Nashville singer and songwriter Lauren Strange, along with her band the Pretty Killers, just released a cover of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit “Zombie.” Strange’s rendition of the song is faithful to the original, and allows the eclectic artist to showcase the more intense edge of her vocal spectrum, while the band stretches out on the driving backing track.
Strange has been a longtime presence on OurStage, racking up chart successes and placing as a finalist in our Intel Superstars competition. She also won the grand prize in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest country category, among other awards. Follow her on Twitter @laurenstrange.
Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.
Ah, the 90’s. A simpler time: the era of overalls and mood rings, rollerblading and Cartoon Network. As 2012 soldiers on, we here at OurStage can’t help but grow nostalgic for the good ol’ days. And as much as our music tastes have evolved, there’s really nothing like a throwback to the old jams you would pop into your boom boxes, casette players or walkmans. This week, we’re sending a tribute to those iconic tunes.
The Dynamic Duo:
The Cranberries and Sixpence None The Richer
Irish band The Cranberries formed in 1989 and rose to fame in the 1990s with their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? Popular songs by the band include “Linger” and “Zombie,” which both made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 as well as many other charts across the globe. More recently, the group came out of a six-year hiatus to tour the world, and released their sixth studio album, Roses.
Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now? You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!
THEN: Back in the early ’90s, you couldn’t turn on your car stereo without hearing one of The Cranberries’ songs. The group formed in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, but when singer Dolores O’Riordan replaced the band’s original vocalist, she suggested the name be simplified to “The Cranberries” (much better, in our opinion). From “Linger” to “Zombie,” the band churned out hit after hit, making them international alternative superstars. By the middle of the decade, the eclectic Irish band became a staple on MTV and continued to tour worldwide on the heels of their success. At the peak of the new millennium, the members of The Cranberries decided to take a break from the band to pursue solo projects. This hiatus became much longer than ever anticipated; the group didn’t reunite until 2009, and were quick to brush off rumors that they were officially back together.
NOW: After fighting off reunion rumors for several years, O’Riordan finally announced that The Cranberries would be going out on tour in 2010. The set list of the reunion tour included some of her solo project songs, along with classic Cranberries singles and some songs the band had recently written. The band went back into silence for a few years before recording a brand new record, called Roses. In an interview with Spinner.com, O’Riordan discussed the need to rejuvenate the band: “The Cranberries became a box and we had to get out of the box and make it something fun and fresh, which it now has become.” Roses was released on February 27th, and the band is heading out on a world tour in just a matter of days. For a complete list of tour dates, check out the band’s official Web site.
Nine years later, it’s still nearly impossible to walk through a grocery store without hearing “Linger”: