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Alanis Morissette


Alanis Morrisette


Born Nadine Morissette, 1 June 1974, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Morissette enjoyed considerable critical and public acclaim in her native Canada before that success began to translate to international audiences in the mid-90s. An accomplished singer, dancer and pianist, she began writing her own material at the age of nine. She then achieved her first domestic hit single at the age of 10 ("Faith Stay With Me"). The single led to a publishing deal four years later, but she now dismisses her first two albums where she was pushed very strongly in a pop rock direction. Worldwide recognition followed her move to Madonna's Maverick Records in 1994, by which time she was based in Los Angeles with musical collaborator Glen Ballard (previously co-writer of Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror"). A tape was passed to Maverick by the mixer Jimmy Boyelle. Her third album, Jagged Little Pill, was composed almost entirely of those unadulterated demo tracks. It earned rave reviews across America for her confrontational poise and loaded lyrics, reaching number 1 on the Billboard album chart. It included an appearance by friends the Red Hot Chili Peppers on "You Oughta Know", which featured her most quoted lyric: "Is she perverted like me?/Would she go down on you in a theater?" As Morissette surmised: "I have a difficult time socially, emotionally and musically because I like to communicate on an overwhelmingly intense level. To get it all out, I write as an overt, aggressive woman."

Just about every music industry award was won by Morissette in 1995 in what was an extraordinary year. In the USA alone, by August 1998, Jagged Little Pill was certified as achieving 16 million sales, and world sales had topped 28 million. After disappearing from the music scene for a period, during which she travelled in India, Morissette returned with the inelegantly named Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Overlong, verbose and with an irritating line in American faux-spirituality, the album nevertheless contained several strong tracks, including the worldwide hit single "Thank U", and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart in November 1998. The following year, Morissette made her acting debut in Kevin Smith's controversial Dogma, playing a female God, and released the low-key MTV Unplugged in November. She returned to the studio to record Under Rug Swept, which was released in February 2002. The album, which was also produced by Morissette, marked a return to the AOR rock style of Jagged Little Pill.


Alanis (MCA Canada 1991)**, Now Is The Time (MCA Canada 1992)**, Jagged Little Pill (Maverick/Reprise 1995)****, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick 1998)***, MTV Unplugged (Maverick 1999)***, Under Rug Swept (Maverick 2002)***, Feast On Scraps (Maverick 2002)**, So-Called Chaos (Maverick 2004)***.


Jagged Little Pill: Live (Warner Reprise Video 1997), Live In The Navajo Nation (Image Entertainment 2002), Feast On Scraps (Warner Reprise Video 2002).

Alanis Morissette: Death Of Cinderella, Stuart Coles. Ironic: Alanis Morissette: The Story, Barry Grills. Alanis Morissette: A Biography, Paul Cantin.


Dogma (1999).

Music Albums

Jagged Little Pill

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Star Profile
Master Tone Records

MTV Unplugged

Under Rug Swept [ECD]

Feast On Scraps [CD & DVD]

So-Called Chaos [ECD]

Under Rug Swept [DVD-Audio]

Maximum Alanis Morissette *
Chrome Dreams

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