You Say It's Your Birthday: The Cranberries' Noel Hogan

Today is the birthday of Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan,

born in 1971 in Limerick, Ireland. Often touted as the most popular Irish band

since U2, the Cranberries have found a niche with their spangled guitar-pop and

singer Dolores O'Riordan's lilting vocals.

The group was founded by

brothers Noel and Mike Hogan (the latter on bass) and drummer Feargal Lawler,

in 1990; they called themselves the Cranberry Saw Us. Soon they met up with

O'Riordan, who had been writing songs since the age of 12, and the group signed

with Island Records. Somewhere along the way they shortened their name to the

Cranberries before releasing 1993's Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't

We?, an album featuring such lush hits as "Dreams" and "Linger."

But it

was "Zombie," a 1994 hit off their second album, No Need To Argue, that

broke the band in a really big way in the U. S. Appearances at 1994's Woodstock

festival, as well as heavy MTV airtime for the "Zombie" video helped make the

Cranberries a household name; No Need To Argue reached #6 on the

Billboard charts, selling over two million copies.

While their

second album revealed a more politically-minded group, they really began to

lash out with To The Faithful Departed, which was released earlier this

year. Other birthdays: O'Kelley Isley (Isley Brothers), Henry Vestine (Canned

Heat), Alice Cooper, Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Robin Campbell

(UB40), Annie and Shane McGowan (Pogues). -- Beth Winegarner