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TWENTY ONE..reasons

someone opened a threat ..asking us to write a reason why we love this band and though i thought i would never be able to sum a few of my reasons i ended up writing all this…

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surprise!!! they are “TWENTY ONE” reasons so you better listen to this song while reading this 🙂 it’s a beautiful live version that can give you chills..if you dont like it then “leave me alone”

ok, it’s true, i literally like everything they do and i am happy that i do, cuz they never ever let me down and they keep me happy but if this sounds way too general or boring i d specify a few things.
Of course there are more to come if i think about it but wanted to keep that as it was very spontaneous! enjoy and add anything u like!

so here’s 21 reasons to love THE CRANBERRIES!

1 – Dolores O’Riordan..Her voice! it’s so unique and beautiful that this would be a reason enough to be a fan..

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2 – being humble after all those years even when they meet fans…having a humble life, their houses, their work appart the band and everything where they live it’s just too normal.. they never exagerate. They are so down to earth! Success didnt change them as persons

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3 – writing their own songs since they only knew a few chords and notes,choosing the difficult way to start a band-not covering big hits..and then making success this way with songs that are brilliant classics since then,now and forever (eg:linger,dreams…)

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4 – having a more successful 2nd album (no need to argue 1994) than an already successful debut (everybody else is doing it so why can’t we? 1993) and then changing utterly their sound to make a dark one as their 3rd album was (To The Faithful Departed 1996)was..then bringing out a brighter and different kind of ‘recovering’ album (Bury The Hatchet 1999)while everyone thought they were gone..then a happy one (Wake up and smell the coffee 2001) and so on..i love that they dare to do it as it comes..as they feel it no matter if its a RISK when it comes to the music business.. being theirselves its really important!!!!!!
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5 – writing lyrics that are so personal all the time, the most of the songs are personal experiences/thoughts/feelings with a story behind and not fantasies

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6 – being such a good friends with each other, you can feel the love between them, they smile glince,teasing all the time on stage and it’s this good relation ship in real life also…

7 – they know where TO STOP and when to start again.
this is very important

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8 – they can have sold out shows and having a successful worldwide tour even if there is no new release for the last ten years, even if they play same setlist forever.

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9 – metal fans respect them:)..they have impact in fans of every genre

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10 – they dont really belong to a genre,they are a genre on their own.

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11- they make interesting songs out of cliche topics. for example “the love of a mother to a child” …the animal instinct..

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12 – they come up with the most interesting titles..a song called ZOMBIE?!?!respect !!!;)

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13 – they have great videos and artworks –i cant even choose one-, they always choose the best people to work with. (Storm Thorgerson, Stephen Street, Olivier Dahan, Samuel Bayer…)

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14 – they make music for them..they love their fans but they are not trying to please anyone else except their selves..that makes them so original and gives them a great quality as a band

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15 – they have great chemistry as a band but they can make brilliant solo works also.

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16 – they believe in family above all.They re so close to their parents

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17 – their bsides are very good songs, sometimes equal as singles

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18 – they have a song for every occassion…everytime i need one, they have it.

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19 – if you beliebe in them they can teach you how to be yourself and accept what you are and dream and make your dreams come true. It really works

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20 – they grew up in the middle of the fields..well Dolores did but they all come from very small places..

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21 – in a more personal side, they bring out the best in me. i got so many good friends and people in my life that i dont think i would ever get. i change to a better person for many reasons and mostly because of the enormous love that i feel for them…caring for them as a family or even more.they even taught me english :).. i own them a lot anyway.

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so who needs more reasons? if you ‘still do’ just let me know.

Happy December everyone!

It’s You…won’t you Stay with me?!

…unfortunately the man that Dolores was begging to stay with Her has passed away…Her beloved father is gone..

it’s actually the first time that i’m sheding a tear this way for someone that i dont know at all. Somehow i deeply love her family and i appreciated her parents always.I’m sure she owes alot of who she is to them and i love the way she is still connected with them.I couldn’t admire her more.

It was May 2007 when she released her first solo record (Are You Listening) that we heard about her father’s Mr Terence Patrick O’Riordanillness…But then she was happy that he was getting through it…
It was June 2011 when we travelled in London to see the Cranberries live in Feis festival, when before the adored classic Ode to my family, Dolores dedicated to her father this song, saying “for my father,he s not doing so good” and this video is on the bottom for you to watch.. and my heart broke…i just knew she wasn’t in her best mood although the performance was brilliant. One month later we cancelled our trip to Estonia to see them again live.It was cancelled due to his illness.It was already serious i guess.

I gave a letter to Her when i met her in Warsaw, i wished for him to recover soon…But our prayers and all the love and blessings and thoughts could never help. Few months later and while we re waiting for a new record (Roses Feb/2012) we read the sad news…”and i hope he s gone to a better place” Dolores!
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We will all pass through this pain, i am only glad that you are there gathered with all the family members,,,im sure this made him feel better. Rest in peace Terence…from far far away…and from the botton of my heart!
Thanks for giving to Dolores such a great childhood,memories and all the beautiful things she could get from a beautiful surrounding. i guess it will always be YOU for Her

Here’s the songs Dolores wrote for her father…

Stay With me @2007

It’s You @2009

and here’s the classic “Ode to My Family” live in Feis Festival,London [18/06/2011] dedicated to her father!