Singer Alanis Morissette apparently took advantage of a chance to update her hit song “Ironic” during a recent appearance on a popular late night talk show.
— E! Online (@eonline) November 10, 2015
The 41-year-old singer appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden as part of her promotional tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.
Even though “Ironic” was the fourth single on the album, it quickly became known as Alanis Morissette’s most memorable hit song to numerous fans and critics around the world.
Performing the “updated version” of the song alongside James Corden proved that (1) Alanis Morissette looks nearly the same as she did back in 1995 and (2) Alanis Morissette sounds almost the same as she did back then as well.
When it comes to the lyrics, fans of the original song will easily recognize the numerous familiar references sprinkled throughout the song, including “an old friend,” “a free ride,” and “cake.” However, the updated lyrics focus more on the popular trends and social media platforms that were not even thought about 20 years ago.
- Facebook: “An old friend sends you a Facebook request…”
- iPhones: “It’s like they announce a new iPhone the day after you buy it.”
- Tinder: “It’s like swiping left on your future soulmate…”
- Snapchat: “It’s a Snapchat that you wish you had saved…”
- Twitter: “It’s a funny tweet that nobody faves”
- Waze: “It’s a traffic jam when you tried to use Waze”
- Vape (eCigarettes): “A no-smoking sign when you brought your Vape”
- Amazon: “It’s like Amazon, but your package never came”
- Netflix: “It’s like Netflix, but you own DVDs”
- Uber: “It’s a free ride, but your Uber’s down the street”
Alanis Morissette even had a chance to poke fun at the song itself by singing that “It’s like singing ‘Ironic’ but there are no ironies.” She also mentioned the fact that there is still not a female late night talk show host after all of the “thousands” of male late night hosts that have received their own shows over the years.
According to the Independent, Alanis Morissette reflected on the overall experience of recording and releasing Jagged Little Pill in a published essay.
“Having written my first songs at 9 years old, and produced them at 10 and 11… I knew that this journey of art-making would be a long one, for how RIGHT it felt… I quietly made a promise to myself. In my mouse-infested apartment, I promised myself that I WOULD NOT STOP until I was in a room with someone whose very interaction with me begged the question: ‘Who ARE you, Alanis?'”
Alanis also expressed the reaction that she had to the rejection she received at that point of her career, including how it helped her to build the imperative quality of perseverance.
“Rejection for me, over the 10 years I had been in the music industry at that point, intimated I had not found my ‘home’ yet… so I persevered… There was a cultural wave swelling…a readiness, perhaps, for people to hear about the underbelly, the true experience of being a young, sensitive, and brave person in a patriarchal world.”
Within the United States alone, Jagged Little Pill became a massive commercial hit for Alanis Morissette, selling more than 15 million copies. It definitely made a huge cultural impact on the entertainment industry overall when it skyrocketed in popularity.
Given her angsty lyrics, it’s not surprising that Alanis Morissette’s uniform was a study in contradictions: https://t.co/VCoFk2y7mk
— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) October 31, 2015
Oh hey, Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette turned 20 this year. One of the best feminist albums ever.
— Brad Jaeger (@bradjaeger) October 31, 2015
It’s arrived! Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill collectors edition 😍 pic.twitter.com/gHxsHfqQBc
— Caspar Aremi (@caspararemi) October 31, 2015
Jagged Little Pill was Alanis Morissette’s third studio album. Her debut album, Alanis, was first released on April 6, 1991. To date, Alanis Morissette has released eight different studio albums between 1991 and 2012, excluding the recently released 20th-anniversary deluxe edition of Jagged Little Pill.
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