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Taping recap: Alanis Morissette

Nineties rock icon Alanis Morissette made history on the Austin City Limits stage bringing the nostalgic air of MTV Unplugged episodes and an obsession with alternative rock to a packed Moody Theater crowd. The show-stopping  performance brought 1995’s landmark Jagged Little Pill album back to capture the hearts of 90’s rockers in combination with tracks from her classic albums including Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, So-Called Chaos, Under Rug Swept, and Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Morissette’s magic, which comes from her unrivaled soul and authenticity in the presence of 90’s rock, continued to make waves. A musical trailblazer, Morissette’s Season 49 performance reflected a legacy that once compelled fans to cry, yell, and dance over the cords connected to their Sony CD players that continues to fuel audiences with a lust for life. More than an icon you oughta know, Morissette is the powerfully raw and introspective rock legend you oughta be. 

The singer’s performance kicked off with a high energy entrance, as she ran onto stage to the familiar intro of the classic “All I Really Want,” signature harmonica in hand. Capturing the crowd in excitement, Morisette walked and leaped back and forth across the stage singing powerfully. Morissette’s free-spirited stage presence, combined with an “in your face” authenticity, transports concert-goers back to 1995. The performance continued into the uplifting “Hand in My Pocket,” a testament to the comforting relatability of the singer’s intimate lyricism that captured the heart of the audience. The enraptured crowd swayed back and forth before the beginning of “Head Over Feet,” the popular ballad for the hopeless romantics dedicated to finally surrendering to the consuming purity of healthy love.  Around the theater, a group of patrons stood linked arm to arm, belting out “I couldn’t help it, it’s all your fault,” as couples exchanged long glances while listening to the heartwarming gem.

“Losing the Plot” from Morissette’s 2020 album Such Pretty Forks in the Road brings her familiar uplifting but confessional lyricism to the forefront as the singer explores the emotional exhaustion brought from the pursuit of relentless perseverance.  Towards the end of the song Morissette bared all with a brightly, bedazzled electric guitar while singing  “I am losing the plot, I am grieving the end of superwoman-ing.” The Canadian singer brought her performance to an end, bringing an already musically enamored crowd to jump on their feet to the angsty, tell-all, breakup anthem, “You Oughta Know.” A packed Moody Theater crowd passionately belted “And I am here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away” as fans headbanged and stretched their hands out in the signature rock and roll “horns” gesture while the band began “Uninvited.” The final anthem “Thank You” saw Morisette spinning in circles creating a passionately explosive end to a history-making performance. A trailblazer for female-fronted rock, Morissette’s originality continues to keep audiences head over feet. 


All I Really Want – Jagged Little Pill

Hand in My Pocket – Jagged Little Pill

Right Through You – Jagged Little Pill

You Learn – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 1 (Hands Clean) – Under Rug Swept

Forgiven – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 2 (Everything) – So-Called Chaos

Mary Jane – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 3 (Diagnosis) – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Reasons I Drink – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Head Over Feet – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 4 (So Unsexy) – Under Rug Swept

Ablaze – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Segue 4 ½ (Nemesis) – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Perfect – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 5 Mike (Losing the Plot) – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Wake Up (acoustic) – Jagged Little Pill

Not the Doctor – Jagged Little Pill

Ironic – Jagged Little Pill

Segue 6 (Sympathetic Character) – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Smiling – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Segue 7 (I Remain) – Havoc and Bright Lights

You Oughta Know – Jagged Little Pill


Uninvited – City of Angels soundtrack

Thank U – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie


Alanis Morissette – vocals, harmonica, guitar

Michael Farrell – keyboards

Jason Orme – guitar

Cedric Lemoyne – bass

Julian Coryell – guitar

Victor Indrizzo – drums