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About what animal instinct Dolores O`Riordan sang? To birthday of the vocalist of THE CRANBERRIES

After deafening success of the song “Zombie“ the Irish group THE CRANBERRIES left in stars of world size. As it is found, together with glory on group also the array of problems pulled hard.

Probably, not incidentally following album left such nervous and tragic. If on the previous disk “No Need To Argue“ of 1994 “Zombie“ it was obviously allocated with the rigidity and weight, then on an album “To The Faithful Departed“ (1996) similar songs there was much.

It and “Salvation“ (“Rescue“) with the horrible clip similar to an anti-narcotic roller. And songs “Bosnia“ and “War Child“ about tragic events of civil war in Yugoslavia. And the drama “I Just Shot John Lennon“ devoted to the shocking murder of one of leaders of “Beatles“ in 1980. Its name - “I just shot John Lennon“ - real words of the murderer Mark Chapman, his unperturbable answer to a question: “You understand that you did?“

In this regard the name of all album - “The left Saint“ - is not casual.

Dolores O`Riordan:

“Over the past few years it is a lot of people who were dear to me, died. (For example, “Joe“ is devoted, to the died Dolores`s grandfather, and “Cordell“ - the died friend Danny Cordell who helped group to sign the contract with Island Records. - S. K.) The album is devoted to them, but it also about departure and loss of innocence, about a growing and a zabyvaniye of those people whom as you thought, you loved“.


pressure which Pulled hard on CRANBERRIES from the press and the exhausting tours in 1996 brought Dolores (already fragile) to nervous exhaustion on the verge of anorexia. As a result members of group decided to go on an indefinite leave. Dolores remembered that she at that moment thought that she any more will never want to step on the stage.

The vocalist of CRANBERRIES decided to find rescue in a backwater of family life. In July, 1994 she married the tour manager of group Don Barton with whom she lives to this day. One of the most beautiful ballads of an album of 1996 - “Will You Remember“ is devoted to it (whether “You will remember?“).

Dolores O`Riordan: “Once I went to meet by

the husband in the airport and thought whether he will pay attention to those trifles which I made especially for it: lipstick, a hairdress, a dress, all that men usually do not notice …“.


After the group dispersed, Dolores moves with the husband to Canada where she has a rest from show - business. At the beginning of 1997 she learns that she is pregnant, and to the same time the chief composer of CRANBERRIES - Noel Hogan - sends it new musical material. Hogan`s sketches so were pleasant to Dolores that she begins to process slowly them and to write texts.

It is no wonder that the majority of new texts was devoted to future child. It both “Baby Blues“, and remarkable “You And Me“, and, of course, the best song of a new album - “Animal Instinct“ (“An animal instinct“). Naturally, it was talked not of sex or hunger, and of a motherhood instinct.

Dolores remembered that the idea of a song was born at it during traditional morning tea drinking when she listened to the new feelings and suddenly realized that she could kill any who would dare to do harm to her child. Not without reason the inspiration source - a cup of tea - will appear not only in the text, but also on a cover of the single “Animal Instinct“.

The translator - Marina Shestakova: Suddenly something happened to

to me,

When I drank tea from my cup -

Suddenly I felt suppressed,

Ya was extremely and is completely upset.

Whether you know that you were the cause of mine got down? whether

is Known by you that you were the cause of my death?

So, take me by hands and go with me,

to change reality.

So, take me by hands, and we will ask,

That did not separate us. Now I will never have

the reasons for got down, no,

Now I will never have reasons for death.


Soon musicians of CRANBERRIES arrive directly to Dolores in Toronto and there, in local studio, write down new songs. The vocalist was six months gone that right there affected a voice.

Dolores O`Riordan:

“My voice sounded then differently. Sounds became more accurate when I became very big. It seemed to me, I will not be able to sing because it is even correct to breathe it was heavy. But when I began to sing, to me it was so good. Later I had a boy, I tried to change songs, but when I compared, I understood, I will not be able to recreate them“.


the New condition of Dolores not only restored her composure, but also returned it desire to sing. Not without reason the album “Bury The Hatchet“ which left in 1999 differed in the mood from previous.

Dolores O`Riordan:

“Songs from this album such which you will never write to round time. At them there is a humour, happiness, obvious impudence“.


how Dolores changed, we could see already on video to “Animal Instinct“ where instead of bluff shortly short-haired patsanka we can see the gentle long-haired woman with a wreath from flowers.

The video shot by the director Oliver Daan resembled a trailer to some movie more (actors so well won back). The plot narrated about how the social service separates mother from children, but that does not give up - kidnaps them and is let in races. It is necessary to tell that, unlike many “progressive“ rockers - feminists, Dolores always positively spoke of institute of marriage and sharply spoke against abortions.

Dolores O`Riordan:

“I became other person, unlike what was two years ago. Women - amazing beings, I mean the fact that our bodies can give rise - it is quite surprising... And it changes you, does surer, happy and grateful“.
the Album “Bury The Hatchet“ was really very good

. Especially fell in love with it in Europe, and “Animal Instinct“ surely enters since then in a playlist of each concert of group. Quite often the crowd sings in its chorus. And I notice that this fine song became my favourite over time, having bypassed even (certainly, excellent) “Zombie“...

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