The Corrs FAQ
Other song acronyms can be constructed along the same lines as
the above. If you see one that has you stumped, just get
out your CDs and see what matches :)
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AKA - Also Known As
BTW - By The Way
IMHO - In My (Humble/Honest) Opinion
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
NP - Now Playing (used at ends of messages to indicate what poster was listening to at the time of posting)
NP (2) - No Problem
ROFL - Rolling On (the) Floor, Laughing
WWW - just that, WWW (ie. website information)
:-) - the common 'smiley', variations include :) :o) :] and so on
;-) - the common 'winky', this one is generally cheeky and/or sarcastic
:-( - sad face
B-side - "the song on the single that isn't the single", for example "Remember" is the B-side of "Only When I Sleep". The name comes from back when everything was on record, and singles came out with only 2 tracks - the single on the "A" side and then another, different song, on the "B" side. For added trivia, this is also the origin of the name "double A-side", where a single contains 2 songs that are both released to radio and the like, for example the Beatles' "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields", and the Spice Girls' "Mama/Who Do You Think You Are". Even though widely, things are no longer available on vinyl, the names live on.
Bootleg - an unofficial recording; see 4.5
Flame - attacking someone via email has been given the name "flaming". These most certainly are not nice and people who flame "in public" (ie. via mailing lists/newsgroups) are usually harshly reprimanded. Not to condone flames, but if you want to make a good one, make sure your spelling and grammar (as well as any reason and/or logic) are perfect so there's little room left for you to be attacked back ;-)
Signature - the quote/contact details/URL/etc that some people attach to the footer of their posts. In general, these should be 4 lines or less and should not include any huge ASCII artwork. And, if you have a quote, change it every so often so it doesn't get old; give your recipients something new to look at :)
Thread - a group of messages all on the same topic constitute a 'thread'.
Yelling - WHEN YOU USE ALL CAPITALS IT MEANS YOU'RE YELLING so don't do it too often.
1.7a "ObCorrs" - obligatory on-topicness
If posting an off topic message (now, why would you think of doing that, one may ask ;-)), you should at least try to include a little on-topic material (and not just "PS. The Corrs rock!") and, though now archaic, this short blurb has gained the nickname "ObCorrs".
1.7b Things NOT to ask or bring up/threads which go nowhere
- How do I get off the mailing list?
All mailing lists have generally fielded dozens of these requests, so don't even think about asking. Saving the introductory mail you received when you subscribed will save having to wonder - as will reading this FAQ.
- When are they touring in my city?
- When's the new album/single out?
Most websites have dates if they are available. If they're not there...then chances are they haven't been leaked/confirmed yet. If the information has been posted and you can't remember, give the mailing list archives a quick search. Every post is archived, so as long as you know what you're looking for, it's the easiest way.
- What is a true fan?
- Also includes those "how can you call yourself a fan if you don't like this song?!" posts
Don't even go there!
- What albums are there?
- What songs are on which album?
Again, most websites have this sort of stuff. Same with lyrics and the like. Exceptions are new material, for example if the album hasn't been released then not many sites (if any) will have the lyrics to any of the songs that have been leaked.
- Threads bashing other bands.
There's always gonna be one Steps fan out there whose temper you'll rile, so just don't bother.
- Silly rumours.
See section 3.8.
- What's everyone's favourite song/album/band member?
Fine for messageboards, but on a list of 800 or so members it's less than wise. Not only have these topics already done the rounds several times, they get quite boring after a while. If you're itching to know, create a poll and ask people to go vote.
1.9 Validity of information
The golden rule: don't believe everything you read, especially when it's referring to "too good to be true" things such as special releases/concerts, and also personal band member info (ie. Andrea and her many boyfriends). Take special care on April Fool's Day! If something is true, it should have a reliable source or reference. Radio stations can be rife with rumours so be wary of what they say until it's certain (for example believe the promo tour when they start giving out tickets), and almost anything the Sun reports can be taken with a pinch of salt.
Press releases are 99% valid. Quotes taken from Corrs articles/interviews are usually 50-50 as not even they will know their schedule sometimes.
2.1 Short discography to date
Forgiven Not Forgotten (1995)
Talk On Corners (1997)
- Talk On Corners Special Edition (1998/9)
In Blue (2000)
- In Blue Special Edition (2000)
Forgiven Not Forgotten
Give Me A Reason
I Know My Love (with the Chieftains)
I Never Loved You Anyway
Love To Love You
Only When I Sleep
- Runaway remix
So Young (remix only)
The Right Time
Una Noche (One Night)
What Can I Do
- What Can I Do remix
For an extremely comprehensive discography including all Corrs releases as well as collaborations with other artists, visit Helen Marijnissen's Corrs Discography site.
2.2a Finding lyrics
Lyrics for all songs can also be found at the Corrs Discography, as well as various other sites across the web. Almost all websites have lyrics so this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
2.2b Finding music
The notes and tablature are generally harder to find than lyrics and the like, so here's a handful of sites that should have all you need:
- Guitar tabs
- Tin whistle notes
- Guitar tabs
- Tin whistle & violin notes
- Guitar tabs
- Guitar tabs
- Guitar tabs
- Tin whistle notes
2.3 Cover songs
The Corrs have done covers of several songs, several of them live only for example "We Are Family" (original by Sister Sledge) during their 1996/7 tour, and Prince's "1999" in several UK concerts at the end of 1998. These do not exist on any official recordings. Covers which do include "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix - can be found on Talk On Corners and Unplugged), "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac - re-releases of Talk On Corners as well as Unplugged), "Everybody Hurts" (REM), "Old Town" (Thin Lizzy) and "No Frontiers" (Jimmy McCarthy - all on Unplugged). Adding to this, they have recently performed John Lennon's classic "War Is Over" on several American TV programmes, and Allison Krauss' "Looking In The Eyes of Love" has just been recorded for the special edition of In Blue. New: The Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road" was performed on British TV and is to be recorded for an upcoming tribute album. ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All" was also done for a tribute album.
2.4 Unreleased songs
The following songs the Corrs have sung live during concerts or in the studio but have never been officially released:
- "Make You Mine". You can hear a small part of it in the Right Time Documentary which was shown on TV in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day 1998. A short sample can be found at Closer To The Corrs.
- "On Your Own" sung during part of the Forgiven Not Forgotten Tour.
- "We Are Family" sung during part of the Forgiven Not Forgotten Tour.
- "1999" sung during only a few concerts of the Talk On Corners Tour.
2.5 Where to find given songs
To see where you can find certain songs/remixes of songs and so on, it is recommended to pay another visit to the Corrs Discography where you can find an alphabetical songlist of all the songs/remixes performed by the Corrs as well as what release you may find them on and a direct link to the appropriate album/single.
2.6 Songs sung by other members
- "No Frontiers" is sung by Caroline and Sharon.
- "1999" is sung by Sharon, Andrea and Jim.
2.7a "Secret" messages/sounds
- The start of the song "Leave Me Alone" contains the reverse of the line "Leave Me Alone". If you play the start of the song "Leave Me Alone" in reverse you can hear "Leave Me Alone".
- About halfway through the song "Give Me A Reason" is a reversal of the line "now my body's weak, my body's weak."
2.7b Hidden tracks
The Australian 'The Right Time' single is the only Corrs release so far to contain a hidden track (one which is on the CD but not found cited on the sleeve) - on the end of the 2 track CD is the album version of the song. Some would count the Australian 'In Blue' as having Judy as a somewhat hidden track as it appears some 30 seconds after Rebel Heart ends, but it is listed on the CD booklet so is not truly hidden. Thirdly, on the Australian 'What Can I Do' single, while the Stringapella is listed as track 2, the CD in fact contains the original album version of the song instead.
2.8 Differences between album releases
The main difference between European/USA/Australian "Forgiven Not Forgotten" releases and the Japanese "Forgiven Not Forgotten" release is that the Japanese release includes one extra track that can't be found anywhere else, namely "Somebody Else's Boyfriend". The Australian version was also re-released with a tour CD (same disc as Japan live, ie. Langelands festival)
The main difference between the "Talk On Corners" releases is that the re-releases include "Dreams" and the 1st releases do not. The third release of "Talk On Corners" is the Special Edition, which has the remixed versions of some of the songs instead of the original album version, and the cover art is different (blue-ish). In some places (namely Australia) there were 4 editions, the 3rd including the What Can I Do remix, and the 4th release being the Special Edition.
The same Unplugged disc was released worldwide except that the Australian edition was the only one to include Dreams originally. Secondly, the German re-release features a remix version of At Your Side, which is not found elsewhere.
As for In Blue, all copies to date are uniform except the
Australian version which includes "Judy" as a bonus
track, and the US version which has not only 3 bonus tracks ('Judy', 'Head In The Air' and acoustic 'What Can I Do') but different cover art as well.
For a more details on the different releases visit the Corrs Discography. This FAQ does not cover single releases, as there are too many differences to mention here!
3. -Band Info-
3.1 Origin of name
Their surname happens to be "Corr", hence the collective name "The Corrs". The word really does mean "odd" in Irish, and a further meaning is a "long-legged bird" such as a stork or heron.
3.2 First appearance
1990 - they first performed together when auditing for roles in the movie "The Commitments" where they sang a Quincy Jones song "Knock On Wood", as well as "Don't go For That". Their first "gig" was at the Waterfront (Dublin) for 200 friends and relatives.
3.3 Short Bios
Date of Birth:
Jim - July 31st, 1964
Sharon - March 24th, 1970
Caroline - March 17th, 1973
Andrea - May 17th, 1974
3.4 Personal info for the prying fan
Jim - is apparently single
Sharon - is engaged
Caroline - is dating (?)
Andrea - is single
3.5 Silly rumours
Every once in a while, someone will resurrect a really stupid rumour. Many of the really idiotic facts you hear will be just that - rumours. For example Andrea being linked with every male under the sun as the British tabloids are becoming quite famous for. A classic rumour has to be when "Andrea eloped with and married their manager John Hughes!" Don't believe everything you read, especially not when posted on April 1st as this was (1998). Quite a few people fell for it still. NB: The Corrs never sung the song "Jet Plane"!
3.6 The Corrs Fan Club
Sadly, there is no official fan club at this time. But, there are rumours about one - still!
3.7 Contacting the band
Send any fan mail to the address listed below. As said many times before, try to hold off sending short, meaningless messages like "You rule!", as they've gotten tons of those already. Don't send mail to (or visit) their homes - have a little respect for their privacy, they are only human. Also, none of the band members have personal email accounts and/or ICQ numbers. So stop asking!
You can contact Warner Music Ireland. They will forward your letter to The Corrs. As they say, it won't happen overnight, but it will get to the band - eventually. The best way of making sure a letter gets to them is to hand it to them at a CD signing, toss it on stage at a gig, or send it to a radio/TV station that they'll be visiting, before they arrive there. Of course, to do this you have to rely on them actually touring your country ;-)
So, that address to write to is:
Warner Music Ireland Ltd.
4.1 Pricing/finding rarities
Prices always vary so make sure you shop around, where possible. If something sounds too expensive, it probably is, so ask why. If you doubt the numbers they're giving you, check other places available.
Check the Discography for details of rare Corrs CDs, and keep an eye on what pops up on online auctions, for instance eBay, though prices here can reach ridiculous amounts and not everything stamped "rare!" really is.
"21st Century Celts" by Mark Freeth (1998)
- paperback but glossy pages
- 63 pages
- Unofficial and unauthorised
Just a simple book with many pictures and a lot of info we've all heard before.
"The Corrs" by Jane Cornwell (1999)
- 128 pages
Another rewording of all the same information as found on many sites, this one includes a slightly more comprehensive discography and chapters for each Corr.
"Corner to Corner" by Paul Gaster (1999)
- 166 pages
- Authorised ("behind the scenes")
A pictorial history of the band from 1990 - 1999, with a lot of well presented and interesting information on their rise to fame, accompanied with many never before seen colour and black&white photographs. If you're only going to get one book, make sure it's this one.
4.3 T-Shirts/other small items
Generally only on sale at concerts. Some venues will also have caps and other merchandise such as mugs, lighters, postcards, and so on. Check for special releases of singles that can contain posters on occassion, also.
The Royal Albert Hall Video
- a full recording (17 tracks) of their March 17th (St. Patrick's Day), 1998 performance at London's Royal Albert Hall. This is an official recording and is pretty much available everywhere.
The Right Time
- a documentary on the Corrs from the early years of their career (ie. about 1990) until around 1997/8. This was broadcast by RTE in Ireland and so far has not been made available to purchase anywhere.
- performed and recorded at Ardmore Studios, Ireland (Co. Wicklow) on the 5th of October, 1999. A full performance of 15 songs, including orchestral accompaniment on several songs. Another official release, this is the same as the Unplugged CD though several songs are in some what of a different order.
Lansdowne Road - an almost full video performance of their homecoming gig at Lansdowne Rd, Dublin on July 17th 1999. 18 songs all up are included on the video as well as 3 bonus clips from In Blue. This is another widely available and official video release.
NB: the 3 official video releases can also be found on DVD.
A full list of videos, including promotional tapes as well as
various versions of the official ones, can of course be located
at Helen's Discography
Bootlegs are for the most part live recordings, generally just audience recordings done by fans. There are also CDs manufactured by companies which are not connected to the band, containing live and/or unreleased studio tracks. In neither case does the band make a profit from these and so they are generally looked down upon, especially the latter as a 3rd party will be making money. A list of several of the more 'well known' bootlegs can be found at the Discography site but this is by no means a full list. Many audience bootlegs circulate only amongst a few fans, or are used for the sole listening purposes of the original recorder.
5. -News/Info/Net Resources-
5.1 Message Boards
While there is a host of message boards all over the web, the 2 most widely used boards are:
The Corrsonline Message Board
- Highly detailed and moderated, this is split into 16 distinct separate forums, for example 'Questions & Answers', 'Non-Corrs Related', 'Andrea', and so on
- must be a registered member to post (almost 3000 members at the time of writing)
Format: Posts split into forums; UBB style: click the heading to see the replies.
- Formerly hosted by InsideTheWeb (which has since shut down), another large discussion group.
- Do not need to register or anything to post. Also includes an 'off-topic' board.
Format: Posts all appear on main page, replies underneath heading.
Several other sites also have their own message boards (for example Corrs For Thought) Furthermore, additional message boards can be found by searching for 'Corrs' on any search engine, though many have shut down as were hosted by InsideTheWeb.
5.2 Chat rooms/channels
Again, there are probably chat rooms everywhere you turn, but here's a list of the more well known ones:
The Corrs Community
- aka "message board chat"; generally the people who frequent the Corrboard can be found here
- must be a member to chat, just sign up with nbci and you'll be chatting in minutes.
- must be a member to chat, authorisation happens within minutes
- chat is logged, and on a private server
Kerry's Corrs For Thought Chat
- must register first to chat, this can be done in a few seconds
"Alternate" Chat Room
- just what it says. The 'official' alternate chat room just incase nbci bites the dust. Used to be the official chatroom but anexa itself is pretty unreliable.
- must be a member to chat, authorisation can take anywhere from minutes to days.
- #corrs on Undernet
- #corrs on DALnet
- must download IRC first to chat, for this head to mIRC.com
- I personally have never been to #corrs on DALnet, so no comments, and was not very impressed with #corrs on Undernet
5.2 Recommended resources
The Corrs Community
- home of the discography site, Shannon's Corrs fan page, Rachel's Corrs links page, and the Mailing List home page (includes archives)
The Corrs Online
- latest news, large information library, message board, chat room, etc
Closer To The Corrs
- latest news, extremely well archived, and now the new fans page *join now!*
- yet another message board and chat room, as well as all the latest scans and the ever changing quote on the title page
The original Corrs FAQ was created by Tom (January 1999), aided by the following individuals:
- Mikko (for some sections and keeping it all together),
- Helen (for her record info),
- Lucy (for her input)
This version has been resurrected by Sally who you can email if you feel the need to. Please note that this is not all my own work and I don't deserve credit for it. Much of the original FAQ has been left as is, with minor rewordings and of course updates.
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