Catching up on forty years. 1995: Ironic – Alanis Morrissette
“Alanis Morrissette – another woman in dire need of ice cream”
Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory (The Wheaton Recurrence)
If 1992, and Natalie Merchant’s These Are Days, brought me a song for those moments in life when you celebrate the very lifeness of life then Ms Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill album is for those opposite moments when life throws stuff at you. You Oughta Know throws vitriol and revenge at her ex in a wonderful rant at their meal table. Hand in My Pocket is a more defiant flick of a cigarette at the world as she states her uncertainty about life,
And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
But that doesn’t matter because she’s standing on her own two feet.
The song for 1995 though is Ironic. It is a glass half-empty song still but funny in a sick cruel way. It’s the story of the lottery winner who dies the next day, the executed death row prisoner who is pardoned…too late. It’s also a cracking piece of music moving from gentle ballad to screaming rock in seconds.
I don’t think I’m being ironic or cruel to say Alanis Morrissette never really matched this moment in her career but it’s tough act to follow when you write the ultimate vengeful epistle for every teenager ever, so early. As they say, follow that…
You can find our more about me and Alanis Morrissette at Living with…Alanis Morrissette…for a week!