20 years on, Canadian songstress looks back at her defining album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ as she prepares to release a collector’s edition. Rollo Ross reports.
Alanis Morissette re-examines her ‘Jagged Little Pill’
Alanis Morissette is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her classic album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ by re-releasing it again along with demos, unreleased concert footage and remastered songs.
The record spawned numerous singles, won four Grammys, and turned the Canadian teenager into a worldwide sensation.
SOUNDBITE singer songwriter Alanis Morissette, saying (English):
“I love her. I love the 19-year-old part of me that wrote this book. There’s a fiery activism, burning desire to express, express or die – that’s kind of what it felt like at the time. It’s pretty vulnerable that that many people are listening in to my inner most unconscious thoughts. Every record that I put out, every song and every single, I’d wake up at 4 in the morning the night before it was released I’d be gripped with terror and each time it would become less and less so.”
The biggest hit of the album was ‘Ironic’ which itself was ironic because Alanis for the most part got the definition wrong.
SOUNDBITE singer songwriter Alanis Morissette, saying (English)
“In retrospect, perhaps we should have cared perhaps a little more and I didn’t realise the degree of which the malpropism would trigger this furor and then not incidentally the dictionary changed the definition which was partly hilarious and partly terrifying that pop culture could affect the Websters Dictionary but there it is.”
The collector’s edition of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ goes on sale on Friday October 30.