Alanis Morissette

Front Row is one of the greatest album openers of all time.

Absolutely. Sometimes albums begin with a song that gently coaxes you into the album's world, and some just grab you and pull you in whether you're ready or not. Front Row is definitely the latter, and it's a dazzling, kaleodoscopic rush. That "As you you were kissed by g*G*o*O*d*D full on the lips" bit, I mean hi.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie trained me to look closely at The Album After THE ALBUM because it's so rewarding to look at them from that angle. The Bad, the Listen Without Prejudice, the Tusk, the Up!, the Around The World In A Day, the 25, and so on. "What does ____ do immediately after their world-conquering, record-busting super album that catapaults them to the top of the heap?" Because any response is interesting, whether you play it safe and just crank up the elements that made the last one work; or if you decide to do something bolder or heavier or more experimental and dare the audience to come with.

Alanis definitely fell into the latter category, but I don't believe it was calculated. She may have been aware that the final product was going to significantly reduce her audience, and she probably would have welcomed that likelihood if it had crossed her mind. But it really just feels, at the highest level, like an artist doing what she needs to do, exploring her shit, figuring out how to move through and into the next stage of her life and work. It's not calculation, it's compulsion. This was what her innermost muse pushed her toward.

It's kind of miraculous that Thank U did as well as it did, but then the first single was always going to blow up out of the gate. It's still stunning to see it leapfrog up the Hot 100 Airplay chart. I think its first few weeks were like 42-11-5 or something like that.
 
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie trained me to look closely at The Album After THE ALBUM because it's so rewarding to look at them from that angle. The Bad, the Listen Without Prejudice, the Tusk, the Up!, the Around The World In A Day, the 25, and so on. "What does ____ do immediately after their world-conquering, record-busting super album that catapaults them to the top of the heap?" Because any response is interesting, whether you play it safe and just crank up the elements that made the last one work; or if you decide to do something bolder or heavier or more experimental and dare the audience to come with.

Completely agree. You could also add Natalie Imbruglia's 'White Lilies Island' to that list, I feel.
 
Also Thank You was huge and everywhere at the time so I’m not sure I agree with the legend of the hidden and forgotten album.

Oh, sure it was a big single for her but I don't think many people sought out the album. I doubt many/any non-Alanis fans could name Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. I'm sure they probably could all name Jagged Little Pill, even if they'd never listened to it.
 
“Thank U” definitely benefitted from coming after the Jagged Little Pill era singles and “Uninvited” but the video also played an important role as so many commented on/mocked it for her being naked all over a city.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie as an era seemed very much to be attempting to be anti-commercial (for it’s time period). The cover alone was off-putting to many since it was just… teeth. I also don’t think stations really played the singles much. I only ever saw the videos for “Thank U” and “So Pure” in heavy rotation on MTV/VH1.
 
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Has there any been any great detail or full length interview about the Junkie album? Jagged Little Pill has so much but this album seems to have so little. There’s next to nothing on Wikipedia and all I really know is what she talks about on the DVD documentary on her greatest hits.
 
Has there any been any great detail or full length interview about the Junkie album? Jagged Little Pill has so much but this album seems to have so little. There’s next to nothing on Wikipedia and all I really know is what she talks about on the DVD documentary on her greatest hits.
There's this Rolling Stone one from 1998: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/alanis-morissette-the-rolling-stone-interview-237873/ but I wouldn't say it's a deep dive about the songs.
 
Has there any been any great detail or full length interview about the Junkie album? Jagged Little Pill has so much but this album seems to have so little. There’s next to nothing on Wikipedia and all I really know is what she talks about on the DVD documentary on her greatest hits.

Here’s a very substantial one. It starts on the front page and then you have to scroll to later in the upload to see the rest. There’s even a little article about the industry’s expectations for the album’s opening week.

https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/90s/1998/BB-1998-10-03.pdf

By the way, this website is amazing. You can look at virtually any Billboard magazine issue you want, in full.
 
Front Row is one of the greatest album openers of all time.

Oh, absolutely. It's possibly my favourite Alanis song (although this title could also go to 'You Learn' depending on the day to be honest), it's such a rush. It's so distinctive and unique (the audacity of having that as the opening track on the follow up to Jagged Little Pill!) but at the same time it's just so undeniably good.

It is filled with great lyrics. For some reason I have always loved "Raise the roof" he yelled, "Yeah, raise the roof!", I yelled back. I have this habit of just dropping it into conversation with my partner on a far-too-regular basis...

And that's all before we even think about the hidden lyrics in the choruses... Incredible
 
Basically JLP+Thank U+Ablaze+Uninvited
+Bits of other songs done as segues

However, it's being said the Euro and UK tour is being postponed (not official yet).
Thanks! Yeah, it would make sense to postpone it since every other concert is being postponed.
 
However, it's being said the Euro and UK tour is being postponed (not official yet).

This really would not surprise me. I'm seeing her at Leeds Arena and was looking at their website last night. I think that all October shows there are postponed and the next one that is still going to take place is 2nd November which is very close to Alanis's date.
 
However, it's being said the Euro and UK tour is being postponed (not official yet).

I really hope not. My boyfriend got us tickets for Dublin (back in 2019) and another delay would make him too sad. What is the reason though, aren't most covid restrictions being lifted?
 
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