Next month, Alanis Morissette will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, the landmark album that spawned massive radio hits like “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know” and scored the Canadian singer-songwriter five Grammys.
On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Morissette opened up to EW about the album—and how she feels about it now.
“I thank sweet baby Jesus that I can actually perform these songs,” she said at the Sixth Annual Women in Music Concert Celebration Presented by Ebay. “There’s timelessness to it for me that I can actually stand by these lyrics still. Thank god. Because otherwise I probably wouldn’t want to.”
Morissette also shared a favorite memory from working on the album, which was produced by Glen Ballard and released on Madonna’s Maverick label.
“I remember before I met Guy Oseary at Maverick, I was writing ‘All I Really Want’ in my sweatpants,” she recalled. “And they said, ‘You need to go over and meet everybody at Madonna’s label.’ And I said, ‘I’m in my f—ing sweatpants!’ And they said, ‘Well, you gotta go now!’ So my first meeting with the whole team was me in my sweatpants. It was horrifying. Thankfully, they loved my music.”
Reporting by Raha Lewis