Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Number 525 - Cranberries

Number 525



Genre:Alt Rock
art by missy-g
As John Lennon once said.......... So this is Christmas. So this would be a great introduction for some Salvation then huh? Nah, your right, no-one believes in God anymore .... generally speaking on behalf of the masses. Even John Lennon quipped "No Jesus is going to come from the sky". (see number 639) The world has become more of a faithless bunch and a lot more of a self centered society. God bless freedom & choice eh? (cynically speaking). Christmas has now the following meanings, a break from work, a get together with a family you usually cant stand all year, a great excuse for excessive eating & drinking, but most of all ..... not having to work, again.
If there is/was/ever a God, he must be so proud of his creations, especially the ones in his own image. Merry Christmas Earth. (apologies to the people who still have to work and the people who still believe in God)
To be sure
Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Britpop U.K. indie scene of the early '90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, whose keening, powerful voice is the most distinctive element of the group's sound, the group initially made little impact in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until the lush ballad "Linger" became an American hit in 1993 that the band also achieved mass success in the U.K. Following the success of "Linger," the Cranberries quickly became international stars, as both their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, and its 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, sold millions of copies and produced a string of hit singles. By the time of their third album, 1996's To the Faithful Departed, the group had added distorted guitars to its sonic palette and attempted to make more socially significant music, which resulted in a downturn in the band's commercial fortunes.
Former members
Originally, the Cranberries were a band called the Cranberry Saw Us. Brothers Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass, respectively) formed the band in Limerick, Ireland, with drummer Fergal Lawler in 1990. Following the departure of the group's original singer, Niall, the trio placed an advertisement for a female singer. Dolores O'Riordan responded to the advertisement and auditioned by writing lyrics and melodies to some of the band's existing demos. When she returned with a rough version of "Linger," the group hired her on the spot. Shortly after she joined, the band recorded a demo tape that they sold in record stores throughout Ireland. After the original run of 300 copies sold out, the group truncated their name to the Cranberries and sent another demo tape, which featured early versions of both "Linger" and "Dreams," to record companies throughout the U.K. The tape was made at Xeric Studios, which was run by Pearse Gilmore, who would later become their manager. At the time the tape was made, all of the members were still in their late teens.
The Cranberries' debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, was released in the spring of 1993, followed by a single of "Dreams." Neither the album or the single gained much attention, nor did a second single, "Linger." In the summer and fall of 1993, the band toured the United States, opening for The The and Suede, respectively; frequently, the Cranberries were given a friendlier reception than either of the headliners. The strong live shows led to MTV putting "Linger" into heavy rotation. By the end of the year, the single was on its way to becoming a crossover hit. Eventually, the single reached number eight on the U.S. charts, while the album went double platinum. Everybody Else and "Linger" began to take off in Britain in early 1994; the album eventually peaked at number one during the summer.
O'Riordan married the band's tour manager, Don Burton, in a much-publicized ceremony in July 1994. The marriage, as well as the group's videos, emphasized the singer as the focal point of the band. O'Riordan's position in the group continued to rise with the fall release of the group's second album, No Need to Argue. Boasting a slightly harder, more streamlined sound, yet still produced by Stephen Street, the record debuted at number six on the U.S. charts and eventually outsold its predecessor; within a year it went triple platinum, spawning the number one modern rock hit "Zombie" and the number 11 "Ode to My Family." During the tour for No Need to Argue, rumors began to circulate that O'Riordan was going to leave the band to pursue a solo career, all of which the band vehemently denied. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted until the band began recording their third album with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who had previously worked with Aerosmith. The resulting album, To the Faithful Departed, was a tougher, more rock-oriented album. Upon its spring 1996 release, the album entered the charts at number six, but its first single, "Salvation," failed to become a hit on par with "Zombie," "Linger," or "Ode to My Family." Consequently, the album slipped down the charts relatively quickly and only went platinum, which was slightly disappointing in light of its two predecessors' multi-platinum status.
which one is Neo?
During the fall of 1996, the group canceled their Australian and European tour, sparking another round of rumors of whether O'Riordan was about to launch a solo career. In 1999, the group released Bury the Hatchet, and in 2003, shortly after the release of a greatest-hits compilation, Stars: The Best of 1992-2002, the Cranberries officially declared that they were taking a break. This finally gave O'Riordan the time she needed to work on her long-talked-about solo album, and Are You Listening hit shelves in 2007. ~ [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]
For John Lennon see Number 639
For more Cranberries visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #120
What does Rolling Stone think about Cranberries?
The Cranberries are probably best known for their woeful and droning hit, "Zombie," a song about the war-torn conditions in their homeland of Ireland. While the song wasn't as moving as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday," it at least painted a picture as dreary as the situation itself. On their third album, the Cranberries boldly take on more of the world's problems, from drug addiction to the situation in Bosnia, and the band is overwhelmed. The half-baked political comments and shallow social observations, though well-intentioned, render To the Faithful Departed as obvious as a public service announcement and just as moving.
"It's not so glamorous at all," lead singer Dolores O'Riordan sings of Tinseltown in "Hollywood." "To all those people doin' lines, don't do it.... Inject your soul with liberty, it's free," is her view on drugs in "Salvation," while her observation about war in "Warchild" is that "we're all the losers, there's no victory." Sure, the points are valid, but the Cranberries reduce important discussions to bumper-sticker blurbs. Even the less ambitious "I Just Shot John Lennon," a muddled number sung about the assassin Mark David Chapman, ends with the too-obvious sounds of gunshots.
It's not as if things get any better when O'Riordan decides to loosen up. In "The Rebels," she sings: "We were the rebels of the rebel scene/We wore Doc Martens in the sun/Drinking vintage cider, having fun." Move over, James Dean. There's no doubt this band – or at least O'Riordan – has conviction. But the group's approach is so clumsy, the album is ultimately as insubstantial as a bowl of dry Crunch Berries. ~ [Source:RS 735]
For U2 see Number 661
For more U2 visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #129 & #038
Artist Fact File
Name:Cranberries..................Related to³:No-one
Yrs Active:1990 to 2003...........Site:www.cranberries.com
Best Song¹:Linger ................#1fan:http://www.cranberries.ie/
Best Album²:No Need To Argue......Grammy Awards:0
Albums Sold:43 Million +..........Next best thing:The Sundays
¹Number of downloads WINMX ²Artistdirect choice ³Associated acts or collaborations
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (No, not since that John Lennon song!) and the Album ranked at (Crunch Berries!)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 74.5 out of 108 pts

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the speach on john .
it was so real.

10:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortuntaly the bullet did no kill the legend.

10:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are all comments approved .
is there a problem with free speech.is the author scared of criticism?????????????.

10:24 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

no.... i love criticism. Like everyone else ...i hate SPAM mail. Hence the filtering.

10:14 pm  
Blogger Lyn Nuttall said...

Mate, you're into the 500s! I love the way your alphabetical list goes (a mere example): Dandy Warhols, Danny & The Juniors, Daryl Braithwaite... Well, you know what I mean. Just the way it should be. Keep 'em coming!

9:57 pm  
Blogger toppop100 said...

It's a brave thing to try the best 1000 songs of all time. I'm only doing the top 100 pop songs (1960 to the present), and to make it easier on myself I decided to leave all Beatles out!

There don't seem to be any posts for 2008, though. Are you exhausted already?

6:17 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Interesting concept ... no Beatles songs! This is something i will check out for sure. As for your question on exhaustion? No, defintately not. I could not get broadband when i bought a new house, so i have been patiently waiting for the service. And still waiting.

1:11 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Oh! and a big thanks to Lyn for the comment above toppop100. Sorry i couldnt answer ... no connection (as above)

1:12 am  

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