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February 23, 2012 12:34 PM   Subscribe

The Cranberries: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Set List: Linger, Tomorrow, Ode To My Family, Zombie and Raining In My Heart.

From NPR Music
posted by zarq (30 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Live from 1995!
posted by entropone at 12:35 PM on February 23, 2012


They're promoting their new album Roses (Wiki link), which is due out early next week, but leaked a few weeks back.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:44 PM on February 23, 2012


She sounds a lot shakier than I remember.
posted by chundo at 12:46 PM on February 23, 2012


That showed up in my podcast feed today and made me quite happy. You can get the audio-only version if you're a listener rather than a watcher.
posted by immlass at 12:46 PM on February 23, 2012


Watching this, I was shocked to note that Dolores O'Riordan looks middle-aged. In my mind her ageing was arrested sometime in the late nineties.

So I looked her up on Wikipedia, and she is almost about exactly a year younger than me. Funny enough, I look middle-aged too!
posted by sfred at 1:10 PM on February 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


They look so incredibly bored. The bass player & drummer both look as if they'd like nothing better than *not* linger and get the hell out of there. Granted, that's standard-issue bass player look #4.

Yes, they've been playing this song for a while, but why not mix it up a little?
posted by smirkette at 1:19 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


If we are really going to do a '90s revival, can we all agree to not tell Camille Paglia?
posted by thelonius at 1:40 PM on February 23, 2012 [8 favorites]


The best part is the bottle of Tito's Handmade Vodka sitting on the shelf behind them. Is that stuff available nationally now?
posted by item at 1:52 PM on February 23, 2012


Dolores is one of those few who've always seemed to be genuinely otherworldly presences, based purely on the mystique they created for themselves early in their career. It's actually damn hard to pull that off!

I think they have affection for "Linger," but of course they're bored -- it's total karaoke to them now, and it must be like reading poetry you wrote 20 years ago. You can see them perk up a bit when they start performing a song that they actually wrote recently, which means something to them NOW.

I've always been a huge fan. I stopped keeping track of them after "Bury the Hatchet," which I though excelled sonically but contained some of the most dreadful songwriting I've found anywhere.
posted by hermitosis at 1:57 PM on February 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


The best part is the bottle of Tito's Handmade Vodka sitting on the shelf behind them. Is that stuff available nationally now?
posted by item at 1:52 PM on February 23 [+] [!]


Yes.

Hello from Southern California.
posted by basicchannel at 1:58 PM on February 23, 2012


It's also available here in Ontario.
posted by sfred at 2:22 PM on February 23, 2012


Ah The Cranberries...I had forgotten about the IRA's tank warfare which so plagued Northern Ireland.
posted by Damienmce at 2:45 PM on February 23, 2012


Yeah, I saw the Cranberries playing in Montreal sometime in the late-nineties, and they seemed bored then, too. Maybe this is their standard look?
posted by MelanieL at 3:03 PM on February 23, 2012


Just finished spamming the hell out of my facebook friends with this. I kind of like the fact that they look older and Dolores' voice is just that little bit shakier (though I'd tend to be calling it mature or something). I think it works because she's got one of those voices that develops character as it ages and becomes a little worn. Maybe that's just because (for me at least) an older Irish accent is still rich and colourful in a way that a stock English accent isn't, or maybe it's just because she's one hell of a singer. But also, their songs, though poppy enough musically, are kind of serious lyrically. They suit an older voice. Anyway, love the tiny desk concerts, love this one. Thanks Zarq.
posted by Ahab at 3:15 PM on February 23, 2012


Got these guys mixed up with the Cardigans
posted by KokuRyu at 3:58 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nice! I always heard these guys got worried about the craziness of celebrity and just tried to stay out of the public eye for a while and live their lives. Gotta respect that, considering how it seems like becoming a huge star can absolutely wreck your life.

Interesting tidbit: I don't think I've ever noticed a band member timeline like this one on the Cranberries' wikipedia page. Nifty.
posted by jsr1138 at 5:13 PM on February 23, 2012


Is it just me? Every time I hear the song Linger, I think of passing gas.
posted by rain at 5:16 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't think I've ever noticed a band member timeline like this one on the Cranberries' wikipedia page.

ISTR that somebody here linked to the Wikipedia Journey timeline recently.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 5:32 PM on February 23, 2012


I just melt when I hear almost any song from "Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?" Completely messes up my jaded-rock-listener creds, dammit. Most of their (her?) other work for me is pretty ambiguous, but that one album, sheesh.
posted by telstar at 6:33 PM on February 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Holy crap, Cranberries cover that maudlin 70's Elvis moan-fest In The Ghetto. Dolores, I had no idea!
posted by telstar at 7:22 PM on February 23, 2012


I don't think I've ever noticed a band member timeline like this one on the Cranberries' wikipedia page. Nifty.

Niall Quinn?
posted by stargell at 7:40 PM on February 23, 2012


Linger is one of the most beautiful pop songs ever recorded. This is a really lovely bare-bones version, considering that it's performed in someone's office.
posted by stargell at 7:51 PM on February 23, 2012


The Cranberries were half of what was wrong with the 90's.

The other half was the Crash Test Dummies.

C..r..a..... Coincidence? Yes, because Crash Worship was awesome.
posted by intermod at 9:00 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think I ate some magical Cranberries at a Crash Worship show sometime in the 90's.
posted by swift at 12:18 PM on February 24, 2012


Got these guys mixed up with the Cardigans

Was coming in to make a "did they play Love Fool?" joke.

posted by Lentrohamsanin at 12:22 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


List of Guns N' Roses Band Members for a truly epic timeline.
posted by swift at 12:25 PM on February 24, 2012


If we are really going to do a '90s revival, can we all agree to not tell Camille Paglia?

Spoken like one who denies the deeper truths of disco and funk as personified in early-era Madonna.
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:40 PM on February 24, 2012


I pity anyone whose idea of funk is Madonna, even the Nile Rodgers produced stuff.
posted by thelonius at 1:08 PM on February 24, 2012


What's a bummer about the Tiny Desks is that you can't see how big the crowd is. This particular one was PACKED. People were smooshed all the way down the hallways. I do kind of like the fact that because she has a habit of turning a lot, you can tell how powerfully directional the single microphone is that they use to record the audio. Technically speaking, the Tiny Desks are a marvel.

There is a lot of stuff on those shelves, not limited to the booze. Don't miss the PBR toaster.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 2:32 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


List of Guns N' Roses Band Members for a truly epic timeline.

GnR had two band members named Izzy and Dizzy at one time?
posted by telstar at 4:16 PM on February 25, 2012


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