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MEMBERS: Dolores O'Riordan ~ Noel Hogan ~ Mike Hogan ~ Fergal Lawlor
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BIRTHDAYS: Dolores O'Riordan (September 6, 1971) ~ Noel Hogan (December 25, 1971) ~ Mike Hogan (April 29, 1973) ~ Fergal Lawlor (March 4, 1971)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Linger" (1994)
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BIGGEST LP: No Need To Argue (1994)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "I was at school and the headmistress brought me out of my class and up into the 6th class where the 12 year old girls were. She sat me up on my teacher's desk and told me to sing for them. I loved it, singing was something I had that could win people over, but I'm still very shy about singing." - Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

 
TIMELINE

The Cranberriesbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hail from Limerick, Ireland and formed in 1990. The Cranberries are: Dolores O'Riordan (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Noel Hogan (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Hogan (bass), and Fergal Lawlor (drums, percussion). It took only 4 years for the group to find success in the U.S. and around the world. The Cranberries have become one of the most popular alternative bands in the 90s, combining haunting lyrics with a Celtic flavor. The Cranberries' quick rise to success is impressive considering they almost broke up a few years after forming the group due to manager problems. But instead of calling it quits, the band replaced their manager and began their rise to the top of the alternative charts. Noel, Mike and Fergal originally got together in 1990 and called themselves Cranberry Saw Us. Dolores was brought in to replace the group's original singer (Niall) after writing a rough version of "Linger" for the band based on Noel's chord arrangements. The group (all in their teens) shortened their name and released 300 copies of a demo that sold-out in Ireland. On their quick success, Noel stated: "We were thrown in at the deep end. We more or less started this band right after we learned to play our instruments, and very soon after we first got together we started getting a lot of notice because of our demos. We had no other choice but to get it together quickly and keep moving forward."

1993... # 123 Singles Artist of the Year

April
The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't Webutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries' debut LP, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We, was released and gave the band a Top 3 single on the pop charts in 1994: "Linger." Although the ballad "Linger" isn't characteristic of the band's sound, the song did open doors for them and let their success begin. All the songs on the LP were written or co-written by Dolores.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "
Linger."

The Cranberries - "Linger" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) A lot of the band's popularity also grew from their extensive touring during the year.

1994... # 21 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 10 with "Linger."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the 40 with "Dreams."

August
Woodstock '94 live setbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries performed at Woodstock '94.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) The band's second LP, No Need To Argue, was released and presented the band with a harder edge. "Zombie" allowed The Cranberries to demonstrate their alternative style and heavy, political lyrics. The track showed that the band could dominate video screens, alternative radio, and sing with a message in the lyrics. Dolores states that "Zombie" was written "...about the same time of the Warrington bombing in Britain (the IRA bomb that killed two young children). "It's not actually about the north of Ireland, it's about a child who died in England because of the situation in the north." Another track from the LP, "Ode To My Family" became a classic to many fans with Irish heritage. The LP sold over 7 million copies in the U.S. (and over 8 million copies worldwide). The Cranberries celebrated by touring around the world at the end of 1994 and throughout 1995.
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The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "Zombie."
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 6 weeks with "Zombie."

1995... # 104 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "Ode To My Family."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries' video for "Zombie" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video.

button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries released a CD-ROM, Doors And Windows, with live versions of their songs and video segments accessible with a PC. A live version of "Zombie" from Woodstock '94 is included on the disc.

button.gif (123 bytes) Throughout 1995, the Cranberries toured the world as rumors of Dolores leaving the band to go solo persisted. It wasn't until their third LP was released that these rumors started to die down.

1996... # 25 Singles Artist of the Year

April
The Cranberries - To The Faithful Departedbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries' third LP, To The Faithful Departed, was released and gave the band their second Top 10 pop hit: "Free To Decide." The mood of the LP was an attempt to be more rock and message-oriented, but many critics felt the lyrics didn't live up to the message. The LP went platinum but did not sell as well as their previous to LPs. Additional hits "Salvation" and "When You're Gone" kept the Cranberries on the radio into 1997. The band continued to tour worldwide in support of the LP, and continued to sell-out venues around the globe.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "
Salvation."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 4 weeks with "Salvation."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "
Free To Decide."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 10 with "Free To Decide."
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries' video for "
Salvation" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "When You're Gone."

1997... # 118 Singles Artist of the Year

November
Dolores O'Riordanbutton.gif (123 bytes) Dolores gave birth to a boy, Taylor Baxter, in Toronto on November 23rd. Taylor is the first child for O'Riordan and her husband, Don Burton.

1998...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries could be heard singing "Go Your Own Way" on Legacy: A Tribute To Rumours - a tribute LP to Fleetwood Mac.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries will perform at a concert for Nobel Peace Prize winners in Norway.

1999... # 156 Singles Artist of the Year

April
The Cranberries - Bury The Hatchetbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries' next LP, Bury The Hatchet, was released with the first single "Promises." O'Riordan said to MTV about the LP: "There's a lot of bizarre material on it. There's a lot of strange songs. Like in the early days, when the band started, we used to have and write more funny, freaky songs. But by the third album, I think we were too much in the limelight, and we felt too freaked out, so the writing got a little bit sensible there for a while. More serious. Now it's sort of silly again, with a sense of humor and a little bit of piss-taking and that kind of thing."
button.gif (123 bytes) O'Riordan told Radio One that recent fame had taken its toll on her and almost resulted in the band breaking up: "You learn, you know, it’s like I’m 27 years old so I’m still relatively young. The whole band are under 27... we’ve been through a lot - 3 tours, 3 albums and you’re bound to kind of crash at one stage or other."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Bury The Hatchet was certified gold.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries hit the Top 40 with "Promises."
button.gif (123 bytes) Bury The Hatchet topped the Billboard Internet Albums Sales chart for a week.

2001...

October
Cranberries - Wake Up And Smell The Coffeebutton.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries released their next LP, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.

2002...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries released Treasure Box: 1991-1999 - a box set of the band's first 4 LPs.

September
The Cranberries - Stars: The Best Of 1992 - 2002button.gif (123 bytes) The Cranberries released a hits collection - Stars: The Best Of 1992 - 2002.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) O'Riordan commented to Hot Press that she will be leaving the group after their current promotional appearances.

Dolores O'Riordan - Are You Listeningbutton.gif (123 bytes) # 188 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2007...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) O'Riordan released her solo LP Are You Listening (Billboard peak: # 77).

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Linger" at # 86.

2009...

August
Dolores O'Riordan - 'No Baggage'button.gif (123 bytes) O'Riordan released No Baggage.

2012...

February
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Roses.

2017...



LPs
The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We
Released: April, 1993
US: 5x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 18
Tracks: "I Still Do" - "Dreams" - "Sunday" - "Pretty" - "Waltzing Back" - "Not Sorry" - "Linger" - "Wanted" - "Still Cant" - "I Will Always" - "How" - "Put Me Down"
The Cranberries - No Need To Argue No Need To Argue
Released: October, 1994
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 6
Rolling Stone review: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Ode To My Family" - "I Can't Be With You" - "Twenty-One" - "Zombie" - "Empty" - "Everything I Said" - "The Icicle Melts" - "Disappointment" - "Ridiculous Thoughts" - "Dreaming My Dreams" - "Yeat's Grave" - "Daffodil Lament" - "No Need To Argue"
The Cranberries - To The Faithful Departed To The Faithful Departed
Released: April, 1996
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Hollywood" - "Salvation" - "When You're Gone" - "Free To Decide" - "War Child" - "Forever Yellow Skies" - "Rebels" - "I Just Shot John Lennon" - "Electric Blue" - "I'm Still Remembering" - "Will You Remember?" - "Joe" - "Bosnia"
The Cranberries - Bury The Hatchet Bury The Hatchet
Released: April, 1999
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 13
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Animal Instinct" - "Loud And Clear" - "Promises" - "You And Me" - "Just My Imagination" - "Shattered" - "Desperate Andy" - "Saving Grace" - "Copycat" - "What's On My Mind" - "Delilah" - "Fee Fi Fo" - "Dying In The Sun"
Cranberries - Wake Up And Smell The Coffee Wake Up And Smell The Coffee
Released: October, 2001
Billboard peak: # 46
Tracks: "Never Grow Old" - "Analyse" - "Time Is Ticking Out" - "Dying Inside" - "This Is The Day" - "Concept" - "Wake Up And Smell The Coffee" - "Pretty Eyes" - "I Really Hope" - "Every Morning" - "Do You Know" - "Carry On" - "Chocolate Brown"
The Cranberries - Stars: The Best Of 1992 - 2002 Stars: The Best Of 1992 - 2002
Released: September, 2002
Tracks: "Dreams" - "Linger" - "Zombie" - "Ode To My Family" - "I Can't Be With You" - "Ridiculous Thoughts" - "Salvation" - "Free To Decide" - "When You're Gone" - "Hollywood" - "Promises" - "Animal Instinct" - "Just My Imagination" - "You & Me" - "Analyse" - "Time Is Ticking Out" - "This Is The Day" - "Daffodil Lament" - "New New York" - "Stars"
The Cranberries - 'Roses' Roses
Released: February, 2012
Tracks: "Conduct" - "Tomorrow" - "Fire & Soul" - "Raining In My Heart" - "Losing My Mind" - "Schizophrenix Playboys" - "Waiting In Walthamstow" - "Show Me" - "Astral Projections" - "So Good" - "Roses"
The Cranberries - 'Something Else'
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Something Else
Released: April 28, 2017
Tracks: "Linger" (Acoustic Version) - "The Glory" - "Dreams" (Acoustic Version) - "When You're Gone" (Acoustic Version) - "Zombie" (Acoustic Version) - "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Acoustic Version) - "Rupture" - "Ode To My Family" (Acoustic Version) - "Free To Decide" (Acoustic Version) - "Just My Imagination" (Acoustic Version) - "Animal Instinct" (Acoustic Version) - "You & Me" (Acoustic Version) - "Why"
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