You might find this a tad bit ironic, but the song that catapulted Alanis Morissette to her massive success in the mid-'90s wasn't one she even wanted on her classic Jagged Little Pill album.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer/songwriter opens up her upcoming new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, and discusses what she's been up to since Havoc and Bright Lights came out in 2012.
Her 1995 classic album has since been immortalized in a Jagged Little Pill musical, written by Juno writer Diablo Cody. "Ironic" topped the charts here for six weeks, reached the top five in Australia, New Zealand and Norway and was also her biggest hit in the United States. But not much about the lyrics is actually ironic, and the recent musical pokes fun at that.
"You know, I didn't even want that song on the record," Alanis told Rolling Stone of the track, which is also arguably her best-known song. "I remember a lot of people going, 'Please, please, please.' That was one of the first songs [Jagged Little Pill producer] Glen Ballard and I wrote, almost like a demo. But people wound up liking the melody, and I wasn't that precious about it. I came to realize later that perhaps I should have been."
Over the last 10 years, Alanis has had three children and battled postpartum depression for nearly as long. She's been outspoken about her experiences with it, and the new album touches on insomnia and its connections with PPD.
Her children – Ever Imre, 9, Onyx Solace, nearly 6, and nearly one-year-old Winter Mercy – have also brought her a lot of joy. She says her eldest, Ever, has inherited her legendary set of pipes.
"My son sings with me and harmonizes with me and the timbre is exactly the same – and he's got full Mariah range," she told Rolling Stone. "I think [my range] was always there... I have to knock on wood when I say this, but I always imagined that as I got older, my range would get smaller. But the opposite is true. My range is actually getting wider. Low is actually, for me, just as fun as high. Like, how low can I get? It's almost like these vocal cords are a paintbrush. Sometimes it's velvety, sometimes it's just really crackly and vulnerable."
Fans will also be able to read Alanis's first book very soon. While the memoir doesn't have a release date yet, she told Rolling Stone she's written a whopping 1,300 pages for it so far.
"I've used every name," she said. "But I'm not going to name names [in the actual book]. I mean, maybe I will if I get some permissions here and there, but again, not unlike 'You Oughta Know,' I'm not writing for some revenge-filled outcome. The irony for me is that I don't care about my story. I've hired people to help me care, because I don't. It's why I get excited when I hear other people tell me their stories. But my intention is not to just do a tell-all that ruins 25 people's lives in one minute."
You can pick up Such Pretty Forks in the Road on July 31.