If you are near my age (and I know at least a few of you are as ancient as me), Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill album was the song of your preteen adolescent years. Ironic, the song notoriously without any ironies in it, was absolutely inescapable for a while in 1996. I can’t understate the impact this song and album had on me as a kid. It was the first album I ever owned (on cassette tape). It’s the first video I remember seeing on MTV - we had just gotten cable that year. I listened to that album over and over again, and sometimes still do, albeit on MP3 nowadays. The music was revolutionary to me. Alanis was singing the anger, the frustration, the complicated, conflicting expectations set upon the female sex. My favorite song was Perfect, and I can still recite the opening lyrics from memory:
Sometimes, it’s never quite enough
If you’re flawless, then you’ll win my love
Don’t forget to win first place
Don’t forget to keep that smile on your face
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the album, James Cordon recently sang a duet with Alanis Morissette featuring updated Ironic lyrics for 2015. Alanis looks and sounds amazing, and probably subsists off the blood of virgins because she hasn’t aged in 20 years. James Corden continues to only be relevant when he sings with more famous people on his show.