Alanis Morissette Reflects on 'You Oughta Know' 25 Years Later

It was 25 years ago that Alanis Morissette released her defiant and culture-shifting album Jagged Little Pill.

It was a project that literally changed the face of pop music especially sung by a female artist and “You Oughtta Know," one of its biggest hits, was its anthem.

It was raw, powerful and angry, you rarely heard that kind of energy coming from a woman in pop music before Alanis.

And she just reflected on its release in an essay for the Hollywood Reporter, where she writes in part:

"If some people were afraid of their own anger, there I was onstage emoting my anger and having no apologies about it...Anger is so empowering for me...I was giving myself permission to not redirect physical anger, depression and sadness that we're told not to feel, especially women...But we’re built to feel them. So you either implode…or explode. When I write songs, they're for me. But when I share them, it's an offering."

The brand-new musical, Jagged Little Pill, based around the music of the album and written by Oscar winning scribe Diablo Cody is on Broadway now.

 

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