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Alanis Morissette

Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette became one of the most unlikely stars of the 1990s on the strength of her third album, Jagged Little Pill. A former child actress turned dance-pop diva, Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter in the vein of Liz Phair and Tori Amos. However, she bolstered that formula with enough pop sensibility, slight hip-hop flourishes, and marketing savvy to become a superstar. Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, spun off six highly successful singles and earned Morissette several Grammy Awards the following year, including Album of the Year. And she continued to release well-received albums, from the multi-platinum Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie to the self-produced Under Rug Swept.

Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began playing piano and writing songs during her childhood years. She also joined the cast of You Can't Do That on Television, a children's television program. Using money that she earned on the show, Morissette recorded an independent single, "Fate Stay with Me," which was released when she was only ten years old. She then concentrated on a musical career after leaving the show's cast, signing a music publishing contract when she was 14. The publishing contract led to a record deal with MCA Canada, and Morissette moved to Toronto before releasing her debut album, Alanis, in 1991.

Alanis was a collection of pop-oriented dance numbers and ballads that found success in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies and earning the singer a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. However, no other country paid much attention to the record. In 1992, Morissette released Now Is the Time, an album that closely resembled her debut. Like its predecessor, it was a success in Canada, even if its sales did not match those of Alanis. Following the release of Now Is the Time, Morissette relocated to Los Angeles, where she met veteran producer Glen Ballard in early 1994. Ballard had previously written Michael Jackson's hit single "Man in the Mirror," produced Wilson Phillips' hit debut album, and worked with actor/musician David Hasselhoff. The two decided to work together, and despite their shared experience with mainstream pop, they opted instead to pursue an edgier, alternative rock-oriented direction. The result was Jagged Little Pill, which was released in 1995 on Madonna's label, Maverick Records.

On the strength of the angst-ridden single "You Oughta Know," Jagged Little Pill gained attention upon its release in the summer of 1995. The song soon received heavy airplay from alternative radio outlets and MTV, sending the album into the Top Ten and helping it achieve multi-platinum status. Jagged Little Pill's subsequent singles -- "Hand in My Pocket," "All I Really Want," "You Learn," and "Ironic" -- kept the album in the Top Ten for an astounding 69 weeks, and Morissette was nominated for six Grammys in early 1996. She won several of those awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

While she never managed to replicate the success of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette continued to release well-received albums into the 21st century. Her much-anticipated follow-up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in the autumn of 1998, setting a record for the highest first-week sales by a female artist. An Unplugged set appeared a year later and featured a cover of the Police's "King of Pain," while 2002's Under Rug Swept saw Morissette writing and producing without the help of collaborators. So-Called Chaos followed in 2004. A year later, she took Jagged Little Pill on the road as an acoustic tour. Those tour dates led to the release of Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, an album originally (and tellingly) sold exclusively through Starbucks outlets. Morissette and her fans had grown up, and Collection -- an 18-track retrospective of her work -- followed in November 2005. But Morissette wasn't done, returning in 2008 with the brooding Flavors of Entanglement, which dealt with the emotional fallout from the dissolution of her engagement with actor Ryan Reynolds. In 2010, Morissette gave birth to her first child, Ever Imre, with rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway, resulting in 2012's spry and hopeful Havoc and Bright Lights, which focused on spirituality, marriage, and motherhood; it debuted at five on the Billboard Top 200. Over the next few years, Morissette played some acoustic shows, acted, and launched a self-help podcast. Also in 2015, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill through the release of a four-CD Collectors Edition reissue of the album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At Montreux 2012

1. I Remain (Live 2012)

2. Woman Down (Live 2012)

3. All I Really Want (Live 2012)

4. You Learn (Live 2012)

5. Guardian (Live 2012)

6. Flinch (Live 2012)

7. Hands Clean (Live 2012)

8. Ironic (Live 2012)

9. Havoc (Live 2012)

10. Head Over Feet (Live 2012)

11. Versions Of Violence (Live 2012)

12. You Oughta Know (Live 2012)

13. Numb (Live 2012)

14. Hand In My Pocket (Live 2012)

15. Thank U (Live 2012)

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Track List: Havoc And Bright Lights

1. Guardian

2. Woman Down

3. 'Til You

4. Celebrity

5. Empathy

6. Lens

7. Spiral

8. Numb

9. Havoc

10. Win And Win

11. Receive

12. Edge Of Evolution

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Track List: Flavors Of Entanglement

1. Citizen Of The Planet

2. Underneath

3. Straitjacket

4. Versions Of Violence

5. Not As We

6. In Praise Of The Vulnerable Man

7. Moratorium

8. Torch

9. Giggling Again For No Reason

10. Tapes

11. Incomplete

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Track List: The Collection

1. Thank You

2. Head Over Feet

3. 8 Easy Steps

4. Everything

6. Ironic

8. You Learn

9. Simple Together

10. You Oughta Know

11. That I Would Be Good

12. Sister Blister

13. Hands Clean

15. Still

16. Uninvited

17. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

18. Hand In My Pocket

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Track List: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

1. All I Really Want (Acoustic Version)

2. You Oughta Know (Acoustic Version)

3. Perfect (Acoustic Version)

4. Hand In My Pocket (Acoustic Version)

5. Right Through You (Acoustic Version)

6. Forgiven (Acoustic Version)

7. You Learn (Acoustic Version)

8. Head Over Feet (Acoustic Version)

9. Mary Jane (Acoustic Version)

10. Ironic (Acoustic Version)

11. Not The Doctor (Acoustic Version)

12. Wake Up (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: So-Called Chaos

1. Eight Easy Steps

2. Out Is Through

3. Excuses

4. Doth I Protest Too Much

5. Knees Of My Bees

6. So-Called Chaos

7. Not All Me

8. This Grudge

9. Spineless

10. Everything

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Track List: Feast on Scraps

1. Fear Of Bliss

2. Bent For You

3. Sorry To Myself

4. Sister Blister

5. Offer

6. Unprodigal Daughter

7. Simple Together

8. Purgatorying

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Track List: Under Rug Swept

1. 21 Things I Want In A Lover

2. Narcissus

3. Hands Clean

4. Flinch

5. So Unsexy

6. Precious Illusions

7. That Particular Time

8. A Man

9. You Owe Me Nothing In Return

10. Surrendering

11. Utopia

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Track List: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

1. Front Row

2. Baba

3. Thank U

4. Are You Still Mad

5. Sympathetic Character

6. That I Would Be Good

7. The Couch

8. Can't Not

9. UR

10. I Was Hoping

11. One

12. Would Not Come

13. Unsent

14. So Pure

15. Joining You

16. Heart Of The House

17. Your Congratulations

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Track List: Jagged Little Pill

1. All I Really Want

2. You Oughta Know

3. Perfect

4. Hand In My Pocket

5. Right Through You

6. Forgiven

7. You Learn

8. Head Over Feet

9. Mary Jane

10. Ironic

11. Not The Doctor

12. Wake Up

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Track List: Guardian (Single)

1. Guardian

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Track List: Jagged Little Pill (Collector's Edition)

Disc 1

1. All I Really Want (2015 Remastered)

2. You Oughta Know (2015 Remastered)

3. Perfect (2015 Remastered)

4. Hand In My Pocket (2015 Remastered)

5. Right Through You (2015 Remastered)

6. Forgiven (2015 Remastered)

7. You Learn (2015 Remastered)

8. Head Over Feet (2015 Remastered)

9. Mary Jane (2015 Remastered)

10. Ironic (2015 Remastered)

11. Not The Doctor (2015 Remastered)

12. Wake Up (2015 Remastered)

13. You Oughta Know (Jimmy The Saint Blend)/Your House (A Capella) [2015 Remastered]

Disc 2

1. The Bottom Line

2. Superstar Wonderful Weirdos

3. Closer Than You Might Believe

4. No Avalon

5. Comfort

6. Gorgeous

7. King Of Intimidation

8. Death Of Cinderella

9. London

10. These Are The Thoughts

Disc 3

1. All I Really Want (Acoustic Version)

2. You Oughta Know (Acoustic Version)

3. Perfect (Acoustic Version)

4. Hand In My Pocket (Acoustic Version)

5. Right Through You (Acoustic Version)

6. Forgiven (Acoustic Version)

7. You Learn (Acoustic Version)

8. Head Over Feet (Acoustic Version)

9. Mary Jane (Acoustic Version)

10. Ironic (Acoustic Version)

11. Not The Doctor (Acoustic Version)

12. Wake Up (Acoustic Version)

13. Your House (Acoustic Version)

Disc 4

1. All I Really Want (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

2. Right Through You (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

3. Not The Doctor (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

4. Hand In My Pocket (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

5. Mary Jane (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

6. Ironic (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

7. You Learn (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

8. Forgiven (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

9. You Oughta Know (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

10. Wake Up (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

11. Head Over Feet (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

12. Perfect (Live At Subterranea, London 09/28/95)

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Track List: Lens (Single)

1. Lens

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Track List: Not As We (Radio Single)

1. Not As We

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Track List: Superstar Wonderful Weirdos (Single)

1. Superstar Wonderful Weirdos

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Track List: Underneath (Radio Single)

1. Underneath

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RIP Alanis
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She's had some great songs
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My cat is named Moris after her.
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Thank you alanis
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ew
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For having beautiful songs thank you! Great inspiration
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Thank U. Thank U. THANK YOU!
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Alanis rocks!
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jamiesmobile g r i l l e
What a great song !!! I certainly learned a valuable lesson
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remember hearing Alanis on the radio, 1995, senior year of high school....bo u g h t her album the next day..lol
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weldkimber
i love her so much!!! her songs are so empowering, so strong!!
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Thank you alanis
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How was your Day?
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No r r
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I was (and probably still am) convinced Alanis was my soulmate 20 plus years ago. My girl!
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rozner14
I love Alanis.
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coincidence is not irony.
“Ironic statements (verbal irony) often convey a meaning exactly opposite from their literal meaning. In ironic situations (situational irony), actions often have an effect exactly opposite from what is intended.”
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cmoncada82
Alanis Morissette is simply amazing! Head Over Feet ^•^

Charlie the Unicorn
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Alanis is a Goddess-- her songs are always teaching a lesson!
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Alanis Morissette >> Head Over Feet ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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Even though I can't 100% relate to what she sings about, I connect with her aura for some reason…*~*~
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Sing it Alanis!!! This album rocks
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brulcstudio
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow Will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters across the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Proud former smoker here. I know it is not easy.
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Eversky bata, bass, tone
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Isn't Ironic , dont you think? It's like rain on your wedding day,,, it's like the good advice that you didn't take........ w h o would have thought it figures. Irony....Iro n i c !
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I've been listening to her since i was a baby and i found her again just 1 month ago and i was like "omg its her i remember her!" I luv Alanis ��
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I've listened to Alanis since i was a kid. One of my favorite female artist. Glad my mom played her a lot.
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Hand in my pocket, perfect timing
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I do too alanis, how do you feel about the lord jesus versus lucifer? it does matter. are you with jesus christ or without. kingdom songs. jw.org. theo lord god created for all tings for him and to worship him in the lord jeus name. Ask jesus something? Yuo are important to the lord if you continue to obey and worship him. george
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Loved her music ever since I was a young child. Reminds me a lot of my mom n her crazy friend Mari. Will never stop listening. Her songs have always been very powerful.
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Alanis... Her name speaks greatness Thank you for all of your being you. Love you girl..
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my love for acoustic by alanis is not lip service ;)
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Wow. I am blown away. To be honest I like more underground music but this music and her voice is incredibly moving. Wish I had gave her a chance earlier
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She's brilliant, i love her. Her music brings me nostalgia of my childhood.
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Best female singer on the PLANET!!
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Thanks alanis for your contribution to planet earth
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