At the time (and for the two years of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ being played everywhere that followed), the album gave me these feelings of power. I wasn’t cool, aware, or old enough to already be into the riot grrrl music scene that was developing at the same time. A lot of girls like me didn’t have access to that music, but we had access to the incredibly popular music Alanis has made. Then came the slightly later addition of No Doubt’s ‘Just a Girl’,which resonated so deeply with me as the only girl in a family with three brothers who were treated differently to me. These songs spoke to me directly; lying on my bed and listening to women express a vast array of emotions, including anger and pain, which I hadn’t heard before. ‘You Oughta Know’ was the first time I had ever heard a woman sing the f-word. They were songs that were unapologetically about feelings, and about pushing back against the world.

Rebecca Shaw on jagged little pills.

I must be about Shaw’s age because I, too, own the original Jagged Little Pill which–given that I almost never bought CDs–was A Big Deal when I bought it in early high school.

Morissette is also one of the few artists I’ve seen in concert, when she did a dual tour with Garbage; my friend wanted to go see the former, I said I was there for the latter (also for the joke of being about to tell people I went to “a Garbage concert”). I still remember the opening act was Stellar, mostly because “Violent” was one of my original theme songs for Lain. ((Stellar should also not be confused with stellastarr*, whose track “Sweet Troubled Soul” was also one of my original Wyrdverse songs, albeit this time for Loki/Sigyn.))

… I was probably going somewhere with this, but I got distracted watching old ’90s videoclips on YouTube. Gods I’m so old.

(And actually, now that I’m thinking about it, the original name for Liesmith was even * supposed former apocalypse junkie which, yanno. Is a riff off of Morissette’s second album, basically because I’m terrible at titles. So there you go. The 90s, kids!)