TODAY -

Remembering Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries

Ringo Pebam *

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries
Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries



In 1993, in response to the deaths of two children killed by a bomb planted in a trash bin by the Irish Republican Army in Warrington, England, Dolores O'Riordan wrote a song called 'Zombie'.

"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." she said in 1994.

"I picked up the electric guitar. Then I kicked in distortion on the chorus, and I said to [drummer] Ferg, 'Maybe you could beat the drums pretty hard?' " she told Team Rock last year.

An unexpected combination of heavy guitar distortion, her lyrics and her ethereal voice, 'Zombie' became one of the most popular anti-violence protest songs.

The sincerity of her sadness, anger and outrage in "Zombie" resonated throughout the years. She also used to regularly dedicate it to the victims of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Rwanda.

The other day, I woke up to the news of the passing away of Dolores O' Riordan of The Cranberries. On 15 January 2018, she died unexpectedly in a hotel room in London, just hours before she was scheduled to record vocals on a version of "Zombie" by metal band Bad Wolves.

Many poured their hearts out on social media as the news broke.

"I am shocked and saddened to hear that Dolores O' Riordan passed away. That big debut album came at a time in my life when everything was brand new, emotionally charged, and so very confusing. Her iconic voice always finds its way into those very specific memories of mine. 'Dreams' reminds me of all my ride-or-die friends and our wild adventures. 'Linger' always makes me think of my first true love.", lamented Amy Peace Zeliang from Senapati.

From Imphal, Susma Sharma Gurumayum wrote, " 'Zombie' is very close to my heart, will always be. The Cranberries was my teenage jam, and it continues. Thank you for your life Dolores O' Riordan, rest in peace."

Wahengbam Naresh, shared photos of his wall filled with Dolores' posters and his treasured Cranberries audio tape cassettes from the days gone by.

"I still remember singing ode to my family when I was 13-14 years old. I still sing that song and Dolores O' Riordan was a big inspiration to me.", recalled June Neelu Sharma Guruaribam from Bangalore.

"She was so shy and so sweet, I think she was even in her school uniform at the time and I remember saying to her 'You have to get this recorded.' " said Limerick DJ Mickey Mac who was approached by Dolores O'Riordan with her first ever demo tape. "She never changed, she was so humble. You'd meet her and she'd nearly be apologising. She was terribly humble. She didn't want to be a superstar, I think she had a problem with being a superstar, I often think she would nearly have preferred to sing to her friends at Dolan's warehouse in Limerick.", he told the Irish Independent.

Dolores was from a humble background in Limerick, Ireland. She was a country girl from a small town, and her upbringing had not prepared her for the madness of global celebrity. Like a tomboy, she used to bury her dolls in the garden and spent time with her brothers who listened to heavy metal music. Like a girl, she also played the organ in church and wore flowery dresses her mother bought for her.

She started writing songs since she was 12 years old. Sometime in 1990, she responded to an advertisement for a female singer from a local band, which later came to be known as The Cranberries, by showing her vocals ability and her potential to write melodies and lyrics for their demos. Her distinctive Celtic tinged lilting vocal style and their trademark 'Indie' guitar sound propelled the Cranberries to global fame in the early 1990s. The Cranberries became one of alt-rock era's biggest successful bands.

The Cranberries (in 1990s)
The Cranberries (in 1990s)



She found the fame and spotlight a difficult place to be. Besides that she had her inner struggles, she was dealing with her demons. She battled with depression throughout most of her career as a famous singer. "For four years, when I was a little girl, I was sexually abused. I was only a kid," Dolores revealed in an interview in Sunday Independent's LIFE Magazine in 2013. "I had anorexia, then depression, a breakdown," she admitted. Last year, she disclosed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.

Inspite of the hardship, the brave Dolores appeared to be doing well before her sudden death. On Dec 20th 2017, she tweeted from The Cranberries' official account, "Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good!"

Dolores O'Riordan (in  2000s )
Dolores O'Riordan (in 2000s )



When I think of The Cranberries I think of their first single 'Dreams' the most. I fell in love with her and her band when I first saw their video of 'Dreams' which came repeatedly in MTV/ Channel V in 1992-93. 'Dreams' is unforgettable – her yodeling, repeated and rapid changes of pitch between low and high; she, 'with her cropped pixie hair', walked around with a microphone throughout the music video.

I used to play their tape cassettes playing full album flipping the sides manually at home and in college hostel room. Their first three albums were some of the soundtracks of my teenage years. Their tracks have been in my phone and in my playlist till today. Last April, they released 'Something Else' – their seventh studio album. I had hoped to hear more from them, but she was taken away too soon from us.

A service "normally reserved for Presidents, Popes, and heads of State" remained opened for three days of mourning in Ireland. Thousands of people queued in the rain in Limerick to say their farewell to Dolores. A single floral tribute was displayed before her remains from her band mates reading simply: "The song has ended but the memories linger on." Radio stations across Ireland paid tribute to Dolores as she was laid to rest in her hometown, by playing simultaneously the Cranberries' hit 'When You're Gone' as a mark of respect.

With Dolores' passing away we have lost another icon who has been a part of our lives. Hers was an inimitable voice, expressing inexpressible emotions, through her intimate songwriting and ferocious vocals. She will be terribly missed.



The Cranberries (in 2017)
The Cranberries (in 2017)



Neol Hogan, co-founder of The Cranberries said in a Rolling Stones interview after Dolores' death, "Dolores' legacy will be her music. She was so passionate about it. There are songs I hear today that we wrote over 20 years ago, and I see and hear people singing along with them. There are only a few artists who get to have maybe one song they are remembered by. Dolores has so many. It's a great legacy."

On that very day when the news of her demise broke out, by evening Maniac's (an all girl band) Nancy Kangabam and Gosaimayum Chanu Sapna shared on social media a video of an impromptu heartfelt cover tribute of 'When you are gone' they hurriedly recorded live on their mobile phone. When I asked a promising young singer Elle M to try out 'Dreams', she made a sincere attempt, she sang, played the guitar, recorded and WhatsApped me as a humble tribute to Dolores. My five year old niece is still singing 'Zombie'. Dolores has left a beautiful legacy.

Always in our hearts. Rest in Peace Dolores O'Riordan .

(Musicians and fans cutting across different genres of rock/ metal music along with this writer are together in an online group for sharing of info and discussions at:
www.facebook.com/groups/rockmusicmanipur. Everyone is most welcome.
)


* Ringo Pebam wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at ringo(DOT)p(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This article was webcasted on January 27, 2018.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Unconscious Development
  • Lecture : India's Asian Relations
  • Vajpayeeji full of wit & humour
  • The Founder
  • Mindset of security safety of importance
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Listen..
  • Billie's Book: A Children's Book : Review
  • Homage to an Apolitical Politician
  • Delhi, through the lense of a Manipuri
  • RPL Certificate of North Tripura
  • Alphabet of Silence :: Poem
  • Business Process Manager @ Globizs
  • Unsettled crisis
  • Now let the probe team do its job
  • Marangwon @Kangkhui #2 : Gallery
  • Cordillera in North Philippines : Gallery
  • Ithai Barrage and popular resistance
  • Moral education for a harmonious Society
  • Bad unity
  • Career in nutrition and dietetics
  • Locally made product- 'The Lois' launched
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • The want for more
  • Only catchy phrases & alluring documents
  • Expedite FA Rally #1 : Gallery
  • Merger & Manipur State Congress #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 41 :: Poem
  • A recreation park for elderly
  • High-time NE recreate itself as brands
  • Natural skin detox
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • 72nd Independence Day by AR
  • Independence Day - for whom
  • Nongpok Thong Hangba
  • Khubak Eeshei @Kang festival : Gallery
  • Punsi Sangba, Mathiupuang :: eMing
  • Arresting decline of higher education
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Tripura
  • Silence :: Poem
  • AFSPA took my father
  • Dark Net: Underbelly of the internet
  • Alternative Arrangement, Article 371A
  • Petition challenging dilution AFSPA
  • Rio for integration of Naga areas
  • Brought NE closer to Delhi: PM
  • Independence Day celebrated in NE
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #1
  • Compressed Earth Blocks: Housing
  • Support breastfeeding among adolescent
  • Ithai: Development Decision Gone Awry
  • Who made the sports university ours?
  • An Unoccupied Forehead :: Poem
  • 'NRC should not be a political issue'
  • Independence Day : Govt needs trust
  • Apprehensions before final pact
  • NNC stand to protect Naga sovereignty
  • 'Delay in solution irks people'
  • Patriots' Day- Floral Tribute : Gallery
  • A shot at survival
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Baishalgarh
  • E-Commerce to help access new markets
  • Manipur Heart Foundation Anniversary
  • Artist lineup for NH7 Weekender
  • Kakching World War-II Memorial Run
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • AMPWA observed Patriots' Day
  • Real homage or just showmanship
  • Drama of political clout at MU
  • Patriots' Day @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Historical War fought by Manipur
  • Where are the nurses in HIV response?
  • Understanding false smut of rice
  • The love song of autumn :: Poem
  • Help Underprivileged Sports Youngsters
  • Police : List of Awardees on I-Day
  • Jadugi Mingsel :: Folk Tale
  • Patriotism Redefined [On 13th Aug]
  • Karate Winners felicitated at Kumbi
  • Of Citizenship & Manipur People's Bill
  • Seminar : Path & Pattern in Northeast
  • 42nd Indian Social Science Congress
  • Certificate Distribution at Tripura
  • Failure by WPS-IE to arrest rapist
  • Resolutions : People's Democratic Alliance
  • ..Will it burnt the state again
  • ..Now get the killers !
  • 'Homecoming', Painting Exhibition : Gallery
  • Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highland
  • Woke Up, But You're Nowhere :: Poem
  • Resurgence of Sanamahism
  • Nagas & Meiteis must live together
  • No change in 1951 as Base Year : JCILPS
  • B. Voc. at DM Community College
  • Young Scholars Conference 2018
  • ..legitimacy of remaining to power
  • The precursor of things to come
  • Khangkhui Cave , Ukhrul #4 : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #2 : Gallery
  • Reform Manipur's Education System
  • Friendship
  • Cry of a Dying River - 40
  • World's Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Chandigarh students' solidarity with MU
  • MU agitator should withdraw their agitation
  • Repercussion of a prejudice attitude
  • Regulate school vans/buses
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Seven Breaths of Dragon :: Book Rvw
  • Chronological framework of NRC
  • Buttering Najmaji in public
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Manipur Tourism : Festival Promotion Award
  • The uneasy shift
  • Well co-ordinated rallies across dists
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #1 : Gallery
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #2 : Gallery
  • Up against the saffron brigade
  • My unsailed ship :: Poem
  • Mathematics and Science Competition
  • General Strike by ATSUM on August 10
  • Drawing Competition at Wapokpi, Bishnupur
  • ADBU delivers course to Indian Railways
  • One man that put Manipur in frying pan
  • Relax MU shut down !
  • Khumang Pokpa Haraoba #2: Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Territorial integrity of Manipur
  • The string :: Poem
  • General Strike by KIM on August 8
  • Robert Naorem at Bangalore Fashion Week
  • Dr. Monisha Behal's work in North East
  • Registrations for IIT Techniche workshop
  • PDA on situation in Nagaland
  • The politics of divide: MU
  • Significance of August
  • Mukna Khong Kangjei #3 : Gallery
  • Greater Nagaland or Mini Nagaland? #2
  • Paint Your City : Campaign at Kakching
  • Pemberton line in Kabaw is our boundary
  • Awakening :: Poem
  • Coffee Plantation : In-lieu of Poppy
  • Recalling of AK Pandey by HRD Ministry
  • TSA's reply to KNO/KNA's allegations
  • 21st Manipur Integrity Day : Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #3 : Gallery
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #3
  • Swindling Manipuris in solving Naga issue
  • The Last of the Romantics :: Poem
  • 'Thoughts on MU strategies'
  • Concerned about continued closure of MU
  • Fear factor
  • No takers for 1 month leave
  • View from Shirui Hills #1 : Gallery
  • Manipur as seen by Meiteis, Nagas, & Zo
  • Certificate Distribution at Nirjuli, ArP
  • Contract Jobs available at NIELIT HQs
  • Cry of a Dying River - 39 :: Poem
  • Banana flower vada
  • Entrance for Free Residential IAS Coaching
  • Resolution of NPF Consultative Meeting
  • Concerned about militants' interference
  • Issues : From ILP, MU to FA
  • Emergence Nongda Lairen Pakhangba #2
  • MU Rally at Canchipur : Gallery
  • News Analysis 0f Akashvani Imphal
  • ILP: A Genuine Idea Lost in Translation
  • Tryst with an Alzheimer's patient #2
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • Female DTP faculty reqd at Protocol
  • In between :: Poem
  • Sowing the seeds of Greater Lim
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #1 : Gallery
  • Article 371A is sui generis
  • Oppose extension of Article 371(A)
  • DTP-Desktop Publishing course at Nambol
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #3 : Gallery
  • August Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Protest against MHRD @Delhi : Gallery
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #1 : Gallery
  • Engulfing Uncertainties
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #2
  • Certificate Distribution at Dibang, ArP
  • EEVFAM case: Report for 30 July
  • Pertaining to statement of T. R. Zeliang
  • Issues plaguing the state
  • What is the stand of BJP Govt ?
  • Monsoon Assembly Session : Gallery
  • Election 2019: end of road for Modi
  • The absurd baby talk :: Poem
  • Assam University BTech, MTech Admission
  • Saving the Rhinos - Campaign
  • Arrest perpetrators of Moreh attack
  • Training programmes of NCC
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #2 : Gallery
  • MU: Students clash with Police #2: Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba : Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram at United Nations, NY
  • Out to clear her name
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #1 : Gallery
  • Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do #3
  • Pay Nareckpi : Funga Wari
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Story telling
  • Ningol Pali at Kang Festival : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba @Kwakeithel : Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • HSLC 208 Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS