Alanis Morissette

12 Ways to Say “Thank You” in Song

You know those people on Facebook who celebrate even minor holidays by posting corresponding songs? “Here’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ happy Earth Day!” Maybe you’re one of those people. I won’t tell, though your entire Facebook feed already knows. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I’m just saying: at least make sure you pick… Read More

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Creationists Beware: This Supercut of ’90s Vocal Hooks Confirms Evolution Once and for All

All Darwinism skeptics may want to look away — evolution has never been clearer than in watching this supercut of wordless ’90s… Read More

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25 Awful 1990s Hit Songs We Loved Anyway

There’s an art to the good bad song. What makes “Livin’ La Vida Loca” a bad song and not a good bad song? What makes Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart” good but La Bouche and Aqua good bad? A lot of it has to do with cheese, of which the 1990s had about as much as Frasier Crane’s fridge. If a song had the right combination of trends, it could reach the top of the charts despite lyrical hokeyness or songwriting shoddiness. Once such a song reached the radio, there was no escaping it, a fact that would later aid astute listeners in recognizing its utter terribleness. But in some cases, we’d be secretly a little happy to hear it again, at least every once in a while. This is what turns a bad song into a good bad song. Here are 25 of them from the… Read More

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10 Musical Preferences That Might Get You Arrested (Or Killed)

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t quite stifle a rueful sigh at the news earlier this week that a woman in Colorado was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend after he refused to stop blasting Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the stereo. It seems there’ve been several such reports of late, and while there’s nothing funny about domestic assault, the whole thing did get us thinking about songs that have managed to get their fans into hot water. We decided to investigate further, and came up with this selection of music that has landed fans in trouble in various amusing, ridiculous, and/or depressing ways. … Read More

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The Enduring Mysteries Behind 10 Great Love Songs

A few weeks back, we looked at the true stories behind some of our favorite love songs. It’s always fascinating to hear a definitive account of what inspired one of your favorite tunes, but it can be equally enthralling to try to puzzle it out on your own. And, of course, in some cases that’s all you can do, because it may well be that the songwriter in question isn’t providing any answers. So it goes with these tunes, which are all the more fascinating because of the mystery surrounding exactly who they’re about. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished LEGO a very happy 80th birthday. We read the first few entries to Dave Eggers’ 90 Days, 90 Reasons, a political project which currently includes contributions from cultural icons like Roger Ebert and George Saunders. We were fascinated by this infographic of every trip… Read More

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The 10 Most ’90s Songs of the ’90s

Just the other day, New Radicals’ 1998 one-hit wonder “You Get What You Give” came up in conversation, and it occurred to us that, over a decade into the new millennium, the music of the ’90s is starting to sound as dated as disco did when we were kids. From cultural references to Tonya Harding, Hanson, and white kids who desperately wanted to be gangstas to zeitgeist-y topics like Gen-X disaffection and sex education, there are just some songs that unmistakably evoke the decade. We’ve rounded up what we think of as the most ’90s songs of the ’90s after the jump; keep in mind that this isn’t a list of the best tracks of the era, just the ones that are clearly the products of its preoccupations. Let us know what you’d add in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Exciting news: Leonard Cohen has announced that he’s touring North America in November and December to promote Old Ideas, the 77-year-old legend’s first studio album since 2004. The 11 scheduled dates will conclude with two performances in New York City: one at Madison Square Garden, and the other at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center.… Read More

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Dave Coulier Revisits the "You Oughta Know" Drama

For those of us who grew up watching Full House, the rumor that Alanis Morissette’s angry breakthrough single “You Oughta Know” was about her relationship none other than Uncle Joey was confusing (Joey Gladstone didn’t date) and upsetting (Joey Gladstone was the funny/cool parent). There were also rumors that the song was about Bob Saget, hockey player Mike Peluso, Matt LeBlanc, and one of her early producers, but we all knew the truth.

Then, in a 2008 interview with the Calgary Sun, Dave Coulier finally admitted that he was the man that had inspired the song. That said, outside of a whispered something that you couldn’t hear in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Morissette has never confirmed that it’s really about him because, as she says, “I write these songs for myself, not other people.” … Read More

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