The Cranberries discuss “Wake Up” with Telehit, part 1

July 6, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries discuss “Wake Up” with Telehit, part 1  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As we reported to you yesterday, Mexican television station Telehit will be airing a brand new interview with the band on Sunday. We now have the first glimpse of that interview from the commercial airing on the station.

The commercial opens with shots from “Linger” and then “Dreams”. Then, the narrator begins, “She’s the third richest woman of the United Kingdom,” with a quick flash to a shot of Dolores’s eyes. “… and she’s aware of its social environment. She commands a band, one of the greatest.” Then it proceedes to a clip of “Zombie”. “They are The Cranberries, they have four albums and great songs, and they talked to us about their new album from Windmill Lane Studios where they have finished the recording of their fifth album.”

The video then cuts to a shot of Dolores and the band, as they say hello to Mexico. The screen then cuts to Dolores, saying, “You know, the Cranberries’ music is very emotional. We don’t have a certain technique to write our songs, it just flows from us.”

Look for Part 2 when the interview airs on Sunday. Thanks to Alfonso for the news.

Source: Exclusive

Telehit to air new interview Sunday in Mexico

July 5, 2001  |  Comments Off on Telehit to air new interview Sunday in Mexico  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Telehit, a major music channel out of Mexico City, will be airing a brand new interview with The Cranberries this Sunday. Telehit is a subdivision of Es Mas, as the interview was listed on the official page last month.

The new interview was conducted by host Diego right inside Windmill Lane Studios, where the band was recording “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. A commercial is also being shown on Telehit for the interview and shows some teaser clips of it. The band says hello to Mexico at the beginning of the clip and then short clips of other topics are shown. Dolores then says that their music is very emotional. In the next teaser, the band says that there is no specific technique to their writing, but rather the music just “flows” from themselves.

The hour-long interview will air Sunday July 8th at 5:00 PM and again at 11:00 PM (Mexican Time).

Thanks to Alfonso for the news.

Source: Exclusive

Current official fan poll results

July 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on Current official fan poll results  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official page has quickly tabulated the results to their current poll, asking fans to choose their top 10 favorite songs to be done acoustically. The results of the poll will influence The Cranberries’ acoustic setlist when they begin their promo tour next month. After 24 hours, here were the first (but not current) results for yesterday:

1. Linger
2. Dreams
3. Zombie
4. Animal Instinct
5. Ode To My Family
6. Empty
7. Promises
8. Daffodil Lament
9. Just My Imagination
10. Ridiculous Thoughts

However, the total results for today, July 4th, are:

1. Dreams
2. Zombie
3. Linger
4. Ode To My Family
5. Animal Instinct
6. Empty
7. Daffodil Lament
8. Promises
9. Just My Imagination
10. Ridiculous Thoughts

Note that none of these results are final. However, with early returns such as these and with the “hardcore” fanbase already turning in most of their votes, it’s very unlikely that we will see any B-sides in the set — which is a shame. The official page has set up a a Top 10 page here, which will be updated frequently so the current results can be viewed.

Source: Official International Cranberries Homepage

The Cranberries ask for fan input

July 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries ask for fan input  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We’ve seen bits and pieces of it over the last few months, but it has become more apparent with this latest news from the band’s official page. It seems that they are asking for fan input more than ever. Now, as the band prepares to go on a promotional tour next month, they plan to do a number of acoustic shows, playing about 10 songs at each gig.

With this, they are letting fans choose the setlist! Fans are to email cranberries @ elive.ie with the subject MY 10 FAVOURITE SONGS and then to list their 10 favorite songs in the body of the email. Keep in mind they will be done acoustically, ie no “Delilah” submissions!

In addition to this, the official site recently polled fans to ask what kind of merchandise do they want most. Here are the results from that poll:

1. Videos
2. Posters
3. Coffee Mugs
4. Hooded Sweatshirts
5. Lithographs/Prints
6. Sweatshirts
7. CD Holders
8. Mouse Pads
9. Gold/Platinum Discs
10. Keyrings

New videos would be excellent. And in a result of complete irony, Coffee Mugs turned out high at the results, coming in at #3. Keep in mind that this poll was well before the title of the new album was revealed — “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Now, I ask you, what could a better tie-in?

But in addition to the poll, the official page is looking for even more input: “What artwork and design motifs you would like to see?”. Fans are asked to submit written suggestions only to cransurvey @ elive.ie, no artwork submissions.

And lastly in related news, many web users have been complaining about the difficulty of loading the new Thorgerson-designed Flash official site. DigialCC has begun work on an HTML version of the official site, due online in August.

Oh, and in case you’re vaguely wondering, here is what The Herald is submitting as our Top 10. Note the overabundance of B-sides. Now you figure that everyone is going to be submitting stuff like “Linger”, so what we would like to see is the band pick up and play some rare songs again!

10. Zombie
9. I Can’t Be With You
8. Daffodil Lament
7. False
6. The Icicle Melts
5. I’m Still Remembering
4. Paparazzi on Mopeds
3. Away
2. What’s On My Mind
1. Like You Used To

Source: Official International Cranberries Homepage

“Analyse” video shoot delayed

July 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” video shoot delayed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Although scheduled to take place last Thursday, the video shoot for “Analyse” had to be delayed. The band’s webmaster explains that there were difficulties securing permits for the outdoor locations. However, the band’s management is currently trying to straighten things out so that the shoot can take place later this month.

This news brings back an interesting tidbit about the recording of the videos “Zombie” and “Ode to My Family”, both done at the same time in Ireland by Samuel Bayer. The band needed police escort while filming because snipers were said to be roaming the area.

Source: Official International Cranberries Homepage

New info on Angelica’s “Se a Gente”

June 29, 2001  |  Comments Off on New info on Angelica’s “Se a Gente”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Herald reported to you yesterday that Brazilian singer Angelica has covered The Cranberries’ “Linger” in a new song titled “Se a Gente Se Entender” — translated as “If We Understand Ourselves”. The Herald can now confirm that the new cover is in Portuguese, not English. This aspect makes it similar to Faye Wong’s track “Dream Person”, a cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” in Chinese. The track was produced by Ricardo Feghali. Angelica’s new album, also titled “Se a Gente Se Entender”, which contains the track, will not be out until July 2nd.

In addition to this new information, Zombieguide has obtained a clip of the song as well as the new album’s cover, both below.

“Se a Gente Se Entender” (Real Media Streaming Clip) (Link no longer available)

Again, thanks to Zombieguide South America’s Elio for the news tip.

Partial Source: Rede Globo

Portuguese subtitled “Beneath the Skin” DVD released

June 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Portuguese subtitled “Beneath the Skin” DVD released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries fans in Brazil recently got what they’ve waited quite a long time to receive — “Beneath the Skin” on DVD. The delay was due to the necessity of adding Portuguese subtitles to the release in order for a proper localization. The Brazilian release is selling quite well, reportedly already shifting over 10,000 copies off of store shelves.

Thanks to Zombieguide South America’s very own Elio for the news tip.

Source: Exclusive

Brazilian singer covers “Linger”

June 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Brazilian singer covers “Linger”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new song is hitting Brazilian radio stations — well, not really new. Popular Brazilian singer Angelica has covered the classic Cranberries track “Linger” and it’s reportedly doing very well on the radios. Zombieguide readers will recall that earlier this year, UK dance band Dario G covered The Cranberries’ “Dreams” as their own danced up “Dream to Me”. Angelica’s version of “Linger”, titled “Se a Gente Se Entender”, reportedly resembles the original track much more than “Dream to Me” did, with the new “Linger” cover containing the same chords.

Angelica is no stranger in the small world of Brazilian celebrities. She hosts her own kids’ TV show on “Rede Globo Television”, the most important Brazilian TV network. The Herald hopes to have more information soon, including the CD that contains it and possibly an MP3 clip.

Thanks to Zombieguide South America’s very own Elio for the news tip.

Source: Exclusive

BTS remains on international charts

June 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on BTS remains on international charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Wow. It’s been over six months since “Beneath the Skin” was released in North America, yet it is still selling loads of copies around the world, keeping it on “unique popularity” lists around the globe. The VHS and DVD seem to especially be doing well in Spanish-speaking countries, where The Cranberries have always had an avid fan base. Note that this is NOT a “top sellers” list but rather a popularity chart where the DVD is selling better than other compared areas. Here are the current standings for the week of June 18, 2001:

Latin America (#4)
South America (#6)
Brazil (#13)
Mexico (#10)
Venezuela (#6)

Source: Amazon

“Analyse” video shoot begins

June 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” video shoot begins  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to the recent post on the official page by Cranberries bassist Mike Hogan, recording for their new video, “Analyse” began earlier today. The band trekked to London today with director Kier McFarlane. McFarlan previously worked with artists such as Janet Jackson and Tom Petty. “Analyse” will be the first single from the upcoming album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.

Source: Official International Cranberries Homepage

MMM plans “The Story of The Cranberries” feature

June 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on MMM plans “The Story of The Cranberries” feature  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It looks like Canadian music channel MuchMoreMusic is going to prepare a new documentary on The Cranberries, thanks to the efforts of some fans.

“The Story of….” series is well-received series for MMM that covers the lifespan of the band from inception to present.

After one fan, Vance, emailed MMM, he received an email back from host Bill Welychka himself saying that it is a “great idea” and that the network will run it to coincide with the new release in October. Currently, the documentary is only in very early production until more promotional information is available for the release.

Thanks to Vance for the news. See ? You people CAN make a difference, so beginning around August, start emailing your favorite radio stations and TV channels to show new material!

Source: Exclusive

New details from “Late Late Show” interview

June 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on New details from “Late Late Show” interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In addition to the description of the RTÉ interview of Dolores, The Herald has more information about the new album and Dolores’s viewpoint on motherhood.

The interview began as Dolores walked out onto the stage and hugged host Pat Kenny. Her mood was entirely cheerful and comfortable, laughing and joking frequently. One of the first topics was the new album (which was still untitled at the time). Dolores declared that when you are the most depressive and stressed, you can write the best rock songs. However, she says that she is currently writing happy songs because of her positive mood.

She also began talking about the joys of motherhood. When mentioning Taylor, she looked straight at the camera and blew kisses at it for him. Dolores even told the host that she would like to have more children, but she’s not sure if husband Don would approve. But, as with the last tour, Taylor and Molly won’t be anywhere near the gigs. She amusingly comments that she doesn’t want her kids to think of their mother as “an animal”.

Dolores also discussed musical influences. Other than the previously mentioned John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Jim Reeves, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, Dolores credited Aerosmith as another of her influences. Also, when speaking about her great admiration for Elvis, she poetically stated, “He sang like an angel.” As you will recall, the band portrayed their great fondness for The King by recording a cover version of “In the Ghetto” as a B-side to “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.

Thanks to Litsa Derekenary (aka Dolores 159) for the new info.

Source: Exclusive

Director for “Analyse” chosen

June 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on Director for “Analyse” chosen  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Mike, who’s gained a reputation as the shyest member of The Cranberries, has done his first update to Cranberries.ie. As you can read, filming for “Analyse” will begin on Thursday with director Kier McFarlane. He also confirms the previous report that he and his wife are expecting a baby! The message was posted in Fergal’s section (who usually contributes the most), so here goes:

Hello there!

This is Mike here in Ferg’s corner! (I think this is my first ever contribution to the website!) I just got a home computer, and I am still checking it out and trying to teach myself what this email and website stuff is all about! I must say, it’s a handy way of getting information fast and when you want it! (when you can find it, that is!)

So, I am going to test the email and send this to the Webmaster to put up on our site. Here’s some news:

We are going to London this week to shoot the video for “Analyse” (which you know will be the first single from “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”). The Director will be Kier McFarlane, who has worked with artists like Tom Petty and Janet Jackson. In 1993, the video for Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Male Video”. Shooting starts on Thursday the 28th of June.

Well, that’s it really! Everyone is in great form, and really looking forward to the release of the new album and also getting back on the road touring and gigging! I can’t wait!

Oh, by the way, you may or not have heard that I am going to be a dad soon!
We are expecting in October!

Good luck!
-Mike.

Source: Official International Homepage

MTV plans to air Vicar Street gig

June 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on MTV plans to air Vicar Street gig  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Following up last week’s news story about Dreamchaser’s filming of the November Vicar Street gig, The Cranberries Herald did some investigation by contacting Dreamchaser and the band’s publicists.

One PR representative told Zombieguide, “The show was indeed filmed for MTV and they showed some snippets from the gig on Daily Edition that week.” But because that seems like a waste of filming an entire gig, we asked if MTV has plans to re-air the show — which gained us a surprising yes. “It is intended that MTV show it at some point but we have no date for when this might be.” Lastly, we inquired if the filming might be used in a video release. “At this point there are no plans to release it as a video. If this should change we will post it on the Cranberries website. Thanks for your interest and we hope you enjoy their new album due out in October.”

So there you have it. It’s out there, and it’s in MTV Europe’s hands — and indeed will be shown sometime in the (hopefully near) future.

Source: Exclusive

“Greatest Hits” promo screen captures

June 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Greatest Hits” promo screen captures  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Herald has finally received its copy of the Turkish promo “Greatest Hits” CD (as we’ve previously reported with scans). As we’ve known, the promo features an Audio Mix, playable on a normal CD player, along with several CD-ROM features.

The tracks we’ve listed previously are full-length videos that can be found in the video section. – (No longer available)
Meanwhile, the Audio Mix is a collage of snippets of the same tracks found on video. Below are four screen captures from the CD- ROM portion.

Source: Exclusive

First “Dreams” video surfaces

June 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on First “Dreams” video surfaces  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s been nine years since the original video for “Dreams” was filmed and even to this day, The Cranberries’ most dedicated fans have not seen it. Most fans are familiar with the second or more probably the third version of the video, recorded in 1993 and 1994 respectably.

However, that’s all about to change with the click of your mouse. After literally years of searching, Zombieguide has finally found the full incarnation of the very first video, and it’s now online exclusively for our visitors. Zombieguide is all about exclusive content, and this is just another step in our goal.

The video got its brightest spotlight when Irish TV station RTE broadcasted their mulit-part special “From a Whiser to a Scream” last year. The short clip reached an even larger audience when the documentary was released on VHS and DVD in the US in March of this year. In case you missed our impressions of the DVD and the first “Dreams” video, check past news.

Webmasters: Please do not take these images without giving credit! You may use it on your webpage, but you must link to Zombieguide.com (www.zombieguide.com) directly near the video. This is standard for all news or content from any page and is common journalistic courtesy. I’ve not had to tag pictures, etc, lately, so please keep it this way!

Source: Exclusive

Cranberries Nix Fan Emporium

June 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Nix Fan Emporium  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have announced by snail mail that they have parted ways with Fan Emporium, the PR company that had held the “Official Fan Club”. While the club went well at its induction, mailings and news began to slack sometime in 1998. Shortly thereafter, there was little to be heard from the company and many fans were left feeling ripped off.

And now fans who waded the tide finally have something to show for it. Members recently began receiving a final mailing from the list. The package included an autographed promo photo of the band plus an official apology for its shortcomings. A representative for the band then commented that their official site would become the new center for fans, and thus far has done an exceptional job, with personal updates from band members and interaction with fans.

Source: The Cranberries E-mail Newsletter

Mike expecting first child?

June 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on Mike expecting first child?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to The Cranberries E-mail Newsletter, Cranberries bassist Mike Hogan and his wife are expecting their first child, due later this year. If true, Mike will be the last band member to have children — which makes sense, after all, he’s the youngest member and was the last to get married (July 6th, 1998). This will be the sixth “Cranbaby”, following Dolores’s son and daughter, Noel’s two daughters, and Fergal’s son.

Source: The Cranberries E-mail Newsletter

“Live in Vicar Street” recorded by Dreamchaser?

June 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Live in Vicar Street” recorded by Dreamchaser?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As soon as you think it’s over, we unearth another scrap of news regarding last November’s concert at Dublin’s Vicar Street. The concert is still the band’s most recent one, and was performed in the middle of recording their fifth album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.

Dreamchaser, who produces many of The Cranberries’ video works, including “Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Beneath the Skin” has listed another entry in their list of “Previous Productions”. Yes, the Vicar Street gig is now on their resume according to a list maintained by Filmmakers Ireland. But this time, instead of listed as “commissioned by management”, the segment was recorded for MTV. Here’s the full listing, although it doesn’t contain any real new details:

“The Cranberries Live in Vicar Street ” Nov 2000 Half- hour Live music concert for MTV

Of course this wouldn’t be any new revelation if we had reports of it being broadcasted. However, we haven’t heard of any stations showing the short concert, even though it was a Preshow for the MTV Europe Awards. So that leaves one question — could this be aired at a later date in promotion for the new album? After all, the setlist did contain two brand new songs. And don’t forget to check out our photos of the concert if you haven’t already! (Link no longer available)

Source: Filmmakers Ireland

First “Wake Up” Andy Earl band photo

June 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on First “Wake Up” Andy Earl band photo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“The Cranberries Exclusive”, a section of the official site dedicated to fans on the mailing list, has updated with the first pro shot of the band that we’ve seen in awhile. The new photo was taken by Andy Earl on May 30th in The Burren, County Clare, in the west of Ireland. As time goes on, we’ll be seeing more and more of Earl’s photos, so stay tuned!

Source: The Cranberries Exclusive

“Ireland’s Greatest Hits” interview clip

June 11, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” interview clip  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It looks like RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” page holds yet another surprise in addition to yesterday’s photo. The page also holds a short interview clip of Dolores available here (RealMedia).
(Link no longer available)
The clip is rather short, just a 1 min 25 sec, and includes a composite of interview and clips of “Zombie”.

Source: RTÉ

The Cranberries’ “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” to air tomorrow

June 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries’ “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” to air tomorrow  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The episode of “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” featuring “Zombie” is set to air tomorrow, June 11, at 8:30 PM local time on the Irish Network RTÉ 1. This is the seventh episode in the series. Here’s a summary of The Cranberries portion:

At the time of releasing the song in 1994 Dolores says she was young and naïve. It was 11 weeks in the charts and reached no 4…

ZOMBIE – The Cranberries 1994

The Cranberries are: Dolores O Riordan, Feargal Lawlor [sic] and brothers Mike and Noel Hogan.

Dolores was over in London reading an article about a woman pushing her baby in a pram when a bomb went off . The baby died but the mother survived. The song is about the feeling of terror that the mother must have suffered to see her child die, how twisted the world is and how politics affects ordinary people’s lives.

There was a lot of speculation about the song at the time – it was seen that the young band were meddling in politics and terrorism. Dolores is the youngest of 7 daughters. It was really inspired by the fact that Dolores was a woman. At the time she was getting married there was alot of controversy.

The song was taken from the Album No Need To Argue which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Dolores was painted gold in the video to neutralize her sexuality, and yet make her stand out. It was quite a biblical song: imagery of the cross, children representing innocence around the cross.

The song opened a lot of doors for the band – it gave them an edge. In 1995 the band won an MTV award for best song with `Zombie’.

Dolores never thought she would be 29, mother of two children and still recording, touring [and] currently recording an album in Windmill Lane.

Dolores recorded the segment on April 20th, in the midst of finishing production on “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Other artists and songs to appear tomorrow include COME BACK TO STAY – Dickie Rock 1966, DADDY’S GIRL – TR Dallas 1981, and N17 – The Sawdoctors 1990.

And, saving the best for last, we have a small photo of Dolores from the segment, albeit tiny….

Source: RTÉ

Current state of the band…

June 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on Current state of the band…  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

From Cranberries.ie:

Noel is currently in New York with Stephen Street, where they have just finished work sequencing and mastering the new album. The next step for the band will be to shoot a video for the now confirmed first single “Analyse”, which will be delivered to radio in August. The director of this video has not yet been confirmed.

We can confirm official release dates for the new album “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”. Initially the album will be released in Japan on October 9th. International release will be on the 16th of October, and finally North American release on the 23rd of October 2001.

Last week the band completed a photo shoot with Andy Earl, which contained both outdoor and indoor sessions. The outdoor locations around Ireland were Spanish Point , Quilty, and The Burren, all to be found on the west coast of County Clare. Indoor sessions took place in Limerick.

The past 4 weeks have also been busy with interviews by/with various journalists from around the globe. Amongst the many interviews conducted were: TMF and Aloha, (Holland), MTV Italy, Corriero Della Serra (Italy), MTV Germany and MTV Europe (Germany), MTVAsia (Singapore), MTV Brazil (Brazil), ERES Magazine, Televisa, and Zoom TV Radioactivo (Mexico), Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, E!TV and VH-1 On-line News (USA) , and Hot Press, Sunday Independent, and RTE Guide, (Ireland). There were and will be many more!

Last weekend’s big event was the Christening of Dolores’ daughter Molly Leigh. Family and friends from far and wide were present to celebrate this big occasion!

The band will go on a worldwide promotional tour starting in August this year. It will begin in the USA and will then go worldwide until December. We will announce the other countries right here as soon as we get confirmation. The purpose of this tour is to promote the new album through television and radio appearances.

For those that don’t remember, Andy Earl has been the bands lead photographer for the last four albums (along with some collaborations). He, of course, photographed the band for the covers of their first three albums.

And now that we have TONS of new media and interviews to look forward to, don’t forget to email The Herald when you see a new interview! You will be credited for your submissions, as always. If scans or type-ups can be made, that’s even better!

Source: Official International Homepage

RollingStone.com: Cranberries Wake Up

June 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on RollingStone.com: Cranberries Wake Up  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Cranberries Wake Up
After lengthy layoff, Irish band will return with new album in the fall

There have been a lot of changes within the Cranberries since America last heard from the Limerick Ireland quartet. What’s most notable though, as the band sit in a London studio to discuss their October 23rd MCA release, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, is the fervor in which they speak about their renewed commitment to the group, a result of the internal baby boom that paralleled the recording of the effort. “You don’t take the band for granted so much any more,” begins frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan who gave birth to her second child midway through laying down tracks on the band’s fifth studio album. “You kind of enjoy it more if you have children. If the band is your whole life you get sick of it ’cause you’re eating, drinking, sleeping the Cranberries. When you go and have children you have something real and something that’s more important ultimately — something that needs you more than anything else. Then it puts the challenge back into the band and you almost have to kind of work.”

“It’s easier to do this,” adds guitarist Noel Hogan, whose second daughter Sophie was born in March. “With a baby you can’t take a lunch break.”

So with this new enthusiasm and joined by producer Stephen Street, who worked on the group’s first two releases, which produced worldwide hits “Linger” and “Zombie,” the band laid down tracks for Wake Up in two sessions: one in Dublin last fall and the other in London in May. These resulted in a maturation of the Cranberries token Celtic rock sound, and in particular O’Riordan’s most confident vocals to date on tracks like potential first single “Analyze” with its echoes of “Ode to My Family,” the anthemic “This Is the Day,” and the delicate “Chocolate Brown.”

Having switched to new label MCA “because the music came secondary,” at their previous home Island, according to drummer Fergal Lawler, the Cranberries are looking forward to launching Wake Up in October. They are also gearing up for a 2002 tour to connect with longtime fans the band are sure haven’t been swayed by an American music scene weaned on the likes of Britney Spears and Limp Bizkit.

“We don’t’ really worry about it because we have our own Web site and we know how many Cranberry fans there are out there that have been following the band for years and years and years,” says O’Riordan. “I don’t think they’re suddenly going to get up and walk away just because Britney Spears is being played on the radio more than us. We have the history that a lot of those bands don’t. This is our fifth album not our first. So sure we were the big stars earlier . . . but what happens is a lot of bands can’t follow up and we followed it up time and time again. So we’re not looking for that anymore. We’ve been there, we’ve done that and now were just kind of surfing the ways and enjoying things.”

JOLIE LASH (June 1, 2001)

Source: Rolling Stone

Scans of Blue Jean magazine’s “Greatest Hits” CD-ROM

May 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on Scans of Blue Jean magazine’s “Greatest Hits” CD-ROM  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Late last year, we reported of an official Greatest Hits promo CD from the Turkish magazine, “Blue Jeans”. We now have new details of the CD-ROM and some nice scans of it to boot.

The CD-ROM’s cover has a wicked photo of the band from their “Bury the Hatchet” photo shoot, and on the CD and back, a now-famous photo from the Fleadh Festival in 1994. On the CD-ROM, there are such features as a discography, several high-quality music video clips, lyrics, a photo gallery, as well as an “audio mix”. It’s still unknown if the release will play on a conventional CD player or is CD-ROM only.

The CD-ROM features the following tracks:
1. Zombie
2. Salvation
3. Linger
4. Dreams
5. Ode To My Family
6. I Can’t Be With You
7. Ridiculous Thoughts
8. Animal Instinct
9. Just My Imagination
10. Promises

The Herald will be receiving their own copy of this release in a few weeks, so perhaps we’ll post our own impressions of it. And now on to the scans…

The Cranberries storm entertainment weekly poll

May 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries storm entertainment weekly poll  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a recent poll posted on Entertainment Weekly Online, the popular magazine asked visitors to pick their favorite Irish musician(s). Shockingly, The Cranberries pulled out a clear lead, over double the closest competition, U2. As of today, The Crans hold 59.41% of the vote, U2 holds 28.17%, The Corrs with 3.78%, The Pogues with 2.01% and Van Morrison in fifth with a meager 1.71%. Tough luck to Enya, Sinead O’Connor, and everyone else… they’re all further down on the list.

The poll is still open, so if you feel the need to rub it in the nose of U2 and The Corrs, or just view the complete results, check it out here (Link no longer available)

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New band photo, “Wake Up” engineer announced

May 24, 2001  |  Comments Off on New band photo, “Wake Up” engineer announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The “CranFan Exclusive” page of The Cranberries Official page has updated with a brand new photo of the band, taken on the last day of mixing “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” in London’s Townhouse Studios, May 17th. Amazingly, we have some news from this photo alone. Leftmost is Cenzo Townshend, whom the band has selected to mix the new the album. From left to right is Engineer Cenzo Townshend, Noel, Producer Stephen Street, Dolores, Mike, and Fergal.

The band looks a bit different since we saw them last in late March. Dolores now has medium length natural brown hair (instead of the previous blonde) and Fergal has ditched the bleached hair.

Those wishing to gain access to the CranFran Exclusive area should sign up on the mailing list on the official page!

Engineer Cenzo Townshend, Noel, Producer Stephen Street, Dolores, Mike, Fergal

Source: Official International Homepage

Dolores discusses “Wake Up” on official site

May 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores discusses “Wake Up” on official site  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores has posted some news on the official page, where she is on the way back from the completion of “Wake Up”‘s mixing in London. She explains the reasoning behind the new title and the overall feel of the album, “It’s gonna be called ‘Wake Up And Smell The Coffee’, because that’s where I’m at in my life and all of the boys in the band relate to it. It sounds killer, really! There’s stuff on there that we could never have done years ago. I guess as you get more wrinkles and grey hair, you also become wiser, more assertive, and more positive!”

The band threw an “end of studio” party in London on Thursday night to celebrate the completion of the new CD. “We went to a trendy restaurant and had some amazing food, and of course wine. (Sake actually!) There were a lot of sick heads going around the next day, needless to say!”, she wrote.

And lastly, Dolores discusses her newfound maternal bliss. “I’m soooo looking forward to getting back to my babies. It’s soooo cool! Molly is getting bigger and more beautiful and Taylor really loves her. I’m such a lucky blessed person. I’m so thankful to God for what I have. On my eleven years of touring, I’ve seen so much deprivation and sadness. Life’s so short, it’s essential to put love and happiness first. I can’t function without love.”

Oh, and she vows to stay away from mushrooms now after her “near to death experience” of nearly choking on one a few months ago!

Sources: Official International Homepage

The meaning of “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The meaning of “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

If English is a second language to you, you may not understand the phrase “wake up and smell the coffee”. It is an English idiom, like “Bury the Hatchet” (which means “leave bad things in the past”).
“Wake up and smell the coffee” means in English “Pay attention!” or “Realize this!”
It is sometimes a very mild insult.

We hope this a help to all our foreign readers!

Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries LEAVE Island Records!!

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries LEAVE Island Records!!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Another brand new interview with CDNOW.com confirms it: The Cranberries quietly moved onto the MCA Label last fall. MCA is not an entirely separate music label, but yet another under the huge umbrella of the Universal Music Group (thanks to Vance for the tip). The reason should be very obvious to any fan that remembers April 1999 well.

The merging of record companies is usually a mess-maker for both artists and avid fans. “Bury the Hatchet” received sub-par promotion, which can be tracked in sales figures and chart placing. But the band doesn’t care about that and neither do I. What they do care about, though, is when their own fans don’t even know that they have a new album out. This was be exemplified in Dolores’s 1999 interview with Craig Kilborn, where she said Bury the Hatchet was, “going pretty good, it’s just that alot of fans are coming up, going, ‘Oh, Dolores, have you guys got a new album coming out?’ And I’m like, ‘It came out six months ago!’, so it’s that kind of thing.”

She further continued with her dissent, “It’s [BTH] doin’ OK, like, but alot of people don’t really know it’s out and stuff, ’cause our record company [Island] got bought out, so at the moment it’s a bit messy over here [in the United States].” It may be because management decided that MCA could represent the band better than Island that the band made the move.

The Cranberries signed onto Island Records in summer 1991 for a 10-year 6-album contract. That 10-year mark is quickly approaching and the band has had four studio albums on the label. No doubt the March 20th release of “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions” in the US counts as one album release. As for the 6th, it’s vague at the moment. 1995’s “Doors and Windows” CD-Rom/B-sides disc may have counted as one album release. Also, Fergal noted last year in a chat with “El Foco” that the band has acquired rights to their 1991 “Uncertain” EP (originally on Xeric records) and that the band plans to do full B-sides release sometime in the future. Even so, it may be that the band won’t even be obligated to a 6th Island release because Island is now part of Universal and they will still be publishing the album on Universal.

Here’s today’s brand new info, stright form CDNOW.com:
The Cranberries Move Forward With Wake Up And Smell The Coffee May 18, 2001, 2:10 pm PT

Ireland’s Cranberries have decided on nine of the tracks that will help make up the band’s forthcoming album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, due Oct. 23 on MCA Records.

In addition to the previously reported tracks “Analyze,” “Time Is Ticking Out,” and “Never Grow Old,” the band has decided on “This Is the Day,” “Dying Inside,” “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” “Chocolate Brown,” “I Really Hope,” and “Cape Town” for the album, which is the band’s fifth album and first for MCA.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, recorded at Windmill Lane studio in Dublin, Ireland (where U2 recently recorded All That You Can’t Leave Behind), was produced by Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur). The Cranberries signed to MCA Records last fall after a four-album stint at Island Records. Coffee is expected to contain 13 tracks.

– Kevin Raub

Partial Source: CDNOW.com

Up-to-date “Wake Up” song titles list

May 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on Up-to-date “Wake Up” song titles list  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We’ve gathered all of the info of the past few days and past few months and here is the current known song listing for the upcoming album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Note that these songs are in no order of any kind — this is NOT the way they will appear on the album.

Album:
· “Analyze”
· “Time is Ticking Out”
· “Never Grow Old”
· “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”
· “This is the Day”
· “Dying Inside”
· “Chocolate Brown”
· “I Really Hope”
· “Cape Town”
· “Pretty Eyes”
· “The Concept”
· +2 More Unannounced titles

B-Sides:
· “In the Ghetto”
· +4 More Unannounced titles · Various Remixes

And, of course, some commentary. “Cape Town” was originally written last summer when the band was touring South Africa. It was first disclosed under the tentative title “Down in Cape Town”, but it has now officially been shortened. Also, the planned remixes will almost assuredly be remixes of new songs. Because this album is on a new label for the band, MCA, remixing old songs could strike a major conflict with Island without proper permission.

Sources: Various (Recap)

Official news from the official site

May 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on Official news from the official site  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official site has updated with much more info on the fifth album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Apparently, it wasn’t forseen that the new interviews posted yesterday would appear so soon and so now the official site has filled us in on the particulars. According to the page, “The interviews are continuing, and are going extremely well! Reaction to the new album has been phenomenal!”

New titles have also been revealed: “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” is the title track. Others include “Chocolate Brown”, “This Is The Day”, and “The Concept”.

The site promises to have constant updates with exclusive info, so we will assuredly keep our eyes fixed on the screen.

Source: The Cranberries Official International Homepage

“Wake Up” release date, remixes planned

May 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Wake Up” release date, remixes planned  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

When it rains, it pours. An interview with Fergal has been posted on Rollingstone.com and there’s lots more “Wake Up” goodness to be had. According to the site, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” is planned for a release on October 23rd on MCA Records. According to the article, “Analyse” has been chosen as the first single from the album. No release date has been set for it.

In addition to “In the Ghetto” and the other 4 planned B-Sides, Fergal notes that they will be doing some remixes to include as B-Sides.

Source: Rolling Stone

Dolores announces new album title, possible first single

May 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores announces new album title, possible first single  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

This, from MTV.com:

Cranberries Bear Babies, Prepare Album For Release (05.16.2001)

While ethereal Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries were working on such chart- topping hits as “Linger” and “Zombie” at Dublin’s famous Windmill Lane Recording Studios during the ’90s, the grounds probably resembled a smoky bar. But when the band finished its upcoming record, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, two weeks ago, the place looked more like a day-care center.

Vocalist Dolores O’Riordan’s second child, Molly Leigh, was four months old, guitarist Noel Hogan’s wife had just birthed the couple’s second young ‘un, Sophie, and bassist Mike Hogan was preparing for the birth of his first kid. As a result, the music being generated was less akin to the death-obsessed ramblings of 1996’s To the Faithful Departed than reflective of the sheer joy of creation.

“I’m going to be 30 this year, and I guess when you get to that next level in life, everything that once seemed so important – record sales, touring and staying popular – doesn’t matter as much anymore,” O’Riordan said as the band was about to enter Townhouse Studios in London and begin mixing the record. “Suddenly your life’s fuller and you learn how to grasp the moment you’re in and live it and enjoy it.”

O’Riordan described Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, scheduled for release in October, as an upbeat combination of the band’s four studio releases. “There are a few fast, kind of punky songs and some slow, gentle ones,” she said. “There’s more maturity, more confidence and less apprehension. I’ve come to the conclusion that life is for the taking and just too short to dwell on the negative.”

The Cranberries recorded 18 songs at Windmill Lane, 13 of which will end up on the record. The rest, including a cover of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto,” will be released as B-sides.

Some of the songs on the album were written last year during the band’s Bury the Hatchet tour. The rest were penned throughout O’Riordan’s pregnancy. Though the record doesn’t concern childbirth directly, O’Riordan said becoming pregnant had a profound impact on the band’s new material.

“There’s a kind of sacredness around your body that affects everything you do,” she explained. “You don’t drink, you’re not smoking, you’re going to bed early and the baby’s ruling you. You think about the child all the time. And when you sing, there’s a certain emotion in your voice you couldn’t have if there weren’t a baby inside you. The feeling that’s in your heart all the time comes out spiritually in your voice and the music.”

While Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’s first single hasn’t been chosen yet, O’Riordan said she hopes the first radio track will be “Analyze,” which describes her newfound anti-analytical perspective. “It’s an uptempo song about not analyzing things,” she said. “When you overly analyze things, it can really paralyze your evolution. It’s important to follow your heart and go with the flow.”

Another track, “Time Is Ticking Out,” addresses global warming and ecological awareness. “Those kinds of concerns come naturally when you become a parent,” she surmised. “You see how the ozone layer is being depleted and there’s lots more skin cancer, and you start to worry about what the world will be like when your kids are older. I know we need the products we manufacture, but at the same time, why can’t we live without plastic and all the crap that’s not biodegradable?”

But of all the songs The Cranberries recorded, O’Riordan said “Never Grow Old” is the one that most succinctly sums up the past year of her life. “It’s about realizing that when your life is very good, you don’t want things to change,” she said. “You believe this is the perfect moment in your life and you’re really very grateful. It’s ironic because when the band were really big and we had massive hits, I never felt like that. I was always stressed out and insecure. I’ve learned that for me it’s not about being a huge star. I never felt as happy as I do right now.”

-Jon Wiederhorn

Well, there’s alot of info here and alot to comment on. All in all, it’s great to read. Hopefully, I’ll have my own comments when I update the “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” preview section (formerly the Album #5 preview).

And for all those on the discussion board that think MTV a strange place for The Cranberries news coverage, it’s not as odd as it seems. Recall that in November 1998, MTV was the first to report the new single (“Promises”) from “Bury the Hatchet”.

Major thanks to Yusef for the tip.

Source: MTV.com

The Cranberries decline invitation to play AIDS Benefit

May 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries decline invitation to play AIDS Benefit  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A spokesperson for The Cranberries today imparted to Zombieguide.com that the band unfortunately will not be able to perform at the Dublin AIDS Benefit in Dublin on September 8th. The reason, the spokesperson said, was that as previously announced, The Cranberries will be promoting their new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” throughout the end of the year. Because of this busy agenda, it was decided that the band had to decline the invitation.

Source: Exclusive

New details on Dublin’s September AIDS Benefit

May 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on New details on Dublin’s September AIDS Benefit  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries continue to be included in the list of expected artists to perform at the Dublin Phoenix Park AIDS Benefit gig, as reported earlier. In addition the previously mentioned appearences of George Micheal and the Hothouse Flowers, Elton John is now also on the roster for the mega-scale gig.

As of yet though, not much is set in stone. The two major organizers of the program, Ciaran Geraty and Daragh Kavanagh, have yet to give a full list of acts to perform. However, they confidently noted, “The acts we’re talking to will sell themselves”. The two 27-year olds quit their jobs nearly two years to work on the major project.

Not surprisingly, U2 is still expected but unconfirmed. A spokeswoman for the band commented, “I don’t think anyone’s been confirmed for it. U2 are still on tour, so nothing’s even in the pipeline yet.”

September 8th, 2001 is still the projected date. The artists will be performing on an outdoor stage from 12:00 noon to 10:30 PM at Phoenix Park. Two principal corporate sponsors are funding the gig, which will take an estimated £2 million (or $2.83 million) to pull off. All proceeds will benefit the Third World Aids projects. The show will be unrivaled in size and ambition since the enormous “Live Aid” show, which took place on July 13, 1985.

Source: Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

“Beneath the Skin” re-release planned

May 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Beneath the Skin” re-release planned  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As a follow-up to yesterday’s news, we now have an official explanation of the cancellation of Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS. According to sources, Island/Universal had intentions to subtitle the video for Spain, but after due consideration, it was deemed that it would not be profitable enough, and therefore the project was cancelled.

According to sources near the band, The Cranberries are planning to re- release the concert to coincide with the new album’s release in October. This will be a worldwide re-release on VHS and DVD once again. It is unknown if the new re-release will include new material and bonuses as a result of the new album, but we will have to wait for more details as they arrive.

Source: Página de Cranberries

Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS delayed indefinitely

May 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish “Beneath the Skin” VHS delayed indefinitely  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It seems that Spain has hit yet another snag in a long line of delays in recent Cranberries releases. The VHS edition of “Beneath the Skin”, scheduled to release in February, has been yet again put on hold.

Previously, Island/Universal explained that the video was still in production for Castillian Spanish subtitles. However, other such subtitled editions have already been released for months in countries such as France, Germany, and Italy. Universal has been contacted, but no response thus far. Most have given up hope for its release.

This is only one of the many release woes of Spain since “Bury the Hatchet”. Singles and even “The Complete Sessions” have all be delayed or cancelled there, due the large mess created by the merge of Island and Universal.

Source: Página de Cranberries

“Whisper to a Scream” impressions, high-res scans

May 7, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Whisper to a Scream” impressions, high-res scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

At long last, we at Zombieguide find a copy of “Whisper to a Scream” (in a brick-and-mortar Borders no less) so here’s all the juicy goodness for you Cranfrans that may or may not have been able to purchase it.

The interactive menus, to begin with, are expertly designs, with fast-pased stills of nearly every musician in the documentary. Animated photos of Dolores can be seen to the left of the options, shots of her smiling, staring to the right with intent, and eyes fixed on the ground.

As previously reported, the actual Cranberries portion of the 2 and a half hour documentary is fairly short, but there’s a lovely amount of content in that little span. Again, as reported earlier, the portion features the extremely rare first video for “Dreams”. Although reported as “low budget”, which it obviously was, it’s still fascinating.

And that may be due to the quality of DVD. I’m still astounded by the quality of DVD video, even though I’ve owned a player for months. “From a Whisper to a Scream” emphasizes the smoothness of quality a hundredfold. Not only is the interview with Dolores (and all the other artists) recorded at an astounding smooth framerate, but the “Dreams” video looks amazing at the same level.

So sure, it was cheezy, but Dolores looks incredibly lifelike in her long brown hair, adorable freckles, and her (then) slightly crooked teeth.

The 1st “Dreams” Video

Dolores, too, looked likewise great for her interview. Her long blonde locks pulled back behind her head quickly dated the interview as early ’99. She sat alone in a dark green room in a tall, director’s chair, while an illuminated white guitar faced her at the opposite side of the room. Not only does she discuss the plight of the Cranberries, but she also narrates her feelings on other Irish music. For example, in the second episode, she laments at the death of Phil Lynott, former singer for Thin Lizzy. The later comments that she honestly considers Thin Lizzy her favorite Irish music band ever formed.

Dolores also appears in the “bonus interview footage”, nearly as much so as she does in the film. She appears in both omake features, which are “Traditional Irish Music” and “Earliest Musical Influences”.

Below are scans of the full cover and backcover, disc, ’90s description from the chapter list, and a photo of Dolores from the back of the chapter list.
Webmasters: Please remember that these are exclusive scans, so kindly credit Zombieguide!

Source: Exclusive

“Beneath the Skin” sells out in Greece

May 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Beneath the Skin” sells out in Greece  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The recently released Greek edition of the Cranberries’ “Beneath the Skin” is selling extremely well, with many retailers reporting full sell-outs of all their allotted copies. The video release is the band’s first official DVD release and their second home concert video, the first being 1994’s “Live”.

In the meantime, both Island Records and parent company Universal are trying to promptly fill demand by sending additional shipments of the DVD and VHS. No word yet on sales figures.

Sources: Cranberries Tape Trader, Greek Fan Club

Tentative 2002 touring plans

May 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on Tentative 2002 touring plans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Those who have seen the recent RTE Interview of Dolores point out some additional details not covered by the TV show’s webpage summary.

While discussing the new tour, Dolores stated that the band is currently planning to start the new tour in the US and Canada, although that is not for certain yet. Once the American tour is over, the band will trek to South America and especially to Brazil. The Cranberries have been meaning to visit that region for awhile, but due to prior touring restraints, could not.

Thanks to Jessica for the info.

Dolores’s “Late Late Show” interview summary

May 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores’s “Late Late Show” interview summary  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

And thankfully, it’s longer than I anticipated. Here’s the rundown, as posted on RTE’s Late Late show website:

DOLORES O’RIORDAN (The Cranberries):
The first interviewee of the evening was Dolores O’Riordan lead singer of ‘The Cranberries’. Looking fabulous three months after the birth of her first daughter Molly, Dolores was in great form and spoke to Pat about The Cranberries and life as a ‘rock star’ mother. The Cranberries next album is due out in August and for the remainder of this year they will be doing a promo tour before starting a world tour in 2002 which may last up to two years.

Dolores loves being a mum to her children, son Taylor and new addition Molly and said that there is nothing like children to keep one grounded. She doesn’t bring the children to her concerts as Taylor gets freaked out by the crowds and the noise. She loves doing concerts as it helps her get rid of all the little aggressions that build up. She really enjoys the buzz of doing a concert and spoke about the reaction of the crowds and watching people bodysurf through the audience.

Being a rock star isn’t the most important thing in her life. Friendship and family now take precedence. Having sold her quirky house in Dingle, Dolores described it as being on several different levels with a fireman’s pole down to the bar area. From her bedroom she had a view of the Blasket Islands. She now lives in Limerick near her family and described how her husband has a thing about bars and that there are at least three bars in her new abode. Her mum helps out with the children and as Taylor was born in Canada Dolores felt that Molly should be born in Ireland. Bringing the children up in Ireland is important to her.

Not a big fan of boy/girl bands Dolores cited John Lennon, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Jim Reeves as being amongst some of her favourite musical influences. Others are Led Zepplin and AC/DC. The Cranberries have just finished recording at Windmill Lane in Dublin and at the moment Dolores is very content with her life. Having gone through a bit of a low she is now back in top form and is happier than ever.

What’s this? Hello-Hello! Does that say “next album is due out in August?” I don’t know if my flabby heart can withstand a new Björk album and Cranberries album all in the same month! Also, the second to last sentence is also intriguing, as it says the band has finished up their recording sessions for the new album. If that is indeed the case, then the next step in the grueling process is mixing. The band chose Mike Plotnikoff for the mixing of the band’s last two albums, “To the Faithful Departed” and “Bury the Hatchet”, so it’ll be interesting to see if the band selects him again or moves on to a different mixer.

Source: RTE

Official album news, new song confirmed, exclusive details

May 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on Official album news, new song confirmed, exclusive details  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Official Webpage has updated with news straight from Fergal, and it’s all very positive. Pay attention to the slight modifications to the info given from the RTE interview.

Fergal writes, “We are back in Dublin recording the second half of the Album. We have most of the songs completed, there are just a few bits of backing vocal and percussion to be done before we start mixing. We ended up recording seven songs and yesterday we did a cover of an Elvis number called “In The Ghetto”. They all turned out better than we were expecting, and to be honest I’m blown away (goosebump-city), although now we have the awkward situation of having to choose which songs go on and which stay off the record. Not an easy decision!!

“It’s been great working with Steve again, everyone has been in great spirits and really positive, which makes recording go so much smoother.So, it’s off to London next week to mix and then we have to decide which songs are going to be singles and start choosing video directors! The album is still scheduled to come out in October this year!”

Fergal goes on to say that the band will be doing promotional work until Christmas this year, a great strategy in my opinion. This includes TV interviews, small performances, radio and magazine interviews, etc. Dolores has complained in past interviews that Universal handled the marketing of “Bury the Hatchet” terribly, to which I can only agree 100%. Then, in January 2002 the Cranberries will begin the full-scale world tour that for at least a year and a half, until about mid-2003. Wow.

The official confirmation of “In the Ghetto” comes as little suprise. The Cranberries first played the track live for the BBC Radio 1 Network in the UK, hosted by Simon Mayo in March 1999. Dolores was anxiously peppered with questions to reveal exactly which Elvis title they would be performing. Once revealed though, Dolores gives a nugget of sentiment about the track and the band’s decision to cover the song. Here we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the audio interview:

Mayo: “Now, you’ve promised that you’re going to be doing this Elvis song, so people have guessed, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ ?”

O’Riordan: “No…”

Mayo: “‘Way Down’?” O’Riordan: “Nope.”

Mayo: “‘Blue Suede Shoes’?” O’Riordan: “Nope.”

Mayo: “‘American Trilogy’?”

O’Riordan: “Nope.”

Mayo: “‘Crying in the Chapel’?”

O’Riordan: “No, that’s a nice one though.”

Mayo: “Let’s go with ‘Suspicous Minds’?”

O’Riordan: “No, [but] I like that one too”

Mayo: “So… what’s it gonna be then?”

O’Riordan: “It’s gonna be… ‘In the Ghetto’.”

Mayo: “From 1968. So, why, of all the Elvis tunes did you pick that one? Is it an old-time favorite or what?”

O’Riordan: “Yeah, I really like it, I mean I like it ’cause it’s quite acoustic and stuff, and I also love the lyrics, you know, the storyboard.”

Mayo: “So here we go, never ever… you haven’t done this live before, have you? Is this a special for us?”

O’Riordan: “No, no, we just kinda did it for this. Yeah, we got it together actually, the day before yesterday, we went to the rehersal room and slapped it together at the last minute, but it sounds actually pretty good ’cause it’s fresh, you know?”

Mayo: (to another person in the room) “So, tonight Matthew, you’re going to be Elvie Presley” (all laugh) “So here we go then, The Cranberries doing ‘In the Ghetto’.”

Since then, The Cranberries played the song again last November at Dublin’s Vicar Street, where they debuted two other new songs, “Analyse” and “Time is Ticking Out”. The renewal of the song was more than a covert hint at its inclusion. The full Radio 1 interview and performance is available for trading in the Trading Section. (Link no longer available)

Partial Source: Official International Homepage

MTV Latin America names Crans in “Top 5 of 1996”

April 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on MTV Latin America names Crans in “Top 5 of 1996”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have been featured on a regularly-airing show on MTV Latin America. The show, titled “Top 5 Interactivo” (or “Interactive Top 5”) showcases a different top 5 list every show. One of the newest shows highlights the “Top 5 Female Artists of 1996.” A video was shown from each artist. The final result was:

5. Jewel
4. Sheryl Crow
3. The Cranberries
2. Garbage
1. No Doubt

Source: Exclusive

Irish Times places The Cranberries in richest “30 or under”

April 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Irish Times places The Cranberries in richest “30 or under”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Irish Times reported this week that many of Ireland’s best-known artists are accumulating gobs of cash due to a clause in Irish taxing laws. The clause, which exempts taxes from arists’ royalty fees, allows artists to keep all of the individual royalty fees from each album sold, usually about £3 (approx. $4.30) per album.

One category in the Sunday Times’ annual Richest 100 survey is richest “aged 30 or under” in Ireland, where The Cranberries place in the Top 10. The newspaper reports that each member of the band has a personal wealth of £38 ($55) million each, which would make a total of more than £152 ($218) million. This figure far exceeds Q Magazine’s £60 million estimate that we reported last week (click here). Irish people who made their wealth entirely outside the British Isles were excluded from the annual survey.

Source: The Irish Times

Dolores to appear on RTÉ1’s “Late Late Show”

April 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores to appear on RTÉ1’s “Late Late Show”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

No doubt while filming the segment for Ireland’s Greatest Hits a few days ago for the network RTÉ, Dolores also agreed to do an interview for the “Late Late Show”. The interview will air in Ireland tomorrow, April 27th, 2001 at 9:30 PM on RTÉ1.

Dolores will no doubt be discussing the new album in the interview, so it would be excellent if someone could watch the interview and give us a detailed account of it! If you’re certain that you can do so, please please email me beforehand.

In related news, the series “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” has begun airing on the Emerald Isle. Note that the series has 13 parts, and the episode with Dolores has not aired yet. The pilot episode aired this Monday and featured The Corrs, Larry Cunningham, and others. You can visit the official Ireland’s Greatest Hits page here. (Link no longer available)

Sources: Cranberries Official International Homepage, RTÉ Online

Dolores films “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” segment

April 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores films “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” segment  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In another of their mailing list exclusives, the official page has updated with the status of the current recording as well as an interview done yesterday.

Dolores yesterday filmed a segment for the television station RTE (Irish National Television). You’ll recall station created and first aired the “From a Whisper to a Scream” documentary last year (now on DVD in the US). The new special, however, is titled “Ireland’s Greatest Hits” and will showcase the biggest international hit singles from Irish artists. The Cranberries segment will feature “Zombie”. Currently, the program is only scheduled to air in Ireland. Airing dates will be announced at least two weeks in advance.

And now… on to the new that’s on everybody’s mind — the fifth album. As promised, the band entered the studio on Monday. Thus far, the group has recorded backing tracks for four new songs at Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios.

And lastly, the page has posted a new picture of the band from 1996 taken from the “Free to Decide” tour rehersals in Santa Monica, CA.


“Free to Decide” tour rehersals – Santa Monica, CA

Source: Cranberries Official International Homepage

Crans invited to perform at Dublin AIDS Benefit

April 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on Crans invited to perform at Dublin AIDS Benefit  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Irish News, a leading Belfast newspaper, reports that The Cranberries, among other gigantic Irish acts have been invited to perform this September at a charity benefit gig in Dublin.

The list of bands is still tentative, but current hopefuls are the Cranberries, George Michael, and the Hothouse Flowers. For those who know their trivia, the Cranberries were the opening act for the Hothouse Flowers’ tour in 1993. Yet the committee is still attempting to sign on the biggest Irish act of them all, yes, U2. But there are a few snags in U2’s schedule — the demand for the band is so high that a nearby show in late August had already sold out in 45 minutes. To compensate, U2 has scheduled a second date on September 2nd, which still must be approved by the Meath County Council. The new date may compete ticket sales for the AIDS benefit.

If all goes as planned, the benefit will take place at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland on September 8, 2001. The date, which was reported by the Sunday Business Post, is still tentative. If the Cranberries do decide to attend, it will coincide conveniently with the band’s August-September media tour. According to the Irish Times, “The Phoenix Park date will be one of the biggest events of its kind in Ireland.” A spokeswoman for U2 commented that nothing has been confirmed yet.

Source: Irish News

“Q” reports Cranberries’ £60 Million fortune

April 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Q” reports Cranberries’ £60 Million fortune  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The British press are many times known for their controversial “news”, and this article is no exception. In a recent issue, the prominent British music magazine Q reported that the band’s cumulative fortune now tops £60 million, or about $86 million US.

The last time the magazine made such a statement was in April 1999, when it said that Dolores’s own personal wealth was over £30 million. Dolores, in typical style, discounted the claim as “exaggerated” in the same article.

So it’s no suprise to hear the band’s official reaction. In an interview, Noel laughed at the question, “Why aren’t you living like millionaires?”. He quipped in response, “If it was true we would!” Then, after a break for laughing, “I don’t know where they get these figures from — they’re too fuzzy.”

Fergal, alongside Noel, quickly explained, “Even if it was true, it wouldn’t make a difference at the end of the day. What would you do? Sit at home and do nothing? We enjoy our lives, we enjoy making music, we enjoy making new records. The money isn’t why we started doing it, it’s just an added bonus.”

Partial Source: Q Magazine

The Cranberries say new album is “Like Moving On”

April 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries say new album is “Like Moving On”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As the second recording session for The Cranberries’s yet unnamed fifth album goes underway, Dolores recently gave some insight into the new recording to MTV Italy prior to the last leg of the 2000 Loud and Clear Tour.

Dolores, seated alongside drummer Fergal, sat comfortably in front of a quaint old-world style brick oven. Her hair, as random as the weather, was a natural dark brown, extending all the way to her shoulders while she fashioned rather depressive yet striking black eyeliner.

“We’ve got a few shows lined up for the summer [2000], but it’s kind of an exciting time because we’re starting to create the new album, the next album. So it’s a lovely time whereupon you don’t know what’s around the corner, you don’t know what kind of songs you’re gonna write. Like, we have a few, but it’s very exciting ‘cos it’s kind of like moving on and starting a whole you thing, you know? So it’s kind of like beginning again in a way.”

Fergal, chiming in beside her, noted that just like before, family is still priority. Half of the time with the band, half of the time at home.

Yet the phrase “moving on” holds promise to all those fans who were even slightly disappointed with “Bury the Hatchet”. But exactly what kind of sound can we expect? Last year’s audience-recorded sound clips were but a mere blurred snapshot of a big picture. However, the official page notes that “Pretty Eyes”, one of the few announced titles will be a slow ballad compared to other “fiestier” pieces on the recording. And lets not forget that the band promised a string quartet will be included, as was done on the band’s early works, which hints at an orchestral quality of sorts.

But to truly know, patient fans will have to wait a few months to find out.

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