally aired on national network RTE in Ireland. The documentary includes a brief segment on The Cranberries and an exclusive interview with Dolores O’Riordan as she comments on Sinead O’Connor, Thin Lizzy, and Irish traditional music.

The new version boasts new packaging (including a shot of Dolores on the cover), but the content appears to be the same as the original release.

Check out Zombieguide Europe for scans of the original release and screen captures.

(IMAGES NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Source: Eagle Vision USA

“Stop The Rumors!” An Artistic Look at the Two-Year Break

November 3, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Stop The Rumors!” An Artistic Look at the Two-Year Break  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s too bad the album title “Rumours” has already been done (snatched up by Fleetwood Mac in 1977), because lately, it seems that this would be the ideal title for the Cranberries’ sixth album. Amidst all of the mayhem of “will they or won’t they” ever return to the studio, fans are left wondering: how are The Cranberries coping with the allegations, insinuations, and the ever popular out-of-context publications?

Well, for a little poetic answer to that question, Zombieguide presents an astonishing creation by mesmerizing cartoonist, Maurizio di Bona aka The Hand. Cranberries fans may remember that it was The Hand who, earlier this year, was asked by The Cranberries to produce artwork for official band merchandise. Created in an attempt to portray The Cranberries’ struggle to balance personal with professional, this one-of-a-kind illustration, entitled “Stop Rumours” was submitted to Zombieguide in an effort to help stifle the whirlwind of conclusions and remind fans that The Cranberries remain individuals with significant responsibilities that lie beyond the group itself.

Special thanks to the astonishing artist, The Hand, for kindly allowing Zombieguide to post this terrific piece of art!

Source: Exclusive

Dennis Storhøi Names Cranberries As Favorite Artist

November 3, 2003  |  Comments Off on Dennis Storhøi Names Cranberries As Favorite Artist  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

What do The Cranberries have in common with Chopin? How about a top- ranked spot in the personal favorites list of Norwegian actor, Dennis Storhøi! In an IGN Filmforce online interview, actor Dennis Storhoi (The Thirteenth Warrior) named The Cranberries, alongside Chopin, as his personal favorite musicians…as odd of a combination as it might seem.

The accomplished actor has performed in numerous on-stage productions as well as silver screen projects. In IGN Filmforce’s brief ten questions spanning everything from favorite film to greatest influences, his reference to The Cranberries as favorite musical artist took first line in the interview.

Source: IGN Filmforce

The Cranberries On Unofficial Beatles Tribute Collection

October 30, 2003  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries On Unofficial Beatles Tribute Collection  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As if quirky tunes such as “Yellow Submarine”, “Rocky Raccoon”, and “I Am the Walrus” aren’t enough of a novelty for Beatles fans, there is now a new three-volume compilation that exalts the music industry’s fascination with the Fab Four. We Want the Beatles is an eclectic compilation that’s turned up on eBay. The strange set features both well-known and obscure tracks that include virtually any reference to John, Paul, George or Ringo. So what has this to do with The Cranberries you ask? Think hard. Yes, you’ve got it. To The Faithful Departed’s rocking tribute to the late John Lennon, “I Just Shot John Lennon” is included in the smorgasbord of songs about The Beatles. As long-time fans of The Beatles, The Cranberries were bound to pay homage to the mop-topped music legends somehow; and a savvy bootlegger out there didn’t overlook The Cranberries contribution to Beatle Mania.

We Want the Beatles appears to be an unofficial collection of songs; yet it certainly does deserve credit for baring a painstaking appearance. Zealot bidders currently have the unofficially-released six-disc set priced at over $90.00 on eBay.com

Source: eBay.com

Exclusive: Zombieguide’s Interview with Mike Plotnikoff

October 25, 2003  |  Comments Off on Exclusive: Zombieguide’s Interview with Mike Plotnikoff  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Sound engineer Mike Plotnikoff has a long history with The Cranberries. His first encounter with the band was engineering “To the Faithful Departed,” working alongside his good friend, the late Bruce Fairbairn. He then mixed “Bury the Hatchet” in 1999 and “Beneath the Skin,” released in 2001. Now (much to his surprise), he’s been asked not only to mix Dolores O’Riordan’s new solo song “Black Widow”, but also her upcoming solo album, which, Matt says, Dolores is scheduled to begin recording in November. For this and more revelations, read the transcript below or download the MP3.

I called Mike Plotnikoff at LA’s Bay 7 Studios today on the telephone for an interview about his current and past work with Dolores and The Cranberries. And here’s what he had to say…

Alex Kraus’s Phone Interview with Mike Plotnikoff (MP3, 7mb,, 15mins)
(LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Zombieguide: Hey, this is Alex from Zombieguide.com, we’re on the phone here with Mike Plotnikoff, who Cranberries fans will remember was the engineer for “To the Faithful Departed”; he mixed “Bury the Hatchet” and also the live DVD “Beneath the Skin,” and he also mixed some songs on “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” which I did not know til I looked at your resume. I thought it was entirely handled by Cenzo Townshend? Most recently, and what everyone seems to be talking about is, Mike, you also mixed Dolores’ solo track “Black Widow.”

Mike Plotnikoff: Yes I did, just one track a couple of weeks ago

Zombieguide: OK, well, since that seems to be the topic of interest right now, we’ll get started with that

Mike Plotnikoff: Sure.

Zombieguide: And, trust me, anyone who’s listening to this is going to be really jealous of you for getting to hear it before the rest of us.

Mike Plotnikoff: OK [slight laughter]

Zombieguide: So you say you mixed it a couple of weeks ago, we just found out about your involvement within the past week or so.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, they called me up, I guess it was a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know if you know Don, obviously, Dolores’s husband.

Zombieguide: Yes.

Mike Plotnikoff: He called me to see if I’d be interested in mixing this track. I think what they want to try to do, what he told me, is to get it into the new Spiderman movie?

Zombieguide: Really?

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, so that’s what it was for. For the new soundtrack which they’re going to try to get it into. I think that was the thing behind this one song.

Zombieguide: Interesting… because we also learned recently that she recorded a song for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” movie.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yes, she did.

Zombieguide: Did you have any involvement with that?

Mike Plotnikoff: No, I was going to mix it and for some reason it just fell through. I think what happened was that they went with an a cappella version only. [Editor’s note: Does that imply there are other versions?]

Zombieguide: Yeah, in Latin.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, exactly. So they said, “There’s no point,” they’re just going to put the vocals up themselves wherever they tracked it. They sent me this other song which is going to try to be for another soundtrack.

Zombieguide: So the other song didn’t require much mixing?

Mike Plotnikoff: No, it didn’t. It was pretty much vocal only, so it was only a 5-minute mix really.

Zombieguide: We’ve heard of another title called “Croatia” — is that the song?

Mike Plotnikoff: [thinking] Uh.. no, I think it’s a song I know they asked me to mix. I dont know if they mixed it already, but I know I spoke with Dolores about a week ago and she asked if I’d be interested in an offer to do that as well [?]

[Editor’s note: Given that the song for the “Passion” soundtrack song appears finished and so does “Black Widow,” we have good reason to believe that “Croatia” is indeed the title of the song Dolores O’Riordan recorded for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ”…]

Zombieguide: Dolores has said that these new solo tracks that she’s doing are very different from what she’s done in the past with The Cranberries…

Mike Plotnikoff: [emphatically] Yes, they are! Well, obviously I’ve just heard “Black Widow,” but it’s really different.

Zombieguide: In what way?

Mike Plotnikoff: It’s more experimental type. I don’t know if you remember a song that was on the movie soundtrack for “The Devil’s Own”…

Zombieguide: Yeah, yeah, yeah! [getting excited…] “God Be With You.”

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, “God Be With You.” It’s more along those lines. A lot of keyboards and programming… experimental is about the best way I can describe it.

Zombieguide: [shitting a brick] Excellent!! “God Be With You” is one of my absolute favorite songs.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, its kind of along that line: very quirky, but it’s a very interesting, really cool song.

Zombieguide: Now, does that make a difference in how it’s mixed?

Mike Plotnikoff: [hesitating] Not really, but then you could be a little more experimental with delay and stuff. You could take it a little more that “quirkiness” way, take it more left-field.

Zombieguide: Are there any past Cranberries songs you’d compare it with, other than “God Be With You”?

Mike Plotnikoff: No, it’s nothing compared to any Cranberries song at all.

Zombieguide: [intrigued] Really?

Mike Plotnikoff: Nothing, no.

Zombieguide: Fascinating. Are there any other artists you’d compare it with?

Mike Plotnikoff: I guess along the lines of, if anybody else, Björk, some of the weird stuff Björk would do.

Zombieguide: [shitting another brick] Really?!? I’m a big Björk fan, too.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, it’d be along those lines, the Björk category. But then at the end it gets really cool because these big drums and guitars come in at the very end through the last chorus and it has this Led Zepplin-y feel drum sound, it has that element too. But for the most part, it’s a lot of bizarre programming and with Dolores and her vocals and you know the things she can do with her vocals.

Zombieguide: Now, you talked to Don for this, did you have any contact with Dolores?

Mike Plotnikoff: Uh, yeah, I talked to Dolores a few times. She basically said to do what I do and that was all. She just kind of left it open to see how I would interpret it.

Zombieguide: Now, Matt Vaughan co-produced the song, is that right?

Mike Plotnikoff: You know, I don’t even know.

Zombieguide: Well, he did. Did you have any contact with him at all?

Mike Plotnikoff: No, I didn’t.

Zombieguide: No? OK. Do you know where it was recorded, by the way?

Mike Plotnikoff: I think it was recorded in Metalworks in Toronto.

Zombieguide: OK… ’cause she’s been recording there with Matt for the past few months and she also recorded with him in London.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, I think that’s where “Black Widow” was recorded [in Toronto].

Zombieguide: Cool. Right now, it’s listed on the Timeless Music label, which I guess is what The Cranberries’ self-owned label, [that’s] what they’re going to call it, now that they left Universal this year. Do you have any idea of what’s going on with that?

Mike Plotnikoff: No idea.

Zombieguide: No idea? Because right now it looks like it exists in name only…

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, I just spoke with Dolores last week, I guess it was. I’m going to go work on the record with her in Toronto, to finish the record she’s working on right now.

Zombieguide: The record….? [prying, already knowing what the answer is]

Mike Plotnikoff: Her solo record, after I finish the record I’m working on right now.

Zombieguide: Now there’s been a lot of conflicting reports about this so- called solo record that she’s doing. Is it, indeed, a full record?

Mike Plotnikoff: I, I have no idea. Songs, I don’t know what it is.

Zombieguide: The band is being very vague about it at the moment.

Mike Plotnikoff: I think it’s just going to be her solo record and not going to involve the other band members. I’m pretty sure about that. But I could be wrong about that. All I know is that they called me up to ask if I could come and work with her sometime in November in Toronto at Metalworks Studios. And that’s about as much as I know.

Zombieguide: The band’s PR announced in September that the band themselves are taking a two-year break to do side projects, like Dolores’s solo material, etc. Do you know anything about that at all?

Mike Plotnikoff: No.

Zombieguide: No? And the band themselves are slowly — very slowly — putting together their sixth album. Pathetic_Senses (aka Saeed) from the Zombieguide Forums wants to know if you have any idea if you’ll be inovled with it.

Mike Plotnikoff: No idea, I haven’t heard anything.

Zombieguide: Dolores has said in a few interviews that on these new songs she’s doing, she’s using a lot of new tools she hadn’t used before, like ProTools, etc. Do you know what she’s using?

Mike Plotnikoff: ProTools.

Zombieguide: ProTools? Anything else?

Mike Plotnikoff: [inaudible program name] maybe. I think she’d do all her programming with [inaudible]. I have no idea…

Zombieguide: OK, let’s go back in time just a little bit to “To the Faithful Departed.” The band said then that they wanted the album to sound really raw, almost live. How did you approach that in terms of mixing? Because that album has a much different sound to it in comparison to other albums by them.

Mike Plotnikoff: Well, we set them up live and what we recorded was pretty much what we mixed. We tried to keep it as simple as possible. I think that was the plan, because it was supposed to be more “rock” than the last two albums, the two previous records. I’m trying to think back, it was a long time ago. I’m not sure, pretty much how I do every kind of mixing, throw up the frame and let the song take shape and whatever comes out at the end, hopefully will track in a way that the song takes you in a certain direction.

Zombieguide: And then on “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” I just learned that you had mixed some tracks on that. What songs were you involved with? Do you remember?

Mike Plotnikoff: I don’t even know! I noticed it was on allmusic.com, I was looking at my discography one day and noticed the mix credit on there. I don’t know which songs they put on there. They must have put some B- sides on there that didn’t make either “Bury the Hatchet” or “To the Faithful Departed.”

Zombieguide: It could be… they recorded “Do You Know” for “Bury the Hatchet” originally, but they ended up putting it on “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.”

Mike Plotnikoff: That’s probably what it is then, because I wasn’t involved with that record.

Zombieguide: Yeah, because that surprised me. I think that Cenzo Townshend handled most of it

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah. Well, I think that they just took that song that I did a mix of…

Zombieguide: Ah, well, I was under the impression that they re-recorded that song.

Mike Plotnikoff: Maybe they did, I’m not sure. I haven’t even looked at the record to see what I was credited for. I just know that it’s out there.

Zombieguide: [One of your agents] sent me your discography and it’s listed on there too.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, so it must be something. You know, there are so many records that I don’t keep track of them. Sometimes my name will appear on records I don’t even know.

Zombieguide: [laughing]

Mike Plotnikoff: A lot of times they’re songs that they’ve recorded before that somehow got on there. So, I don’t know, I’d have to check into it to see what it was. I couldn’t tell you off hand.

Zombieguide: Hmmm. Ode to Dolores on the Zombieguide Forums wants to know just generally how you go about your job. Do artists ask you to do specific things or do you have the freedom to try out your own ideas?

Mike Plotnikoff: It’s both. I have my own creative free will but if they don’t like it, they definitely say something. A lot of times, they’ll steer me in a direction and give me an idea of what they want and I’ll try to go that way. Hopefully, I’ll go along the right path and if not, then they’ll say, OK, do this or do that. Because a lot of times I’ll do something and it’s not what they expect it to be.

Zombieguide: OK, just looking at the questions that people have posted on the Forums, just looking to see if there’s anything else… umm, I guess you’re not that inimately involved with the band?

Mike Plotnikoff: I’m not! You know, the last time I worked with them was quite awhile ago and I was quite suprised when they called me to do the “Black Widow” song, because I hadn’t actually spoken with them for quite awhile. So then I got a call to say if I could do this track. Then I’ve been in contact with them for the last couple of weeks regarding working with Dolores and her solo record.

Zombieguide: Right. Do you know of anybody else that would be involved with that?

Mike Plotnikoff: No idea, and you know, I’m still trying to make my schedule so that I can do this. I’m pretty tied up for almost the next year.

Zombieguide: Wow. Because over the past year they’ve been recording demos and things for upcoming releases and they’ve worked with almost everybody they’ve worked with in the past — Stephen Street, Cenzo Townshend again, you… Matt Vaughan is new, I think this is the first time they’re working with him. But it’s just kind of been a collection of The Cranberries’ past in terms of who they’re working with.

Mike Plotnikoff: Right…

Zombieguide: …Because the band’s Official Website hasn’t been updated for almost two months and there are things going on. It’s just very strange that the Irish press has all these reports out that nobody can really confirm or deny and the people at their Official Site won’t confirm or deny anything for the past two months. So I think the band is just leaving themselves just really open-ended as to what they’re doing in the future in terms of Dolores’s solo projects and I think Noel’s working on something. He was scheduled to work with a sitarist, but that got cancelled, and the Irish press is reporting that he’s working on a solo album

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, they may be doing that, they’ve been together for so long that they may be doing solo records. But, yeah, as far as I know for myself, I’m out of the loop when it comes to that inside information. They know for themselves what’s going on.

Zombieguide: [joking] I wonder about that!

Mike Plotnikoff: Sorry?

Zombieguide: I wonder about that sometimes…

Mike Plotnikoff: What’s that?

Zombieguide: Whether they know what’s going on.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, they probably don’t even know what’s going on. I know that there are some health problems, you know, their families and stuff.

Zombieguide: Yeah, I know Dolores is in Canada right now because her mother-in-law has some health problems.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, I know Noel’s wife has some health problems, the same with Mike’s wife. So I think there are a lot of things that happened all at once.

Zombieguide: One of Fergal’s children had glaucoma in both eyes.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, last evening I know when I spoke with Dolores, she mentioned that she was taking a break because a lot things had happened all at once. [inaudible]

Zombieguide: Yeah, it’s pretty clear with this break that it’s to spend with their families and take personal time.

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, I think were a lot of things that all just came down at once and they need to get back a little bit. But thats what I got from it, you know. [inaudible]

Zombieguide: Thanks a bunch for your time, it’s incredibly appreciated. And if you work with them again in the future, I hope to talk to you again!

Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, well, I’ll be working with them again in November, with Dolores anyways. That’s pretty much the only for-sure thing.

Zombieguide: Well, maybe I’ll be able to talk to you again, after you get some work done for her.

Mike Plotnikoff: Sure.
Zombieguide: Thank you, Mike! Huge, big, big thanks! Mike Plotnikoff: Yeah, OK, no problem!

Zombieguide would like to thank Mike Plotnikoff for his time and also thank all the fine folks at his agency, Nettwerk Management, for arranging this interview for us!

Source: Exclusive!!

Universal Releases Cranberries “Master Collection” in South America

October 24, 2003  |  Comments Off on Universal Releases Cranberries “Master Collection” in South America  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music has released a brand new limited edtion 2CD set in Colombia entited, “Master Collection.” The set consists of the full “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” and “No Need to Argue” albums housed in a special cardboard sleeve. The limited edition set appears to be aimed at new fans, offering both the most recent album and what some consider to be the “best” album in one package. The officially-released set is currently available in Colombia; it is unknown if Universal plans to release the set in other areas as well. For reference, the full tracklising is:

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee:
1. Never Grow Old
2. Analyse
3. Time Is Ticking Out
4. Dying Inside
5. This is The Day
6. The Concept
7. Wake Up & Smell THe Coffee
8. Pretty Eyes
9. I Really Hope
10. Every Morning
11. Do You Know
12. Carry On
13. Chocolate Brown – bonus track
14. Salvation – Live In Paris
15. In The Ghetto

No Need To Argue:
1. Ode To My Family
2. I Can’t Be With You
3. Twenty One
4. Zombie
5. Empty
6. Everything I Said
7. The Icicle Melts
8. Disappointment
9. Ridiculous Thoughts
10. Dreaming My Dreams
11. Yeat’s Grave
12. Daffodil Lament
13. No Need to Argue

Thanks to Vincent for the tip!

Source: Esprit

“From the Cradle to the Stage” Book Price, Release Date

October 22, 2003  |  Comments Off on “From the Cradle to the Stage” Book Price, Release Date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Author Alan Swan sent us a note yesterday to say that his upcoming book,”From the Cradle to the Stage,” will be released on November 12th with a cover price of €14.99 (€5 lower than the anticipated price). The book contains an interview with The Cranberries’ Fergal Lawler, as well as a host of other Irish musicians like Ash, Devlins, The Corrs, Samantha Mumba, Christy Moore, Chieftains, and others, 70 in total. “From the Cradle to the Stage” contains a forward by Gay Byrne and commentary by Dave Fanning and Tom Dunne. All proceeds will benefit Irish charity Fighting Blindness.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the publisher’s website, Poolbeg.com, upon release.

Zombieguide has interviewed Alan Swan about his book (and about Fergal’s contribution!), and we will publish that interview as the release date draws near.

Source: Exclusive

Cranberries and Woodstar at Red Room Launch Party

October 17, 2003  |  Comments Off on Cranberries and Woodstar at Red Room Launch Party  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Limerick Post reports that members of The Cranberries were in attendence at the recent launch party for the Red Room, a new nightclub in downtown Limerick. The venue was formerly known as Doc’s Bar, but has undergone massive renovations to turn the building into a more modern, trendier nightclub and bar. Guests’ attendence at the party was by invitation only and the list included a large number of local personalities.

Members of The Cranberries were seen “rubbing shoulders” with fellow Limerick musicians Woodstar at the revamped venue. Woodstar opened for The Crans last December in Ireland, while Fergal gave them a name-check in an Official Site post this past May. All the crossovers aren’t coincidental; Woodstar’s lead singer Fin Chambers tells The Limerick Post that The Cranberries have been among their biggest supporters:

“They [The Cranberries] have been absolutely fantastic with their support for us. We know that if there is any help we want, anything we need such as getting someone to listen to our stuff, then all we have to do is ask. Some of the band have been to three of four of our gigs. They wouldn’t be very vocal people, but they seem to like our stuff and we know if we need anything they will oblige us, so it is fantastic to have their support,” Fin says.

Source: The Limerick Post

New Commercial Bootleg: “Go Your Own Way”

October 17, 2003  |  Comments Off on New Commercial Bootleg: “Go Your Own Way”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new factory-produced Cranberries bootleg has appeared on the streets of Europe under the title “Go Your Own Way.” The new bootleg consists mostly of audio from professionally-recorded shows, primarily ARTE’s Music Planet 2Nite show from 2002 and the Vicar Street concert from 2000 (officially released on the “Stars” DVD). Due to the professional sources, the audio quality is said to be “excellent.”

“Go Your Own Way” has been released on the pseudo-label “Salavation Records” with the catalog ID “CRANBERRIESLIVE 2000/02.” The tracklisting is:

Arte TV Show, Sept 8, 2002, Gloria Theatre, Cologne:

1. Linger
2. I Can’t Be With You 3. Free To Decide
4. Salvation
5. Animal Instinct
6. Zombie
7. Interview 1
8. Interview 2

Vicar Street, Ireland, Nov 11, 2000:

9. Intro Irish Show
10. Time Is Ticking Out
11. Linger
12. In The Ghetto
13. Ode To My Family
14. Shattered
15. Animal Instinct
16. Loud And Clear
17. I Can’t Be With You
18. Analyse

Paris Bercy, Dec 9, 1999:

19. Go Your Own Way

Astoria, UK, Jan 22, 1994:

20. Daffodil Lament 21. Empty

Thanks to Vincent of My Cranberries Discography for the info.

Source: My Cranberries Discography

“When You’re Gone” on CBS’s Cold Case

October 15, 2003  |  Comments Off on “When You’re Gone” on CBS’s Cold Case  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

From Shannen Doherty (“Friends ‘Til The End”) now to Kathryn Morris (“Minority Report”), you can hear The Cranberries’ 1996 single “When You’re Gone”, lofting through the background of television drama after drama. On Sunday night’s episode of the new CBS series Cold Case, starring Kathryn Morris and John Finn, approximately ten seconds of “When You’re Gone” was used to help create the mood of dramatic television. Though it was just a clip, and a small one at that, it’s a rare treat to have the opportunity to savor a Cranberries moment on network television.

Thanks to Michelle for the news.
Cold Case airs Sunday nights at 8:00 pm ET/PT on CBS.

Source: Exclusive

Storm Thorgerson Suffers Stroke; In Hospital

October 15, 2003  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson Suffers Stroke; In Hospital  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Reports out of France indicate that art designer Storm Thorgerson is resting in a Paris hospital after suffering a stroke last Friday. Thorgerson has been in Paris for the last few weeks for a Pink Floyd art exhibition which runs from October 10th, 2003 until January 25th, 2004.

Thorgerson has designed the covers of nearly all of The Cranberries’ recent releases (aside from “Stars”). We all pray he has a swift recovery!

Thanks to Echoes In Babylon for the news.

Source: N/A

Track Listing & Bonus Footage Announced For Zu & Co “Live at Royal Albert Hall” DVD

October 12, 2003  |  Comments Off on Track Listing & Bonus Footage Announced For Zu & Co “Live at Royal Albert Hall” DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In her first commercially-released video performance since the announced 2-year hiatus for The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan appears on the new DVD companion to this year’s CD release, “Zu & Co”. As a part ofa collection of duets with Italian vocalist, Zucchero, Dolores’s performance of “Pure Love” will be included on the singer’s live DVD. The concert footage was taken from a performance held on May 6, 2004 at London’s Royal Albert Hall – a stage familiar to The Cranberries.

The region 2 DVD, currently scheduled for released on October 18 in most European countries, November for France, will most likely hit stores in November and will include a backstage documentary, a photo gallery, the making of the ZU & Co album (presumably the same as on the ZU & Co special edition), Dunne Mosse with Miles Davis and “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” live at the 46664 concert in South Africa with Queen’s Brian May as well as Roger Taylor and Sharon Corr. Plus, the disc has a teasing collection of “Hiden Extras”. Currently, only a Region 2 release is planned for “Live at Royal Albert Hall.”

The main event of the DVD, however, is the show itself, boasting this tracklisting:

Dunne Mosse (featuring Miles Davis ‘in spirit’)
Dindondio
Rossa mela della sera
Il grande baboomba (featuring Mousse T.)
Like the sun (featuring Irene Fornaciari)
Everybody’s got to learn sometime (featuring Jenny Bae)
I’m in trouble (featuring Tina Arena)
Baila Morena (featuring Maná’s Fher)
Ali D’Oro (featuring John Lee Hooker ‘in spirit’)
Senza una donna (featuring Paul Young)
Pure Love (featuring Dolores O’Riordan)
Diavolo in me (featuring Solomon Burke)
Il volo (featuring Ronan Keating)
Cosi Celeste (featuring Cheb Mami)
Madre Dolcissima (featuring Brian May)
Il Mare… (featuring Brian May)
Hey Man (featuring Eric Clapton)
Wonderful World (featuring Eric Clapton)
Miserere (featuring Luciano Pavarotti)
Solo una sana…
Shake
Diamante
X colpa di chi?
Hai scelto me

Zu & Co is not the only upcoming DVD release for Dolores. Universal is re- releasing 1994’s The Cranberries “Live” on DVD, November 29th throughout Europe.

Source: Un Po’ di Zucchero

Sunday Mirror Spots Noel in Dublin

October 12, 2003  |  Comments Off on Sunday Mirror Spots Noel in Dublin  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Today’s issue of the Irish tabloid “The Sunday Mirror” has spotted The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan in Dublin this week. Photographers for the tabloid followed Noel around while he was shopping for CDs at the Tower Records on Wicklow Street.

The tabloid published a photo of their encounter with Noel. Unfortunately, since we only have the text version, we don’t have a scan to share. If anyone (Phil?) has access to today’s issue to make scans for us, please send it toZombieguide!

Source: Exclusive

Official Site: “Update Will Come Soon”

October 10, 2003  |  Comments Off on Official Site: “Update Will Come Soon”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide’s own Shannon Sankar took the initiative today in contactingThe Cranberries Official Website regarding the recent lack of updates in the past month, sorely needed in the light of Irish reports that the band is taking a two year break. Shannon wrote, “And because the official web site continues to include, as its last update, a title that reads: ‘Cranberries quietly working away…’, I feel like this is starting to not only become frustrating for fans who have been left out of the loop of the truth, but is also becoming misleading, if in fact The Cranberries are NOT ‘working away’ right now. I write you because I know that you have always strived to be especially appreciative of the connection your band has with its fans. You have taken initiative in the past to communicate with your fans; and I have a great respect for that. … I am asking that you please clarify the information released on Sept. 17th from your publicists stating a vague reference to what could either be a two-year break or an indefinite break up.”

To her surprise, unlike most fans’ inqueries to the page, she received a reply! The response read, “Hi Shannon, an update will come soon!” Though no time frame was given, we should be able to hope for some kind of official announcement soon.

I know, I know. We said the same thing a month ago, but that statement from the official site had no promise of “soon.”

Zombieguide will have the absolute latest on The Cranberries’ hiatus status as we know it.

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries Help Out With English Class

October 9, 2003  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries Help Out With English Class  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“What’s in your head?” For Brazilian students learning the English language, educators at Yazigi Internexus, a leading educational facility in Brazil, are hoping to put a little English grammar in the heads of their students. Recently, Yazigi Internexus chose to incorportate clips of The Cranberries’ videos for both “Zombie” and “Salvation” to help students learn about and discuss controversial topics as conveyed in English. In classes with topics such as “Drugs” and “Violence,” students studied the lyrics to each song in depth, their meanings, and how they apply to society. With a little help from a gold-painted Dolores, students are debating the effects of violence while learning to communicate in English. And thanks to a drug-pushing psycho clown, Brazilian students are learning how English-speakers “just say no”. And to think, you’ve laughed at Dolores’s “one, two, tree, four” before kicking into “Salvation” live in concert. Look who’s the English language role model now!

Thanks to Daniel for the information!

Source: Exclusive

“Zombie” on MTVLA’s 10 Years: 100 Videos

October 2, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on MTVLA’s 10 Years: 100 Videos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, MTV Latin America is continuing to run more video countdowns, much like “Linger” in the Top 20.

This week, MTVLA has been running a new special entitled “MTV 10 Años: 100 Videos,” which encapsulates some of the most influencial music videos of the past decade. The series began on Monday and will conclude tomorrow, October 3rd.

The Cranberries’ “Zombie” placed at #67 on the list. During the video, a clip of Argentinian alternative rock singer Leo Garcia was shown, where he commented on the song and video. After doing his best imitiation of the chorus (“in your head, in your head”) Gracia said, “I really like the crucifix, the gold [kids], and her too. It’s a good anthem but the video is much better than the song. I like the fusion of the biblical and the mythological, not to mention a chick singing grunge — that’s great!”

Thanks to I Can’t Be With Them for the news.

Source: Cranstar Forums

Update: Istanbul 2002 Concert to Air on Turkish TV Again

September 30, 2003  |  Comments Off on Update: Istanbul 2002 Concert to Air on Turkish TV Again  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Litsa just sent us a quick tip that CNBC Turkey will repeat the Istanbul concert on October 29th at 10:30 (unknown if AM or PM). If you live in Turkey, be sure to record and share if at all possible!

Turkish site Daffodil Lament reports that the Turkish CNBC television network will be broadcasting The Cranberries’ Istanbul 2002 concert later today. The network filmed The Cranberries’ concert last year for television broadcast. CNBC Turkey will be airing the concert today (September 20th) at 18:00 local time. The concert marked The Cranberries’ first concert in Turkey.

Last month, Turkish radio station Radyo Eksen broadcasted the audio from the concert, which was available streaming live over the station’s website.

Source: Daffodil Lament

“Stars” DVD to Get Limited

September 29, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD to Get Limited  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music Japan has announced that The Cranberries’ “Stars: The Best of The Cranberries” DVD (as “Best of Videos” is called in Japan) will be part of a November-December campaign of specially priced Limited Edition re- releases. The campaign consists of a total of 84 titles, 29 of which are Western (non-Japanese) music titles.

Although content of the “Stars” DVD will remain the same, all of the titles in the new campaign will receive small packaging changes (new stickers, etc) and a new low price. The new low-price limited editon DVDs will only be available for purchase from November 1st until December 29th. All of the titles in the campaign will have a finite number of printed copies, so once they are sold out, they will not be replaced. Other artists’ DVDs in the promotion include Björk, Eminem, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Jimi Hendrix, Blink 182 and Sting.

The “Stars” DVD was first released in Japan this past March with an expensive retail price of 4,200 yen ($35 US, nearly double the US retail of $20). The new limited editon re-release (catalogue number UIBO-9006) will be marked down to 3,200 yen ($28 US).

The new Japanese version of “Stars” will release on November 1st. Zombieguide will try to have images of the new packaging as its release date nears. If there are any Japanese Cranberries fans who can help us out in locating scans and info, please email us!

Sources: CD Japan, Watch Impress

Cranberries Shift Management to Curtain Call

September 28, 2003  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Shift Management to Curtain Call  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In another quiet business-related update on The Cranberries’ Official Website, the contact page has been changed to show Curtain Call Limited as the band’s management group.

This revelation strikes us as strange since, at least on paper, The Cranberries’ Official Website is run by employees at Timeless Music and not Curtain Call. Perhaps this too will change soon.

This change comes just on the heels of contact info being removed from the Timeless Music website. However, the new “Curtain Call” listing on the contact page still links to Timeless.

All of this leaves us wondering if The Cranberries are planning to merge both companies into one? After last week’s news of the band parting ways with longtime manager Lewis Kovac, it is obvious that The Cranberries are undergoing some large management changes as they embark on their two- year hiatus.

To see the changes made on the official and Timeless websites, check out the current “contact” page vs. the Google cached version and the current Timeless Music page vs the Google cache.

For the record, Curtain Call, Ltd. is based in Limerick and is owned jointly by the four members of The Cranberries, each holding an equal number of the company’s shares. Timeless Music, Ltd., is (or at least was until this point) based in Dublin and is owned half by Dolores O’Riordan, half by Curtain Call jointly, so the lads have less control over Timeless, but some control none the less.

Source: Exclusive

Universo do Rock Wants Your Vote

September 24, 2003  |  Comments Off on Universo do Rock Wants Your Vote  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

They may be on hiatus, but The Cranberries are still creating a buzz. Brazilian-based music station Universo do Rock is hosting another poll with your chance to vote for The Cranberries. Ironically, the poll is asking fans: “Which bands would you like to see come to Brazil in 2004?” Despite the reality that a 2004 tour with The Cranberries doesn’t look very likely at the moment, the poll is a fun way to help The Cranberries maintain a little “top of mind awareness.”

To cast your vote for The Cranberries, logon to Universo do Rock
Thanks to: Emerson Erc.Josh for the information

Source: Exclusive

“Stars” DVD Newly Released in Turkey

September 24, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Newly Released in Turkey  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

After waiting nearly a year, patient Cranberries fans in Turkey have finally gotten their hands on the DVD of “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002.” The DVD was released in most regions of the world last October. The Turkish version of the DVD is identical to the European version released late last year.

When contacted earlier this year for comment, a representative for Universal Music Turkey cited “serious import problems” as the cause of the delay. The representative promised that the DVD would be shipped to stores in September, and Universal Music Turkey has made good on their promise.

Turkey hasn’t been the only country to receive the DVD late; Japan only received the “Stars” DVD this past March, although that version included added Japanese subtitles and a new Japanese sticker on the cover.

Thanks to Haluk Uslu for the news.

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries Music Videos on WAM!

September 21, 2003  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries Music Videos on WAM!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Forget MTV…at least as far as Cranberries videos go. Here in the U.S., a Cranberries fan has just about as much chance of seeing the video for “Analyse” on MTV as seeing Dolores drive by in her gold BMW. It’s just not going to happen. But here’s a glimmer of encouragement: U.S.-based WAM Network, part of the Starz/Encore package, is airing promos of their “Get Reel” program airing on Thursday nights at 8:00 pm. The program showcases pop-rock music videos; and guess which video was included in the promo clip! Yes, it’s true. “Analyse” got approximately 0.10 seconds of air-time on U.S. television with the suggestion of a whole lot more.

Though the channel is dripping with pre-teen programs and off-the-wall movies, “Get Reel” takes an inside look at the world of entertainment and throws out the occasional music video. And if the promo is any indication of what to expect from the new season, this could be one of the few chances U.S. fans get to catch post-1996 Cranberries music videos on television without the need for a VCR. New episodes of “Get Reel” is currently slated to air on Thursdays at 8:00 pm, but may be shuffled around with WAM’s habit of haphazard scheduling.

The WAM Network is available through satellite television providers including Direct TV and Dish network, and through select cable companies as part of the Starz/Encore Superpak.

Source: Exclusive

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