Dolores Quotes


Dolores on Woodstock ’94:

-"I wasn't going to go into that mud!"

-"For me, it was just a gig where a few people at the front knew the Cranberries. I mean, we're not exactly Metallica, you know?"


Dolores on Cranberries’ style:

-"We don't want to be grunge, alternative, indie - whatever you call it these days." And the -"if it ain't broke" strategy is the best defense against a sophomoric hex. "If [our songs] didn't sell, I'd go back on the dole," O'Riordan says, unperturbed. "Although I don't think it could all go that bad."

-“I think pop is definitely going to be Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton and really mainstream kind of stuff. Alternative is different, not the norm. It can be a poppy beat, rocky, a dead march or something you know so to the Cranberries there are no limits with sounds and musical influence you know so I think it's kind of hard to label this band you know”

-“I'm not sure that the Cranberries' sound will change very much. Maybe it’s just time to pull the plug for a while and see our families and the world from a different side than a hotel room.”


Dolores on her teen years, childhood and Catholicism:

-"At 18 I left home because I wanted to sing," she recalls. "My parent s wanted me to go to college and things like that. I was really poor for a year-and-a-half; I remember actually being hungry, like I'd die for a bag of chips. That's when I joined The Cranberries. I wanted to live in the city, because I wanted to get tough as a woman. I knew that if I stayed at home...the only way, as a woman,you could get out of my house was to get married, that whole Catholic family thing. So I kind of did a runner."

-"I played harmonium in my church for 10 years, and I spent eight years with the classical piano. I used to go from school to piano lessons to home and maybe I'd have to got to church and then I might have some homework and go to bed. I came from a strict childhood. I didn't get out much, right up till I was 17. I kind of had to run away."

-"Everybody has demons in their closets, but it's from these demons that we learn and become better people. There was certainly poverty around in Limerick, but at the same time I had a lot of spirituality which made up for it"


Dolores on Cranberries early years and the gigs:

-"People turned their backs on us-England, Ireland,everybody. We went to Europe then, supporting Hothouse Flowers, and we had Germans saying 'Wo ist der Hothaus Flowrz?'.I was thinking: What'll I do? Just give it all up? Go home? Go back to my mother's house, retire, get married, have ten children, what?"

-"They kicked up war in Ireland, controversy of the week, like, on the front page of everything. Giving out shit about my morals, they were. I thought it was a laugh." "Yeah, Yeah, I can. The time when we went to one big open-top venue on that American tour with Suede, this place that held 4,000 people, and it was all sold out. I just thought 'Oh Jesus'. Every song was too fast, we were so nervous. We kind of relaxed after that, though. You just take a few deep breaths, remember that you're still a human being and get on with it."

-"the performance of The Cranberries consisted of four timid little teenagers, with the front person standing sideways like a statue, afraid to budge in case she tripped and fell. We weren't performers at that stage, but I think it was the potential they saw"


Dolores on stardom and fame:

-"Whatever. Pop star, rock star, alternative rock. I can do all that."

-"A lot of English bands seem to think if they wear shades and lather pants and go around with a bottle of beer in their hands, they are a big hit."

- "Everyday for me was a schedule, I'd wake up at 9 and I'd have something to do every hour, at 12, something else at 3. There was always the make-up, to make me look cute. So what happens then is you never have a chance to look at your life, to realise what's happening, until you take "the break" and you look back and you wonder - was that me?"

-"And in the middle of all that we were completely lost. And when the band were really huge I don't think we were really enjoying it at the time. All we wanted to do was come off stage and get drunk. We didn't sit down and talk to each other as much."

-"When you become that famous, you're so protected that people start to think for you. There are people who speak for you, they do everything for you so much so that when you come off tour you expect to find your food waiting for you on the table! When you're that hot all the simple little things in life are taken away from you. Okay, you have to have that protection around you because you're in the public eye, but it becomes very strange because you become isolated from the world, you don't feel very human and you don't know what's going on from one day to the next."

-"You get lost in the so-called success, people are all around you telling you how great you're doing, how amazing you are-all the while pushing, showing, goading you forward. It got like a monster instead of a beautiful thing."

-"You dream of being famous, like we all do as kids. I hear they're looking for a singer, I get the job, we put together some songs and a year later we're blowing away audiences of 30,000 in America-try getting your head around that. Life is all relative and is different for everybody. For me, what happened was pure drama. I grew up in a cottage in the country looking out the window at cows in the fields. I went to school by taking a bus from the local crossraods. You're ordinary, just another person, then suddenly you're famous. I didn't go out for years, I didn't socialise for years, literally. Nothing but work work work. You know you've got the dream, that thing the whole world could kill for. So you hold on, no matter how crazy it all feels. You live in a hotel 24 hours a day for years, CNN is the only buddy you've got. but you get to a point when the roundabout has to stop and you've got to get off. Some people don't get off, though, and it consumes them."

-"So many don't get out-people like Kurt Cobain, all the others. And for what? - to never kick back and smell the roses, enjoy what you worked so hard to get. I lost my teenage years at the price of success, but that's as far as it goes."


Dolores on changes in her life (marriage, motherhood):

-"Of course, yes. I'm...I'm a woman now. I've travelled, I'm married, I've done lots of things and seen a lot now. Anyway,inevitable I would feel differently at 18 than when I was 21 or 22, wouldn't I?"

-“I'm 28 years of age ­ I've got a beautiful husband and a beautiful child. It's natural to want to be liked, but if somebody thinks that I'm shit, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.”


Dolores on “Zombie”:

-"It was written on an English tour about a year-and-a-half ago, when there was a big eruption of trouble between Northern Ireland and London, and it was doing my head in. For a while, things were gnawing at me about the whole bombings thing, and I was reading articles about what was going on in Bosnia and the way women and, more painfully, kids were being treated. "At that time there was the bomb in Warrington, and those boys were killed. I remember seeing one of the mothers on television, just devastated. I felt so sad for her, that she'd carried him for nine months, been through all the morning sickness, the whole thing, and some...prick, some airhead who thought he was making a point, did that. I mean, hello?" The fact that the IRA claim their atrocities are carried out for the greater good of Dolores' homeland seems to strike a particular dischord: "The IRA are not me. I'm not the IRA. The Cranberries are not the IRA. My family are not. When it says in the song,"It's not me, it's not my family", that's what I'm saying. It's not Ireland, it's some idiots living in the past, living for a dream. OK, I know that they have their problems up there, but there was no reason why that child should have been taken, why that woman should have gone through that."

-"What's in your head, zombie?" she demands. "I really don't give a shit-excuse the culgarity- but don't care whether it's Protestant or Catholic, I don't care whether it's England or Ireland. At the end of the day I care about the fact that innocent people are being harmed. That's what provoked me to write the song, it was nothing to do with writing a song about it because I'm Irish. You know, I never thought I'd write something like this in a million years. I used to think I'd get into trouble."


Dolores on Catholicism and church:

-"I was never like: 'Hello, I'm a Catholic and I'm into Jesus Christ and john and all the boys,' you know. When I was a teenager I was, like,falling asleep in church, but when it came to the hymns, then I was like yes!,because I loved the hymns, the Gregorian hymns", "Oh, great tunes. That's definitely where rock'n'roll came from!"

-"I suppose being brought up a Catholic was good, as opposed to having a mother into voodoo or black magic or something. It could be worse."

-"The Catholic church does, for some people, leave lots of scars. And I have to say I didn't come out smiling from my Catholic childhood. I had lots of problems, you know, lots of hang-ups. But you get over it and get on with life. Whatever was good, take that with you. Whatever was bad, get over it, get it out of your head, leave it behind. And that's what I think I did. I don't go to church very much any more, you know."


Dolores on “No Need To Argue” album (an album reflecting her doomed relationship with an Irish musician called Make O’ Mahony):

-"it's about the changes I've been through”

-"I ran away from home and moved in with him, but the more successful I became, the more domineering he became and then physical violence stopped the relationship. It took me a year to get out because there was a lot of reverse psychology involved. There was this whole bit about: 'You're going to leave me now you are famous.' The more successful I got, the worse it became. I was scared. I was really frightened."

-"A career like this - you don't go to university, you don't get a degree. It's no normal job. So basically, it's really all down to luck, we had a lot of success with the first album - and we were very young. And we felt the pressure to go back and record a second album, which we did - and we recorded a better album according to people "out there" because we sold twice as many albums as the first one. But instead of feeling accomplished, we just received more pressure. And the centre of our lives changed completely - 150 million per cent."

-"Everybody else would be out in the front of the tour bus, but I would be in the back, trying to protect my singing voice, I wrote all these songs about my life back in Limerick, and how much I missed my parents, that's what Ode to My Family is about. The only song on the album that reflects my new married life is 'Dreaming my Dreams'."

-"I think these songs have a strong confrontational feeling to them. A lot went down with the band since the first album, and a lot went down with me personally, and I think that's reflected in these songs. I couldn't really enjoy the success of the first album, because while it was happening I was having quite a bad time personally. I was really unhappy for a long time, but I didn't really have the courage to face up to the situation. I was really confused for a long time, but eventually I sorted things out. These songs come out of a period in my life that I'd like to forget, but I don't mind singing about it."


Dolores on her husband Don:

-"I've had a lot of boyfriends and you know when you're in love, so you go for it. You get to the point where you want to settle down"

-"One night we came into the bar (Dolores and a friend) and she said (Dolores' friend) to me "I think he likes you." So then he was trying to buy me wine and stuff. Eventually, he stood up and said to our tour manager and to my band: "Well good night guys, see you tomorrow." And then he walked over and he picked me up and he threw me over his shoulder. I was like, "I changed my mind, I like men again!"

-"I woke up, speaking to somebody else, but nobody was there. I was doing an interview in my sleep. My husband goes, "Dolores, you should see it just as a job and switch off at the end of the day". And I can't."


Dolores on her father and the way girls are treated by society:

-"I never really knew my father" (note that her father, a farmer labourer, few days after Dolores is born has a motorcycle accident and becomes disabled, an event that deprives him of work)

-"I thought everything was very unfair, I thought boys had an easier time. Girls were useless because they'd get pregnant so it was bad to be a girl"


Dolores on school, which she hated because she hates others telling her what to do, so she practiced music theory and piano:

-"I remember singing being the only thing that could get me the centre of attention"

-“I always had a torn uniform and 10 earrings, but I wasn't a rebel in a self-abusive way. I wasn't into drugs, but I did get in trouble for cutting class”

-"one of my earliest memories is being about 5 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 teachers 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, even now I'd rather die than sing in a pub"


Dolores on the depression she faced when she was 19, disappointed by the cruelty and dirt of music industry:

-"It's a callous, shark, cruel industry"

-"People abuse the things they've been given. So I just got sick. I was depressed, I was too young, I'd never travelled anywhere, I'd had no success and no achievements and suddenly I had all this attention and ridicule. I lost around three stone in weight. I was traumatised. I just wanted to be in my bed where I used to sleep when I was a little girl, when I was happy and there was no pressure and no paranoia and no hurt. I didn't want to get up ever again"

-“The media started giving me a really hard time. There were just pictures of me kind of shopping, packing my groceries,on the front cover of all the magazines, all the Irish papers and stuff like that. And it was just kind of really bitchy on their behalf. And they were just saying that I was being a little popstar, and I was pulling the Irish shows -- not caring, obviously, about how I felt as I person, as one side of the media can be like that. It can be very insensitive and uncaring towards many types of artists, you know?”

-"It's harder being a manufactured, pop artist, you know. You're given a song and the manager says here honey, get a boob job. We were just so much more lucky in that respect."

-"The Cranberries were beginning to learn about the fickle nature of the music industry. That was an awful time for us when the debut single didn't do too well. I still had faith in the band but I had no faith in the music industry and then I lost faith in the world. I was 18 and in home in Limerick and I got really depressed'.


Dolores on her hairdos and appearance on stage:

-"It's just fashion. It could be confidence. Like, I had long hair when the band started so I could hide behind it. I was so shy. But when Linger did so well I got a skinhead!"

-“Bleached-blond was fun, but I'll tell you: it's a lot of maintenance, and it may look great, but it feels like straw”

-“I hate makeup, but unfortunately, when you're a celeb, you have to wear it because you look lazy if you don't make an effort. Onstage, I wear a bit of foundation, concealci around the eyes (and on a zit if I have one), some blusher, and sometimes I go mad and put a lot of black liner and shadow on my eyes”


Dolores on girls VS boys:

-"Who starts the wars? Look at little boys. They play with guns. You never see little girls with guns and fighting. And men are always fighting. I think it's hateful"


Dolores on the power and healing touch of a song:

-“They re all in the same boat, really. All the fans have those feelings and experiences - pretty simple, day-to-day stuff. Some people just prefer listening to a song than going to a psychologist."


Dolores on the emotionality in songs:

-"I do exaggerate my emotions a little and I overreact for the sake of a song"


Dolores on “To The Faithful Departed” album:

-"We'd sold six million of the first album. Then we sold more than double that for the second, so by the time we came out of the studio with the third album we didn't care how much it was going to sell. Yet we committed to another tour. So we did it."

-“Over the last couple of years, a lot of people who were important to me have died. The album is for them, but it's also about departure and the loss of innocence-about growing up and leaving people behind who you thought you loved”

-"The third album reflected the feelings that I and the band were going through. It was the most negative and depressing album. We realised we needed a break, but we were afraid to take that break, in case you turn around and all your fans are gone and you're history."

-"You know, it was a beautiful album, and I really don't think we could have done any better. We were living in the public eye, we were living in hotel rooms for six or seven years, and we had no lives. So obviously you're going to turn around and get depressed and write an album like To The Faithful Departed, which is all about 'Can I really save the world?' I was really depressed, and I was really thinking, 'Hmm. Maybe I should die now.' I was really down, and I was obsessed with the notion of death- for awhile anyway."

-"When we did 'To the Faithful Departed,' we had gotten to a point where we were working way too much, all the fun had gone out of the band. All the fun had gone out of life, full stop."


Dolores on “Free To Decide” song, which is used in Rock the Vote campaign:

-“We wanted to make people aware that the right to vote is restricted in many countries”


Dolores on the spirit of “Bury The Hatchet” album:

-"Noel sent me a tape with some songs he had written when I was in Canada, and they were beautiful! So one night, in the middle of a drink, I phoned him and I told that I missed him and that he was an extraordinary person! So we decided to meet and try the new songs"

-"There are songs on this album that you could never write on tour. There's humour, there's happiness, there's sheer cheekiness. When you're on tour your living a certain life, and you feel that people are looking at you too much. It's not the greatest place to write songs. When you go home you're really relaxed, and you're just writing songs as a human being, and I think that people relate to them more."

-"Life is strange, but at the end of the day, when you're lying on your death bed, you look back and you think, 'Have I had a happy life?' Was it fun, and what have I to show?' It's fine having money but you can't take that with you. That's not what it's about. You can't take your materialism with you to the grave, but you can take beautiful memories and you can die with a big smile on your face."

-"When we came back together to start working, we said, 'We'll bury the hatchet on the past, between ourselves, between ourselves and the critics,' We wanted to learn from everything that had happened instead of dwelling on it."  

-"We recorded at Metalworks when I was seven months pregnant. My voice sounded very different then. There were certain sounds, when I was very big, [that] I didn't think I could make, because I couldn't breathe right; but when I started to sing it felt so right. After I had the baby, I was going to re-do them, but I listened to it and knew I couldn't re-create it."


Dolores on “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” album:

-"We've proven ourselves by now, so we're really relaxed and really enjoyed ourselves in the studio, totally going with the flow"

-"There was a point in the last year or so when I finally saw the beauty I had been blind to for so long, These songs say 'don't stress worrying about tomorrow, next week, next year, when there's so much beauty around.'"  

-"It's the most optimistic album, lyrically, that I've written."


Dolores on writing songs:

-"I wrote quite a lot while we were touring, which was something I really enjoyed, it was really nice that after a gig, in the middle of all the chaos I'd be away in a corner with a guitar, writing about what I was feeling. Being famous and having people screaming at you doesn't make me happy, but writing a song does."


Dolores on the band’s future:

-"Life's so unpredictable that there's no point in planning anything," says Dolores. "There's a line in 'Empty' that goes 'All my plans fell through my hands.' None of us take things too seriously, and if it all ended tomorrow, we'd just think, 'All well and good, we had a good time.'"

-"The lads and myself do fine, we get along just like the beginning. People won't believe it, but we have no egos with each other-success didn't destroy us like so many others."


Dolores on the idea of home and the actual home in Canada:

-"The truth was I didn't have a home for a long time. I was living in a flat with an old boyfriend when I joined the band, and split up with him when I was 20. So I had no home for a long time, except that cottage in Canada. [Dolores is married to Canadian Don Burton, her ex-tour manager.] So in the last couple of years we managed to get out home together, and it's amazing. I love it. It feels so good to have a home, somewhere that you can call yours. Escapism, it's lovely."

-"The home we built was in real tourist area, and tourists kept coming up to the house, and photographers were following me. One day this car pulled up and asked for Dolores. I said 'I'm Dolores, but this is private residence.' He got upset and said, 'I wouldn't treat you that way if you came to my house.' The fact that I was pregnant, it scared me. I decided to get out, and we came back over here to hibernate."

-"My husband had me freaked out for the first year here, that wolves and bears would get me. But Canada is such an amazing country in terms of animals and landscape. We'll be back."


Dolores on pregnancy, stardom and motherhood:

-"I thought, now I want to have a baby. Because you've had three albums, sold 20 something million. That's more that I thought I would do at 25. Now I would like to have a baby because I'd like to grow up with my child."

-"During the pregnancy what happened was I found myself singing, and I was really glad because the love for singing came back, and it came back naturally. And I guess it came back because I was going through such a nice, happy, normal, human things again. You have to let it come back. It takes a bit of time but if it's in your soul, it'll come back as soon as your wounds heal."


Dolores on Taylor, Molly and her new life:

-"You know when you're all dolled up and you're thinking you're great? It's not until you're out the door at some function that you realize that you have ketchup all over the back of your hair!"

-"And in the middle of any situation he'll walk up to me and say 'Mamma, caa-caa!' And no matter who I'm talking to, I have to say, 'Oh, right, excuse me.'"

-"It took about six to eight months for me to come down. And then I got pregnant and had a baby. And I just learned to be really, really happy and fell in love with my baby and my husband. I got to know my family. I learned what it was to have fun again."

-"I'm basing Taylor in three or four different places while we're touring, places where it's beautiful, and there's a swimming pool and other children to play with. The label's been great about letting me use a private jet, so as soon as I finish a show, I fly out to wherever he is, and I stay until it's time to fly out to the next show."

-"In the old days, I'd be fixing myself before I went out, putting on nice clothes and all this carry-on. Now, it's just, head down, and I'm wearing a tracksuit and my hair's standing up and I have a pound of butter on the back of my head because I don't realize it's there. And I look like all the other moms.”

-"My son thinks I'm a bit mental, because I'll be sneaking around a tree saying, Shhhh...look at the babies in the bird's nest"

-"She eats like a little vacuum cleaner-rashers, bacon, sausages, eggs, cereal-everything!"

-"Having my little girl Molly last year, pretty much put the icing on the cake, we're the perfect family now-Daddy, Mommy, Taylor and the princess."

-"I'm 30 years old now, and I've found my identity outside of the band, which is very important to me. We came from the era that had Blind Melon, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins. You look back, and you have to ask How many are still here? How many  slipped over the edge? How many were pushed to far-and why? So I'm very happy to be here, alive, with two beautiful babies."

-"My life is pretty much in a perfect place these days. I guess it can't last forever, but all the pieces are where I want them to be right now."

-"It's a total cliche, but, you know, the kids really do change everything. I'd probably still be out there gigging in strange cities for a few extra meaningless zeros on a paycheque if it wasn't for them. They gave me a whole new focus, they affect everything I do from the way I write to the way I perform. I've come a long way from having CNN as my only buddy, haven't I?"


Dolores on anorexia and the frustration that is caused during the Free To Decide tour in 1996:

-"I guess the thinness was a good thing, because if it wasn't for that, I don't think I would have gotten away. It got to a point where I was just so thin - I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't do anything pleasurable, anything easy. But of course, I could smoke 500 fags a day."

-"I remember it got to a point where I couldn't sit down comfortably in chairs, I was really that thin."

-"I just didn't want to hear it because there was such pressure on me to finish the tour, and I guess I wanted to be bloody perfect."

-"You know, I was just quite sick and stressed from working too much and just not coming home and not having any sense of reality, I felt like I had no real kind of love around me, no stability. You end up being kind of messed up."

-"I was just collapsing under the grueling schedule and everything that was going on - it was just too much. But when I reached out for help, nobody wanted to hear it. Nobody wanted to know that I wanted to cancel [the tour]. Because at the end of the day, it's a lot of money for a lot of people, and you're just a bloody product."

-"It was such an amazing dream, and when it did happen I just never wanted it to end. I never wanted to give up, I wanted to keep doing it forever. And it ate me up."

-"I said that if I ever went back to singing again it would have to be because I missed it. I remembering deciding that we needed to come back to music on our own terms, not the madness that passed for living in the early years." 


Dolores on Fans and music trends:

-"We don't' really worry about it because we have our own Web site and we know how many Cranberry fans there are out there that have been following the band for years and years and years, I don't think they're suddenly going to get up and walk away just because Britney Spears is being played on the radio more than us. We have the history that a lot of those bands don't. This is our fifth album not our first. So sure we were the big stars earlier . . . but what happens is a lot of bands can't follow up and we followed it up time and time again. So we're not looking for that anymore. We've been there, we've done that and now were just kind of surfing the ways and enjoying things."


Dolores on Breast Surgery:

-“I think I speak for all women who have small breasts when I say that we can be beautiful too, without getting a big pair of soccer balls hanging off us. Certain men find us attractive. I'm not insecure about the fact that I've confirmation-size breasts. It's part of me, and I'd feel very strange with a pair of soccer balls. Having answered that, I insist you ask the lads if they've considered getting their penises enlarged.”

Dolores on “Loud And Clear World Tour and touring in general:

- "I think we enjoy it a lot more now. There's a balance to it. We'd learned a lot back then when we'd been at the top. And it ain't always easy at the top."  

-"Touring has gotten fun again-it's our bit of escapism to get away from the kids. On the road again? -Yeah, Please! We can all get a decent nightsleep."


Dolores on “Stars: The best of 1992-2002” album:

-“ If I had to draw a diagram, the start of this adventure was not in 1992 but in 1990, 12 years ago! We had a first peak in 1992-93, when our first album went out; than we disappeared in 1996, the year of To the Faithful Departed; After that the ascent restarted: since 1996 I spent much time searching my own dimension and spirituality; And finally now I'm very well and at peace with myself”

-“ The difference between now and before is that nowadays I don't feel under pressure and I don't care about the number of copies we sell. When our first album went out, Everybody Else is Doing it So Why Can't We?, we felt a lot of pressure, we were immature teenagers; Now we've grown up and we are able to do our best when we write songs”

-“ It's just a collection of our singles. It's a good CD to give as a gift to someone and, at the same time, let him know The Cranberries. There are all our most popular songs”

-“We've completed a circle. It's been an incredible lesson in life but we feel like we're at the end of an era and at the beginning of a different kind of era. We started as teenagers than we went to America and we become very big, [only] a few Irish bands did it -- we did! Than we played around the world and we decided to take a break because we lost our own identity. And than we got together just for fun and we've got the fun back into the band that we've lost to become such a big and famous band. We captured that fun again and now we feel like beginning again just like we were teenagers”


Dolores on “Stars: The best of 1992-2002” album cover:

-“It's a road in Las Vegas. We were there for some shows and we liked the place very much. So we called Andy Earl, our photographer, and he found this road. It seems that part is just the end of the road and behind it there's nothing”


Dolores on solo career or change of career:

-“The world has arrived at the end of an era and ironically, this is linked to the destiny of the Cranberries. I can say that there's some expectation in the air”

-“ I would like to do many things that I couldn't do in the last 10 years. Everytime I tried to take a break, I had a baby or I got a nervous breakdown. That's 2 babies and a nervous breakdown!!”

-“ I am attracted to ethnic music and ethnic instruments, from flutes to bongos, and every type of steel drum; I don't like the didgeridoo, I tried to play it but I'm a total disaster; I don't Indian music, the kind that you hear in restaurants, there's too much stuff inside. I like the music with many pauses just like African music”

-“Maybe I will act, but certainly not in a musical! I hate them. When I was 12, at school, I was asked to do an audition for the part of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, because at that time I already had a good voice; Disgusting! I arrived in a hall with all the teachers looking at me, and all I could do was laugh, laugh and laugh. At that time I already had my strong character; In the classroom I made a lot of jokes and I made a real mess. I was a leader and I was too much of a "bully" to act the part of that idiot Dorothy. Obviously I didn't get the part! They let me do a peasant, I had to sing offstage and walk across the stage pushing a cart”

-“That's what everybody has been waiting for, for ages. It's possible; but for now I am enthusiastic about being a member of The Cranberries”

-“In that case, I would do something extremely different than The Cranberries' style, maybe a sort of sound track for a film. I really like film sound tracks, the sound of a warm atmosphere inclined through a crescendo. Lately, I've listened to Marconi's soundtracks (he's a film-music composer), and generally I listen to David Lynch's films soundtracks with pleasure. But for now, my favorite pop band is Travis."


Dolores on some people who don’t know the Cranberries:

“There're a lot! Maybe they sing the refrain of Linger or know other songs, but they often don't know that it's played by the Cranberries and they have never seen our faces. I often go to shops or malls and no one recognizes me. A few days ago some people asked me for some information. They thought I was a shop assistant!!!”


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