The World of Rock has suffered another tragic loss with the passing of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan at age 46.
The 90s offered a lot of great bands during the alt-rock era, but O’Riordan’s captivating voice and intimate lyrics made The Cranberries one of the most significant bands to ever exist. Their music was part of a voice that defined a generation.
A few of The Cranberries’ songs played a role in my life as they soundtracked my teenage years — songs that still make those days feel like yesterday whenever I hear them. I believe that’s why their music sticks with you — because of its ability to take you back to a special place.
When a gig on Blur‘s 2013 Asian tour was canceled, it left the band free in Hong Kong for a week. They spent that week in a tiny Kowloon studio and recorded what eventually became The Magic Whip,their first album in 13 years — an album which by the way is brilliant with its familiar but also exploratory feel.
The band then released a 24-page comic book to serve as a visual companion to the album titled ‘Travel to Hong Kong with Blur‘ – which features Blur in a futuristic Hong Kong adventure. The comic was created by Hong Kong’s famed comic artist Kongkee of Penguin Lab.
Just thought to share the “remixed” versions of 2 of my favorite John Lennon songs from the newly released Double Fantasy (Stripped Down) album. For me, it was like hearing them for the first time again.. enjoy!