Up until the mid-1990s, women who found success in the music industry were mostly performers, big voices like Celine Dion or Whitney Houston. Then a certain Alanis Morissette put the “album” on the market.
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It was June 1995. Grunge, a social and musical phenomenon at the start of the decade, was on the wane following the death of Kurt Cobain a year earlier. In Quebec, the Nordiques had just invaded Colorado and the United States was shocked by the attack that killed 168 in Oklahoma.
If you were looking for a reason to be angry, there were many options.
Such was the case with singer Alanis Morissette. She had a lot on her mind. Toxic relationships, domestic violence, the place of women in religion, she turned her anger into a dozen songs (Ironic, hand in my pocket, you’re learning, you should know), which formed today’s classic Jagged little pill.
From a pop singer with no caliber, the one we’ll be reuniting with in Quebec this week after a ten-year absence has overnight become an alternative rock icon and a proud spokesperson for the feminist movement.
27 years later, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Canadian singer-songwriter’s third album changed the face of rock forever. Jagged little pill paved the way for the emergence of several female artists who dreamed of making a living singing their own compositions.
Avril Lavigne, P!nk, Fiona Apple or, more recently, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo are all heirs to Alanis Morissette, admittedly or not.
At that time she remembered in a text that she published in the magazine The fashion spot a few years ago it was far from won. Few female songwriters have managed to earn a place on the regular radio rotation.
“When Jagged little pill started, people from the record company called the radio stations to ask if they would play You should know. For a while they replied, “We’re already touring with two artists. We’re playing Tori Amos and Sinead O’Connor, so we’ve had enough.”
At the Bell Center in Montreal tonight and on the Plains of Abraham on Friday for the Festival d’été de Québec, this will be an opportunity to celebrate one of the most inspirational rock artists of her generation.
Alanis Morissette is the focus of a tour that begins on April 25e birthday Jagged little pillin 2020 but which has been postponed due to COVID-19.
For those nostalgic for the alternative rock scene of the 1990’s, it will be Christmas in July as the group Garbage, led by Shirley Manson, will be there, which certainly won’t be ironic.
- 48 years old.
- Originally from Ottawa.
- Over 75 million albums sold.
- 7 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year for Jagged little pillin 1996.
- Played himself on TV in episodes of some series, including Sex and the City, Curb your enthusiasm and Degrassi: The next generation.
- Served as an advisor to Adam Levine’s team on the show The voicein 2012.
Alanis Morissette has released a new album, The storm before the calm17th of June.