Someone Pulled a Gun on Alanis Morrisette and Almost Stole 'Jagged Little Pill'

A seminal work of the 1990's was almost lost

August 7, 2020

Jagged Little Pill was a landmark album cementing Alanis Morissette’s voice as a counter to the popular hum of other 1990's artists. But in a recent interview with the BBC, she says her work was almost lost at gunpoint.

“I was being held up at gunpoint and they wanted all my things and I knew that I was going to give them anything, first of all,” Morissette told the BBC’s The One Show. “Second of all, I had my backpack with all the ‘Jagged Little Pill’ record contents in it.”

Little did she know, the encounter would make or break the future of a No. 1 platinum album. To think the public would be denied of a perfect break up song in “You Oughta Know.” We would be denied of watching four different Morissettes ride around in a Lincoln Continental Mark V and contemplate the complicated human phenomena of irony. Fortunately, fate had other plans for the singer.

“I gave them my wallet and my purse and they said go lie down. So I lay down with my backpack and thought they'll take that on the way out but they didn't. It was so fortuitous and I'm happy to still be here.”

The 46-year-old singer is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit record. Before the cornonavirus shut down most tours, she performed the album in its entirety at the Apollo Theater in New York.

Alanis is still making new music. She released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road last week.

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