Thursday, August 14, 2008
In accordance with this meme, here's my pick for the worst alt-rock classic of the nineties. Maybe it's no classic, but The Cranberries' "Zombie" was Number One for several weeks on the college charts in the fall of 1994, and was inescapable for months afterwards; its "ZOMBIE-AH!" hook segued without a hitch into Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" the following summer. While "Dreams" and "Linger" were plaintive little morsels somewhat overrated in 1993, "Zombie" launched Dolores O'Riordan into depths of sincerity and meaningfulness not seen since Natalie Merchant tackled white imperialism on 10,000 Maniacs' "Hateful Hate" in 1989. The best example of this song's awfulness is how witlessly O'Riordan's lovely pipes crash against the thud of the power chords: it's like hearing Dusty Springfield backed by KISS. What's this farrago about? I don't know, and neither did its fans, many of whom were so taken that they confused exoticness with originality, as they did a few months earlier with the Crash Test Dummies' "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" (what an awful year for alt-rock number ones).
Posted by Alfred Soto at 10:50 PM