The Dreams Will Always Linger | Remembering Dolores O’Riordan - 3 Year Anniversary
In the last number of years music fans have suffered loss after loss, idols who it seemed would outlive time itself passed into the ether. The rapture of legends was unforgiving to our heroes, the immortal figures such Prince, David Bowie, Chris Cornell, George Michael along with a greater parade of souls left us with their legacy in music.
Only a year ago today it home that another shining talent had succumbed and slipped away unexpectedly.
The soaring passion of Dolores O'Riordan is measured with the uneasy and ripped emotions which heralded her passing. An obvious and true talent such as hers can sometimes bring fourth turmoil as if you knew them personally. When you question why, you may feel this way, the answer is simply through a relatable appreciation of the personal words Dolores sang. Those lines of song let you Inch into her world, creating a connection, for a time it felt that as Dolores would sing the world stopped to listen.
The Cranberries as a band had become a soundtrack to the nineties, singing along to their songs became easy very quickly, even if you were not their biggest fan or even knew who they were. Looking at the impact of their career early on, a picture builds of both the bands importance and the inspired vision of O’Riordan.
The Cranberries debut album in 1993; 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We', is a phenomenal work of cleverly constructed songs with harmonious-crescendos and of course O'Riordans athletic vocal, rich and perfectly delivered with an effortless dramatic tension. The two single releases 'Linger' and 'Dreams' are still radio staples twenty-six-years after their release.
A realization quickly followed of the importance of Dolores and The Cranberries especially here in Ireland, a band which had released lush, lovelorn songs in the past were about to turn the critics inside out with their follow up album, the expectation of more of the same was blissfully torn apart with the 1994 release 'No Need To Argue'.
This album had a darker theme, an almost 'night' to the previous albums 'day', preceded by the radio unfriendly but steady grunge explosion that is 'Zombie'.
Heavily distorted guitars with which O'Riordan could sing over, at times turning into the sound of pure, emotional pain.
To those expecting another tune such as 'linger’ were more surprised than disappointed, which shows the character strength within O'Riordan and the band to follow their heart as a musical compass and not what is wished of them by fans, record companies and the FM-radio of the day.
This highlights perfectly the importance of the band, to survive such a change in direction, in saying that the album 'No Need To Argue' went on to sell in excess of seventeen-million copies, going number one in five countries. The case in point was increasing the volume increased the sales and popularity, what may have been viewed at the time as being commercial suicide led to wider acceptance.
Risks such as this are rarely taken in music, and voices such as that of Dolores O'Riordan are few and far between,and sadly missed.
“Suddenly something has happened to me
As I was having my cup of tea
Suddenly I was feeling depressed
I was utterly and totally stressed
Do you know you made me cry? Whoa oh oh
Do you know you made me die?
And the thing that gets to me
Is you'll never really see
And the thing that freaks me out
Is I'll always be in doubt”
Animal Instinct - The Cranberries
On this night, 42 years ago, Joy Division played at King Kong, Antwerp (B)!
In their short existence of barely four years, Joy Division played only 12 shows in total outside the UK.
One of those shows was in an Antwerp movie theatre called King Kong on January 14th, 1979. Some sources talk of only 80 tickets sold while other witnesses say there where 'only' about 200 people. And in fact most of them didn't even come to see Joy Division, they came to see and support the at that time popular and local post-punk band 'De Kommeniste'.
The low turnout is said to have been due to the fact that the organizer was arrested by the police while hanging out posters promoting this show. They forced him to remove all posters already hung, while the rest of his posters, and even his car, were confiscated with a prohibition to hang out any more posters.
Joy Division - European tour dates (*Outside the UK)
16 Oct Plan , Brussels
18 Dec Les Bains Douches, Paris
11 Jan Paradiso, Amsterdam
12 Jan Paard Van Troje, The Hague
13 Jan Doornroosje, Nijmegen,
14 Jan King Kong, Antwerpen,
15 Jan The Basement, Cologne
16 Jan Lantaren, Rotterdam
17 Jan Plan K, Brussels
18 Jan Effenaar, Eindhoven
19 Jan Club Vera, Groningen
21 Jan Kant Kino, Berlin
Today, 42 years ago, the Sex Pistols played their historic 'last' show! Watch it here!!
In October 1977 the Sex Pistols release their first and only studio album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Only a couple months later the band became a victim of their own succes and started to fall apart. After their, what was going to be, last performance on UK soil in December the same year, the Sex Pistols went on their first and last American tour (January 1979).
Meanwhile Sid Vicious' drug abuse continued to swirl, while Johnny Rotten was becoming tired of the scene altogether. He started to realize he was now fully involved in the same entertainment industry that he so detested.
Rotten would later state: “ I felt cheated and I wasn’t going on with it any longer. It was a ridiculous farce. The whole thing was a joke at that point.”
At the end of this last show he made clear to everyone how fed up he was. Before the last song from their set, Rotten asked his fans “Tell us, how does it feel to have bad taste?” After they played that song, “Anarchy in the UK/USA”, they were called back by the audience for an encore to which he replied “You get one number and one number only, because I’m a lazy bastard”.
During that final song, ’No Fun’ (originally by the Stooges), he can be heard singing “This is no fun, no fun / This is no fun at all, no fun”.
Rotten left the stage after sneering his very last words as Sex Pistols singer to the audience “ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? hahaha..”
And so he decided to leave the band after this final tour date on 1/14/1978 - Winterland (San Francisco, CA).
The band was now decapitated and was left with a gimmick ….
Sid Vicious tried to take over Rottens duties by posing on pictures with runaway train robber Ronnie Biggs and covering Frank Sinatra's "My Way" ….
But when he overdosed and died on February 2, 1979, just little more than one year after the ‘final’ show, the Sex Pistols came to a de facto end.
Sex Pistols reunions, with original bass player Glen Matlock back on bass, followed in1996 and 2007.
God Save The Queen
I Wanna Be Me
I'm A Lazy Sod
Belsen Was A Gas
Holidays In The Sun
Anarchy In The UK
Johnny Rotten - lead vocals
Sid Vicious - bass, vocals
Steve Jones - guitar, vocals
Paul Cook - drums
American singer, writer and film director Rob Zombie, born as Robert Bartleh Cummings, Haverhill (Massachusetts), January 12, 1965) and founder of the now disbanded metal band White Zombie in 1986, started a solo career in 1996 under the name Rob Zombie. Zombie's career as a director began with the horror film House of 1000 Corpses, which has now gained cult status.
With White Zombie he released 4 studio albums and the remix album ‘’Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds.
As Rob Zombie he released 8 studio albums and the remix album ‘American Made Music To strip By’.
Musician, guitarist, singer, performance artist, composer, writer and actor Blixa Bargeld, born Christian Emmerich (Berlin, 12 January, 1959) and best know to most of us as the head and voice of Einstürzende Neubauten turns 62 today!