The Cranberries Biography

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The CranberriesThe Cranberries was an Irish alternative rock band that formed in Limerick sometime in 1990. The band was formed by brothers Noel (guitar) and Mike (bass) Hogan along with Fergal Lawler on drums.

The original name for the band was The Cranberry Saw Us. Their original vocalist was Niall Quinn who was shortly replaced by Dolores O’Riordan. O’Riordan responded to an audition set up by the band for a new vocalist. The band was impressed with O’Riordan’s lyrical abilities when they let her write up the lyrics for some of their demo songs.

The band then went on to record demo tapes that they sold directly to record stores in Ireland. The band was able to sell 300 copies of the demo tapes that they recorded. During this time the band also shortened their name to The Cranberries.

The band then went on to record another demo tape which they now sent to record companies in the UK. This caught the attention of the UK record industry that sent them on a bidding war for the new band. The band eventually signed with Island Records.

In 1993, The Cranberries released their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and was followed by the release of their single "Dreams". The album as well as the single did not do well in the UK market. But things began to change when the band went to the US to tour with The The and Suede as an opening act.

The strong American reception for the band in the US led MTV to put their second single "Linger" on heavy rotation on their play list. By the end of 1993, the single became a crossover hit and was able to reach the eighth spot on the US Charts. The album then went on to achieve Double Platinum.

The band’s next installment, No Need to Argue was released in October of 1994. This was considered as the band’s most successful album. It was able to debut at number six on the US Charts and even outsold their previous album as it went Triple Platinum by the end of the year. The album contained the band’s most popular hits such as "Zombie", "Ode to My Family", "I Can’t Be With You" and "Ridiculous Thoughts".

The band’s third album, To the Faithful Departed, was released on April of 1996. It did not meet that critical as well as the commercial success of their previous two albums. But the album still was able to achieve Double Platinum status.

In 1999, the band released their Bury the Hatchet album which showed a maturity in the band’s sound. It was released after a temporary hiatus from the band after several years of constant touring and recording which had taken its toll on the band, especially on O’Riordan. The album was able to sell over a million copies in a month.

In 2001, the band released their album Wake Up and Smell the Coffee which helped them revive their music career in the US. The album has sold over 1,500,000 copies to date. Currently, the band has agreed to go on a hiatus in order to pursue their solo careers.

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