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About Zombie

"Zombie" is a protest song by Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries, written about the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, and in memory of two young victims, Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry. It was released in September 1994 as the lead single from their second studio album, No Need to Argue (1994). It preceded the release of No Need to Argue by two weeks. The song was written by the band's lead singer Dolores O'Riordan and reached No. 1 on the charts of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Iceland, as well as on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It won the "Best Song" award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards. The song was voted by Triple J listeners as No. 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1994 chart. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped-down version on the band's Something Else album. 

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And if violence causes the silence
Who are we mistaking

The Cranberries

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989. The band consists of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band's sound also incorporates indie pop, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements. more »

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Written by: Dolores Mary O'Riordan

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Band Origins
"Zombie" is a protest song by Irish rock band The Cranberries from their second studio album, "No Need to Argue" in 1994.
The song was written in response to the death of two children - Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry - in an IRA bombing in Warrington, England.
Chart Performance
Upon release, "Zombie" topped the singles chart in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany, and reached the Top 5 in several other countries, including the UK, Ireland, and the US.
The song won the "Best Song" award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Significant Imagery
The music video features the band members performing the song in a courtyard while interspersed are shots of British troops patrolling in Northern Ireland. This symbolizes the song's connection to the political violence in Ireland.
Billboard Success
The song became their first number-one single on Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. and stayed at the peak position for six weeks.
Vocal Performance
Lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan's impassioned, yodel-like delivery in the chorus set the song apart, earning her high praise and the song a place in the pantheon of classic rock anthems.
Long-lasting Impact
Despite being over two decades old, the song remains popular and culturally significant. It has racked up millions of streams and downloads in the digital era.
Cover Versions
It has been covered by numerous artists, with one of the most popular versions being a hard-rock rendition by the American band Bad Wolves.
Tribute to O'Riordan
In 2018, after Dolores O'Riordan's untimely death, Bad Wolves' cover version of "Zombie" was released as a tribute to her. Upon its release, proceeds from the song went directly to O'Riordan's three children.
Empowerment Message
"Zombie" is often seen as a feminist anthem, given its powerful lyrics and the strong, female voice delivering them. Dolores O'Riordan has often been cited as an icon for young women in rock.
Hallmark Song
"Zombie" is considered a defining song of the '90s alternative rock period and is perhaps the most well-known song by The Cranberries.

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