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Postmodern Jukebox Debuts A Goosebump-Inducing Cover Of The Cranberries' 'Zombie'

A perfect tribute to Dolores O'Riordan.

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The latest cover from Postmodern Jukebox is an emotional tribute to one of the first iconic music artists lost in 2018 — Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. In a new video that's likely to give you chills, singer Maiya Sykes sings a stunning cover of the Irish rock band's 1994 song "Zombie."

"It's long been a favorite song and one that never fails to swell the emotions, so PMJ could think of no greater tribute than to simply offer their own heartfelt version, remembering the life and music of an artist lost too soon," the group shared in a blog post, adding that the cover — which they categorize as "Soul" — was arranged by Sykes herself.


As BBC explains, "Zombie" was written in response to a 1993 IRA bombing Warrington, England, which killed two children, 3-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry. "I don't care whether it's Protestant or Catholic, I care about the fact that innocent people are being harmed," O'Riordan told Vox magazine at the time. "That's what provoked me to write the song."

The song continues to apply to conflicts around the world, and O'Riordan would go on to dedicate it to Bosnia and Rwanda. Sykes' version for Postmodern Jukebox beautifully captures the emotion of the original song, even including growls and yodels reminiscent of O'Riordan's iconic voice.

Watch the full performance in the video below:


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