And now for something I don’t care about at all!
Why are you so petrified of silence? In our tenth episode, the When We Were Young podcast revisits Alanis Morissette’s monolithic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. As one of the best-selling albums of all time with half its songs released as singles, you oughta know the one — but is it truly an angst masterpiece worth falling “Head Over Feet” for? Or is it time to “Wake Up” and take one hand out of your pocket so that both hands can cover your ears?
From her Paula Abdul-esque early 90s pop stylings to the album’s (possibly unfair) reputation as “angry chick rock,” Alanis Morissette gets put under the When We Were Young microscope, as some of our hosts worship the ground she walks on (appropriately — she did play God in Dogma), while other hosts experience a deep-seeded rage whenever hearing Alanis’ trifling despair over rain on her wedding day. And yes, we will discuss Dave Coulier and whether or not the answer to “Isn’t it ironic?” regarding the song “Ironic” is… no.
This episode of the podcast marks, to date, the topic I have had the least experience with or interest in, though it was fun to approach something that many consider a landmark with fresh ears, more or less. I was surprised to learn that Jagged Little Pill is far from a “breakup album,” with digs not just at exes but also sleazy former managers, stage parents, and the Catholic patriarchy. Who knew? (Yes, I know — everyone who was alive in the mid-90s, except for me.)
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