This year 2001, marks the tenth anniversary of the band “The Cranberries”, and they have reached since their first career years commercial and critical success, got from the band dedication in the albums. They signed in the contract with a multinational recording company at 18 years old.
The band was discovered after an independent company call “Xeric Records” (Limerick, Ireland), let the band to record their first demos. The songs recorded with that Records Company later got the attention from “Island Records”, specifically from the Company creator Chris Blackwell (U2, Bob Marley), and from Denny Cordell, legendary producer (Leon Russell, Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers).
After starting to work with their new manager Geoff Travis (The Smiths, Rough Trade Records), the band met Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur) in 1991. In less than a year, The Cranberries producer their debut album call “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”, which got multiplatinum status in many countries in the entire world. The album was released in England and Ireland in 1992. But the band didn’t have any movement there, so they went to America in March 1993.
The band was touring 9 months as the opener act for The The, Suede and Duran Duran at the end of that year. The Cranberries celebrated their success in Limerick later that year, with a concert at the Royal Theatre, as the best selling Irish band in Northamerica, receiving the acclamation from a city with 90.000 habitants.
The tour and promotional deals let “Linger” to enter Top Ten Billboard and Radio charts that year.
In December 1993, the album sold over 1 million copies only in the United States, and at the beginning of 1994, the album conquered Number one spot in U.K album charts, selling over 800.000 copies over there.
The band went back to studio in February 1994 to record the new album with Stephen Street. The recording process was retarded because of a Dolores ski accident in the South part from France. They took a rest, as Stephen Street did.
The 2nd album was entitled “No Need To Argue”, which sold over 12 million copies in the first year of release (October 1994/October 1995), reaching 1st place of sales in 25 countries.
The album remarked the “movement” from the first single “Zombie”, becoming one of the most successful singles from ’94. A second single entitled “Ode To My Family” impelled the success of the album, making it to be over 2 years in the albums charts in many countries in the world.
The Cranberries recorded their third album “To The Faithful Departed”, with production of Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, AC/DC) in October 1995, In Dublin. The album was recorded in just 5 weeks, and it was released 8 months later the “No Need To Argue” tour finished.
This fast step almost separated the band; join with a busy concerts calendar. The promotional tour was to include the most extensive tour from Cranberries to date. A tour with 117 dates was left behind, followed by medical indications to Dolores. The band decided to take a rest, apparently for Tour and personal reasons. They waited for a year, and they producer later an album call “Bury The Hatchet”. After recording demos, the band chose co producing the album with the engineer Benedict Fenner (Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson).
The album was critically acclaimed. The band took, after their third effort, more bringing near to the produced at first. “Bury The Hatchet” got first place in 17 countries in the entire world. From the album, also were remarked 3 great singles, and the album was important to make the biggest world tour from their career.
The Loud And Clear World Tour visited 6 continents, making 110 concerts. The Band had a great moment, visiting several new countries (Israel, Greece, South Africa), playing in front of over 1 million fans.
During the tour, the band started to write new songs, and they chose Stephen Streeet to make the fifth album.
In December 1999, the band found Street, who accorded to work with them in August , followed by the end of a personal project.
The Cranberries decided to continue touring, choosing Festivals, the first ones since 1995. In middle of the Tour, Dolores knew she was pregnant from her 2nd child, and the tour finished in July 2000.
The first sessions from recording of the 5th album had position at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, during august/September 2000.
Dolores and Noel become parents for second time with Molly and Sophie’s birthdays in Limerick, in January and March 2001 respectively.
The songs were completed at the end of May 2001, and then the band started a creative process to design the videos.
A promotional Tour started in August, taking the band around the world to promote the album since October until December 2001.
The band waited to touring until spring 2002, going to several new and old places.
The organic touch has become the sign from Cranberries, since their foundation in Limerick. The 80’s decade produced a bomb of Irish stars, such as U2, Clannad, Enya, Hot House Flowers, and Sinead O’Connor.
In 1989, the Hogan brothers, and their friend Fergal Lawler and the singer Niall Quinn, were trying to emulate their Irish heroes. At the beginning, they were call The Cranberry Saw Us; the band started to have some success when Dolores replaced Quinn some time after the band played in a few concerts. The first demos got the attention from Chris Blackwell and Denny Cordell, persons that made the band sign their first discography contract.
In 1992, The Cranberries released their multiplatinum album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”. In 1993 the single “Linger” reached Billboard Top 10, and with the album selling over 1 million copies in Northamerica, what followed to all that, was the re release of the album in U.K, reaching 1st place (after reaching number 75 a year before). Their second album “No Need To Argue” (1994), sold 12 million copies in its first year of release, got by its successful single “Zombie”, while their third album released in 1996 and entitled “To The Faithful Departed”, produced by Bruce Fairbairn made the band sell over 7 million copies worldwide. The critics and fans were charmed by the band’s style. “We learned that less is more”, says Noel. “If you use every space, then you don’t have space to breath, specially, if you know the singer’s style that Dolores is”.
Then with the 2 other albums, “Bury The Hatchet” and “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”, they made 2 very successful world tours, but they still can’t find a place as their hometown. “A lot of people have told us that we should move from Dublin to London. But we can’t find the point in that. Limerick is where we live; where our families and friends are…Ireland is a magic place…We are really happy as a band and as persons”. Says Fergal. “And we think the album (Wake up and Smell the Coffee) catches that feeling”.