Holy Fucking Jesus!

I just read that Dolores O’Riordan died. I can’t fucking believe it. She was only 46. It’s no secret that my favorite song of the ’90s is “Zombie” by her and the Cranberries (sorry, fans of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Baby Got Back,” and “You Oughta Know”). Other songs are great, and you’re welcome to love them, but my fave is the one with the odd video where she’s gold-plated, surrounded by children, I believe, and which has the somewhat simplistic lyrics and the orgasmic “Zombie, zombie, zombie, eh, eh, eh, oh, oh, oh, oh,………” at the end.

If any “screaming Irish banshee” were to die young, I would’ve of course thought of the batshit-crazy Sinead (Magda Davitt? is that it now?), whose body of music I STILL think is a world treasure, but whose brain I disavow any more. Yes, it was fine at the beginning that she stood up for those who were abused by religious figures, but every comment from her in the last few years sounds like trashier-trailer-thinking than even I am capable of. I feel bad that she’s had mental issues, but I think there’s a lot of stupidity there. But I think her rendition of the traditional Irish ballads of “Paddy’s Lament” (or perhaps “Moorlough Shore”) from her album of Irish ballads, “Sean Nos Nua” should have been a huge hit, but of course pop radio is mostly crap so no chance for that shit.

Back to Dolores: she had cancelled some shows in the past year due to “back problems,” I believe. Well, it’s her right to hide it if she had some sort of cancer or something that manifested itself as back pain. Donna Summer got sick and died quietly a few years back. If I remember correctly, Leonard Cohen said he was ready for death but didn’t announce any terminal disease. Either way, it’s shocking as all hell and I really want to think that 2018 will NOT be a repeat of 2016 for music-world early demises. I unfriended an ex-coworker at that time (she in her 20s or early 30s herself, I believe) who had posted (something like) “Why is everyone so upset that some old people died?” (Some other things about her had pissed me off also.) I was thinking, and still do, that, even if you think that David Bowie in his early 70s was old or Cohen in his early 80s, certainly Glenn Frey at 67, Prince at 57 and George Michael at (51?) were not that damn old. I’m 62, which ain’t all that young for living, but I’d like to think it’s damn young for dying. Plus these were huge names in music. I don’t have the desire to do the research, but I’m damn sure the number of record sales that the 2016 die-ers were involved in was higher than any typical year’s music world death toll’s people were involved in. (Man, that’s a hard sentence to dissect, but I’ll just let it stand, haha.)

Anyway, damn sorry to see you go Dolores.

You know the song. I’ll try to post it here in a live version. You can’t share any official vids on wordpress, because someone somewhere is afraid they’ll miss out on some of the one-and-a-half American pennies I will ever make off of blogging in my entire “blogging career.”

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4 Responses to Holy Fucking Jesus!

  1. Anna says:

    I love the defiance in this post. And Zombie will SO DAMN GOOD forever.

    • Thank you, you make me smile and laugh, and it’s fun to be defiant, isn’t it? What are people going to do–tell you your opinions are wrong? It’s not Facebook or Twitter for crying out loud, ha ha. Speaking of Twitter, did you hear where Neil Degrasse Tyson was speculating as to whether or not, if bears hunted humans to almost extinction instead of the other way around, would bears have “gummy humans” like we have “gummy bears?” One person “tweeted” back: “So, on a scale of 1 to Cheech, exactly how high are you, Neil?” (Of course, I’m assuming you Brits know who Tyson is and who Cheech of Cheech and Chong is) I’ve been watching Midsomer Murders lately on Netflix. I’m wondering if you watch that at all or is that something that only “daft old pensioners” watch? We get some British stuff on public tv (PBS) sometimes. Oh, back to the subject–just heard today that maybe Dolores’s death was opioids. I think they thought maybe suicide but who knows. Sucks either way and yes Zombie forever. The guitar itself was so great, even if the vocals hadn’t been so damn good also. Be well; I intend to.

  2. I like the cranberries and was sorry she died. That said, I’m a musical ignoramus so can’t boast much knowledge of her work really. It is unsettling when someone your own age or younger does, I’m reminded that we all live under a hanging sword, kinda. Ps read your rant on Trump, the guy is just unbelievable, in a Hitleresque way. I loathe a guy called Barnaby Joyce and would not lift a finger if he was tied to the tracks on Sydney’s city circle line 😊

    • I’ve met a lot of non-famous people, and known of a lot of famous people, that I’ve detested so much that I’ve told my friends “I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.” And yeah, it creeps me out to hear about people younger than me dying. 4 of my high school graduating class died within the last year or so.

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