- 02 Nov 21
"...I'll never forget when I heard the Cranberries and Dolores O'Riordan."
Tori Amos has listed The Cranberries' 'Linger' as one of the songs that has shaped her life – alongside tracks like Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Alone Again (Naturally)', Carly Simon's 'Boys in the Trees', Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)', Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' and more.
In a special feature for Pitchfork, the iconic singer-songwriter – who recently released her new album, Ocean to Ocean – says that 'Linger' was a song she connected to deeply around the age of 30.
"I was touring a lot in the '90s, so I didn't take in as much music," she writes. "But I’ll never forget when I heard the Cranberries and Dolores O’Riordan. That voice and passion combined with the sound of the band—I found it mercurial. There was something there, like liquid metal, that you couldn't hold in your hands."
Amos goes on to note that she had visited Ireland, and then recorded her 1996 album, Boys for Pele, in Co. Wicklow.
"[T]he Irish experience is something that I really treasure," she continues. "You can go to any town in Ireland and there will be people playing either their own music or traditional music in some pub. In every little village, there will be a good Irish band. It’s almost as if the music is in them.
"So when I heard the Cranberries, I thought, Okay, there she is. There’s that Irish magic."
Hot Press Books is delighted to announce the publication of Why Can't We? – The Story Of The Cranberries and the Band’s Iconic Frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan (As Told Through The Pages Of Hot Press). This unique and beautiful book is fully supported by The Cranberries and by the estate of Dolores O’Riordan.
Why Can’t We? documents the birth and extraordinary rise of a band that made a city – indeed the entire county of Limerick, in the southern part of Ireland – proud, and – through such instantly recognisable hits as ‘Linger’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Ode To My Family’ – helped to soundtrack the lives and loves of millions of people all over the world. Curated by Stuart Clark, and including brand new contributions from Michael Stipe of REM, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Olé Koretsky of D.A.R.K., acclaimed author Kevin Barry, and many more
Why Can’t We? will be published by Hot Press Books in two formats: the Deluxe Platinum Limited Edition, signed by band members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, and on behalf of Dolores O’Riordan, by her mother Eileen; and the Special Gold Edition. Exclusively available from hotpress.com, to secure a copy of Why Can’t We? fans and book lovers should order now.