The Cranberries

The Cranberries


Limerick, Ireland

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"Okay boys, show me your stuff" - that was how Dolores O'Riordan introduced herself to The Cranberries in 1989. At the time, Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass) and Fergal Lawler (drums) had been looking around for a lead singer for their band but the small and…more


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    • Fergal: And if everyone does it, then your voice isn't unique. You get Mariah Carey and all these people. They're all trained, but they all sound the same. It's boring.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: They're determined people. They know all the technical stuff. They're like [in snooty accent], "Oh, do you know this, Dolores?" And I'm like, "I haven't a clue...but I know I'm a better singer than you'll ever be!"

    • Dolores O'Riordan: The thing that makes it separate is that when you're starting a band when you're young, you're into the aspect of pulling people into your gigs and becoming successful. I guess when we started, we became so successful with our first album that the fun went out of the band. I really didn't like the band anymore. We just got sick of it. On this album, we did it for ourselves. There was no pressure, nobody watching us.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: I got that they were born to sing, that they weren't trained to sing. There are an awful lot of people who really can't sing but they're trained singers. It's actually more okay to be a singer when you're natural. I hate trained singing. It's so phony, how they go off the notes and everything. They're doing all these things, but there's no emotion; it's not coming from here [snaps fingers].

    • Dolores O'Riordan: I hate vibrato! It's disgusting. I remember when Denny Cordell sent me to a vocal coach years ago in L.A. He was lovely, a really nice man, but he was trying to get me to add vibrato, and I hate that. It's just so theatrical.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: The most important thing we needed to do was to learn to miss each other, because we were sick of each other. We were stuck in the same bus, and every day we were forced to be together. It wasn't our choice, but it became such a bloody ritual. We'd see each other, and it was like: "Hi." "Hi."

    • Fergal: Our parents have always given us that grip on reality, you know? It's never been any of that false bullsh-t where your main goal in life is to have a flash car. That's very important, especially in this industry, which is so false.

    • Dolored O'Riordan: I mean, it's nice when someone tells you that you're doing really well. If you want to look it up for yourself, fine. But you don't want it to be the topic of conversation all day, every day, especially with people who don't give a hoot about the songs, you know what I mean? They don't even really like the band; it's

    • Dolores O'Riordan: (On the band's 3rd album) We weren't very aware of units and all this stuff, but on the third album people talked about it casually in front of us.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: (About the very first instrument she has learned to play) Tin whistle, when I was five years old. I was able to play really quick reels when I was about eight. It's like learning to speak when you're a kid; in certain schools in Ireland, you learn how to play the whistle, and you can play it with your eyes closed, hanging upside down.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: I was raised Catholic and I have a lot of respect for the good in the Catholic Church. But I don't go to church.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: I met my husband when we were opening up for Duran Duran. He was doing their stage management, and I noticed he used to give us an extra few minutes. So we hit it off on tour - romance and then marriage. No babies yet.

    • Dolores O'Riordan: In the south of Ireland. I'm building a house there overlooking the sea. It's really quiet and peaceful.

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  • OMG. Come out from hiatus-ness!

    The Cranberries. Are now on hiatus, due to personal/family business. But wth, i soooo love their songs! Out of all their songs, i love ZOMBIE & LINGER! Yay to them!! I really, really, really want them to come back and make/record more songs! They totally deserve it! I'm probably one of their biggest fans yet! Hi to tall The Cranberries' fans out there! You rock my socks! Woyeah! Lol.