Living with…Alanis Morrissette…for a week

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out  (Ironic 1995)

Isn’t it ironic?

The head of News International door stepped in his gym gear.

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you.

While UK political leaders rush to distance themselves from News International, one man did it successfully a few years ago.  Just ask Gordon Brown  – maybe not through choice though.

Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

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Jagged Little Pill (1995)…again and acoustically again

No apologies here for quoting Alanis Morissette extensively from Jagged Little Pill – this is some of the best revenge poetry written since the Vikings exchanged hate songs around the camp fires fresh from a day pillaging.

I hadn’t played the spitting anger of You Oughta Know for a long time and it really is one of the best vitriolic songs about an ex ever!

You seem very well, things look peaceful
I’m not quite as well, I thought you should know
Did you forget about me Mr. Duplicity
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner
It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced…

…And I’m here to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It’s not fair to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know

And it’s not just the lyrics, it’s the anger with which she delivers this and most of the album that makes it so raw and so great.  This is rock chick, but not saccharine with 80’s Bonnie Tyler hair and wind machines.  This is rock chick with angst and anger (and occasional bouts of happiness) bellowing from the speakers.

So what happens when Alanis gets a little older and mellows?

I also wanted to hear was what Alanis did next.  I knew the original well.  In 2005 she returned to Jagged Little Pill and recorded an acoustic, stripped back version- which was initially sold exclusively through Starbucks.  This is adult music – less challenging, more tolerant.  Some acoustic guitar, some strings – less shouting.  Looking back and being that little more detached from the venom.

I love coffee shops and this mellow sound is preferable to some of the stuff that gets played in them.  And I’d happily put it on in the background.

But surely it’s not what the Vikings would have done?  An acoustic hate and pillage poem delivered contemplatively?  But maybe, ten years later when they’ve returned to the fjords and they’re looking back on those pillaging days, maybe even they reworked those poems and songs for acoustic consumption over a cup of Nordic coffee around the campfire…

This week’s video.  Ironic, of course.

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Twotes of the week

@anthonyzach: Two days without coffee = splitting headache. Two large Americanos = headache gone. Int chemical dependency brilliant?!

@Its_Death: Worldwide revulsion as leaked emails reveal Rebekah Brooks & Andy Coulson used Comic Sans regularly.

@jacques_aih: Ironically, what’s a good way for a political party to lose the support of News International? Brown knows.

@GaryDelaney: Work out your real name by taking what people call you and adding your parents’ surname.

@wearebrighton: Big weekend for Mid Sussex – Katherine Jenkins plays Haywards Heath. Brighton & Hove Albion play Burgess Hill

@jacques_aih: When English cricket captains retire they get sent to Commentary.

@stephencgrant: Apostrophe help: Is it Stag Do’s or Stag Dos? The former looks like a kids word for animal poo and the latter an operating system. TIA

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