The band’s new “red ball” art was featured on the cover of the publication “Monitor” earlier this month. “Monitor” tracks Top 40 titles, so of course both the cover and article were related to “Analyse”.
In a press release about the recalling of the “Analyse” video, both Fergal and director Kier McFarlane are quoted. The video was filmed in August near London’s Canary Wharf, which is where the questionable images of the skyscrapers and airplanes were taken.
The press release said director Keir McFarland designed the clip as an “alien nation story following a man who appears in the video as a shadow, and chronicles his shock at the corporate build up of the environment.”
“The incidents in New York, Washington and elsewhere in the USA were the most horrific, saddening images I have ever seen,” the band’s Fergal Lawler said. “I’ve felt sick and numb since then. I would like to offer our sincerest sympathy to anyone who was affected.”
Source: Press Release
The Official Cranberries Webpage has confirmed that MCA Records of America has plans to release the 2-track and 4-track versions of the new single “Analyse” in the US! If this does indeed occur, it will be the first single released in the US since 1996’s “When You’re Gone/Free to Decide” mini and maxi-single. Exact release details/dates have yet to be announced, so stay tuned for that info.
Fans may also recall that there were plans for a 1999 release of “Just My Imagination” in single format, but those plans were eventually scrapped.
Source: Official Cranberries Webpage
Canadian music station MuchMoreMusic will air their new documentary “The Story of… The Cranberries” on October 1st at 9:00 PM EST. The hour-long biography, which has been in production for several months (see archived news) includes both old and brand new interview footage with the band. To check out MMM’s schedule for that day.
Thanks to Jeremy West aka Doloresfan2000 for the tip.
If anyone can record this and make copies, please email me at alex at zombieguide.com
I will trade generously!
Some observant folks on the Zombieguide Forums have turned up another interesting aspect, one I would have never thought of. Apparently the giant red balls on the cover of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” bear a striking resemblance to actual unharvested coffee. Coffee grows on trees in bright red circular pouches, as seen below. Interesting…
Thanks to Jesus and ZG Europe’s Norbert for the tip.
The official page has updated with the note that the video for “Analyse” has been officially cut from airplay. Concerned fans have noted that many of the cityscape scenes allude to scenes of last week’s terrorist attacks in America. The video was shot several months ago, and this relation was not meant in any way, shape, or form. However it seems in the best interest of the band to do this. A new edit of the video will be made and sent to music outlets shortly.
In related news, the upcoming single and album have both been pushed back in the UK. “Analyse” will now be available on October 15th and “Wake Up” on October 22nd, one day before the US.
The band has decided to resume their European promo tour later this month. The first event will be a live media performance to take place in Amsterdam on September 24th. Tickets for this show will be given from a contest earlier this month on the official page. Winners will be announced soon.
Source: Cranberries Official Webpage
Launch.com has posted a short interview with Dolores about “Analyse”, along with the news of the cut European tour. Read it below…
(9/18/01, 1 p.m. ET) — The Cranberries cut short their current European promotional tour due to the terrorist attacks on the East Coast of the United States last week (September 11). A terse statement on the group’s official website (cranberries.ie) explains: “They are returning home to be with their families.”
The group promo tour, like a similar one in the United States in August, is in support of its fifth album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, which arrives October 23 from MCA Records. The album features first single, “Analyse,” which entered the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart two weeks ago and now resides at Number 31.
Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan tells LAUNCH that if the song recalls the classic Cranberries sound, it’s not a coincidence. “It’s kind of like a typical kind of Cranberries melodic, upbeat-type song,” she says. “I think it’s one where Stephen Street, actually being the producer, has really captured that sound from the first two albums. You know, when he works with us he just kind of, he has a certain technique in his production and it really seems to work, really. I guess, you know, if it’s not broken, why try to fix it? So it’s good to be back with him, you know?”
The Cranberries teamed up with Street on their 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and the next year’s follow-up, No Need To Argue.
– Neal Weiss, Los Angeles
Zombieguide contributor Jesus Castillo has been able to get his hands on some pre-release copies of “Analyse”, which is due in stores in Europe next week. And from this, we now know the full tracklistings of both the 2-track and 4-track versions of the single.
“Analyse” 4-track version:
1. Analyse (Radio Edit)
2. Analyse (Oceanic Remix)
3. I Can’t Be With You (Live at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, November 11th, 2000)
4. In the Ghetto (Live at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, November 11th, 2000)
“Analyse” 2-track version:
1. Analyse (Album Version)
2. Wanted (Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)
Great news for The Cranberries fans, especially those in the US. According to Gavin, the primary radio “spin” tracker in the US, The Cranberries have beat out all other competitors for rise in airplay for this week in the adult contemporary category. “Analyse”, the band’s premiere single for the new album, stands at #1 for the week for most dramatic rise in airplay in the A/C category, beating out even the “king of pop” Michael Jackson, with his new single “You Rock My World”. Riding on the influx wave, The Cranberries track stands at #29 on the overall A/C charts, and will hopefully continue to ride the momentum.
In related news, “Analyse” has been added to VH-1’s “Medium Rotation” list, which means there’s an excellent possibility of seeing the video soon if you live in the US. Unfortunately, it’s currently “90’s Week” on VH-1, and all of their videos are following suit. VH-1 will probably return to newer videos next week.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ —
“Analyse,” the premiere video from The Cranberries’ new MCA album WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, has been uploaded to the band’s website and is now available for streaming. This marks one of first times a new music video has been made available to fans in full streaming mode. The entire full-length “Analyse” video can be found exclusively on The Cranberries’ own official website — www.cranberries.ie, viewable using Real Player or Quicktime (click on the WUASTC section within the site).
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, the new album, is due from MCA Records on October 3 in Japan, October 15 internationally, October 22 in the UK, and October 23 in the US and Canada. Each of the four different versions of album (Japan, International, UK and US) features slightly different front cover images, inner band images and bonus tracks. The artwork was created by internationally renowned designer Storm Thorgerson.
The album follows the premiere single, “ANALYSE,” which is currently at radio around the world. The international commercial single “Analyse” is due for release September 18, and features a remix by Marius deVries (“Analyse” Oceanic Remix) plus two previously unreleased live tracks. The UK version of the CD single will be released in the UK October 15.
Comprised of singer Dolores O’Riordan, Fergal Lawler, and brothers Noel and Mike Hogan — The Cranberries released their multi-platinum debut, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” in 1991. Two years later, the single “Linger” reached the Top 10, with their debut album selling 1 million in North America and debuting at #1 on the UK charts. Their second album, “No Need To Argue” (1994), sold 12 million copies, propelled by the hit single “Zombie.” The Cranberries’ third album “To The Faithful Departed” was released in 1996, while their 1999 fourth album “Bury The Hatchet” hit #1 in 17 countries. “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” was produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), producer of the band’s first two albums.
Source: Press Release
I’m not quite sure how I didn’t think of this, but the small image on the cover of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” is a person waking up in a bed (with the flying field of red balls to the left). The bed appears to be the same one on the “Analyse” cover. Once again, Thorgerson has used some comically metaphoric art. We should have a high resolution scan soon.
Thanks to Pedro Augusto for the tip.
The Cranberries Tape Trader is reporting that the cover of the Elvis classic “In the Ghetto” will in fact be the B-side for the single for “Analyse”. The band told Tribe Magazine that the song was recorded “live” in one take, much like the ending track “Chocolate Brown”. A fourth track for the maxi- single has yet to be revealed (“Analyse Oceanic Remix” was the other). “Analyse” hits stores in Europe, Canada, and other areas next week.
Source: The Cranberries Tape Trader
MCA Records has opened a gorgeous new “official” site to promote the release of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” (not to be confused with the band’s “main” official page, located at Cranberries.com). Content is thin at the moment — a few old and new photographs as well as a FAQ, and a good deal of content copied from the official page. There are definitely some great items up: Dolores is on the cover of LA-based “Venice Magazine” (of which there’s a photo) and two radio events are listed for the coming months. According to the top, the site will eventually be found at www.mcarecords.com/cranberries, but that address is invalid at the moment — it’s currently under a longer address. Ready?
It’s here: MCA Records Cranberries Site (Link no longer available)
Source: MCA Records Cranberries Site
MCA/Universal has released yet another new sampler in the UK in promotion of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The CD contains 9 tracks from the album, as well as a new “Linger” remix, which will likely appear on a single at a later date, or even more probably as a bonus track on the UK version of the album. This is only speculation at this point. The actual title for the remix is currently not known. Even better news to some, there is brand new art on the cover that may be the actual cover art, instead of the recently- surfaced piece that received much negative feedback among fans.
The track listing is:
2. Time Is Ticking Out
3. This Is The Day
4. Wake up A Smell The Coffee
6. I Really Hope
7. Every Morning
8. Do You Know
9. Analyse (Remix)
10. Linger (Remix)
After careful “Analysis” of both recently-surfaced “cover” images, Zombieguide has been able to determine that they are not two separate images, but rather a broken up version of one large panoramic image. The double-paneled art could feasibly be wrapped around the liner notes, on the front and back. If this is the case, then the right side with the man and horse would in fact be on the cover. And it looks like the spiraling circle motif is here to stay. Take a look at our rough mock-up image :
(Image no longer available)
(Thanks to The pretty Cranberries for the image on the right)
And of course there’s also the possibility that there are even more panels to this image — possibly the liner notes open up to reveal other parts, as was the case in “To the Faithful Departed”. Another possibility is that the left image would go on the back of the CD case. And our last (and best) possibility would be that the left image goes on the front, and the right image on the back. Also one last point of speculation : Is that black figure on the front the walking man from the “Analyse” video?
In light of yesterday’s horrendous events here in the United States, The Cranberries have suspended their European promo tour and returned home to their families, according to the official page.
In case you are wondering, “What does terrorism in the US have to do with the band?” you must also take in a practical standpoint. As the media covers much more pressing issues, the priority for an interview with a music band dwindles. However, we in the US are trying to continue our lives as normally as possible, to show that we are not living in fear of terrorism and that no group or state can destroy the freedom of democracy. Zombieguide sends out our most earnest prayers and wishes to all of those affected by yesterday’s events.
Source: Official Cranberries Webpage
Prepare to be spoiled as more and more new interviews surface. This new interview is from the September issue of the Italian magazine “Tribe”, which has 4 pages on the band, as well as photos.
Thanks to our Italian reader Daria for the translation!
Music and scent of coffee. The Cranberries issue their new album “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Ready for the great return of Dolores’ voice and the touch of a band who knows to play well.
The second time you visit a place you see many more things. In the Cranberries’ case, their ranch near Limerick (or rather Dolores’ ranch, she lives near there) seems bigger. The Cranberries are going to issue a new album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Since the last time, many things have changed, Dolores and Noel have little girls. New is their relation with the press too — they don’t fear it anymore.
“”Bury the Hatchet” referred to our relationship, but there was an allusion to the press. The CD cover with the eye watching from above was an allegory of those persons who criticized us for many years.”
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
“We decided to not care about what they write about us. The last album sold 5,000,000 copies in the world even if it has been criticized. But these are not important things, they don’t change our life, so we are not worried”
THE ALBUM SEEMS TO HAVE A CONSTANT REFERRING TO THE TIME THAT GOES BY, “NEVER GROW OLD”, “TIME IS TICKING OUT”, “THIS IS THE DAY”, “EVERY MORNING”. IS IT A THING THAT COMES AS YEARS GO BY?
“Even the title “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” has something to do with this. We understood that many persons don’t live in the present and everything he/she does is to moan for the past, something so wonderful you can’t recreate. So they all live in the future, worrying of what they will do and saving away for the dark times thet will come. Acting like this you don’t appreciate the present, the moment in which you live. Yes, time is a recurrent theme in this album. We say to people to open their eyes, to look around and appreciate the nice things that life gives you. We look to the future, but we are not obsessed.”
WITH YOUR FAMILY GROWING YOUR PRIORITY CHANGES. DOESN’T IT?
EVEN YOU, NOEL, THINK SO?
“Some years ago the band was our life. Everything concerning to it was really important, all the negative things were big problems and difficult to resolve. We spent much time in touring for seven years to promote our music. You get married, you have babies and you guess there are many things more important. There isn’t just the band in our thoughts. Coming back home is a thing we appreciate. In the darkest moment we didn’t fight ourselves. We were exhausted and we got angry with the rest of the world. We often thought it was not our band anymore, because there were so many persons who managed it for us. The record company and the manager said we had to go touring for another year and we just said yes, we didn’t moan, but the only thing we wanted to do was to stop and get rest.”
THE TOUR THAT BROKE UP THE BAND HAD 117 CONCERTS. FOR “BURY THE HATCHET” YOU DID 110. DOLORES, WAS IT THOSE 7 DAMN CONCERTS THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE?
“No, it was the way we did it, not the number. This time we had some breaks and we never played two days running. It has been more expansive because it has been longer and the technician spent days doing nothing, but it has been a necessary choice to keep our mind sane and to get the right breaks and to come back and see our families. In Europe I took private planes to go from a concert to another, or to come back home during the breaks. The crew was intolerant to this. They got bored and and they went often to the pub. It happened more than one time to come back in tour and find the technicians totally drunk, after drinking for two days. For “To the Faithful Departed” we played without breaks, for “Bury the hatchet” we did the opposite. We acted like spoiled rock stars. We’d do the same even if we didn’t have much money right to play and sing together. I guess this time we will find a middle solution.”
YOU KNEW YOU WERE PREGNANT FOR THE SECOND TIME WHEN YOU WERE ON TOUR. DID YOU HAVE TO CANCEL SOME DATES FOR THIS REASON?
“No, I went on till the doctor said to me it could be stressing, with bad consequences for my baby. At the end we had to cancel 3 concerts. I was pregnant for 14 weeks, I was running a risk. Especially when we do a festival, there are more stressing things because situations change every time, with different problems during your tour where after a while you act automatically. I had particular necessities for my condition, and not everyone is well- disposed do give you something just to put yourself at ease.”
“It would be nice to go to a place like Brazil, where a tour would be really expansive, but to go to a festival is less expensive. Something like Rock in Rio to satisfy all those fans who always ask us in chat when will we play in their country. These are embarrassing questions, we never know what to answer…”
WITH THIS NEW ALBUM, THANKS TO STEPHEN STREET, YOU HAVE COME BACK TO THE OLD PRODUCTIVE LEVEL. TALKING TO YOUR FANS YOU SAID YOU DID SOMETHING YOU NEVER DID BEFORE. WHAT WERE YOU
TALKING ABOUT? SOMETHING TO DO WITH STEPHEN?
“We never record live, everybody in the same room. The last song of the album, “Chocolate brown”, was recorded in this way. We studied our positions in the room. We around the room 4 trying to find the best sound. We had those microphones that pick up every little murmor. It was the first time. It’s been really interesting and we saved a lot time. We did it again with “In the Ghetto” (* see editor’s note below), a B-side, an Elvis Prestley cover — It has got a nice feeling. Those microphones are unbelievable, luckly I can sing very well, so they don’t accentuate any deficiency that I don’t have. Often you like a band for what it does on the disc, but when you go to a concert it’s disgusting because they’re not able to sing. My voice is so that there aren’t effects. That’s why many people come to our concerts. We know we give the best in the concerts. Unfortunately there aren’t top models in this band: We are not beautiful, but we are great.”
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO SHOW TO PEOPLE YOU CAN SING AFTER 4 ALBUMS AND MANY TOURS?
“There are places in wich we haven’t gone yet, the Brazil for example. We have many fans in Mexico and Puerto Rico and we never went there before the last tour.”
IF YOU ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR PERFORMANCE, WHY DON’T YOU PRODUCE A LIVE ALBUM, INSTEAD OF THE GREATEST HITS YOU ALREADY ANNUNCED?
“Many persons asked it…There is a disagreement, the managment and the record company. We think that a greatest hits is worthless. It would be too soon, it’s something like to close a door, but we aren’t closing anything, so it has no sense. Anyway I don’t think we’ll have a greatest hits. At the end we will impose our will. With all the changes we had in the last years it’s not easy to have a constructive conversation. It’s all new people and we never worked with them before, so we are building a relation. Contrary to what other think not all the hatchets have been buried……”
* Editor’s Note: The actual article says the Elvis song is titled “Indicator”. However, The Herald can find no existance of such an Elvis song, so it’s very likely that the author misheard the title, which is actually the well-known previously-announced “In the Ghetto”.
Zombieguide has obtained more exclusive media from the recent American promo tour. Today, The Herald serves up interviews and a performance clip from the LA appearance at “Live From The Lounge”.
Dolores talks about the day she wrote “Never Grow Old” (MP3, 175K) (Link no longer available)
“Dreams” Live In-Studio (MP3, 410K) (Link no longer available)
Dolores on the absence of political messages in “Wake Up” (MP3, 410K) (Link no longer available)
Huge thanks to Lionel Vasquez for providing this material!
During a recent interview in Montreal, Dolores got the chance to talk about the new “Analyse” video, which she and the band just got to see for the first time.
“We just actually received this clip just a few minutes ago, it just arrived,” she explained. “I think [it’s] really nice.” When asked about the director for it, she answered, “Kier McFarlane. And I received alot of showings, but I loved his, it was really nice. He’s a very cool guy, he likes to do his own kind of thing. He likes ‘treatment’… it’s kind of, um, you’ll see!”
In related news, the video has begun showing across the globe, as it premeired earlier this week on MTV Latinamerica. A showing on the US MTV may be soon, so stay tuned.
Although The pretty Cranberries are experiencing server troubles, they have managed to acquire a low-resolution scan of what appears to be the cover to “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The authenticity cannot be questioned, as the same giant red balls are seen in the lower left hand corner as on the “Analyse” cover. Overall, the desert landscape bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous cover to “Bury the Hatchet”. Replacing the naked man is what looks to be a horse and rider (?). The emblem in the top left also appears out of place, however, that may not appear on the actual cover. Complaints and compliments alike can be sent Storm Thorgerson, who has provided art for most of the band’s releases for the last two years.
Source: The pretty Cranberries
Concluding their North American tour late last month, Dolores, Fergal, and Mike appeared on French-Canadian channel MusiquePlus to discuss “Wake Up” and several other subjects. Here are some exclusive MP3s from that interview… (Links no longer available)
“Yeah, you know, ‘cos like, when you think about it over the years from the first album is like, you’re young and you’re going out there, it’s all new, being in a band, and fresh,” said Dolores, explaining the context of each album. “The second album, No Need to Argue, is kinda like sorting out your little personal, your relationships, blah blah blah. The third album was kind of at the point whereupon we were becoming tired of touring and whatnot, and [there’s] alot of sad songs there on To the Faithful Departed. Bury the Hatchet was kind of egging back into it and into the band after taking a big break, and I think this one [Wake Up and Smell the Coffee] has come full- circle and it’s just fun again and it’s like starting again because, you know, we’re all at that new beginning in our lives.” (MP3, 271K) (Link no longer available)
“Well, it does feel like a new beginning, I was going to get to that, obviously with the new material,” reiterated the show’s host. “As I was saying lyric- wise, I’m assuming the fact of having two children now — it sounds as if you’re rejuvenating yourself.”
“Yeah,” responded Dolores, “it’s like… you really just relax and your priorities really get straight again and I guess we’re not so, like, worried about the career and stuff like that, so you don’t analyse things as much, and that’s kinda like the new single, it’s saying if you scrutinize and analyse and worry, you miss out on beautiful things. Sometimes it’s the simple little things right there that are beautiful. You just have to sit down, breathe, and think, and see this beauty right there in front of you, and not worry really.” (MP3, 299K) (Link no longer available)
“And let things happen as they’re supposed to, I guess,” added the host.
“I think Mike is having a child soon?”
“That’s right, yeah,” he confirmed. “First week in October”
“And first child it’ll be?” inquired the host.
Mike responded, “First child, yep”.
“So have you been getting some coaching the other people in the band?”
“Yeah, they’re telling me all stories and… scaring me more than anything, really! I’m looking forward to it so…”
“The sleepless nights, and you know,” teased Dolores.
“I’m trying to enjoy myself as much as I can when I’m out here now,” admitted Mike, knowing his time of childless freedom is getting shorter, “which they’re telling me to anyway.”
“Have you been practicing changing some diapers?” “Yeah, I have a doll back at the hotel…”
Dolores giggled and added, “A little Cindy doll! He’s gettin’ a bit senile in his old age, really!”
“Oh yeah, totally !” (MP3, 304K) (Link no longer available)