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The Cranberries

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Album cover for , the Cranberries' breakthrough debut album.
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Album cover for Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, the Cranberries' breakthrough debut album.

The Cranberries are an Irish rock and roll band that arose to mainstream popularity in the 1990s. They disbanded in 2003.

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Band members

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Mike Hogan

Michael (Mike) Hogan (born April 29, 1973) is the bass guitar player.

Noel Anthony Hogan (born December 25, 1971), Mike's brother, is the guitarist.

Fergal Patrick Lawler was born in Parteen (near Limerick), Ireland on March 4 1971. Since April 16 1997 he has been married to Laurie Guerin.

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Dolores OīRiordan

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (born September 6, 1971) is an Irish singer. She is the vocalist, keyboardist and backing guitarist for the band. She is married to Don Burton and has three children Taylor 7, Molly 4 and Dakota Rain 2 months, she also has a stepson named Donny.

History

Origins

Noel and Mike Hogan, two brothers from Limerick City, formed the band with drummer Fergal Patrick Lawler in 1990. Dolores O'Riordan auditioned for and won the role of lead singer, writing a song called "Linger" based around the band's existing demo. The band was originally named The Cranberry Saw Us.

Their homemade demo tape sold well locally, and the band soon recorded a demo tape that earned much popular and critical interest. After a major-label bidding war, The Cranberries signed with Island Records and recorded Uncertain, their debut single which was unsuccessful. After ditching their manager, the Cranberries recorded Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?. The second single, Linger, became a huge hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The single Dreams also became a hit reaching #14 on the US charts.

Mid-90s

In 1994, O'Riordan married Don Burton, the band's tour manager. O'Riordan's status as frontwoman was causing tensions within the group as they recorded No Need to Argue, another hit album that included Zombie and Ode to My Family. Zombie, the band's most famous song, was a protest about the violence between Protestant and Catholic extremists in Northern Ireland in the time of The Troubles [1] (http://www.cloudsmagazine.com/12/Carmen_Bujdei_The_Irish_Experience.htm). The album gained the band immense popularity throughout Europe and the US, and their success was an extension of the mid 1990s rise of British bands, such as Oasis, Blur, Radiohead and Placebo.

Amidst rumors of O'Riordan's imminent departure, the band released To the Faithful Departed, which sold well despite poor reviews, though not nearly as well as the previous album. During the next few years, the band cancelled a large tour and rumors of a breakup were widespread, though they released Bury the Hatchet to mixed reviews in 1999.

In 2001 they released Wake Up And Smell The Coffee to rave reviews of "The magic is back." The album debuted at number 46 in the U.S. charts. The band seemed to be back on track.

A "best of" compilation entitled Stars was released in 2002, along with a DVD of groundbreaking award-winning music videos. A new single, the title track off of the Stars CD, charted in Europe and Asia.

Breakup

However, in 2004, The Cranberries announced they were taking some time to pursue individual careers. O'Riordan went on to record a solo album (to be released in early 2006) and Noel launched into the recording of a guitar album, off which two songs were released in November 2004 on the European iTunes download service under the name Mono Band. O'Riordan sings the title track to the movie The Passion of the Christ, "Ave Maria" and is expected to release her first solo album early 2006.

Discography

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Album cover for Bury the Hatchet designed by Storm Thorgerson.

Singles

  • Dreams (September 1992) –
  • Linger (February 1993) – UK #74
  • Linger (Re-Issue) (January 1994) – UK #14, US #8
  • Dreams (Re-Issue) (April 1994) – UK #27, US #42
  • Zombie (September 1994) – UK #14
  • Ode To My Family (November 1994) – UK #29
  • I Can't Be With You (February 1995) – UK #23
  • Ridiculous Thoughts (July 1995) – UK #20
  • Salvation (April 1996) – UK #13
  • Free To Decide (July 1996) – UK #33
  • Promises (April 1999) – UK #12
  • Animal Instinct (July 1999) – UK #54
  • Just My Imagination (October 1999) –
  • You And Me (January 2000) –
  • Analyze (September 2001) – UK #89
  • Time Is Ticking Out (January 2002) –
  • This Is The Day (April 2002) –
  • Stars (September 2002) –

E.P.s

Uncertain EP (October 1991) Uncertain/Nothing Left At All/Pathetic Senses/Then

Studio Albums

  1. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Canīt We? (April 1993) UK #1, US #18 (ww sales 7,000,000)
  2. No Need to Argue (September 1994) UK #2, US #6 (ww sales 16,000,000)
  3. To the Faithful Departed (April 1996) UK #2, UK #4 (ww sales 6,000,000)
  4. Bury the Hatchet (April 1999) UK #7, US #13 (ww sales 4,000,000)
  5. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (October 2001) UK #61, US #46 (ww sales 1,500,000)

Compilations

Concerts and Lives


DVDs and Videos

External links

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