Then: No scene in 1995's Clueless places the movie more firmly in the mid-Nineties than when one of Alicia Silverstone's classmates raises his hand and asks to go to the quad to retrieve his Cranberries CD. The Irish rock band, fronted by the enchanting Doloroes O'Riordan, absolutely killed it between 1993 and 1995, scoring huge hits with "Linger," "Zombie," "Dreams" and "Salvation." They were a VH1 wet dream come to life and it seemed like they might be here to stay, until their 1996 album To The Faithful Departed didn't live up to expectations. It was the dawn of the Lilith Fair era, and the Cranberries were hardening their sound just as Jewel and Sarah McLachlan were enchanting America with a mellower, rootsier sound. Nobody saw that coming, but it made the Cranberries seem like yesterday's news.
Now: The Cranberries limped along into 2003, and few seemed to notice when they quietly dissolved. O'Riordan released two well-received solo albums in 2007 and 2009. She returned to the Cranberries four years ago, and this year they released Roses, their first new disc in over a decade. They wrapped a long tour last December and haven't done much of anything this year. Their website is frozen in 2012, possibly meaning things aren't going so well in Cranberries land right now.