Yay! Arrived home yesterday to find that my Amazon order had arrived early, by a week!
As you can see by the photo below, Jagged Little Pill turned 20 this year and a commemorative, re-mastered version of the album was released, I ordered the limited 4 disc edition - naturally.
I was watching 'QI' a couple of months back when Stephen Fry (or one of his guests?) mentioned that we, as individuals, start making our own choices when listening to music from around the age of 11 or 12 - any music we would've listened to before that would most likely have been influenced by what our parents tastes in music were.
Which made me think back to when I was that age and to which musician's music I first chose to listen to - outside of any parental or adult influence - for myself. Hands down it has to be Alanis Morissette and Jagged Little Pill (eeeeck! 20 years later) - her music has, with every album she's released, been profoundly relatable to me.
I can't explain why.
I do sort of find it sad that she is only really remembered for her international debut and being described as angry - in her own words though, is that if she were to be singularly labelled as one dimensional, angry is fine by her - 'an angry woman is a thinking women!' - according to the interview she had with Oprah. There is so much more to her than that, there is so much more to us too, more than one word to describe who we are as individuals.
She goes on to say that she thought fame would bring her comfort and be the healing balm, when in fact it just amplified all her insecurities - bearing in mind she was only 20 years old at the time - and at the height of her fame she felt the most isolated.
See link below. for the full interview.
Apart from the remastered original album, there is also an unreleased first-time-performance-in-London concert, a 10 year commemorative acoustic version and - what I was looking out for - a disc with 10 unreleased demo songs from that recording period and which never made it onto the final album - what a treat to listen to them - my off-the-bat favourite is 'Superstar Wonderful Weirdos'. Listen to it below.
For those who would like to see her more humorous side, below are two links of her appearing on the 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' and 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon', obviously promoting the re-release - where she sings updated versions of her not so ironic song, Ironic - thanks Amy, her singing with James Corden is so funny!
And it's one of only 30, 000 made, how cool is that?
So?! Are you a Superstar Wonderful Weirdo?
Until next time,