The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ superbly opens the latest Ted Lasso episode
The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ is not only one of the Irish dream pop band’s most well-known songs, it is arguably one of its bests.
That upbeat song showed up on this week’s episode of Ted Lasso today and, as someone who played The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ so many times when the track was released I destroyed the tape it came on (yep, tape), you should have heard me scream this morning when I heard it.
The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ was played on Ted Lasso, Season 3, Episode 7, “The Strings That Bind Us” right as the first second of the football-themed drama kicked off.
The song continued playing as we see shop owners opening up for the day, and then Jamie running through town while at the same time pulling Roy on his bike.
Yep, that boy is taking his training seriously, eh?
The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ plays again as Jack gives Keeley a signed Jane Austen book.
The release of The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ and the ultimate demise of the band
The song itself, by the way, was released way back in September 1992.
Leaving me to think, while songs from the 50s and 60s are obviously dated, isn’t it odd how those that came out in the 80s and 90s are often just as fresh as today’s music, and could easily be released as a new single today to massive success?
Although, when The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ was released in the early 90s, the track did garner enormous attention in Europe, appearing high on charts in 11 European countries, plus Australia.
It was also popular on independent and college radio stations in the U.S., including the one I worked as a D.J. for and that played the hell out of the song too.
Alas for the music world, however, The Cranberries themselves are no more as the band dissolved soon after the death of their incredible lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in January, 2018.
O’Riordan died at the still young age of just 46 after drowning in a London hotel bath due to sedation from alcohol.
Not long after her death, band guitarist Noel Hogan announced The Cranberries‘ break up saying a final album would be released featuring songs written by O’Riordan and himself:
We will do this album and then that will be it. No one wants to do this without Dolores…
So there’s a song called ‘In the End’, it’s the last song on the album, and it just kind of summed up the whole album and the band. Because it’s definitely the end of it for us. So we’ve called it that.
Listen to The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams‘ from the latest episode of Ted Lasso on the Spotify player, and in the song’s official music video.
To me, over 30 years after its release, ‘Dreams‘ is still one of the best indie pop songs to ever have been released, and the death of the phenomenally talented Dolores O’Riordan was a massive shock.
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