As lead vocalist of the Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan was one of the most visible females in early-’90s alternative rock. Born the youngest of seven children on September 6, 1971, the Limerick native grew up finding solace in music, singing from an early age as well as playing classical piano and harmonium in church. In 1990, she auditioned for a Limerick-based band named Cranberry Saw Us and received the position of lead singer, having impressed her future bandmates with her lilting vocals. The group soon changed its name to the Cranberries and began releasing demo material, which sparked the interest of several major labels.
Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We didn’t come out until 1993. The following year saw the release of No Need to Argue, an album whose lead-off single, “Zombie,” brought the group to fame in several countries and threw O’Riordan into the public eye. To The Faithful Departed was issued in 1996.
The Best Lyrics
I want more impossible to ignore,
Impossible to ignore.
And they’ll come true, impossible not to do,
Impossible not to do.