Origins: A segment of the modern audience insists on interpreting the lyrics of pop songs written in the first person literally (see the legend about Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" for a prime example) and assuming that the accounts described therein must reflect the personal experiences of the singers. (The latter perhaps fostered by the trend that began in the 1960s of pop musicians' writing their own material rather than relying upon the efforts of commercial songwriters.) When Mary MacGregor hit the charts with "Torn Between Two Lovers" in 1976, for example, far too many fans assumed she must really have been involved in relationships with two different men at the same time (even though the song was not written by MacGregor, but was in fact was penned by two men, Peter Yarrow and Phil Jarrel), and listeners spent years trying to guess whom Carly Simon had in mind when she wrote "You're So Vain."
It was inevitable, then, that Alanis Morissette's vitriolic 1995 song "You Oughta Know" (from her huge-selling third album, Jagged Little Pill) would trigger gossip about the identity of the ex-lover savaged in the lyrics for moving on so quickly:
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner.
It was a slap in my face how quickly I was replaced.
Are you thinking of me when you fuck her?
- Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, best known as Joey Gladstone on TV's Full House, whom Morissette dated for a while after they met at a hockey game in 1992. (The relationship reportedly ended because Coulier, fifteen years her senior, wanted to start a family, but Morissette felt she was too young.)
- Bob Saget, host of TV's America's Funniest Home Videos and another regular on the Full House series.
- Mike Peluso, a (former) member of the Ottawa Senators NHL team.
- Matt LeBlanc, star of TV's Friends, who once appeared in one of Morissette's music videos.
- Leslie Howe, Morissette's long-time friend and songwriting partner.
Alanis Morissette biography
Last updated: 24 May 2007
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