Alanis Morissette was about to trash “Ironic”

Alanis Morissette was about to trash “Ironic”

Sometimes a musician doesn't realize the potential contained in one of his songs, so much so that he decides whether to record it or leave it alone. Although it was the biggest hit of Alanis Morissette in the United States the Canadian singer-songwriter, then 21 years old, was not at all convinced of the goodness of “Ironic”he didn't even think it deserved to be included in his third album, “Jagged Little Pill”released in June 1995.

In an interview a few years ago Alanis – who turns 50 today – recalled what happened, giving in to the evidence, recognizing that she hadn't evaluated the song well: “You know, I didn't even want it on the album. It was one of the first songs that Glen Ballard and I wrote, almost like a demo. But in the end people liked the melody and I didn't consider it that precious. I came to understand later that maybe I should have. Whoops!”.

“Ironic” was released as a single – the third taken from “Jagged Little Pill”After “You Oughta Know” And “Hand in My Pocket” – in February 1996. The co-author of the song was responsible for the production Glen Ballard. About the genesis of the song Alanis Morissette she said when interviewed in 2001 by the US edition of Billboard: “In about fifteen minutes we were there. 'Ironic' was the third song we wrote. Oh God, we were just having fun. I thought I didn't know what it was, what genre it was, who knows? It's just good.”