Published on November 6th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


The Cranberries’ Fergal Lawler & Noel Hogan On Reissuing “No Need To Argue,” Plans & More

Originally released in 1994, No Need To Argue was the biggest-selling album of The Cranberries — a quartet featuring singer Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler — with global sales in excess of 17 million. No Need To Argue notably contained the band’s most commercially-successful single “Zombie,” the music video of which since viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, making The Cranberries the only Irish band to pass this milestone.

On November 13, 2020, expanded 2CD and digital versions of No Need To Argue will be released via the Universal Music Group, as featuring a remaster of the album and 3 B-sides: “Away,” “I Don’t Need,” and “So Cold In Ireland,” all from the original tapes of the album sessions. Also included are 19 previously-unreleased tracks, including 2 songs not officially released in any format: “Yesterday’s Gone” (recorded unplugged for MTV in New York in 1995) and a demo of “Serious” (which until now has only existed as a low quality live bootleg on YouTube). The 2CD edition features previously-unseen photographs taken from the album photo sessions, while the expanded 2LP edition features the remastered album, plus 3 B-sides and extra tracks “Yesterday’s Gone” and a cover of The Carpenters’ “(They Long To Be) Close To You.” Both the 2LP and the 2CD sets include a 5,000-word essay on the history of the album written by the band’s archivist Eoin Devereux, who previously wrote the sleeve notes for the reissue of The Cranberries’ acclaimed debut 1991 EP Uncertain.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler via Zoom on October 19, 2020, as embedded below. We spoke about the forthcoming reissue of No Need The Argue, future plans for the band, life during COVID-19 and plenty more. Additional info on The Cranberries and its members can be found online via, and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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