The nineties was a dream and we all woke up January 15th 2018 when Dolores O’Riordan was announced dead. The hearts of many crumbled, every cool parent who played The Cranberries’ CDs in their car, or in the kitchen, the children of those parents, every girl who listened to linger and dreams. It’s still a mystery how she passed, but it’s also none of our fucking business. Our only job is to sob, and look really ugly while we do it. The Cranberries was a band with a heart of gold. They made music because they loved it, and it was the only thing they felt as individuals, they were good at. They weren’t concerned with the business of music but the process of creation. Dolores once said, “You sell records because you proved a point to yourself-we weren’t concerned with business.” They had a high personal standard for music they appreciated and applied it to their own sound. Although many of us saw Dolores as a punk rock fairy with excessive beauty and grace, she hated to be the center of attention. None of them did. In many interviews she states, in the beginning she never realized people were looking at her. She was so into her music and the band, she didn’t understand that the audience was looking at her. They were so blinded by their passion they didn’t care what journalists, show-goers, anyone said about their sound or look.
The songs Dolores wrote were all about her life experiences, every single one of them. In an interview she opens up the “Linger”, the song that kicked off their band’s fame, was about her first kiss. She says she didn’t have her first real kiss until after she was fifteen or sixteen. Linger was about her first real kiss. Her second album was about her first real adult relationship. The reason why many of our parents still listen to the Cranberries, even after they “grow-up”, get jobs, and have kids, is because the Cranberries' music is about everyday life. It’s fucking relatable. Money, fame, sex, and drugs, is not only a rock and roll clique, it’s not a real life. It’s boring, and lonely. The Cranberries write about their feelings on life and death, mental health, life’s curves, family, falling in love for the first time, and wondering if true love is real in five years because your mom is getting married for the third time. They make you think being a human being and waking up in the morning is fucking magic. Thank you Cranberries for being yourselves and showing us that we don’t need to make up lives and make up ourselves, we are all magic! Thank you for your music. Thank you Dolores for the time you spent with us.