New interview with Noel published today on cleveland.com
Congrats to winner Sam Dermody… as well as all the other artists who sent their amazing artworks.
Album to be released in 2021.
Salvation – Artwork by Sam Dermody
The NNTA 25th Anniversary Edition is out now. In fact the release is simply titled “Deluxe Edition” for the 2LP and 2CD versions and “2020 Remaster” for the 1CD version.
The Cranberries posted a message on their website and socials earlier today.
The Cranberries published the official video for “(They Long To Be) Close To You” on their YouTube account today. The video contains rare photos from the No Need To Argue photo session.
The audio (taken from the 25th Anniversary Edition of No Need To Argue – out Nov 13th) is also available on all streaming platforms.
As the Cranberries World team was investigating as to where exactly some scenes of the Just My Imagination video were filmed in order to add this information to the map section, we tried to get in touch with Rick Fuller, producer of the video, who very kindly shed light on this mystery for us and invited director Philip Harder to join in the discussion.
Rick explained that the video was filmed over two days, on 27 July 1999 in Poolbeg, Dublin in the area around the Pigeon House Hotel near the old Poolbeg Generator Plant, and on 28 July 1999 in the Ardmore Studios, Wicklow
The two of them went out of their way to answer our questions and sent us never seen before pictures of the making of the video, as well as pictures of the CD and the microphone used on set, even including the STORYBOARDS. We can’t thank these two gentlemen enough for their kindness and availability.
Do you know what the band’s expectations were for this music video?
Director Philip Harder – Dolores wanted a visual fantasy, where she can magically step out of a rough Irish setting and into a playful fantasy. But each time she goes there and loses herself in her imagination, she is interrupted by reality.
What was the inspiration behind the video for Phil Harder and yourself?
Director Philip Harder – My wife Isabelle told me a story of walking with a Walkman, listening to music and imagining a surreal world.
How was the location (Poolbeg Power Station, Pigeon House Hotel etc…) chosen for the shoot?
Director Philip Harder – Since the Cranberries are Irish, and I recently lived in Dublin, we knew these areas would offer great locations with an industrial edge, all within a few blocks of each other.
Why did you choose to use such old cars?
Director Philip Harder – The Citron that the guys drove was a very rare car that one of the crew members had access to. The microphone Dolores uses was designed for the video to match the shape of that car. The rest of the vehicles in the background were designed to make the video feel out of time which reminded me of Ireland in the early 1980’s, or perhaps a classic Cranberries-style music video like the vintage stock footage in Zombie.
How would you describe your collaboration with the band?
Director Philip Harder – I spoke with Dolores on the phone after she read the treatment which described her listening to music and falling into an imaginary world. Dolores was really excited to shoot the video with this concept in mind. Dolores is a pro. She made many videos before this. On the shoot we were very collaborative, discussing scenes in detail, including the settings and background actors as well as cameos by her band mates. Dolores seemed to love acting and playing a “character” in the video. She gave it her all to act out the part and always gave feedback on how she wanted to be portrayed. On set I followed her lead to make her feel comfortable in the role. As I recall we discussed in detail every scene we shot.
How was the atmosphere on set? Dolores once explained she declined to shoot a scene where a car would have stopped right before hitting her [Interview for German NBC show GIGA].
Director Philip Harder – Dolores actually shot the car scene and I explained how to do it, (there’s a photo of me directing her for that scene) but for safety we used a long lens and editing to make the car appear closer than it was. Dolores really liked the fantasy we were creating and loved acting the part. She also really enjoyed working with cinematographer Matty Libatique, who shot films for Spike Lee, A Star Is Born and many other well known movies. Matty and Dolores really hit it off on set. At one point we were using an experimental, high contrast black and white film for the band performance. The film quality is either black or white with no gray scale. I was concerned the film would exaggerate Dolores’s freckles and could become black dots all over her face. I brought this up but she referred to Matty for advice. Dolores said that since she and I both have freckles I might be bias. Matty told Dolores her freckles were beautiful and we should exaggerate them. She in turn looked at me and winked, as if to say I told you so.
Philip & Dolores
What’s the best memory you have from this experience working with The Cranberries?
Director Philip Harder – After the shoot Dolores invited my wife and I to her home in Limerick. When we arrived she showed us around her entire property. She was an amazing, gracious host. (I think it’s an Irish trait!) Later we drank Guinness in her private western bar, sitting on saddle bar stools. That night Dolores set us up in one of her guest cottages. In the morning she was leaving for a tour so called us from her helicopter to wake us and let us know there was a servant with breakfast waiting outside our door.
Do you know how the video was received by the band?
Director Philip Harder – The band loved it. We saw Dolores on tour in the states. After the show we met up again, Dolores went on and on about the fantasy world we created in the video. She could only imagine the imagery when we were shooting so she was very pleased what we were able to create through our fantasy images and experimental film techniques.
What does the song mean to you, and how does the imagery of the video represent that?
Director Philip Harder – I think the feeling comes not only comes from the lyrics but from Dolores’s unique vocal delivery. Even though this is more of a pop song, I felt the images needed a contrast between edgy or perhaps grungy industrial settings, smoke stacks, rough neighborhoods etc. which can magically disappear by just using your imagination. Reality transforms into animated fantasies of color.
All photos courtesy of Producer Rick Fuller.
A very heartfelt thank you to both Philip and Rick for providing us with all these materials and info, it was a pleasure to (re)discover all these gems!
Please note that none of the items shown above are for sale, we’d be grateful if our readers could behave well, show respect, and refrain from sending inquiries to these already very generous gentlemen.
A never heard before demo of “Dreams” from 1990 was published 2 days ago on YouTube. According to YouTube user AGMP – a concert promoter in the UK – this one was produced and paid for by EPIC RECORDS who were considering signing the band.
This very rare version has a spoken intro and differs from all the demos we already know of, although it does sound a bit like a less mixed version of the Xeric demo without the intro.
Stuart Clark, from Hot Press, once mentioned that “Dreams” had a spoken word intro for a brief period, so this is likely the version he was talking about! PURE GEM.
Thanks to Cranberries Library for noticing.
Miley Cyrus performed “Boys Don’t Cry” by The Cure, “Zombie by The Cranberries and “Midnight Sky” (her recent single) for “Save Our Stages Fest” yesterday at Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
The video of the performance was streamed live on Miley Cyrus’ YouTube account where you can still donate for the “SOS Fest”.
Replay available, “Zombie” starts at 3:15
Thanks to pathetic_senses – one of our readers – for the link!
UPDATE – OCTOBER 19
Since October 9th, The Cranberries have published on their socials three mysterious teasers stating that something is “coming soon” on October 23rd.
Since many of you have been questioning us as to what we believe is going to see the light of day on October 23rd, we’ve decided to make our thoughts public.
Let it be clear straight away, we do not believe this could be the documentary the band has mentioned several times.
A month away from the release of the “No Need To Argue” 25th Anniversary Edition, we believe that we will be presented with a new video that will serve in promoting this anniversary release.
The first teaser published on October 9th clearly hints that there is a new “Zombie” video coming out.
The second teaser, published on October 13th, shows live images from the “Beneath The Skin – Live in Paris 1999” video, which seems to point out that the video is to be a live video of “Zombie”.
In the end, third teaser, published yesterday, obviously features shots of the homecoming Theatre Royal performance of the band in Limerick in December 1993.
The video is quite easy to identify as The Cranberries had already released “How” from this show as bonus on their “Beneath The Skin” DVD.
We also know that the full show was filmed by the promoter of the gig, who is the source of the “How” video, so we have no doubt the footage seen on this new “Zombie” teaser are from the same source.
Last but not least, the promoter of the concert tweeted back in April 2020 that he had found his old Cranberries video files he had been looking for and that we “might see it and some other rare footage at some stage”, hence why we have reason to believe that the band is going to publish a new live video of “Zombie” on October 23rd featuring some never before seen footage from the Theatre Royal concert in order to promote their upcoming anniversary release of “No Need To Argue”.
That being said, given this video was recorded with one camera only and shows only one single angle, it is likely this “Zombie” live video could feature footage from other shows in order to make it look more dynamic.
Time will tell…
UPDATE – OCTOBER 23
The Cranberries – Zombie (Lyric Video)
Fergal and Noel appearing on “Kyle Meredith with…”
The video was published today on the Kyle Meredith’s YouTube account.
A rare audio bootleg of The Cranberries opening for the band Suede at The Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas has recently surfaced on dimeadozen.org (FLAC files off master tape). Thanks to taper Scott Tillotson and user cpscps for sharing.
For those who don’t have an account on Dimeadozen, the show was also shared on YouTube.
Below, the very first images of the NNTA remastered double vinyl that weirdly arrived on due date through Amazon. Time will tell if the other versions (CD, transparent vinyl…) will be released on November 13th or earlier.
Source: Shannon Du-fort, Facebook group The Cranberries International fans.
7 more photos of the album, a bit clearer and you can now read the 5,000 word essay on the history of the album written by the band’s archivist Eoin Devereux. The essay is printed on the 4 sides of the inner sleeves, click on images for larger view.
Made in Czech Republic by Universal International Music in Netherlands, so this is the European version.
Special thanks to Philippe Nadeau from Canada for the pics, who received his copy yesterday from amazon.ca (just like Shannon).
New audio interview with Fergal and Noel on the episode 111 of “This Must Be The Gig” and published yesterday on consequenceofsound.net
(A video of Daffodil Lament will be released soon including footage of the recording session in Oxford in 1994. Also, the 25 years of NNTA, the impact of seeing U2 as teenagers, and the power of a good cover.)
Thanks to The Cranberries Newspaper on Facebook for the link!
Universal Music Hong Kong just released a limited and numbered edition of “Stars The Best Of 1992-2002” for the first time ever in hybrid SACD.
Limited to 1,000 copies, the album was released on 2 September 2020 and is available in Hong Kong – and almost everywhere online – for the price of 200 HKD (more or less 25 USD).
Back cover says printed in Hong Kong and manufactured in Japan, but the edition is definitely a Hong Kong exclusive (label reads Universal Music Hong Kong on the actual CD) and shouldn’t be released in Japan.
Thanks to Stephane HongKong for info and below pics.
This year, in a quite unbelievable context, you would have turned 49 on this very day.
More than ever, the world misses the dreamer and passionate poet you were.
As always, and like our fellow fans, we, the Cranberries World team members, keep you in our thoughts on this special day, for you will forever live in our hearts.
We love you, Dolores, always.
Photo credits: “In The End” + Bob Berg (New York City, 1993)
As seen on ilovelimerick.ie today, Limerick county Dreams Fest will take place on Dolores’ birthday as a virtual event this year, live on the Dreams 2020 Facebook page at 1:30pm (Irish Time) this Sunday.
The articles explains that, “the event was filmed previously at King John’s Castle and will feature a host of musicians and familiar Limerick faces who are coming together to celebrate Dolores’ life and legacy. Dreams from the Castle was sparked by Dolores’ brother Brendan with the help of friends and local businesspeople and aims to mark his sister’s birthday through showcasing all Limerick has to offer through art, music and its historical sights. The event features many tributes to the star.”
For the occasion, the festival crew erected on the castle the mural painted in 2018 by Bridget Lambert of Class Art Studio and her 30 students.
Brendan O Riordan commented, “the artwork seems perfectly at home and brings back all the memories of that warm summer it was created. It’s for Dolores and for all she represents in this world – Love, joy, peace, happiness, music, painting, colour, energy, spirit, vibes, community and inspiration“
He added, “the event was small due to restrictions but aimed to give a little hope in these troubled times. We want to see Limerick on the map as the home of one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, my sister, global rockstar and front woman of the Cranberries Dolores O Riordan. Loved by the young, old, city, county, arts, sports she is the common thread that connects so many hearts here and all over the world.”
More photos of the event were already shared yesterday on the Dreams 2020’s Facebook.
Fans who have already placed their “No Need To Argue (Remastered)” order on udiscovermusic.com and recordstore.co.uk have been receiving emails since last night to inform them that the release date has now changed to November 13th.
One may note that Amazon hasn’t yet sent emails to customers and still mentions September 18th as the release date, although this is likely to be amended in the upcoming hours and it should probably be the same for all the other stores.
Thanks to Lorenzo for the Record Store screen shot.
UPDATE – AUGUST 30
Today, The Cranberries posted a message on their socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) regarding the new release date. The last line of their message is a little longer on Facebook and Instagram, “We are so sorry to disappoint, but this is very much out of our control, and we hope you all understand.”
The previews of the artwork of the NNTA (Remastered) editions, LP and CD, appeared for the 1st time today on eBay.
One may note that unlike the “EEIDI 25th Anniversary Edition” there is no mention of a “25th Anniversary Edition” nor an “Expanded Edition” on the artwork, just an ordinary sticker.
We have just learned of the passing of a well known fan from Brazil in the Cranberries community, Elio Maraia Jr., whom we were used to know as Elio O’Riordan Junior.
Elio was the founder of the 1st fanclub in Brazil and former webmaster of “ZombieGuide South America”.
We felt it was important to let fans know as we believe some of our followers may have been closed to him.
Tonight we keep him in our thoughts.
May you rest in peace, Elio, your love for Dolores and the band will forever be remembered.
The full special concert “Songs From An Empty Room” is available on replay on the RTÉ Player until August 25th. The TV program includes an interview with Noel Hogan & Danny O’Reilly from the band The Coronas (starts at 1:11:58) as well as their performance of “Linger” with some chords (starts at 1:35:40).
Note: The RTÉ Player is not working on every browser!
30 years ago today, The Cranberry Saw Us – not yet The Cranberries – played their first concert with Dolores O’Riordan as new lead singer replacing Niall Quinn. They were opening that day for the band They Do It With Mirrors. The show took place in Limerick at Cruises Hotel in the Ruby’s Club.
Rare photos from 1994(?) taken backstage at Theatre Royal in Limerick during a break when The Cranberries were recording “Zombie”. Fergal had just cut his long hair and Noel cut his shortly after for the “Zombie” video.
Fergal and Noel with Seamus Flynn – former owner of the Theatre Royal – his wife Patricia and his son Darragh. Photo credits: Laurie (Fergal’s wife).
Thanks to Seamus for the pics and story behind!
The EP features the track “Heartbreaker” which Cranberries fans are familiar with as Olé used to play it when presenting D.A.R.K. tracks Live PA as opener of The Cranberries on their 2017 tour.
One may thus wonder if the other unreleased tracks Olé played live on this tour will ever be released – and as solo material or D.A.R.K.? Let’s note that some of them featured Dolores’ voice so we could expect them to make it on the second album of D.A.R.K. that was already recorded when Dolores passed away and will hopefully see the light one day.
“MMXX” also includes an interesting cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
Let Olé know what you think of his work!