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RIP Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries

by Frank Schnittger Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 01:27:38 AM EST

Dolores O'Riordan (46), Lead Singer of The Cranberries has died.


Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence, caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?
But you see, it's not me
It's not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head they are crying
In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie, oh
Du, du, du, du
Du, du, du, du
Du, du, du, du
Du, du, du, du
Another mother's breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
It's the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they're still fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dying
In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie


Songwriter: Dolores Mary O'riordan

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I wonder if Ms O'Riordan is now jamming with Fela Kuti in the afterlife, doing a mash-up of their respective "Zombie" songs:
https://youtu.be/Qj5x6pbJMyU

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 08:15:46 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 08:24:35 PM EST
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The Memories in Dolores O'Riordan's Fierce, Fragile Voice - NYT

It's hard to quantify the impact Ms. O'Riordan had on young Irish women. At the very least, she is responsible for a large portion of those Dr. Martens sales in the '90s. For Irish women in their 20s and 30s, she occupies a space next to Sinead O'Connor, two petite punks whose unconventionality thrilled and intimidated a society adverse to just that. Like Ms. O'Connor, Ms. O'Riordan took international stardom by the scruff of its neck: She shaved her head; she turned up to rock late-night American talk shows; and she did it all in her strong Limerick accent.

It was the accent that positioned the Cranberries as a truly Irish band. Ms. O'Riordan never pretended to be someone else: She did not adopt an American twang, but sang in the bold brogue of her hometown, a place later viewed internationally through the prism of Frank McCourt's memoir "Angela's Ashes" as a rain-soaked, gritty place. Don't underestimate the power of hearing a woman from a nation with a small-country complex proudly owning her lilt. Even the arena-size songs, embellished with glossy '90s rock production, sounded unmistakably Irish.

The Cranberries appeared to arrive fully formed, and their international success fed a tremendous sense of pride in Ireland. At home, Ms. O'Riordan was viewed with fascination, regarded as edgy and "out there," a perception compounded by her wedding to Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, with whom she had three children.

by Bjinse on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 08:27:18 PM EST
The Cranberries will always hold a special place.  I was too old for the "teen memories" experience (When "Zombie" landed, I was already married with two kids and in the process of getting elected county prosecuting attorney.), but they were always a counterbalance to locally spawned Grunge on my play list.  Una Mullally is herself a testament to why the US had such an influence on the Cranberries' success: A lot of Green Folk, including my besties' family, came over during the Famine.  Probably more Irish here than there.  Ans while I grew up in the US, I'm as much a product of Norway and Iceland, both with small-country complexes, both with memories of a less than wholly benign colonial past, and both loving it when they hear musicians "do it local."  Probably why A-Ha's "Take on Me" went #1 everywhere but Norway, where it stalled at #2 behind a popularized folk song.
by rifek on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 05:04:45 AM EST
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Ja, this was a real kick in the teeth.  She was still a kid, dammit.  Flights of angels....
by rifek on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 04:24:05 AM EST


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 02:26:20 PM EST


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