Jagged Little Pill: The story of Alanis Morissette's seminal 1995 album

31 August 2020, 10:30

Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album artwork
Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album artwork. Picture: Album Artwork

How much do you think you know about the Canadian singer-songwriter's seminal record?

Alanis Morissette delighed her fans across the world with the announcement of a global Jagged Little Pill 25th Anniversary Tour for 2021. But how much do you actually know about Alanis Morissette's seminal album? Find out here...

  1. Jagged Little Pill was technically NOT a debut album

    While Jagged Little Pill - which came out on 13 June 1995 - was the first album Alanis Morissette released internationally, it was technically her third studio album overall.

    It was preceded by two records, which were released in Canada only; Alanis (1991) and Now Is The Time (1992).

  2. The album was initially rejected by every major label

    According to Alanis Morissette who recently spoke on the on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, no record labels were interested in what she had at first.

    "Not an uncommon thing for rejection," she told the late show host. "I had written 10 initial [songs] to get my whistle wet, and then when we got the rejections I asked everybody to stop so I could go back under my rock and keep writing."

  3. It was eventually picked up by Madonna's co-founded label, Maverick Records

    Maverick, which was founded by the Queen of Pop in 1992 with Frederick Devan and Veronica Dashev, was formerly owned and operated by Warner Music Group.

    Alanis told Fallonl: "I went back and wrote more, and then once I was writing All I Really Want - which is the last song on the record - with Glen (Ballard) we got a call from Maverick, Madonna's label [...] so we played [for the A&R guy] You Oughta Know, and Perfect and Hand In My Pocket and he was very excited..."

  4. Ironic wasn't the album's lead single

    Alanis might most be known across the globe for her Ironic single and video, but it was actually You Oughta Know that was released first, on 7 July 1995.

    After the brutally honest and scathing track was played on radio and the likes of MTV, further singles in All I Really Want and Hand in My Pocket helped her secure a No.1.

    Only then did her fourth, Ironic - which was released on February 27 1996 - go on to be her biggest hit.

  5. Dave Navarro and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea both feature on the album

    The album's lead single You Oughta Know features music from the RHCP bassist and step-in guitarist Dave Navarro.

    The pair created the song in the studio together, and were asked to re-write the music for Alanis.

  6. Jagged Little Pill is one of the best selling albums of all time

    If you were alive in 1995 then this fact probably won't surprise you, but if for some reason you were living under a rock - Jagged Little Pill was absolutely MASSIVE.

    It went to No.1 in thirteen countries, won four GRAMMY Awards and made Morissette the first Canadian artist to achieve double diamond sales.

    In fact, Jagged Little Pill sold over 33 million copies worldwide and went 10 times platinum in the UK alone.