Dolores Mary O'Riordan Burton
(Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
dob 06 September 1971.
Noel Anthony Hogan
(Electric & Acoustic Guitars)
dob 25 December 1971.
Michael Gerard Hogan
dob 29 April 1973.
Fergal Patrick Lawler
dob 04 March 1971.
(all born in Limerick
The Cranberries formed in May 1990 when the three guys's previous band's ('The Cranberry Saw Us') lead singer quit. Dolores came in as a replacement and they never looked back since.
The Cranberries have released 4 albums, all on Island's label:
Everybody else is doing it so why can't we
? (Feb 1993)
Features their famous hit 'Linger
No need to argue (Sept 1994)
' and 'Ode to my family'
To the faithful
departed (Apr 1996)
' and 'I just shot John Lennon
Bury the hatchet
Features 'Animal Instinct
' and 'Just my Imagination
The Cranberries have established themselves as performers of music that is probably best described as Irish Rock
. They regularly use powerful chords and powerful emotion to drive home their messages on a variety of topics including the Irish Revolution
(epitomised by 'Zombie') but they have also written some slower songs. My knowledge of their first two albums is a bit thin but from what i can gather the messages inside the songs were written with less importance than the music itself (IMHO
the way it should be). The third album saw a change of style as the Cranberries seemed to try to concentrate more on the messages in their songs than the quality of the music (ignoring their strongest point)and so it got a lot of bad press. The Cranberries obviously heeded the reviews because the next album (and their latest) returned to what they do best (hence the title 'Bury the hatchet'?) and so has once again (deservedly) earned good press for the Cranberries.
The Cranberries are just finishing a tour of South Africa
before moving onto another Europe
an tour which ends Aug 2000.