Title: Zombie

Artist: The Cranberries

Album: No Need To Argue

Year Released: 1994

What It Is: A bit of a departure from “Linger”, so some fans were a bit surprised by the heavy rock influences here. But it’s a very powerful song about the plight of the Irish sung with Dolores O’Riordan’s brogue in full force.

Riffage / Hookage: There’s a great hook in the chorus and the riff is simple and strong.

Cowbell?: Nope.

Words Of Wisdom: “It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they’re still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying… “

It really hits home when O’Riordan sings it full Irish brogue.

Mixology Report: Sure, if people didn’t get sick of it in 1994 / 1995 (see below).

Top Five Genius Results: Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
Creep – Radiohead
Just A Girl – No Doubt
Self-Esteem – Offspring
Jeremy – Pearl Jam

“Hey, how ya doin’? Smed here for the 90’s at 9 here at B-99”

For The Good Of The Order: As I alluded to earlier, this song was a wee-bit overplayed on the burgeoning ‘alternative rock’ radio stations (at least in Indianapolis, where it seemingly was on a once-an-hour rotation for a while). Thus, I didn’t really care for it. However, a few years ago I was watching a Saturday Night Live re-run on E! and heard The Cranberries live. And wow, that made a difference (that and about 10 years) so I now really dig this song. Especially O’Riordan’s Irish. Yowza.

Speaking of that, here’s a live clip from 1999: