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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-Brit-pop 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, they had added distorted guitars to their sonic palette and attempted to make more socially significant music, which resulted in a downturn in the band's commercial fortunes.

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 and sold it in record stores throughout Ireland. After the original run of 300 copies sold out, the group truncated its 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 demo tape earned the attention of both the U.K. press and record industry, and there soon was a bidding war between major British record labels. Eventually, the group signed with Island Records. The Cranberries headed into the studio with Gilmore as their producer to record their first single, "Uncertain." The title proved to be prophetic, as the band did indeed sound ill at ease on the single, leading to poor reviews in the press, in addition to tensions between the group and Gilmore. Before they were scheduled to record their debut in 1992, the Cranberries discovered that Gilmore had signed a secret deal with Island to improve his studios. The tensions within the band became so great they nearly broke up. Instead, the Cranberries severed all relations with Gilmore, hired Geoff Travis of Rough Trade as their new manager, and hired Stephen Street, who had previously worked with the Smiths, as their new producer.

The band's 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 nor the single gained much attention, nor did the 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 MTV to put "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 Cranberries began recording their next 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.

During the fall of 1996, the group canceled its Australian and European tour, sparking another round of rumors about 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. In 2009, O'Riordan released her second solo album, No Baggage. Around the same time, the Cranberries reunited for a North American tour that continued throughout Europe in 2010. Several live albums also appeared in 2010. In 2011, the band began work on a new album in Toronto with longtime producer Street. The resulting album, Roses, appeared in March 2012.

Former

  • Niall Quinn – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1989–1990)
  • Mike Hogan – bass, backing vocals (1989–2003, 2009–2019)
  • Noel Hogan – lead and occasional rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1989–2003, 2009–2019)
  • Fergal Lawler – drums (1989–2003, 2009–2019)
  • Dolores O'Riordan – lead vocals, rhythm and occasional lead guitar, keyboards (1990–2003, 2009–2018; died 2018)

Touring musicians

  • Russell Burton – keyboards, rhythm guitar (1996–2003, 2012)
  • Steve DeMarchi – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1996–2003)
  • Denny DeMarchi – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009–2011)
  • Johanna Cranitch – backing vocals (2012)

 

 

 

Studio albums

Title   Track Listings

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

  • Released 1 March 1993
  • Recorded 1992-1993
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 40:54
  • Label Island
  • Producer Stephen Street

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 5, 10, 11 which are by Dolores O'Riordan.

  1. "I Still Do" 3:16
  2. "Dreams" 4:32
  3. "Sunday" 3:30
  4. "Pretty" 2:16
  5. "Waltzing Back" 3:38
  6. "Not Sorry" 4:20
  7. "Linger" 4:34
  8. "Wanted" 2:07
  9. "Still Can't..." 3:38
  10. "I Will Always" 2:42
  11. "How" 2:51
  12. "Put Me Down" 3:33

No Need to Argue

  • Released 3 October 1994
  • Recorded January–August 1994
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 52:30
  • Label Island
  • Producer Stephen Street

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 4, 7, 10-13 which are by O'Riordan.

  1. "Ode to My Family" 4:30
  2. "I Can't Be With You" 3:07
  3. "Twenty One" 3:07
  4. "Zombie" 5:06
  5. "Empty" 3:26
  6. "Everything I Said" 3:52
  7. "The Icicle Melts" 2:54
  8. "Disappointment" 4:14
  9. "Ridiculous Thoughts" 4:31
  10. "Dreaming My Dreams" 3:37
  11. "Yeat's Grave" 2:59
  12. "Daffodil Lament" 6:14
  13. "No Need to Argue" 2:54

To the Faithful Departed

  • Released 30 April 1996
  • Recorded November – December 1995 at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 52:19
  • Label Island
  • Producer Bruce Fairbairn, The Cranberries

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan except tracks 2, 8, 9 and 12, which are by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.

  1. "Hollywood" 5:08
  2. "Salvation" 2:23
  3. "When You're Gone" 4:56
  4. "Free to Decide" 4:25
  5. "War Child" 3:50
  6. "Forever Yellow Skies" 4:09
  7. "The Rebels" 3:20
  8. "I Just Shot John Lennon" 2:41
  9. "Electric Blue" 4:51
  10. "I'm Still Remembering" 4:48
  11. "Will You Remember" 2:49
  12. "Joe" 3:22
  13. "Bosnia" 5:40

Bury the Hatchet

  • Released April 19, 1999
  • Recorded 1998–99
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 50:58
  • Label Island
  • Producer Benedict Fenner

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 3, 8, 10 and 13 by Dolores O'Riordan.

  1. "Animal Instinct" 3:31
  2. "Loud and Clear" 2:45
  3. "Promises" 5:27
  4. "You and Me" 3:35
  5. "Just My Imagination" 3:41
  6. "Shattered" 3:42
  7. "Desperate Andy" 3:44
  8. "Saving Grace" 3:08
  9. "Copycat" 2:53
  10. "What's on My Mind" 3:12
  11. "Delilah" 3:32
  12. "Fee Fi Fo" 4:47
  13. "Dying in the Sun" 3:32
  14. "Sorry Son" (Not available on the North American Edition) 3:25

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

  • Released 22 October 2001
  • Recorded 2000–2001
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 39:24
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Stephen Street

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan except where noted.

  1. "Never Grow Old" 2:35
  2. "Analyse" 4:10
  3. "Time Is Ticking Out" (O'Riordan, Noel Hogan) 2:59
  4. "Dying Inside" (O'Riordan, Hogan) 3:10
  5. "This is the Day" 4:15
  6. "The Concept" 3:03
  7. "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" (O'Riordan, Hogan) 5:15
  8. "Pretty Eyes" 3:48
  9. "I Really Hope" (O'Riordan, Hogan) 3:42
  10. "Every Morning" 2:24
  11. "Do You Know" 3:09
  12. "Carry On" 2:21
  13. "Chocolate Brown" (O'Riordan, Hogan) 3:32

Roses

  • Released 22 February 2012
  • Recorded 18 April – 15 May 2011
    (Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, Ontario)
    20–22 June 2011
    (Miloco Studios, London)
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 44:20
  • Label Cooking Vinyl (Worldwide)
    Downtown Records (USA)
    Gold Lake Records (Canada)
  • Producer Stephen Street

The track list for Roses was revealed on 5 October 2011.

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan, except tracks 2, 7, 8 and 10, which are by O'Riordan.

  1. "Conduct" 5:10
  2. "Tomorrow" 3:56
  3. "Fire & Soul" 4:31
  4. "Raining In My Heart" 3:26
  5. "Losing My Mind" 3:39
  6. "Schizophrenic Playboys" 3:39
  7. "Waiting In Walthamstow" 4:18
  8. "Show Me" 3:26
  9. "Astral Projections" 4:44
  10. "So Good" 3:53
  11. "Roses" 3:40

Something Else

  • Released: 28 April 2017
  • Genre Alternative rock, acoustic rock
  • Length 54:22
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  1. "Linger" (acoustic version) 4:55
  2. "The Glory" 5:14
  3. "Dreams" (acoustic version) 4:24
  4. "When You're Gone" (acoustic version) 4:10
  5. "Zombie" (acoustic version) 4:01
  6. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (acoustic version) 3:07
  7. "Rupture" 4:16
  8. "Ode to My Family" (acoustic version) 4:43
  9. "Free to Decide" (acoustic version) 3:17
  10. "Just My Imagination" (acoustic version) 4:02
  11. "Animal Instinct" (acoustic version) 3:39
  12. "You & Me" (acoustic version) 3:33
  13. "Why" 5:01

Total length: 54:22

In the End

  • Released 26 April 2019
  • Recorded 2017–2018, 2019
  • Studio Bunker Studio and Kore Studio, London, England, United Kingdom
  • Genre Alternative rock
  • Length 42:54
  • Label BMG
  • Producer Stephen Street
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan; all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan, except where noted.

  1. "All Over Now" – 4:16
  2. "Lost" (O'Riordan) – 4:00
  3. "Wake Me When It's Over" (O'Riordan) – 4:12
  4. "A Place I Know" – 4:26
  5. "Catch Me If You Can" (O'Riordan) – 4:38
  6. "Got It" (O'Riordan) – 4:02
  7. "Illusion" – 4:07
  8. "Crazy Heart" – 3:25
  9. "Summer Song" (Dan Brodbeck and O'Riordan) – 3:34
  10. "The Pressure" – 3:22
  11. "In the End" – 2:57

Japanese bonus track

  1. "All Over Now" (demo) – 4:30

Singles

Year Song Album
1991 "Uncertain" non-album release
1992 "Dreams" Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
1993 "Linger"
1994 "Linger" (reissue)
"Dreams" (reissue)
"Zombie" No Need to Argue
"Ode to My Family"
1995 "I Can't Be with You"
"Ridiculous Thoughts"
1996 "Salvation" To the Faithful Departed
"Free to Decide"
"When You're Gone"
1997 "Hollywood" (France only)
1999 "Promises" Bury the Hatchet
"Animal Instinct"
"Just My Imagination"
2000 "You and Me"
2001 "Analyse" Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
2002 "Time Is Ticking Out"
"This Is the Day"
"Stars" Stars: The Best of 1992—2002
2011 "Tomorrow" Roses
2017 "Why" Something Else
"Linger" (acoustic version)
2019 "All Over Now" In the End
"Wake Me When It's Over"