Download The Cranberries Zombie - Live on Late Show with David Letterman Nov. 11, 1994 Mp3
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Published: 08 September 2018
Great Irish rockers The Cranberries perform their—protest—song "Zombie" live on Letterman (Aired Early November 1994) - In September 1994, The Cranberries released the lead single of their highly-anticipated second album, it was a sublime track called ‘Zombie’. The incendiary song was written by lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in response to the Warrington city bombings of 1993, England, perpetrated by the IRA. Johnathan Ball, 3, and Tim Parry, 12, were killed and 56 people were injured when two bombs hidden inside litter bins exploded at 12.27pm on March 20, 1993.
- "since nineteen-sixteen" : Monday, April 24th, 1916, the first day of the Easter Rising in Ireland, an armed insurrection. The events of Easter 1916 are of seminal importance in Irish history.
- Dolores O'Riordan: “The IRA are not me. I’m not the IRA. The Cranberries are not the IRA. My family are not. When it says in the song, "It’s not me, it’s not my family”, that’s what I’m saying." [VOX Magazine, 1995]
- The IRA is devoted both to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and to unifying Ireland. Traditional IRA activities have included bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, punishment beatings, extortion, smuggling, and robberies. [trackingterrorism.org]
- During The Troubles, the IRA murdered about 1,800 civilians and members of the security forces. More than 3,500 died and tens of thousands were injured in more than 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland (1968 - 1998 or 2007). [Doris Lessing , telegraph.co.uk]
- At least 10,000 bomb attacks took place during the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. [wikipedia.org]
- Allen Kovac, former manager, says Island Records urged them not to release it as a single. In his telling, she ripped up a $1 million check the label offered her to work on another song. [rollingstone.com]
- A shorter version of the song. David Letterman's musical director and band leader Paul Shaffer, played the piano with them.
- Late Show with David Letterman (1994.11.11) Season 2, Episode 49, Show #0268, CBS.
Attendance/Capacity: 400/400. Ed Sullivan Theater, New York City.
Dolores O'Riordan's vocal technique / trademark: Active voice (low note) + Passive voice (high note) : Mix / belt / chest voice (low note) + falsetto / head (high note).
"Considering the action of internal thyro-arytenoid muscle, when tensing or "turning off", and also several possible sonorities when worked in conjunction with the different positions of the FILTER (jaw, tongue, soft palate, and vocal tract as a whole), this change of tension / activation in the glottis itself, brings a marked difference of sonority and even of timbre, illustrated by the song "ZOMBIE" of the Irish band The Cranberries." The distortion itself, in the passaggio, turns into the effect, she’s actually yodeling. [source: @espacocristianoschmitt - Profº Jonathas Pozo from Espaço Cristiano Schmitt]
Dolores was well known for her Mezzo Soprano voice, integrating traditional yodeling, Keening and her Irish accent.
Vocal Range: B2 - C6
[The Range Planet]
- It was written by O’Riordan alone in the calm of her own flat, in Ireland in 1993. Recorded in Dublin with their long-time producer and friend Stephen Street in 1994. [independent.co.uk]
- The music video for 'Zombie' - which features scenes from a Troubles-torn Northern Ireland - was banned by the BBC at the time of the song's release. [belfasttelegraph.co.uk]
- ZOMBIE music video (NO Auto-tune on vocals) was filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles with real footage, the colored clips in Los-Angeles.[imdb.com]
It was filmed by director Samuel Bayer, who directed Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
- "I was trying to immerse myself in what the Irish identity was about. The blood and the soul, the history and the pain of what that song was really about". [Samuel Bayer, 27 December 2017 hungertv.com]
- The Cranberries were formed in Ireland in 1990 and have sold nearly 50 million albums as of 2019. [hotpress.com Ireland's publication]
- The Cranberries - Zombie was covered in 53 songs [whosampled.com]
UFC Dublin - Aisling Daly walk out song - The Cranberries - Zombie youtube.com/watch?v=pgK5g3rE2H4