TUNE TALK: the Cranberries were a great 90s band


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The Cranberries epitomize the 90s sound.

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band that formed in 1989 in Limerick City. The band is made up of vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler.

They are known for their classic Indie rock guitar sounds along with Celtic tinged vocals. They are widely associated with alternative rock, but also incorporate indie rock, post-punk, Irish folk, and pop rock elements into their sound.

The Cranberries have sold over 40 million records worldwide. They are best known for their songs “Linger”, “Zombie”, and “Dreams”. Their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, sold over 5 million copies in the United States and was number one in several territories across the globe including the United Kingdom. It then re-entered the UK album charts at number one in 1994. The Cranberries are one of the four artists able to achieve this musical feat.

The band was one of the most successful acts of the 1990s. They have  achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, To The Faithful Departed, and Bury the Hatchet. These were followed by further success with Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and Roses. Eight of their singles are listed in Modern Rock Charts. Their songs have been used as a promotion for Irish tourism, in movie soundtracks such as Mission Impossible and You’ve Got Mail, and in many television series like The Sopranos, Beverly Hills 90210,  and Malibu Shores. The global success of The Cranberries has seen the band perform in front of millions of fans worldwide. Their music has been honored by MTV and the Juno Award, and they were named as one of the Most Outstanding Irish Bands of All Time, along with U2 and Van Morrison. They were also chosen to play at a Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.

After a six-year hiatus, The Cranberries began a North American tour in 2010. It was then followed by later dates in South America and Europe. In 2012, they performed in China, Japan, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand as well as Continental Europe, the UK and the USA. In 2016, they played more European tours in Poland, France, and Switzerland. The Cranberries’’ popularity continues to live on with over 2.2 million listens per month on Spotify.

The Cranberries have a special year planned in 2017 for tours and recordings, so stay tuned.