In the early and mid 1990s, the music world was fed up with Madonna and desperately sought for another angst driven female musical act to taker her place. The woman who took the crown, in 1995, was Alanis Morissette. She just happened to belong to Madonna’s then rising music label, Maverick. Isn’t that ironic?
“You Oughta Know,” from Alanis Morissette’s mega platinum album, Jagged Little Pill, became everybody’s favorite breakup song, with lyrics that included: “And I'm not gonna fade as soon as you close your eyes and you know it/And every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it… well can you feel it.” The song was sung with vengeful feeling, sharply produced, and was hummed in supermarkets, churches, hospitals, etc. during the Summer of 1995. Further than being an outstanding song, “You Oughta Know” was downright addicting.
Jagged Little Pill would go on to produce several other hit singles, including “Hand In My Pocket,” “All I Really Want,” “Right Through You,” and “Ironic.” Unfortunately, Alanis Morissette suffered the well-known Grammy curse: like Lauren Hill and countless others, her career crashed faster than a head-on collision after winning multiple Grammy awards in one night.
While the success of Alanis Morissette prompted a multitude of jokes against Madonna in the mid-nineties, it was Madonna who would get her crown back in 1998 after releasing the mega-successful Ray of Light. During the same year, Alanis Morissette’s sophomore effort, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, debuted high and then fell off faster than President Clinton’s moral reputation at the same time.
It’s quite unfortunate that Alanis Morissette is often viewed as the woman who completely ruined alternative music. She is a talented singer, a great songwriter, and an electrifying performer. She’s the type of artist who will still be performing even if her latest album sells just two copies. Regardless of what became of her popularity, when somebody thinks of the mid 1990s, Alanis Morrisette’s face will always pop up with a vengeance.