Another head hangs lowly, a child taken slowly…
Two brothers born in the city of Limerick Ireland would form the group called The Cranberries in 1990 after securing a drummer by the name of Fergal Lawler. Originally, the group was to be called The Cranberry Saw Us but would eventually shorten the name to what was called The Cranberries. They would bring in a female singer named Dolores O’Riordan.
The group would start out producing a few demo tapes that they would sell to their localized fans and eventually they would sell them all. This is right around the same time when the group decided to shorten their name to simply The Cranberries. The demos would also be shuffled around the many major record label companies in the United Kingdom as well as Ireland and eventually signed with the company called Island Records under the producer known as Gilmore. The group would have trouble from the very beginning with this produces and would end up severing ties with him and bring in Geoff Travis to manage the group as well as Stephen Street to help them produce their albums.
They would release their debut album called Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in the year of 1993. They would also release their single called Dream although it would not gain much attention what so ever. They would go on a tour to support the album while also releasing their second single called Linger, which also would garner little attention from critics. The single would gain exposure on MTV and would be put in full rotation prompting it to gain the attention of mainstream audiences. It would gain enough attention to be re released in the United Kingdom and would go from number seventy four where it originally charted to number fourteen.
The group would gain steam and begin to create a fan base that would allow them to become more experimental with their music. The group would go on to release their next album called No Need to Argue. The album would hold a more aggressive sound. The record would make it to the number six position on United States album charts. The album would go multiple times platinum after over one year of sales. The album also contained The Cranberries only number one hit called Zombie, which would propel album sales throughout the world.
The group would go on international tours due to the successes of their first two albums and their female singer O’Riordan continued to gain momentum as the focal point of the group’s band. Eventually, this would tend to lead to rumors concerning the possibility of a solo career for their singer. They would go on to release their third full length album To the Faithful Departed although this would not create the same buzz as their earlier albums. The album would go on to go double platinum in the United States but only make gold status in the United Kingdom.
After this album, there were many rumors that the group was about to break. They would go on to cancel shows in Australia and a European tour, which would further stir more rumors of the possibility of a break up with O’Riordan beginning a solo career. The group would go on to release a few more albums although none would get the attention that they once had with the release of their first two.
They have recently reunited and planned to begin touring again. Their many fans can find more information on the group as well as the possibility of free music downloads.
Did you know that...
- ...some of their lyrics talk about the violence in Ireland as concerned with certain militant groups within the country.
- ...after the split, some of the members went on to have solo careers of their own.
- ...the group will be touring North America in 2010.