Interviews Part 2
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Cranberries: Hi, this is Dolores, Frank, and Mike from the Cranberries,and Noel
is sick, but he sends his best wishes. Not Frank, Fergal!
What was you inspiration for this new album?
There were very different inspirations, because it was written over a period of
a few years.
My pregnancy inspired the more up, happy tone of the album. I wrote the lyrics
and Noel wrote most of the music.
What is the difference between being a rock star here in the U.S. compared to
being one in Ireland?
In Ireland, you can pretty much lead a normal life.
It's more when you're on tour that you get that type of attention.
Ireland is a small country, there are like 3 million. Being a pop star in
is more of a bigger deal than in Ireland.
There were a lot of big stars in Ireland that are not known around the
The last two albums have been quite a change from the 1st two albums. Do you
think the albums that have yet to come out will be softer, or continue with this
It's kinda hard to predict that sort of thing. We can't predict what mood we
will be in.
We could be pissed off for the next album.
I was 17 or 18 on the first album, I was like this little school girl. I
have the same self-esteem that I have now.
You grow up. I won't ever sing like that again. I won't go back, I won't
go back to that.
Are Dolores and the lads cynical about the music biz now, after all their
NO, we try to be diplomatic.
It's a fickle industry, you try to be as real as possible.
Hi cranberries, I just love your work and you seriously are
idols and favourite band. What song of all of the ones that you have ever
written means the most to you, both Dolores and Noel?
it's really difficult to answer that question. All of the songs are like
my experiences that I've had throughout my life.
All the songs are very special.
the hits, you hear them so much, but the ones that you don't hear every day, the
ones that aren't hits, there is a different feeling.
What u think of the pop music of ireland?
Pretty bad at the moment. All the stuff on the radio is poppy, cheest
At the moment, something strange is happening. The music industry is
There is a lack of good music being hard. This happens every few years,it
happens in cycles.
We're hoping that we'll change that!
Who are your rolemodels?
Role models are people who I admire, like Ghandi and Mother Theresa.
They have done things in their lives that I could never do in mine.
We all like Elvis!
What was the biggest shock after your success?
Success is not what you expect it to be before you are a successful band.
it is nice now, but it wasn't nice at first.
There is a lot of pressure on you when you first get big. More people get
involved in your career and it gets out of control.
When a band gets big, it's tough. You get on this rollercoaster, and soon you
must get off.
Then you get back on again and start over again.
the Cranberries...why did u decide to use bruce fairbarn for ur 3rd album when
stephen street brought u so much fame and success?
We just wanted to try something different.
All the songs were written on tour. We wanted to capture the live sound in the
I as wondering how did you guys meet and join up as a band.
We just started the band to hang around with each other.
Frank and Noel's friend's friend was going out with my friend's sister.
That's how we met Dolores. She came to a rehearsal, and it just kind of worked
Your music is very distinctive. Could you name some artists
have had influence on your style?
Everyone's into different kinds of music. It's a mixture of classical to
to rock to old-time country.
As far as guitar goes, Noel has always been a big Johnny Marr fan.
And the 80s music too, SMiths cure, depeche mode, joy division. All those bands
are really cool, that's what we grew up with, on the radio.
Was there any childhood inspirations that were later used in the lyrics of your
Obviously your childhood reflects your emotions as an adult, but there is no
real direct link in any particular song.
Is it enjoying for you making your videos?
Ya, it's usually good fun, but lots of waiting around!
The best part is seeing the final results.
You start about six in the morning, make up, clothes..you could go to
2 in the morning
You have to have lots of patience.
Usually, come evening time, you relax. When we shot ode to my family, we relaxed
in the bar where it was filmed. It was cool, more natural.
We were relaxed, so our personalities came through properly.
do the cranberries consider their best song and album?
There are too many songs to choose from; the different songs remind you of
Yeah, we're proud of them all. Not just the hit songs!
It's our gift.
Do you mind being called a "political" group?
We are not a political group. We are a musical group.
What are the plans for the future of the Cranberries?
We're touring until June or July, then on tour again in August/September, and
then we're in Europe in November.
For Christmas, we are playing it by ear.
We don't want to over work ourselves.
We're keeping it fun. We went through some very difficult, dark times,and we
want to keep it happy.
Do you ever have a problem with fans?
Actually, I don't.
Obviously, you want to talk to your fans, you're interested in them, but
only problem is when there are too many.
You can't meet them all. I always want to stop and talk, but it's not
what is an average day like while you are on the road?
we just wake up and do the soundcheck. not much time to do much else,
some press stuff.
this tour has been nice. the last tour was erratic.
We set limits and boundaries so we don't get over-tired. The road can
You come into a city in a different time zone. We need time to get our
We're very fortunate that we've gotten to a point where we can enjoy
Why did u choose this name "Cranberries" to the band?
I have a head like a cranberry.
it just came up one day. It's not really important.
We were supposed to be called the Cranberry Saw Us, but that was so
We were young, 15, 16, we're fossils now, man!
You have progressively gotten more and more involved in
your records over the years. Do you see yourselves at some point in the future
producing an album completely on your own?
every band gets to a point, with age, where you get interested in
I love the idea of just writing songs, whether they get anywhere or not.
There are so many crappy bands doing well, it's upsetting. There are so
talented song writers. Young people should persist and write, because their day
How do you feel about MP3's of your new album already being all over the
the music is the important thing
Honestly, this band is so laid back that we don't go around worrying
things that you didn't have to begin with.
I tape albums all the time. It's just life. You can't be too greedy. Life
life, shit happens.
It's more for the industry to worry about. We're just happy to be making music
and doing gigs.
You don't really think about the kids who get your music from the
That would be sad if we cared about that.
What was the inspiration to write the song "Desperate Andy" what's it
It's a very lighthearted number
It's about sometimes in life, we see people, and we depict a character
on the visual aspect.
There are plenty of large, threatening looking men who under the surface are
Why are you doing smaller venues on this tour?
We just kinda want to ease ourselves back in gently. It's been awhile
we've toured extensively.
There is an intimacy that we can capture in a small venue. It's beautiful
You miss it when you play a huge place.
We geel that we can get across the rawness and passion of our music in a smaller
I think you guys are great! I am your biggest fan. Dolores, what
you do with Taylor when you are touring? DO you take him with you or do you
leave him with someone?
He comes with me and my mother looks after him.
I know that the media has been a constant pressure since the early years, and it
always seems to come up as themes in your music. How do you deal with the
affects of the media on you? And how is it represented on this new album?
We don't really read many reviews. Most of them are irrelevant.
The fans are the ones who matter to us.
When we go home, the press come to my house and taunt me.
My problem is with the tabloids, who will literally take pictures of you
your home, taking a shower, etc.
You want to kick their heads off. They follow you around. When I was
at my grandmother's funeral, they came and took pictures of me.
I don't think that I can ever learn to deal with that. But it's a part of
to all of you: How supportive were your families when you
to become professional musicians?
All of out families were very supportive
Especially when we got a record deal.
Initially, my parents wanted to make sure that it was solid.
the deal was, if it didn't work out, I would go to college.
Did you enjoy making your new CD? Was it more difficult than the last?
NO, it was great.
We really took our time.
We spent about four months recording, but the writing was spread out over the
last two years.
It was really enjoyable.
Do you ever get Stage Fright?
no, not anymore.
sometimes I look at the crowd, and they are having so much fun. I forget the
chorus or another art of the song.
sometimes you get so taken away, but the crowd helps by singing the
I go to another level, baby!
Did you guys graduate from college? or do you plan to go back to school if you
No, its' very rock and roll. We all joined the band instead of going to
What do you consider being the best thing about being
sometimes you can get into clubs really easily.
I think the travel is the best
How do you think your music influences the youth of today?
Our music in non-pretentious, very honest.
sometimes out society, ireland or america, people are afraid to be
We try to show people it's ok to be honest.
I like to think that our music is like an escape for people.
instead of escaping from your problems by taking drugs, just pop in our
How did it feel to play a huge gig like woodstock 94? How did you become a part
it was great, we were on at 12:30 during the day. very enjoyable.
Cranberries: thanks for all your questions! We're really looking forward to all
of the shows.
been a long time, we hope all of our fans are still there. We hope you
enjoy the shows and the new album.
it's like a new beginning for us.
for your support, see you soon.
and if you're at the gig, feel free to do some headbanging
for chatting with The Cranberries tonight.
the Hatchet Promotion in Singapore
1. Why "Bury The Hatchet"?
< Dol: "Well, actually we had 2 choices, one was more mellow and
kinda boring, "Promises" didn't mean too much, I mean, we wrote
a song called "Promises"
yah, but why do we have to name it y'noe...so "Bury
The Hatchet", it's more aggressive but a, peaceful offering, let
bygones be bygones, move on. The band has been through many ups and downs and we
almost broke up, we stopped making music after the tour, didn't know where to
start, took a big break and suddenly found happiness again, y'noe, so,smile."
2. Adding-on (I can't tell who this is? My guess is Mike.)
"..In Ireland, "Bury The Hatchet"..very forgettable things,
3. What are your favorite songs on the album?
Dol: " Oh I love songs with a lot of (I heard 'flatter', but it
?), y'noe, like 'Desperate Andy", oh I love that song, "Loud
Clear", I like the humour and light-heartedness. Also, the more
emotional ones like "Animal Instinct", "You And Me" ,
obviously about my new kinda found love, and er, 'Promises" y'noe,
kinda rockish theme, yah, don't really have a favourite."
4. Adding-on (I think this is Fergal)
"Same tracks for me..."Shattered", really open...I dunno,
5. Dying In The Sun (I think it's Fergal again.)
"Dolores...it's beautiful...just 2 takes, and that's it. Which is
becos' you can really hear the emotions."
6. Copycat (I think it's Fergal again, since he's talking about Noel
and Mike is usually solemn.)
"Well, we put some fast acoustic thing, same 4 chords fast over and
over, Noel had the rhythm to it, Dolores added in the keyboards, with a
kinda 70s sound, groundwork that way. Then it seems like some 70s
detective programme! It was fun for us to do that, cos we've never done
that type of thing before."
7. The Nobel Peace Prize performance in Oslo was your first since 3
years! How do you feel about it?
Dol: "Oh, it was cool going on stage. Miss this, fun. Although the
audience could have been more...but at this kinda event...it was
bizarre when I saw these people with those suits... (missing part) and
makes you wanna, it's cool. I kinda 'WANT' to go back, perform again.
8. You've travelled to so many parts of the world, and you still call
Dol: "With our first and second albums, after our band took off, and
we became really famous, I thought it'll be really difficult to stay
around. To be honest, it was! Over the years, we try to creep back,
we've spend time here and there, South, West Coast..no place like home.
Your family members, and when you have a kid, you see that you need the
kinda security, offered to you, by your family, y'noe."
9. I hear lotsa of humour in this album. Is humour very important?
Dol: "Yah! It's important, very important! Everyone should have
humour in your life. If you forget to laugh...something's missing. It's
brilliant to laugh, make a clown of yourself, brilliant so be
ridiculous...y'noe! When you stop doing that, taking life seriously,
what's the point, really?"
ON MuchMusic Interviewer:
is your first time working with Bruce Fairbairn (producer of TTFD) who has a
pretty solid background in pop music. I know the Cranberries is consider an
alternative band but also a pop band. I was curious as to what you think of the
concept of the word alternative?
Fergal: Labels are used to suit
record stores; pop section, jazz section, alternative. At the end of the day
it's just music. Too many labels put on it; it's just handy for the record
stores so you know what section to go to get your record. I don't think about it
much. It's not something that bothers me. Dolores: 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. Thanks to Suzy Aston for providing this interview.
Kurt Loder: The Irish band The Cranberries will have a new album
out at the end of April, called "To The Faithful Departed," and,
as the title suggests, it's a tribute to persons of the deceased
persuasion - including among it's tracks a song called "I Just Shot
John Lennon." Material for the album was no problem, according to
singer Dolores O'Riordan, because she and guitarist Noel Hogan
have a substantial backlog of tunes from which to draw.
Dolores O'Riordan: We wrote them over the past two years. Just
kinda like "No Need To Argue" was written the two years between
the first album and that. We write on the road, so that's pretty
easy. I do the majority of the writing in my bedroom, alone, and
then when we co-write together we do that in Sound Check. It's
just two different ways. So that there is no, uh, there is never,
like, a lack of inspiration, or you know, lack of, we never get
stuck really. We actually have songs we never got
to record, you
know, that kind of thing.
Kurt Loder: The Cranberries' new single, "Salvation," will be
in early April.
(1 May, 1996)
Hi, I'm Kurt Loder with MTV News. Ireland's Cranberries released
their third album on Tuesday, a record called "To the Faithful
Departed." The first video is called "Salvation;" and
Dolores O'Riordan told us that one track, called "Free to Decide,"
which is about the media's treatment of pop musicians, was
actually inspired by an example in her own life, in which her
exhaustion forced the Cranberries to cancel some shows after 14
months on the road, and she was slammed by the hacks. Here's the
Dolores: 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 pop
star, 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?
Kurt Loder: Now touring Asia, Cranberries will be hitting the road
here this summer.
(6 May, 1996)
Ireland's Cranberries again attempt weighty thoughts on their new
album, "To The Faithful Departed," with one track, called
Shot John Lennon," climaxing with the sound of gunfire. As for the
rest of the album's not-so-cheery contents, singer and
co-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan recently had these reflections.
MTV: With a title like "To The Faithful Departed," you expect
Cranberries to be dealing with the topic of death, and they do;
but there are also songs about love and life and "Salvation,"
first single takes on all three in what some could see as a "just
say no to drugs" anthem for the 90's.
It's not so much like an anti-drug song. It's kind of
anti- the idea of becoming totally controlled by anything, any
substance at all, because I know what's it's like. And it wasn't a
nice experience and it didn't get me anywhere. It just confused me
MTV: So you tried some of these drugs that you were talking about
in the song.
Dolores: Oh no, I didn't try heroin. I was just trying to find the
answer in getting out of it, whether it was drinking or whatever.
I'm not going to elaborate. But it just, basically, any substances
don't really help. Reality is reality, and unfortunately, no how
much you go away, you come back, and it's always here.
MTV: Two of the albums' tracks were debuted last year, during
the Cranberries MTV "Unplugged" performance. One of them,
"I'm Still Remembering," was written six months after Nirvana
frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
Dolores: It was kind of sad how, you know, sometimes, when people
die, you expect there to be a silence. But there wasn't a silence.
You know what RIP means. It means "rest in peace." And I
it was kind of sad because nobody seemed to want to let it be.
Everybody was just like, boom! It was just a big media thing, so
it was kind of sad.
MTV: Other tracks on the album deal with such sober issues as
the war in Bosnia, and the children who are victims of war -- all of
which seems to have affected Dolores, who we asked if she
considered bringing children into such a world.
Dolores: I think it's debatable. I love kids and I would love to
but, it's a pretty miserable old planet, all the same. Man!
(laughs) But I imagine having kids and it's like, there's so much
crap going on. Right now, I couldn't deal with that pressure. So
I'll hold off for a few years.
KURT: The Julie Andrews of her generation. Now touring Asia, the
Cranberries will be launching a US tour in late summer.
(24 August, 1996)
It's been a year of marriages, lawsuits, personal injuries -- and
lots and lots of touring for Ireland's Cranberries, and it's not
over yet. John Norris caught up with the band in Vancouver
recently as it launched yet another North American tour.
JOHN NORRIS: What is it about Dolores that so many people are
FAN: Oh, I dig the accent, but she's a just great singer. Have you
ever seen someone who can put a note together like that?
NORRIS: How would you compare them live to being on record?
FAN 2: They're just as good. They're so good. This was a great
concert. It was awesome.
NORRIS: So far, 1996 has been an eventful year for the
Cranberries. It's seen the release of their third album, "To the
Faithful Departed", a $15,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a
British tabloid, the marriage of guitarist Noel Hogan, and now,
after having to cancel tour dates back in June when Dolores
O'Riordan badly injured her knee on stage in Australia, the band
is back on the road and arrive here tonight in Vancouver.
DOLORES O'RIORDAN: (Walking on stage) Hello Vancouver!
JOHN NORRIS: You started up, I guess, toward the end of May
over Asia, and then there was this mishap. Can you talk a little
NOEL HOGAN, Guitarist: Well, I guess we had a week left in
Australia by the time Dolores' leg... She had a skiing accident
about 2 years ago, and it just kind of came back at her and she
twisted it in Australia.
DOLORES O'RIORDAN, Vocalist: When I jumped, I do remember
thinking, sh*t, you know, but I just was like, nah, I just went on
with the adrenaline, but
I remember when I came offstage it was
just going up like a balloon.
NORRIS: Are you reluctant at this point to move a lot on stage?
O'RIORDAN: It just can be injured so easily, so... I've got the
splint so I can just relax and have fun. It's cool.
NORRIS: How do you guys determine the set list and the balance
between new material and older stuff?
O'RIORDAN: That's one of our biggest nightmares, to come up
with a set list and keep changin' it over and over, but we, we're
quite happy with the one we have now. (Onstage in Vancouver) Well,
I always remember coming to the U.S. and to Canada about two and
a half years ago. "Linger" brought us here.
NORRIS: You're here in North America for a couple of months,
and then the rest of the year? It's going to be like...
FERGAL LAWLER: We have two weeks off then we go to Europe,
tour Europe for about two and half months until Christmas time,
and that's it. Finished. Finished touring.
KURT: The Cranberries play Cleveland on Wednesday.
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