to the song “Linger” by The Cranberries is simply one of the best song openings of all time. It’s so distinct. So different. So, well, beautiful. Which is true of the entire song. It’s not exactly the type of song you would think would resonate with an angst-ridden 12 year old boy. But I always loved that song
It’s the song I immediately thought about when I heard the news over the long weekend that Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, had passed away
. She was just 46 years old.
I’ve written before
about the phenomena of falling in love with music around the age of 13. And The Cranberries was definitely in that camp. While their first big hit, “Dreams” was just before that wheelhouse, it was basically inescapable in the early-to-mid 90s. And for good reason.
But for me, it was 1994’s “Zombie” that was one of the most perfect angst-ridden songs of my teenage years. The fact that it was sung by a small Irish woman was even more interesting. As was the music video
, with its harrowing footage depicting NRA-related violence
in black and white cut with O'Riordan bathed in gold.
“In your head…” has to be one of the most perfect song choruses ever because the repetition causes it to lodge right there for a long, long time.