Friday, June 12, 2009

Heroism in Music: Alanis Morissette

I honestly never thought that I'd write something along these lines about Alanis Morissette. I tend to not be a big fan of music from the 1990's in general, and my main interaction with her prior to this is that for a short period of time I dated a girl who was obsessed with "Jagged Little Pill." But the video below should fully explain why.

It can be said that what could be called
soulfulness in the 1990's got to be so freakishly common that it completely lost its effect. Ms. Morisette was in a large way part of this trend. The backlash to this movement was a shift towards bubblegum pop in the form of The Spice Girls, Brittney Spears, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, the Backstreet Boys, Nsync etc etc etc... To be honest for a while it was nice to just have a happy little melody that you could hum to with a distinct lack of heartfelt ballads about abortion anxiety, the plight of workers in the third world etc...

For me that fun ended with the Black Eyed Peas and
Fergie. And specifically the song Ms. Morisette covers in the video below. The song "My Humps" is an experience in killing your brain. Repetitive beats, IDIOTIC lyrics. Lyrics which go as far as using a pathetic euphemism and then a verse later spell out the euphemism's literal meaning.

"What you gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside that trunk?" becomes "What you gonna do with all that ass? All that ass inside those jeans?" and the collective IQ of western civilization drops five points. Add to this a pseudo-female empowerment theme that makes the pornographic parody of Spice World "The 5 Sins" look like "The Color Purple" or "Iron Jawed Angels" by comparison.

Quite frankly what Ms.
Morisette's cover/parody of this song does is embody a favored line of Internet and radio personality Lindsey Perigo, which I often don't agree with and who would not likely agree with this assessment. When discussing music he always uses the question "Why eat shit when you can have food?"

This shows a song with complex unbroken melodies as well as skilled and soulful vocals contrasted against the depths to which modern music has dropped. This version of the song, makes all of modern pop music leave you less than satisfied and maybe even feeling a little unclean. It should. So kudos to you Ms.
Morisette for reminding the world a little bit of what it's missing out on.