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Bad Wolves: Zombie

Paying Tribute to the Late Dolores O'Riordan and the Legacy She Left Behind

By Mackenzie CoberleyPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

On January 15, 2018 the world lost a beloved singer Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries. The Cranberries are most famously known for their chart-topping song "Zombie." "Zombie" was written about the trying times of violence in the UK and trying to make sense of the violence that surrounded the world at that time and times before then. Dolores wrote the song about two boys who were killed in the bombing in Warrington, England.

On January 15, 2018 Dolores O’Riordan was set to go into the studio with heavy metal rock group Bad Wolves, and re-record vocal tracks for a rendition of the famous song. Dolores loved the band's version of the song so much, that she wanted to add her own touch of magic to it. Dolores never made it to the studio due to a suddenly unexpected death. The band never got to record with the legend and was left to decide on what the next move was going to be. Do they release the song without her or drop the project as a whole?

On January 19, 2018 Bad Wolves released their rendition of the song in hopes to keep the name of Dolores O’Riordan close and dear to people’s hearts. They vowed to donate the proceeds to Dolores’ children and embrace the honor of having her approval for the song. The band stayed true to the original sound of the Cranberries with minor adjustment to lyrics. This rendition is one of the greatest covers of a song that I have heard in a long time. With over seventeen million views on YouTube and over six million streams on Spotify, Bad Wolves have made a name for themselves in the world of cover songs.

In the original version the lyrics went as followed: “It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen in your head, in your head, they're still fightin.”

Bad Wolves changed the lyrics to read: “It's the same old theme in two thousand eighteen.”

The lyrics both embody and express the comparison of the different yet similar lifestyles that that world lives in today. Though the years have come and gone, the world is still struggling with one common issue, violence. With the recent March for Our Lives, and other movements going on around the world against violence, Bad Wolves kept the key point to the original song.

The band also paid tribute to Dolores by addressing her death in their video. You see a women dressed as Dolores from the Cranberries music video FOR "Zombie."

Zombies are known to the world as a fictional creature that just kill anything alive because they don’t have brains or thoughts or control over anything. The point of the song is to question those who actively seek violence to solve all issues that the world may bring about. If those who kill just to kill are not in control of their minds or their actions, then they must be a zombie because that would be the only logical reasoning behind the unnecessary violence in the world as we know it.

I recommend each one of you to take a listen to the song if you have not yet and allow yourself to bask in the greatness of what is and always will be Dolores O’Riordan.

Below you will find the links to both of the songs, so show your support and watch them both.

If you have any other suggestions for me, let me know! Hope you enjoyed some or all these songs. Make sure to support your local music scene ALWAYS and let the world know your favorite music. Let me know what music you want me to review next!

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Mackenzie Coberley

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