I can’t believe I’m about to type these words, but I wish I was at the Taylor Swift show in L.A. last night. But only because Alanis Morissette and Natalie Maines sang a duet with her. Do they even serve booze at a Taylor Swift concert or do they only serve fresh strawberry lemonade she made herself backstage? Because I’d need two kegs full of something brain-killing to deal with the uneducated children asking their parents, “What is an Alanis?” Any child who doesn’t know who Alanis Morissette is, is a child left behind.
Taylor’s Love Boat episode of a tour continued to pack in the guest stars last night. During her 3rd show at the Staples Center, Tay Tay sang “Goodbye Earl” with Natalie Maines, danced with Ellen DeGeneres and sang “You Oughta Know” with the true Queen of Break-Up Songs Alanis Morissette. Lainey Gossip says that Taylor gave this little speech before Alanis came out:
“She defined the music of her decade. She inspired a generation of confessional female singer-songwriters who all of a sudden felt like you could actually say these raw feelings that you had. You could actually sing about your real life, you could put detail to it, you could get really, really mad if you wanted to. And I think it is fair to say that so many of the female singer-songwriters of my generation, including myself, would not write the way that we do without her and her music. And she has written some of the most brilliant music—in particular probably inarguably the greatest breakup song of all-time.”
Well, Taylor Swift should date and get dumped by Dave Coulier and she too may be able to write a gloriously rage-filled break-up song like that. Here’s a clip of Alanis and Tay Tay performing it:
“Mommy, why is she going down him in a theater?” – the same child who asked who Alanis Morissette was. (Side note: When I worked at Disneyland, there was a band in Tomorrowland who would perform popular songs of the time. They did “You Oughta Know” all the time. They G-rated it up for the kids by changing the lyric “would she go down on you in a theater” to “would she take you out to the theater.”)
While I appreciate and love that Taylor brought Alanis out, she should’ve quit trying to do sexy angry and let the master work.