Abandoned Pools writes song for Dolores

September 26, 2006  |  Comments Off on Abandoned Pools writes song for Dolores  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Abandoned Pools, the alias of singer-songwriter Tommy Walter, writes on his MySpace that he has penned a song for Dolores O’Riordan called “Twilight.” He writes:

I wrote a song for Dolores O’Riordan (formerly of the Cranberries). We share a manager. I like it a lot and I think that if she doesn’t use it then I’ll release it as an AP song. It’s tentatively titled ‘Twilight’ and is in the same vein as ‘The Catalyst’.

You can listen to the song “The Catalyst” on Abandoned Pools’ MySpace.

“Stars” Re-enters Spanish Top 100 Charts

September 22, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Stars” Re-enters Spanish Top 100 Charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Four years after The Cranberries released their greatest hits compilation, Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002, the album unexpectedly re- entered the Spanish album charts last week.

Despite having no promotion, Stars re-entered at No. 100 for the week of September 4th-10th. Other greatest hits offerings by Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Abba, and Texas also re-entered the charts that week.

The chart re-entry suggests that the album continues to have steady sales, especially in Spain, where The Cranberries have always had a strong fan base.

Thanks to supervago for the news.

Dolores to build new recording studio in Howth home

September 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores to build new recording studio in Howth home  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has added plans to build a home recording studio to a list of amenities for a new home in Howth, Dublin.

In addition, she and her husband reached an amicable agreement with neighbors to go ahead with plans, according to the September 10th Irish edition of the Sunday Times.

Dolores’s original plans to build a new oceanfront home there met with privacy concerns from neighbors. Grocery chain owner Feargal Quinn in particular expressed concern that the views from the house’s third floor balcony would give a too-close-for-comfort view into his home.

O’Riordan’s architect met with Quinn to resolve this, and now Quinn fully supports the plans. In addition, Dolores plans to double the size of the house, and move it three meters north, towards nearby Ceanchor Road. Dolores now plans to add an extra 4,000 square feet to the existing 5,500- foot plans. The new features will include the home studio, guest rooms, swimming pool, gym, and sauna.

If there are any Irish visitors reading this who can get ahold of the Sept. 10th issue, it includes a picture of Dolores on the inside page of the Homes section, and we would love to have scans.

Dolores: Solo Now Slated for 2007

September 10, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores: Solo Now Slated for 2007  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan recently told a fan — while shopping for bras! — that her solo debut is now delayed until 2007.

A blogger named Beth at birdnameddinah spotted Dolores in a lingerie shop called La Senza in Dolores’s part-time home of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. According to Beth, Dolores was “TOTALLY gracious and introduced me to her daughter.”

The blog writer also managed to get an autograph. You can read the account and see the autograph over at birdnameddinah [or click here]

Dolores Will Get a €50K for All Her Pane

September 8, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores Will Get a €50K for All Her Pane  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan and her husband Don Burton have won a lawsuit against a Limerick window company, the UK’s The Sun reports.

The Burtons hired Four Seasons Conservatories, a company run by brothers Brian and Anthony Fitzgerald to do work in the couple’s Killmallock home before it sold in 2004. However, the job was unsatisfactory and the Burtons ended up taking the matter to court.

Now the brothers must pay 46,582 Euro ($59,000 US) to the couple, which includes a hefty 35,155 Euro in legal fees.

Anthony Fitzgerald said, “We have gone through with appeals but that is too late now. This only started out as a small amount of money originally.”

Source: The Sun (UK)

Cardigans Singer Talks About Girl-Fronted Bands

September 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cardigans Singer Talks About Girl-Fronted Bands  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Cardigans singer Nina Persson mentioned The Cranberries in a forum posttoday about female-fronted bands. Persson said she’s never met Dolores O’Riordan or Gwen Stefani, singers to whom she is sometimes compared. But she added that music marketers put major pressure on female band leaders to break out into solo careers, and that there seems to be a major difference in the way solo females are viewed versus women who lead bands. Here’s what she wrote:

Hello friends,

What you’re discussing here is so familiar! I think the problem is that there are still so few ladies out there. The similarity between us and No Doubt I guess is that we are bands with ladies singing, trying to keep it being a band. When it turns into big business though, companies seem to think that you need to narrow the visual part down to one person.

Women who choose to do solo efforts all the way seem to be considered a different category, I don’t understand why. I’m a fan of No Doubt and (maybe more) Gwen Stefani. And I still think that being in a band is the best schooling you get these days, if you wanna do music.

I have never met Gwen or the Cranberries girl. But I’ve met millions of sweet guys and girls in bands. Check out my MySpace-site for A Camp, that’s one way for me to hook up with people!!

Yours, Nina

Thanks to Scott for the news.

Happy Birthday, Dolores!

September 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Dolores!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan celebrates her 35th birthday today. Happy birthday Dolores, and best wishes from all the fans here at Zombieguide.

Pope Benedict XVI cancels Vatican Christmas Concert

August 31, 2006  |  Comments Off on Pope Benedict XVI cancels Vatican Christmas Concert  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Pope Benedict XVI has cancelled the Vatican Christmas Concert (”Concerto di Natale in Vaticano”), reportedly saying that he doesn’t like pop music, and prefers Bach and Mozart instead.

Dolores O’Riordan performed there three times in recent years, in 2001, 2002, and last year, 2005, her most recent public performance.

The change is little surprise, as some artists (including Dolores) were reportedly disappointed last year when Benedict didn’t bother to meet the artists.

When Hot Press asked Dolores about the new pope last year, she said, “John Paul used to work the crowd a bit whereas Bennys only new in the gig she says, laughing. He probably needs a few lessons and a pair of shades from Bono!

Not all is lost, though, as a di erent organization has agreed to start an alternate Christmas concert, and to move it to the city of Montecarlo.

Other prominent artists at past concerts included Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Josh Groban, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Corrs, Lionel Richie, and (infamously) Lauryn Hill.

Thanks to Luca for the tip.

Source: La Stampa

Cranberries.com to get design change

August 28, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com to get design change  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Canadian company that now runs parks the domainwww.cranberries.com sent out a newsletter today saying that the site will get a facelift this fall.

The newsletter also claims:

You will be the first to know about the changes to Cranberries.com and the latest Cranberries news.

A doubtful claim at best, since the site has not had a single update in nearly nine months.

The Official Community Corporation is also seeking input from fans to ask what fans would like in their Official Communityâ„¢.

Hmm, I dunno, updates? Content? An actual community? It’s been three years since the OCC took over www.cranberries.com, and the site doesn’t even have a simple message board.

If you want to know what Zombieguide would like to see, click here to read staffer Thomas’s open letter to the OCC. Since the OCC was considerate enough to ask fans what they want, make sure to tell them: cranberries@cranberries.com

Three new Dolores O’Riordan solo titles revealed

August 25, 2006  |  Comments Off on Three new Dolores O’Riordan solo titles revealed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The website for Toronto’s Metalworks Studios has posted the names of seven songs that Dolores O’Riordan recorded there, three of which are previously unknown:

  • “Without You”
  • “Playground”
  • “Forever”
  • “Apple of My Eye”
  • “Letting Go”
  • “In the Garden”
  • “Vadim’s Theme”

Chris Crerar was the second engineer on all tracks.

Demos of “In the Garden” and “Letting Go” leaked on the Zombieguide Forums last October. It was previously revealed that “Apple of My Eye” was mixed by Tim Palmer. “Vadim’s Theme” appears to be an alternate title for “Angel’s Go to Heaven,” the theme song from the movie Evilenko. Vadim is the name of a main character in the movie.

It’s difficult to judge exactly when these songs were recorded. Given that “Angels Go to Heaven” seems to have been recorded in 2003, and that the title “Apple of My Eye” surfaced in early 2004, perhaps some of these songs are from that period.

More on Dolores O’Riordan’s solo material as we know it. Thanks to Paddy for the news.

“Rock Star: Supernova” censors “Zombie” on reruns

August 24, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Rock Star: Supernova” censors “Zombie” on reruns  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Awesome Until Proven Guilty reports that CBS has censored repeat airings ofDilana Robichaux’s performance of “Zombie” by removing all references to her tanks, and her bombs, and her bombs, and her guns.

The producers also nixed the line, “They are fighting,” (what’s left, we ask?) no doubt to in an attempt to neuter any imagery that would remind viewers of America’s war in Iraq.

“Zombie” is no stranger to censorship. In March 2003, at the start of America’s invasion of Iraq, the British government placed the song on avoluntary list of banned videos, fearing that they would stir up public sentiment.

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

Exclusive Videos: “Adeste Fideles” & New Version of “Linger” Live from Vatican

December 4, 2005  |  Comments Off on Exclusive Videos: “Adeste Fideles” & New Version of “Linger” Live from Vatican  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Zombieguide reader Giovanni Denuzzo has sent in an audience-recorded video of Dolores O’Riordan’s “new” version of “Linger” and her “Adeste Fideles” duet with Gian Luca Terranova as performed tonight at the Vatican Christmas Concert.

Giovanni writes, “This is Adeste Fideles in which Dolores sings with the tenor. This song was very amazing. Linger has been performed in a slower way and the rythm was like swing… very sweet and particular. Dolores seemed to be in great shape and performed these two song almost at the end of the concert. She took part to the first song of the concert ‘White Christmas’ with the rest of the artists. When the concert ended I tried to catch her but it was impossible… I’ll try to find her today in the centre of Rome… probably she’ll do shopping.. Sorry for the poor quality, but I only had my phone.”

Excuse the poor quality, but it should give you an idea of what new version sounds like: a slightly slower tempo and some di erent melody arrangements, but still very much recognizable as the “Linger” we know and love. Don’t forget we’ll have professional-quality recordings when the concert broadcasts on Italian Canal 5 on Christmas Eve.

Click here to download the new version of “Linger” (3 mb, 3GP file format, play it with Quicktime) [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]
Click here to download “Adeste Fideles” with Gian Luca Terranova (2 mb, 3GP file format) [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Thanks to Giovanni for the videos. If anyone else has photos or news from the Vatican Christmas Concert, please send it in!

Source: Exclusive

More Photos from Vatican Christmas Concert Press Conference

December 3, 2005  |  Comments Off on More Photos from Vatican Christmas Concert Press Conference  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

CranberriesItalia has posted more photos of Dolores from yesterday’s press conference at the Vatican. Check them out below.

In the meantime, we will have first photos of tonight’s Vatican Christmas Concert up very soon.

     

First Vatican Christmas Concert Performance Photos

December 3, 2005  |  Comments Off on First Vatican Christmas Concert Performance Photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The first professional photos from Dolores O’Riordan’s performance tonight at the Vatican Christmas Concert have begun coming in.

Below, you can see Dolores performing “Linger” alone in a tight black dress with transparent long sleeves, covered with a a shaggy black vest. Then, in her duet with Gian Luca Terranova, she performed without the vest.

If you’ve spotted more photos around the ‘net, please send them in.

Dolores @ Vatican Press Conference: “Everyone Wants New Ways of Making Music”

December 3, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores @ Vatican Press Conference: “Everyone Wants New Ways of Making Music”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

CranberriesItalia has a first-hand report of today’s press conference for the Vatican Christmas Concert, where Dolores O’Riordan got to talk a little bit about tomorrow’s performance and also her forthcoming solo album.

Dolores confirmed that her debut solo CD will release in late spring, either May or June of 2006. She confirmed that The Cranberries are currently separated, but did not rule out a future reunion. She told the journalists present, “This is a moment where all of us really want to experience new ways of making music and new ways of expressing what we feel inside. I absolutely am not against playing
together with the band in the future, but right now we have no plans.”

Orchestra conductor Renato Serio introduced Dolores, saying that since this is her third time at the Vatican, she is considered “one of the family.”

CranberriesItalia got a chance to speak briefly with Gian Luca Terranova (pictured), who will duet tomorrow with Dolores on “Adeste Fideles.” Terranova admitted to “loving Dolores’s voice and her way of performing pieces in a unique and intimate way. [It’s] an attitude and a way of singing that many Italian singers have often tried to imitate.”

According to the program, Dolores will be singing “Linger” and “Adeste Fideles” as reported on Wednesday. CranberriesItalia writes that Dolores will sing “Linger” because “she wants to consider it an homage to all the fans of The Cranberries and also an auspicious song for the future.” Lastly, the program confirms that Dolores will take part in an ensemble performance of “White Christmas” with all artists present.

Zombieguide will have the lastest photos and media from the Vatican Christmas Concert over the next 24 hours. If you have a link or photos, send them in!

Source: CranberriesItalia

Dolores to Sing “Bare & Essential” Linger for Vatican Christmas Concert

November 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores to Sing “Bare & Essential” Linger for Vatican Christmas Concert  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

AGE News reports that Dolores O’Riordan will sing “Adeste Fideles” and “Linger” again this year for the Vatican Christmas Concert.

These are the same two songs that Dolores sang at her last performance at the Vatican in 2002. However, AGE reports that we can expect the new performance to be somewhat different.

For starters, “Adeste Fideles” will be a duet with Italian tenor Gian Luca Terranova. In addition to being a singer, Terranova is known in Italy as a songwriter and playwright. Terranova has written the lyrics to music in several Italian musicals.

More intriguing, perhaps, is that AGE reports that Dolores will deliver a stripped-down version of “Linger” with “new, particularly bare and essential vocals.” We’re not sure exactly what this means yet, but we only have to wait until the Vatican performance on Saturday to find out.

Italian TV channel Canal 5 and radio station RTL 102.5 will record the entire concert and broadcast it on Christmas Eve in Italy at 21:00.

We’ll have more news as it happens.

Source: AGE News

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

Triumph Drummer Gil Moore Contributes to Dolores’s Solo Album

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Triumph Drummer Gil Moore Contributes to Dolores’s Solo Album  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Former Therapy? member Graham Hopkins isn’t the only drummer contributing to Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album — in a new interview, former Triumph drummer Gil Moore says he has also recorded some new songs with Dolores.

The drummer told Greentoe.net, “I played a couple of tracks for Dolores O’Riordan on her new album. She is a great musician and a great friend.”

Moore owns Metalworks Studios outside of Toronto, where The Cranberries recorded much of Bury the Hatchet and where Dolores has recorded several tracks for her forthcoming solo album. He and Dolores have been friends for several years, as Moore’s wife gave birth just before Dolores gave birth to Taylor in 1997.

Source: Greentoe.net

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

Dolores O’Riordan Divulges First Solo Album Details

November 14, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan Divulges First Solo Album Details  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Hot Press today posted the first bits of a new interview with Dolores O’Riordan, who reveals that she is finishing up her solo album, due in mid- 2006.

Dolores says her forthcoming solo album is the most “dark and personal” album that she’s ever written. She emphasizes that she could have only written this album alone, saying, “You might think, ‘Oh, that’s the same singer’, but otherwise it’s completely di erent to the Cranberries. Lyrically too, you wouldn’t have written something as dark and personal as that with the boys.”

Dolores expects the as-yet-untitled album to release in late spring/early summer 2006 and will be followed up by a world tour.

“I’ve just done a week’s worth of recording in Dublin’s Pulse Studios, which is the third or fourth session we’ve done,” she says. “Other bits of it were recorded in LA, and Metalworks in Toronto. I’d start the songs o at home on piano and then bring a programmer to the house to take care of the Pro- Tools side of things. Once I had three or four songs like that I’d go into a bigger studio with my musicians.”

Her musicians include Cranberries live backup guitarist Steve Demarchi, Graham Hopkins on drums, and bassist Marco Mendoza, whose resume includes Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and Ted Nugent.

“Graham I love for his energy and Marco, who’s been friends with my husband for 15 or 20 years, creates the most amazing things. He’s a Mexican dude, so he’s got that Latin rhythm thing going on as well as the rock. The main guitarist is Steve Demarchi, who used to do live session work with the Cranberries,” she adds.

Dolores confirms that “Black Widow,” a song that she originally recorded in 2003, will finally see release on the album: “There’s a very intricate and eerie song on it, ‘The Black Widow,’ which is about watching my husband’s mum die of cancer. There’s another one, ‘Letting Go,’ which leaked on to the internet and made me realise how out of control this piracy thing’s got.”

Hot Press also confirms that Dolores will be making her way to the Vatican on December 3, to perform for Pope Benedict XVI. “It’s my third concert and second Pope! There are about a thousand people on stage, including the Vatican Orchestra, so the vibe’s amazing,” she enthuses.

Is Benedict as rockin’ as John Paul? “John Paul used to work the crowd a bit whereas Benny’s only new in the gig,” she says, laughing. “He probably needs a few lessons and a pair of shades of Bono!”

Hot Press also teases that that they have details of her (new?) collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti, but for that, you’ll have to pick up the next print issue of Hot Press. Badalamenti said last year that he wanted to work with her to create “another kind of Dolores O’Riordan.” We’ll have the details on that as soon as we get it.

In the meantime, if somebody can send the full article from Hot Press’s site, please send it in!

Source: Hot Press

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 Confirmed for Vatican Christmas Concert 2005

November 5, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores Confirmed for Vatican Christmas Concert 2005  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Newspapers in Italy are reporting today that Dolores O’Riordan will make her third appearance at the Vatican Christmas Concert this year.

Major Italian newspapers Il Giornale and La Repubblica report that Dolores will be alongside performers Riccardo Cocciante, Gigi D’Alessio, Claudio Baglioni, Dolcenera, Alex Britti, Black Eyes Peas, Negramaro, Mango, Nicky Nicolai and Stefano Di Battista Quartet this year. This year’s concert will take place on December 3, 2005 and will be broadcast on Italian TV network Canale 5 and on radio network RTL 102.5 at 9:00 PM on December 24.

Dolores last performed at the concerts for Pope John Paul II in 2001 and 2002 and was said to be one of his favorite singers. This will be Dolores’s first public performance in more than a year.

This year’s concert is dubbed”Concert for East Asian Missions,” as funds from the concert will be used to build churches and fund missionaries in East Asia.

More details as the concert date approaches! Thanks to rebel for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

Report: Two of Dolores’s New Songs Leaked

October 19, 2005  |  Comments Off on Report: Two of Dolores’s New Songs Leaked  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Two of Dolores O’Riordan’s as-yet unreleased songs leaked to the Internet today, titled “Letting Go” and “In the Garden.”

The first, “Letting Go,” was posted anonymously to the Zombieguide Forumsthis morning, and the second, “In the Garden,” came this evening. The songs are labeled as demo versions and appear to come from a 5-track preview CD. “Letting Go” is the first track from that CD. “In the Garden” is the fifth track.

With the verse “She’ll be with your father / And they will be one / In heaven, in heaven,” the song “Letting Go” appears to inspired by the death of Dolores’s mother-in-law in 2004. Mrs. Burton’s illness was cited as one of the reasons for The Cranberries’ hiatus in September of 2003.

A contrast to that slow piano ballad, “In the Garden” is a yodel-infused piece with an upbeat electronic introduction that bursts in to full guitar mode for the chorus: “You can’t come here / you can cry / you can’t come here / you know why.”

Of course this means that 3 more tracks could potentially leak soon, and if they do, you can bet Zombieguide will have the latest.

Source: Exclusive

Universal to Release “Zu & Co.” 3CD Boxset

October 17, 2005  |  Comments Off on Universal to Release “Zu & Co.” 3CD Boxset  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Universal Italy is gearing up to release a revamped version of Zu & Co. (Zucchero & Co. in the US) which will include the original album, a CD release of the Live at Royal Albert Hall showcase from May 6th, 2004, and a third disc of unreleased and new duets that didn’t make it onto the original album.

Zucchero’s Ocial Website has been selling a fanclub edition Live at Royal Albert Hall CD for 10 Euros. It is unknown if the CD included in the box set will be the same one or a more extensive version.

The third disc will include new songs and songs not included on the original Zu & Co by Mark Knopfler, B.B. King, Sergio Mendes, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Paul McCartney.

Both the original album and the live disc are expected to contain Dolores O’Riordan’s duet on “Pure Love.” Dolores recorded an Italian version of the song which remains unreleased, making it a possible although unlikely candidate for the thrid disc.

The set is due to release in Italy on November 11.

Source: Un Po’ di Zucchero

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

Le Monde Celebrates 10 Years of “Zombie”

August 23, 2005  |  Comments Off on Le Monde Celebrates 10 Years of “Zombie”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Last Thursday (August 18th), Le Monde, one of the largest national newspapers in France published an essay on the significance of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” to mark its 10th anniversary as a hit.

Here is the English translation, followed by the original French text:

Zombie
Le Monde / 18 August 2005

Summer Hit 1995

Let’s get back ten years ago. It is the summer and the weather is good. Suddenly, on the radio, a voice vibrates, rumbles, and roars. All at the same time, and upon a single word, haunting: “Zombie, Zombie, Zoooooooooombie…”. The sentence ends with incredible vocal performances, almost yodels, bathed in saturated electric guitars reminiscent of those of Nirvana that emerged with the grunge in 1992. That vocal assault is named Dolores O’Riordan. She is 23, has short hair, piercings lined up on her ear, a strong Irish accent and, from her 1.60 meters, she shouts to the world about the misfortune of her island and of the victims of the Ulster conflict. For a summer hit, it is as far from La Lambada as one can be.

The Irish “Troubles” theme is not new: in 1983, U2 had already sung the endless violence striking the civilians stuck between the IRA’s bombs and the British army. The famous Sunday Bloody Sunday, “non-partisan” hymn, where the drums imitate the sound of a marching drum, was recalling that “bloody Sunday” of 1972 when the British army had opened fire on a Catholic demonstration in Derry. Ten thousand people that had come to protest against the arbitrary imprisonment policy lead by Great Britain were welcome by a sustained fire killing 14.

Ten years later, the Cranberries make their breakthrough on that same topic, among the “political” bands. The 20th of March 1993, they are touring Great Britain when they learn that two bombs planted by the IRA have spread terror in a commercial center in Warrington, in the north of the country. Two children have been killed – one was sitting on a bin that exploded, the other was killed the following day while he was looking for a Mother’s Day card.

The event doesn’t have the same political impact as the Bloody Sunday – which convinced Great Britain to administer Ulster directly from Westminster. However, the emotion is great in the United Kingdom. Dolores O’Riordan follows her glorious predecessor’s lead and writes Zombie: “Another head hangs lowly / Child is slowly taken / Who are we mistaken”. The song describes the inner anguish of a man – a zombie – traumatized by the civil war that lasts since the “Easter Insurrection”, date when the Republic was proclaimed: “It’s the same old theme since 1916 / In your head they’re still fighting”. The Cranberries are not very subtle. In the video, shot in Belfast, children play war in a gloomy city patrolled by armed, threatening soldiers. A divine figure (Dolores O’Riordan painted in gold) shouts her rage from the top of a cross, surrounded by scared cherubs.

Unfortunately, the song is released in 1994, when the IRA just signs a ceasefire and the civil war pauses. The singer is accused of needlessly relaunching the debate. Moreover, the song, which is meant a call for peace, comes in the media with declarations far less politically correct.

“In some cases, I am in favor of the death penalty,” Dolores O’Riordan explains to the Inrockuptibles in 1995. “In Singapore, they cut off theives’ hands and they cut off murderers’ heads. Result: no more crimes.”

She is also blamed for definitive tirades on subjects like abortion or feminism (“As far as I’m concerned, it is a thing for girls who have been ditched thirty times in their lives and decide that all men are filth”). Undoubtedly, the muse of the Cranberries, a timid teenager gone a star in a couple of months, remains marked by her childhood in the island she personifies almost caricaturely. The last of seven children, she sings in the church at the age of 5; she reads Gaelic fluently; she plays the traditional tin whistle skillfully. And, of course, she is Catholic. “At school, we had to confess,” she says. “As I hadn’t done anything bad, I had to make up sins to please the priest who was listening behind the screen. (…) But without that education, I wouldn’t have been so frustrated. And if I hadn’t been so frustrated, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Just like her, the other members of the band, the brothers Mike and Noel Hogan, bassist and guitarist, and the drummer Fergal Lawler originate from the Limerick area ; they have grown up drinking Guinness and doing small jobs. Polemics don’t prevent Zombie from going supernova. The album No Need To Argue sells more that 15 millions copies. For the Cranberries, 1995 is a sumptuous year. Dolores O’Riordan, who got married – in the church and in Doc Martens – joins her voice with Luciano Pavarotti to sing an Ave Maria during a concert for Bosnia children. A song that will belong, nine years later, to Mel Gibson’s Passion of The Christ original soundtrack. Then, Ireland decidedly becomes fashionable.

But, unlike their great predecessors, U2 or Sinead O’Connor, the bands assaulting the global market are often keen to avoid politics and polemic. The boys band Boyzone or the Corrs siblings prefer to remember their homeland’s folklore only, and barely tint their sentimental ballads with harp and tin whistle.

Claire Guillot

And here is the original French version for our francophone readers:

ZOMBIE
Jeudi 18 août 2005 / Le Monde

REVENONS dix ans en arrière. C’est l’été et il fait beau. A la radio, soudain, une voix vibre, gronde, rugit. Le tout à la fois, et sur un même mot, lancinant : ” Zombie, Zombie, Zoooooooombie… » La phrase s’achève sur d’incroyables vocalises, presque des yodles, baignées de guitares électriques saturées qui rappellent Nirvana, surgi avec le grunge en 1992. Cette déferlante vocale s’appelle Dolores O’Riordan. Elle a 23 ans, les cheveux ras, des piercings en rang sur l’oreille, un accent irlandais à couper au couteau et, du haut de son 1,60 m, elle hurle à la face du monde les malheurs de son île et des victimes du conflit nord-irlandais. Pour un tube de l’été, c’est aussi loin que possible de La Lambada.

Le thème des ” troubles » irlandais n’est pas neuf : en 1983, le groupe U2 avait déjà chanté l’interminable violence frappant les civils coincés entre les bombes de l’IRA et l’armée britannique. Le célèbre Sunday, Bloody Sunday, hymne ” non partisan », où la batterie imite le roulement du tambour, évoquait ce ” dimanche sanglant » de 1972 où l’armée britannique avait ouvert le feu sur une manifestation catholique à Derry. Dix mille personnes, venues protester contre la politique d’emprisonnement arbitraire menée par la Grande-Bretagne, avaient été accueillies par un feu nourri faisant 14 victimes.

Dix ans plus tard, les Cranberries font leur entrée, sur ce même thème, dans les rangs des groupes ” à thèse ». Ils sont en tournée en Grande-Bretagne quand ils apprennent, le 20 mars 1993, que deux bombes de l’IRA ont semé la terreur dans un centre commercial à Warrington, au nord du pays. Deux enfants ont été tués – l’un était assis sur une poubelle qui a explosé, l’autre a été fauché, le lendemain, alors qu’il cherchait une carte de voeux pour la Fête des mères.

L’événement n’a pas le retentissement politique du Bloody Sunday – qui convainquit la Grande-Bretagne d’administrer l’Ulster directement depuis Westminster. Néanmoins, l’émoi est grand dans les îles Britanniques. Dolores O’Riordan emboîte le pas à ses glorieux aînés et écrit Zombie : ” Encore une tête qui pend / Un enfant est évacué lentement / Qui sommes-nous, trompés. » La chanson décrit le tourment intérieur d’un homme – un zombie – traumatisé par la guerre civile qui dure depuis l'” insurrection de Pâques », date de la proclamation de la République : ” C’est la même rengaine depuis 1916 ; dans ta tête ils continuent à se battre. »

Les Cranberrries ne font pas dans la dentelle. Dans le clip, tourné à Belfast, des enfants jouent à la guerre dans une ville lugubre, arpentée par des soldats armés et menaçants. Une figure divine (Dolores O’Riordan, peinte en doré) hurle sa rage duhaut d’une croix, entourée d’angelots effrayés.

Manque de chance, la chanson ne sort qu’en 1994, alors que l’IRA vient de signer un cessez-le-feu et que la guerre civile fait une pause. La chanteuse est accusée de relancer gratuitement le débat. D’autant que sa chanson, qui se veut un appel à la paix, s’accompagne dans les médias de déclarations bien moins politiquement correctes. ” Dans certains cas, je suis pour la peine de mort, explique Dolores O’Riordan aux Inrockuptibles en 1995. A Singapour, on coupe les mains des voleurs, on coupe les têtes des meurtriers. Résultat : il n’y a plus de crimes. »

On lui reproche aussi des tirades définitives sur des sujets comme l’avortement ou le féminisme (” Pour moi, c’est quelque chose pour les filles qui se sont fait plaquer trente fois dans leur vie et qui décident que les hommes sont tous des ordures »). Sans doute l’égérie des Cranberries, adolescente timide devenue rockstar en quelques mois, reste-t-elle marquée par son enfance dans son île, qu’elle incarne jusqu’à la caricature. Petite dernière d’une famille de sept enfants, elle chantait à l’église dès l’âge de 5 ans ; elle lit le gaélique dans le texte ; elle maîtrise le tin whistle, la flûte traditionnelle. Et, bien entendu, elle est catholique. ” A l’école il fallait toujours se confesser, raconte-t- elle. Comme je n’avais rien à me reprocher, j’étais obligée d’inventer des péchés pour faire plaisir au prêtre qui m’écoutait derrière la grille. (…) Mais, sans cette éducation, je n’aurais jamais été frustrée. Et si je n’avais pas été frustrée, je ne serais pas ici aujourd’hui. »

Les autres membres du groupe, les frères Mike et Noel Hogan, bassiste et guitariste, et le batteur Fergal Lawlern sont comme elle originaires de la région de Limerick ; ils ont grandi en vivant de Guinness et de petits boulots. Les polémiques n’empêchent pas Zombie de faire le tour du monde : l’album No Need to Argue s’écoule à plus de 15 millions d’exemplaires. Pour les Cranberries, l’année 1995 est fastueuse. Dolores O’Riordan, qui s’est mariée – à l’église et en Doc Martens -, joint sa voix puissante à celle de Luciano Pavarotti pour chanter un Ave Maria lors d’un concert en faveur des enfants de Bosnie. Une chanson qui figurera, neuf ans plus tard, sur la bande originale du film La Passion du Christ, de Mel Gibson. Puis l’Irlande devient décidément à la mode.

Mais, au contraire des grands anciens, U2 ou Sinead O’Connor, les groupes qui se lancent à l’assaut du marché mondial sont soucieux d’éviter politique et polémique. Le boys band Boyzone ou la tribu des Corrs préfèrent ne retenir de leur patrie que son folklore, et se contentent de teinter leurs ballades sentimentales de harpe ou de pipeau.

Claire Guillot

Thanks to Sir Thomas Montagné, Esq., for the scan and laborious translation.

Source: Le Monde (France)

Tracklist, Cover Announced for Cranberries 20th Century Masters CD

August 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Tracklist, Cover Announced for Cranberries 20th Century Masters CD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music Distribution today announced the tracks that will appear on The Cranberries’ 20th Century Masters CD, due to release in the United States on September 27, 2005.

The eleven tracks make this a strictly “greatest hits” release, nearly half the number of tracks that appeared on The Cranberries’ more complete Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002. However, like all installments in the 20th Century Masters,
the CD will be available at a budget price of less than $10.

Universal has released the cover art (medium and HUGE resolution) and a tracklisting (see PDF sell sheet) for 20th Century Masters: The Best of The Cranberries: Millennium Collection.  (LINKS NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

The tracklisting is:

1. Dreams
2. Linger
3. Zombie
4. Ode to My Family
5. I Can’t Be With You
6. Salvation
7. Free to Decide
8. When You’re Gone
9. Animal Instinct
10. Promises
11. Analyse

The Cranberries Millennium Collection: 20th Century Masters CD is due to be released on September 27, 2005 in the USA.

Meanwhile, the previously announced The Cranberries 20th Century Masters: DVD Collection will release next week in the USA and is available to order from DeepDiscountDVD.com for $5.99 with free shipping.

Source: Universal Music Distribution (Exclusive)

Rumor: Dolores Holds Reception for Solo Album

August 20, 2005  |  Comments Off on Rumor: Dolores Holds Reception for Solo Album  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The unconfirmed word out of London is that Dolores O’Riordan recently held a dinner and reception for music industry types to announce the details of her forthcoming solo album.

One person in the music biz said she got a personalized invitation at the beginning of July to attend the dinner in London, but couldn’t go due to travel obligations.

More than likely, Dolores held the reception to get a pre-release buzz going within the industry, and perhaps look for a record label and/or distributor.

No other details are available at the moment. Dolores’s solo album is due in 2006.

Thanks to Jordan on the Forums for the news.

Source: Exclusive

First Print Article to Reference “The Cranberries” Surfaces

August 10, 2005  |  Comments Off on First Print Article to Reference “The Cranberries” Surfaces  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Original Cranberry Saw Us lead singer Niall Quinn has discovered what he believes to be the first printed reference to “The Cranberries,” the shortened moniker that The Cranberry Saw Us adopted after the addition of a certain member named Dolores O’Riordan.

The article comes from the October 27, 1990

issue of “City Limits,” a section from the Limerick Tribune. The third paragraph in “Getting the Balance Right”

describes the swelling praise for Water Circle, The Cranberry Saw Us’s first demo with Dolores. The article was written by Stuart Clark, who is now Assistant Editor for Hot Press

This is “one of the first newspaper clippings about the Cranberries,” Niall Quinn told Zombieguide today, “and I’d say it actually IS the first time they’re referred to as ‘The Cranberries’ in print as opposed to ‘TCSU’ – a name they’d still have been going by at that point and I’m guessing for another few months. We used just refer to them as The Cranberries for short –like we’d refer to They Do It With Mirrors as The Mirrors.”

The article also describes further sessions at Xeric Studios which were released as Nothing Left At All, the band’s second demo with Dolores in 1990.” The songs that they were going in to Xeric to record would be “Nothing Left At All” and the other tracks from that same cassingle which came out around Christmas (still under the name TCSU),” Niall said.

The band continued to use the name “The Cranberry Saw Us” for months after Niall Quinn’s departure until it was briefly shortened to “The Cranberry’s,” and then “The Cranberries.” (“We discussed them and eventually settled on ‘The Cranberry Saw Us’. I remember favoring it over ‘The Cranberries’ – which I reckoned sounded like a band a girl would be singing with – like ‘The Darling Buds’ or ‘The Sugar Cubes’. Maybe that’s why long after my departure they shortened it back to its source name – because it fitted perfectly a band fronted by a female,” Niall wrote in 2002)

Niall has previously posted more Hitchers and early Cranberries-relatedarticles on the Hitchers website.


Update:
Niall has uncovered an even earlier Cranberries reference from August 1990, two months previous to the prior October 1990 article. The article appeared in the now defunct Limerick Tribune by the now renowned Hot Press editor Stewart Clark.

Niall writes, “The article appeared in The Limerick tribune (long gone) and was again written by Stuart Clark who’s interviewed the band many times and is a nationally renowned journalist and commentator here in Ireland now.

“I remember this gig quite well as some of the older lads in The Hitchers would’ve have got their Leaving Cert (High School final exams) results that day and were pretty pissed drunk by the time it came for The Hitchers to play. So that puts it in and around the 3rd Wednesday in august as that’s when these results are always released.

“Incidently, the ‘Termite Club’ referred to is STILL GOING here in Limerick 15 years later. It’s moved home several times but is still the place the indie kids head for on a Friday or Saturday night.”

Thanks to Niall Quinn for the scan and info.

Source: Exclusive

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