And who woulda thought?
If "you think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up in your face," then flashing back to 1996 and re-watching Alanis Morissette's hit, Ironic, may just ironically cheer you up.
In the late '90s, you couldn't turn on the radio or tune into a music television station without hearing one Alanis song or another blasting from it. Her catchy, angst-ridden lyrics and pop music were a breath of fresh air from the prior "grunge" phase heard throughout the '90s, though Alanis often kept her look quite the same in her tattered jeans, plain shirts, and less-than-Pantene level hair cleanliness.
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Still, Alanis was basically worshipped by teenaged and 20-something girls who had bones to pick with their ex-boyfriends and those experimenting with their newly-adult status and fired-up feminist feelings. Alanis was a glorified goddess with all the words these fans were trying to project themselves, just set to pop music.
The music video for Ironic was relatively simple compared to others made during that time, yet you couldn't take your eyes off the animated Alanis. It's just her (and her 3 alter-egos) in a beat up old car. Almost "like rain on your wedding day," the "Alanis Four" drove along a long road in the snow instead.
The driver of the clunker, we suppose, is the actual Alanis, wearing a fluffy winter cap and driving seemingly safely during a wintry afternoon.
She peers in her rear-view mirror where we see her catch a glimpse of another Alanis, looking super crazy in a bright green sweater, throwing some sort of conniption while appearing to be almost Muppet-like. Kermit the Frog would surely not appreciate this.
Another braided-haired Alanis in yellow also looking wacky and weird sits in the back with the Muppetized Alanis, and she's just as nuts. Child car seats would have been a welcome option for these two.
Up in the passenger seat donning a red sweater is the last of the Alanis' trying to take a flying leap out the window and floating in the breeze like a Labrador retriever in springtime.
Is this video saying Alanis is ¼ normal and ¾ ready to be institutionalized?
All the Alanis' sing the same as they continue down the snowy road in their old fashioned car. This ride seems troublingly dangerous, not only due to the icy conditions but the less-than-stable seeming Alanis quartet.
Alas, the car conks out in the middle of the road. Perhaps Alanis should have used her millions from record sales to purchase a newer car. "And isn't it ironic… don't you think?"
So sit back with a glass of Chardonnay (preferably sans black fly) and take a look at this Alanis video again and make your own assumptions about what these four versions of Alanis really mean. You Oughta Know, right?