Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Rock legend Meat Loaf this week told York University’s student newspaper Excalibur that he likes The Cranberries.

The interviewer asked him what other food-item-named-things he likes, to which he responded a UK singer by the name of Fish and of course the Irish band with the tart but delicious name.

“Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”

November 28, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French singer Dominique performed The Cranberries’ “Zombie” last Friday night on the French Idol-like TV show “Star Academy.” Dominique is in the running against other winners for the best weekly performances.

You can watch Dominque’s performance here at the TF1 website, which includes some rather elaborate choreography with, er, flight attendants and a giant airplane prop.

Thanks to Cyril for the news.

Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records

November 23, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has finally found a label for her forthcoming debut solo release, the Ulster Herald reports today.

Sanctuary Records will release the new record which is due in early 2007. Sanctuary’s roster includes Morrissey (formerly of The Smiths), Iron Maiden, Tegan and Sara, and Crosby & Nash. The label specializes in artists who already have established careers and solid fanbases.

Sanctuary handled the release of The Cranberries’ Beneath the Skin Ver. 2 DVD in the United States.

A source close to Dolores told Zombieguide that the album is nearly finished and that the search for a record company was the main factor in its delay.

We’ll have more details as they become available!

(Oh, and happy Thanksgiving… and don’t forget the cranberries!)

UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer

November 20, 2006  |  Comments Off on UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

UK site Creativedesign has put up a profile of Cally, the graphic designer behind The Cranberries’ first three albums, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed. Cally recently orchestrated a total redesign of the Island offices on Kensington High Street in London. You can read about it here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A fan who recently purchased The Cranberries’ first commercially-produced demo tape has made high-quality photos and MP3s of the tape available online.

While “Water Circle” was The Cranberries’ first demo tape in May 1990 (then called by the dreadful pun The Cranberry Saw Us), it was home-made and its liner art photocopied. Later that year, Xeric Records released just 300 copies of the Saw Us’s first commercially pressed tape, “Nothing Left At All” (discography entry).

Zombieguide Forums member Caputokey was lucky enough to snag the extremely rare piece off of eBay months ago and has since put up MP3s and photos on his own server.

While MP3 rips of the tape have been available for years, most of those came from low-quality bootleg copies that had circulated among fans for the past decade. The quality suffered from high nth-generation tape-to-tape copying in the tape trading community in the mid-90s. (Now there’s a story I can tell my grandkids.)

“Nothing Left At All” is the same version that appeared in CD quality on the “Uncertain” EP. “Pathetic Senses” is different from the “Uncertain” EP and features vocals from Dolores’s (allegedly aggressive) boyfriend Miko Mahoney (also did the vocals at the end of “Dreams”) and producer Pearse Gilmore, whom the band accused of making secret agreements with Island during the band’s last days at Xeric. “Shine Down,” later known as “Take My Soul Away,” is the most elusive of the three. This is by far the best recording of “Shine Down” to ever surface.

You can grab them all from this directory, courtesy of Caputokey. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)


Mike opens café in Limerick

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Mike opens café in Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Some short biographies released in conjunction with the proposal of a new radio station for Limerick, Heart FM (read more), include some tidbits about what Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler have been up to lately.

If the radio station is approved, Mike Hogan will become a director for Heart FM. Also, Noel, Mike, and Fergal will give some hands-on input for a show called “Green Heart,” which will showcase demos and upcoming local bands.

The bio also reveals that Mike opened a café on Catherine Street in Limerick called The Sage Café earlier this year. The café opened in mid- April and seats 45-50 people. Mike has become the director of a company called TM Coffee, Ltd. (which runs the cafe), and he continues to to live and work in Limerick.

As for Fergal, his bio reveals that he “has been collaborating with other local musicians and recording at his studio in Ballymorris.”

Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license

November 18, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Heart FM, a new proposed radio station being funded by Mike and Noel Hogan that we first told you about here, gave an oral presentation on Monday to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. The Hogan brothers and Fergal Lawler are among a small group of investors who are competing to win a 10-year broadcasting license in Limerick.

In order to win approval for the station, the Heart FM backers will need to wrestle the city’s radio franchise away from the incumbent broadcaster, Live 95FM.

The Heart FM group told the BCI that if approved, the station would make a profit of €15-€20 million over 10 years. The station would also employ 36 full-time and 33 part-time staff, more than Live 95, and would open a new 5,000-sq ft office in downtown Limerick.

Live 95FM argued that it should be able to keep its existing license because of its strong track record, especially after being bought by UTV in 2002. (Coincidentally, Dolores’s brother P.J. O’Riordan was one of the previous owners of Live 95FM.)

The BCI will decide on January 22, 2007 which group will receive the new license.

You can check out some attractively designed proposal PDF documents at the BCI website. Of special interest to Cranberries fans are sections 3 and 4, which have short up-to-date biographies on Noel, Mike, and Fergal.

Sources: Irish Times, Irish Independent

Cranberries official cartoonist releases book

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries official cartoonist releases book  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Maurizio di Bona, a.k.a. theHand, who created a line of official merchandise for The Cranberries in 2003, has just released a new book that includes four pages of Cranberries caricatures.

di Bona, a longtime Cranberries fan, had put several of his Cranberries cartoons online before the band came to him and commissioned him to produce a series of illustrations for their last world tour. His new book, called Scarabocchio Ergo Sum, features works he created for the band and also more recent drawings of Dolores, Noel, Mike, and Fergal. The text is in Italian, but the spot-on caricatures are alone worth the price of admission.

You can order the new book for only $10.65 US from Lulu.com

BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Media reports out of Italy this morning confirm that Dolores O’Riordan will perform at the newly reorganized 2006 Concerto di Natale in Monaco, formerly called the Vatican Christmas Concert.

This year’s concert will take place on December 9, 2006, at 18:00 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tickets range in price from €150 to €1000.

The Vatican Christmas Concert ran for 13 years at the Vatican before Pope Benedict XVI cancelled it earlier this year, stating that he didn’t like pop music. This year’s concert will be moving to Monte Carlo, Monaco under a new organizer.

The annual concert is broadcast nationally on TV in Italy, but this year’s concert will be shown by Raidue instead of Mediaset.

Confirmed so far to perform are:
Gipsy Kings
Ronan Keating (of Boyzone)
Skin (of Skunk Anansie)
Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries)
Nicky Nicolai & Stefani Di Battista
Helena Hellwigg
Massimo Ranieri
Sergio Cammariere
Noa
Gigi D’Alessio
Andrea Mingardi
Sara6
Marco Masini / Umberto Tozzi
Appassionante
Benedict Gospel Choir
Summertime Gospel Choir
Les petits chanteurs de Monaco
Giancarlo Giannini

This will be Dolores’s fourth time performing at the concert — her past appearances were in 2001, 2002, and 2005.

You can read a press release over at Rockol and the o cial lineup here. We’ll have more news as it breaks. Thanks to Luca for the news!

“Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs

November 14, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV Latin America has ranked The Cranberries’ “Linger” as one of the 100 “poppiest” songs of all time. The network chose “Linger” at #92 on last night’s “Los 100 + Pop” special. The series began yesterday and will run until November 24.

Thanks to Cristobal for the news!

Cranberries.com redesign launched

November 9, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign launched  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The redesign of The Cranberries Official Webpage has launched at http://www.cranberries.com (http://www.cranberries.ie has not yet rolled over to the new design). Not much new content, but there is a vastly improved lyrics section.

There are no official forums yet (surprise? They were promised two and a half years ago.), so instead why not join the largest and most active Cranberries forums online?

Cranberries.com redesign preview posted

November 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign preview posted  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official Community Corporation, the Toronto-based corporation that now  runs http://www.cranberries.com today posted a preview image of the long-promised redesign of the official website.

This will be the second redesign since Official Community Corporation took control of the site in 2004. Previously, it was operated by Timeless Music, The Cranberries’ self-owned management company.

If the preview is accurate, it appears that an official discussion forum is in the works. No other new features appear on the preview layout.

Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped

November 4, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Spanish singer and actor Miguel Bosé told Reforma newspaper yesterday that that he had plans to record a duet with Dolores O’Riordan for his new album, but scheduling problems squashed it (also: AP report).

Dolores was to duet with him on a song called “Partisano,” but the plans stalled due to scheduling conflicts. However, Bosé said he might still be able to record the duet at a later date.

“We talked a lot about it,” Bosé said. “I was doing to do ‘Partisano’ with her, but no, after all of that, we couldn’t do it. We’ll try again some other time.”

Miguel Bosé’s upcoming CD, due in February, will contain 30 duets including Ricky Martin, Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Juanes, REM vocalist Michael Stipe, and Alaska.

Thanks to Paolo for the tip!

“God Be With You” in short film “3:16′′

October 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on “God Be With You” in short film “3:16′′  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A listing on the Internet Movie Database reveals that Dolores O’Riordan’s 1997 solo track “God Be With You” is being used in a new short film called 3:16. The 19-minute film is directed by Jason Durdon, and it picked up a “Best Actor” award at the Estes Park Film Festival last month.

Dolores originally wrote the song for the film The Devil’s Own. Although it is technically a solo track, The Cranberries included it as a B-side on the “Just My Imagination” single and the 2002 re-release of To the Faithful Departed: The Complete Sessions.

“The Butterfly” on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace

October 12, 2006  |  Comments Off on “The Butterfly” on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The first new Dolores O’Riordan song in nearly a year has surfaced on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace page.

The collaboration with Dolores and Angelo Badalamenti, who is best known for his soundtracks for David Lynch films “Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet,” is called “The Butterfly.” You can get an MP3 of the song in the previous post on this page.

This is the first new Dolores O’Riordan solo material to surface since last year’s leak of the demos “In the Garden” and “Letting Go.”

Badalamenti first discussed the song in an unpublished outtake from a Mix magazine interview earlier this year. He said,

I just finished a new song with her called “The Butterfly,” which is wonderful, that I’d like to get into a film. I’ll start showing that to some directors now. She’s a terrific talent, and she keeps sending me lyrics. We’ve never met. I work on music and send it back to her, and then once I get her key on the phone – she’ll sing to me – then I’ll do a track her, send it to her and then she’ll do the vocal. Then she sends back to me, and I do the mix here, and that’s that. That’s how we work.

You’ll recall Dolores and Badalamenti last collaborated on the haunting theme song “Angels Go to Heaven” for David Grieco’s 2004 independent film Evilenko, which is now available in the US on DVD (Zombieguide review).

No word yet on exact plans for what “The Butterfly” will be used for. Dolores told Hot Press magazine last year that she and Badalamenti are collaborating on the music for David Grieco’s next film, Secrets of Love. Whether this song will be a part of that soundtrack is unknown.
According to Grieco, the film’s plot revolves around a singer who mysteriously disappears for years and is presumed dead. Badalamenti’s MySpace page gives no further details about the song.

Rare “Linger” performance on YouTube

October 12, 2006  |  Comments Off on Rare “Linger” performance on YouTube  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A rare, previously-unseen acoustic performance of The Cranberries’ “Linger” has surfaced on YouTube. The performance was taken from MTV’s “Alternative Nation” show (US) in 1993. (MTV.com used to offer streaming interview clips from this same appearance.)

Thanks to despandy for the tip.

LEAKED: O’Riordan + Badalamenti’s “The Butterfly”

October 10, 2006  |  Comments Off on LEAKED: O’Riordan + Badalamenti’s “The Butterfly”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“The Butterfly” by Dolores O’Riordan and Angelo Badalamenti [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Storm Thorgerson in the Zombieguide Interview

October 1, 2006  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson in the Zombieguide Interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Even if you don’t know his name, you know his art.

Storm Thorgerson has produced some of the most instantly recognizable album covers in rock history: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, Division Bell; Led Zepplin’s Houses of the Holy; Audioslave’s self- titled; The Mars Volta’s Frances the Mute; Umphrey’s McGee’s Safety in Numbers; the list goes on and on. Of course, as you probably know, his portfolio also includes the album covers for The Cranberries’ post-crisis Bury the Hatchet, its 2001 follow-up Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Beneath the Skin live DVD, and all related singles.

Storm is kicking off a series of exhibitions of his work around the world for Fall 2006 in Long Island, NY; Cleveland, OH; Birmingham, UK; Milan, Italy; San Francisco, CA; and Bath, UK in 2007. Click here for the full itinerary of Storm Thorgerson’s ongoing exhibit dates. You can find out more and browse a number of limited edition prints made specially for this tour at theTaken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson website.

Last week, Storm gave us a rare phone interview to talk about his work with The Cranberries. (We even managed to squeeze in some chatter about Noel Hogan’s current project Mono Band.) Here’s what Storm had to say in the exclusive Zombieguide interview…

ZG: How did you get involved in working with The Cranberries? How did they approach you?

Storm: Through a friend, a business friend, whom I didn’t know very well, but they did, called Jamie. He was working also for Ian Dury and the Blockheads, which is a band I work for, and I think he recommended me. Then I went to have an interview, a chat with Dolores and Noel in Olympic Studios, I think. We got along OK, and so we chatted again later, and then I started to do designs for Bury the Hatchet.

ZG: How did the design process go for Bury the Hatchet? How did you form the ideas that went with that album?

Storm: Now you’ve got me there. That’s a very good question. I’m trying to remember. I think it had something to do with Dolores’s checkered past. I think she told me some tales. She’s had quite a tough life, Dolores. She was telling me about an old boyfriend of hers who was inclined to be a little physical. So I think it was partly related to that. It was probably related to other things that they said, because the way that I work is to submit different possibilities, and so I probably suggested about eight things to them, of which the rough for Bury the Hatchet was one. It was kind of like about paranoia. I think in the way Dolores felt that she had been in her life — and to some extent, the other guys as well — some degrees of unhappiness and undue pressure for which it was now time to shake off, “bury the hatchet” literally. To shake off old grudges, old difficulties. I don’t know if you have this expression in America, “bury the hatchet,” but I presume you do.

ZG: Yeah, we know it.

Storm: Actually, the cover design is a two-piece. So it is a before and after picture. If you like, a diptych. It comes in two parts. We made the cover as also suggested by the band as a trompe l’oeil, a trick of the eye so actually the front sort of repeated on the back so you didn’t know which way around it was. So then you’ve got the two pictures that go together.

ZG: Right. And it has the spine…

Storm: That’s right, we did a fake spine. That was quite clever, don’t you think? But very annoying because you keep trying to open the CD the wrong way. I thought it was a great idea, but it wasn’t my idea. But it was a good one and it was good for me because it meant I could flip the designs, either front or back. In the actual booklet, there’s a picture of a guy being threatened by the all-seeing eye, and on the back when you turn it around, you see he’s turning around, telling the eye to go away.

That’s the kind of nub of it at the time. You know, all these things have other bits and pieces that connect to the making of a cover, which I probably can’t remember now. They kind of coalesce to form a background out of which I make designs and then show them back to the band as roughs and then they choose. So they must have thought this was appropriate somewhere or other. It’s not always clear to me why bands choose the things they do.

ZG: At what point do you actually get a copy of the album and get to listen to it all the way through?

Storm: Pretty early on. When it was in demo form, probably, or early mixes. Because the album cover needs to be done before the record is finished. It takes longer to print an album cover than it does to press a CD. So in eect, the album cover has to be ahead of the CD, the finished item.

ZG: One of the things that Dolores said in the interviews for Bury the Hatchet was that the band did their first three albums, and they all had a picture of the band on the cover…

Storm: The sofa! (laughs) That’s right, they probably fancied a change, I suppose!

ZG: Right, and one of the things that Dolores said about Bury the Hatchet was that she thought of the first three albums as a triad, and that she wanted to form a new era. One of the things I associate with that are your designs, and so I was wondering if that was a conscious thing?

Storm: It may have been a conscious decision of theirs. Obviously it wasn’t a conscious decision of mine. I’m only a gun for hire, aren’t I? I can be hired, commissioned as a freelance designer, and design as I think appropriate for whoever asks, by and large. So I don’t often know what their agenda is, but I agree with you, I think they decided that band photos and sofas was enough. Well, they weren’t going to get them from me, so I presume they must have realized.

ZG: Your work is very distinctive. It’s very easy to, say, look at a new album cover and say right away, “Oh yeah, that’s Storm Thorgerson.”

Storm: You think so?

ZG: Very much so. Every once in awhile you put out a new–

Storm: Are you sure?

ZG: One of the reasons I say that is that you have a lot of symbols that you use in your art and sometimes those repeat from piece to piece. I’ve noticed, for example, I have your book, Eye of the Storm, and I noticed you used the theme of the eye a lot [Bury the Hatchet cover, for example] and I was wondering if there’s a particular reason you like using that symbol.

Storm: I don’t think of myself as doing that, but it’s for other people to make that distinction, I suppose. I don’t think about it, really. I do design as I feel the music or the band to be, or the title, or the combination. I think that every designer, artist, [or] photographer has recurring threads, recurring obsessions that therefore by definition may recur. But it’s not purposeful or conscious. I think I notice things in my work that reoccur, and then I think maybe I don’t. I’m not sure whether I know. I don’t have any particular thing about eyes, more than I do anything about beds or water, all of which you might say feature in my work. But girls feature in my work as well. Mountains feature in my work. Sculptures. Animals, particularly animals. I do a lot more animals more than I do eyes.

ZG: You mention beds — there’s a bed on the other album cover that you did for The Cranberries, which is Wake Up and Smell the Coee. Do you remember the design process for that album?

Storm: They were telling me that they thought the album was a return to simpler, fresher styles. A bit like “wake up, wake up” — the title of the album. So I imagined granules of coee or the “atoms” of coee going up the stairs to the bedroom, waking you up. I like the smell of coee myself. So I imagined them bouncing or riding up the stairs to wake me in my bed in the morning. Coee granules are quite small so it doesn’t really interest me. I like big things. So they turn into cranberries, and then the cranberries turn into large gym balls. You know, the kind of balls you exercise on?

ZG: That’s what I thought they looked like, but I wasn’t sure.

Storm: Well, that’s what they are. They’re supposed to be cranberries, metaphorically. So the granules of coee, or the “atoms” of coee, or the “atoms” of cranberries, or the “cranberry atoms” are coming to wake you up with the music.

ZG: Now you did an interesting thing with that album, and that is that the band released four dierent covers in dierent regions of the world. Was that a result of alternate covers?

Storm: No, apparently the Japanese like to have a dierent cover, I didn’t know why.

ZG: Yeah, they like having bonus things…

Storm: Yeah, something like that. It’s all beyond me. Record company shenanigans, I don’t know what it all means. I just tend to supply what I’m asked to supply, as long as I’m told upfront. I can’t supply all sorts of versions if I don’t know what’s going on. I need to prepare for it.

We actually shot this picture on a grass landscape and a sandy beach. But the sandy beach is much more spectacular because the balls didn’t really bounce well on grass.

ZG: You’re doing several exhibitions around the world of all your art. Why did you choose this point in your career to do something like that?

Storm: Well, no, I started about five years ago. It started about five years ago — somebody asked me to do an exhibition in Japan, so I agreed. The thing that was dierent then was that it was a graphic exhibition. The ones I do now tend to be fine art exhibitions, print exhibitions. I think it’s just what designers do, really. Musicians play gigs. This is my version of a gig. This all happened by chance, because somebody asked me. The first two exhibitions I did were in Japan. They were great! I really enjoyed those. After I did two or three there, I thought, “Hmm, that was interesting. I’ll do some more.” So that’s what we’re doing.

ZG: I guess a favorite topic that people like to ask you about is Pink Floyd. Do you ever get tired of talking about Pink Floyd and say, “I have other art that I’d like to talk about”?

Storm: I thought you were ringing me up about The Cranberries!

ZG: I was, but…

Storm: I don’t get tired, no. I did some very nice pieces with the Floyd, I think.

ZG: I think so.

Storm: I’ve no time to talk to you about that now. That’ll have to be another interview… mostly because we’re trying to wrap up some work here and get out the door… It’s what we call clocking otime here. Let me ask you a question: What’s happening to The Cranberries? Are they not together?

ZG: That’s a good question. Dolores is putting out a solo album next year. Noel has already put out his own solo album last year under the name Mono Band.

Storm: “Mono Band”? What’s it like?

ZG: It’s interesting. For his first album, he actually got several dierent vocalists to do it. One in particular, a British guy by the name of Richard Walters. Anyway, I quite like it, no surprise. It hasn’t been released in CD format outside of Ireland yet. As for the band themselves, God only knows. They said they were going on temporary hiatus for awhile, but there’s really been no news on that front.

Storm: Maybe they’ve broken up then.

ZG: De facto, they are. It’s kind of sad. [Editor’s note: extreme understatement]

Storm: Sad, really.

ZG: Well, Dolores and Noel have both said that they want to reconvene at some point. They say they’re on amicable terms so I guess nothing’s ruled out for the future.

Storm: We’ll keep our fingers crossed. OK Alex, I’m going to adjourn for now.

ZG: OK, I know you’re very busy. Thank you very much, Storm.

Storm: I’m very tired too, I’m afraid. Take care of yourself.

Special thanks to Robin and Nina at Media Bitch (we love that name, BTW) for help in arranging our interview with Storm.

Storm Thorgerson album art exhibits on tour

October 1, 2006  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson album art exhibits on tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer and photographer behind The Cranberries’ Bury the Hatchet and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee covers (not to mention Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and a whole lot more) will be putting his iconic artwork on tour this fall in art galleries around the world.

An Art of Pink Floyd exhibit is already ongoing at the Gifted Images Gallery in New York and will last until October 13th. Meanwhile, the largest exhibition ever of Thorgerson’s art (Pink Floyd and otherwise) will open this Thursday, October 5th, in Birmingham, UK. Check the list below for more dates.

You can find out more and browse a number of limited edition prints made specially for this tour at the Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson website.

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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

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