5 Reasons To Go See - Alanis Morissette
- Natalie Woolman
- 14 August 2008
- She’s massively popular
Before we get to any of the juicier reasons for re-igniting your mid-90s fervour for Ms Morissette, let’s lay out the bare statistics of her success. The angry songstress has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, and has scooped seven Grammies and 12 Juno awards since she first let rip. Incidentally, that debut was in 1984 when little Alanis was at the tender age of ten.
- She’s a ‘goddess’
In 1996, at the end of her tour for the astronomically successful Jagged Little Pill (30 million sales and counting) Morissette, sick of travelling and the superficiality of the music industry, flew to India with her closest female friends and relatives. She has referred to her time in India as ‘the goddess trip’ because of her all-female companions. During her time in India she spent some time working at Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity hospital.
- She can act
Perhaps the most striking of the various acting credits on Morissette’s CV is her role as ‘God’ in Kevin Smith’s 1999 film Dogma, although she did once share a screen kiss with Sarah Jessica Parker in an episode of Sex and the City.
- She’s a fully ordained minister
Alanis’ afiliation to the Universal Life Church means she can officiate at marriage and baptism ceremonies. This is actually less impressive than it sounds: anyone can be ordained as a minister with the Universal Life Church via the power of the interweb.
- Her cheeky cover of ‘My Humps’
Morissette’s version of the Black Eyed Peas’ song was viewed over 15 million times on the net in 2007. Fergie from the band even sent Morissette a cake shaped like a pert bottom to show her appreciation.
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