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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Cranberries Reforming, Touring The States

Ah, this warms the blarney stone that is my heart! The Cranberries have reformed and will be touring the U.S. by year's end, says NME. These broads went on hiatus in 2003, but all four original members are getting back together.

Why, you ask? Cash, children, CA$H! Says the British rock mag:
"The band said that they will perform old classics as well as material from singer [Delores] O'Riordan's new solo album, No Baggage, which was released in the U.S. today (August 25).

"'Over the last few years, each member of the band has had time to work on different projects and learn so much from their experience,' guitarist and co-songwriter Noel Hogan said in a statement. 'Now the time is right for The Cranberries to bring all of this together and move forward.'"
Those first two Cranberries albums definitely bring back some fond memories. My friend Matt and I used to stay up and watch MTV's 120 Minutes back in summer '93, and caught "Dreams" before most people on this side of the pond had ever heard of the band.

That fall, I went to see Duran Duran perform in Pittsburgh and was pleasantly jazzed to find that The Cranberries were the opening act. Two months later, "Linger" became a Top 10 hit, and the band were suddenly one of the most successful rock groups of the 1990s.



  • At 12:15 AM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I still love their first album! It's right up there with Gin Blossoms' "New Miserable Experience," two bright spots in an otherwise depressing summer of '94.

  • At 4:23 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    God the Gin Blossoms! They were ace. And Zombie was quite good. As was the dance remake some years later. So all in all, moderate interest in their return.

  • At 1:09 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Paul, YES...the dance cover of "Zombie" was by A.D.A.M. featuring Amy. I know this all too well, as it's the first artist alphabetically on my iPod, and often starts playing if I hit the wrong button!

    Moog, yeah, their first album is magical. "Pretty" stands out the most for me. I think I had more of a connection with their second album, though, a bright spot in a memorable fall '94/winter '95.

  • At 7:31 AM, Anonymous In Your Heeeeead In Your Heeeead said…

    Fuck it, I'm throwing on a flannel shirt, popping in Threesome, and going back to a time when "my life is changing every day in every possible way"...

    P.S. "Ca$h, children, CA$H" is the BEST LINE EVER!


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