"So Unsexy"
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German Under Rug Swept album sampler
Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album Under Rug Swept
Released 2003 (Brazil)
Format Promotional single
Genre Pop/Rock, Indie rock
Length 5:08
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette singles chronology

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"So Unsexy"

"So Unsexy" is a pop rock song written by Alanis Morissette, and produced by her for her sixth album, Under Rug Swept (2002).

Background and themeEdit

According to Morissette, "So Unsexy" "basically speaks of the process of how loving myself can affect everything and change everything. Why when I don't take care of myself, or love myself or feel connected to my definition of God, everything's very painful and disjointed and disconnected and ... depressing, to be totally honest."[1] Morissette said that when she wrote the song, she was trying to investigate "the underbelly of some of my insecurities and why little tiny things that are innocuous and inconsequential are translated in my own mind as to be taken so personally. And that has happened and still happens a lot, and while I think it's very human, it's exhausting. But as long as I have my own back, it's not as scary and it's not as horrifying."[2]


Billboard wrote that "So Unsexy" "show[s] Morissette proudly wearing her affection for concise, pure-pop hooks".[3] A separate review in the magazine of Under Rug Swept described it as "funky ... truly an every (wo)man's tale".[4] The LA Weekly said that it "pleases, spilling a guitar wash over the hip-hop beat of Biz Markie's 'Nobody Beats the Biz'".[5] At the 2003 Juno Awards, "So Unsexy" and "Hands Clean", another song on Under Rug Swept, won Morissette the "Jack Richardson Producer of the Year" award.[6]

"So Unsexy" was considered for commercial release as the album's third single,[1] but other songs were chosen as radio- and promo-only releases instead; the song was, however, promoted in Brazil. The music video for the single, derived from the DVD release Feast on Scraps, is a performance of the song at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on August 13, 2002, during Morissette's Toward Our Union Mended Tour.


  1. 1.0 1.1 van der Kooy, Dan and Cook, Shanon. "Alanis not about to be swept under the rug". CNN. July 5, 2002. Retrieved April 5, 2002.
  2. "Alanis Morissette talks about songs from 'Under Rug Swept'". MSO. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  3. Flick, Larry. "Alanis Excels On Her Own". Billboard. January 19, 2002, vol. 114, iss. 3, pg. 1.
  4. "Album Reviews". Billboard. March 2, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  5. Lewis, Miles Marshall. "Music Reviews". LA Weekly. March 13, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  6. "2002 33rd Juno Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 28, 2007.