- For the lyrics see You Oughta Know (lyrics)
|"You Oughta Know"|
|Single by Alanis Morissette|
|from the album Jagged Little Pill|
|Released||July 7, 1995|
|Format||CD single, cassette single, 12" single|
|Writer(s)||Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard|
|Alanis Morissette singles chronology|
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The song reached number one on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. and charted at number four in Australia and number twenty-two in the United Kingdom. Launching Morissette's career, and the album, Jagged Little Pill, to the top, the coarse language and piercing vocals were a jolt to mainstream pop music. "You Oughta Know" was not eligible for the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 because a retail single was not released, but it reached number thirteen on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and the top ten on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. A live version of the song, recorded at the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony on February 28, was a B-side on the retail single for "You Learn", and Billboard credited the single's Hot 100 number-six peak position to "You Learn"/"You Oughta Know".
Red Hot Chili Peppers band members Flea and Dave Navarro performed bass and guitar, respectively, on the song. In 2010, Navarro reflected upon the recording, stating that: "Flea and I did that song together in the studio. It was already written with different instrumentation and we were asked to kind of re-write the music; a lot like a re-mix. The structure of the song was in place but there were no guide tracks, we just had the vocal to work from. It was just a good time and we basically jammed until we found something we were both happy with. Alanis was happy too."
Unusually, the CD and cassette releases of Jagged Little Pill feature two different versions of this song. The single version appears as track two, whilst The Jimmy the Saint Blend version, featuring more prominent bass, is between the end of the listed tracks and the hidden track "Your House". Although it does not have a long pause before it, as is usual with hidden tracks, the fact that it is not listed on the sleeve means it is sometimes considered as such.
Matt Laug played drums on the 1995 release of "You Oughta Know". Morissette has "re-imagined" the song numerous times, most recently on her 2005 album Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, which featured mellowed vocals and chord progressions; the lyrics, however, were not softened.
"You Oughta Know" was ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's in December 2007.
On some versions of Jagged Little Pill, "You Oughta Know (The Jimmy The Saint Blend)" is included as a hidden track.
- "You Oughta Know" (The Jimmy the Saint clean version)
- "You Oughta Know" (The Jimmy the Saint Blend)
- "Perfect" (acoustic version)
The music video was directed by Nick Egan and features a seductively lit Morissette hitchhiking across a desert.
According to an ABC News web article, "Alanis Morissette revealed that her angst-ridden hit 'You Oughta Know' was about her relationship with Dave Coulier". The Urban Legends Reference Pages has this rumor as "undecided."
There are many other celebrities who have been rumored to be the lover in the song, including:
- Bob Saget, Coulier's co-star on Full House (appearing on the Opie & Anthony show on June 28, 2006, Saget denied ever having a relationship with Morissette and tended to agree with speculation that the song was about Coulier).
- Hockey player Mike Peluso of the New Jersey Devils. He played for the Ottawa Senators in 1992-93.
- Actor Matt LeBlanc, who appeared in the video for Morissette's single "Walk Away" in 1991.
- Musician Leslie Howe, the producer of Morissette's first two albums in the early 1990s
On his 1996 album Bad Hair Day, "Weird Al" Yankovic included a few verses from the song in his polka medley "The Alternative Polka." Later, on an Al TV special, Yankovic joked that he and Morissette "used to date. I especially liked it when we went to the movies," a reference to the song's lyric about the singer performing oral sex on someone in a theater.
In 1997 the Boston Herald reported that Coulier "admitted the lines are very close to home. Especially the one about 'an older version of me' and bugging him in 'the middle of dinner.' He said she used to do that all the time."
The topic of the song is discussed in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Morissette told star Larry David whom the song is about (then David to a disappointed friend), but the audience never hears who Morissette said the song was about. In one of the Jay and Silent Bob promos created for MTV, Jay told Silent Bob that he was the boyfriend that inspired the song. Jay told the story of the break-up, and after he finished Silent Bob wiped a tear from his eye while Jay laughed at him confessing to have been lying the whole time. Later, Morissette would appear as God in the 1999 film Dogma and again in 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In an August 2008 interview to the Calgary Sun, Coulier admitted to being the ex-boyfriend portrayed in the song. According to him, he heard the song on the radio and noticed the singer seemed to be really angry. Upon discovering it was Alanis, he realized he had "really hurt" her and called her to patch things up.
In October 2008 Morissette reiterated her refusal to identify the subject, commenting to a CanWest News Service journalist, "Well, I've never talked about who my songs were about and I won't, because when I write them they're written for the sake of personal expression. So with all due respect to whoever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time, I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself, not other people."
Version Heard on American IdolEdit
In the season 9 finale of Fox Television's American Idol (aired on May 26, 2010), Alanis Morissette sang a duet of "You Oughta Know" with finalist Crystal Bowersox. Bowersox sang the line about oral sex (originally "Will she go down on you in a theater") but re-written, presumably to make it "family friendly," as "Will she go down with you to the theater."
End of year chartsEdit
1 "You Learn"/"You Oughta Know"
- Alt-punk band 1,000 Mona Lisas covered the song and included it as a hidden track on their 1995 album, "New Disease". Their version of the song received moderate airplay on alternative rock radio during the fall of 1995.
- Off the Beat released an a cappella cover in 1997.
- Corey TuT did a Trent Reznor-inspired version for Cover Me.
- The Killing Moon performed an alternative version for the cover compilation album Punk Goes 90's.
- The song was sampled by Beyoncé during her "If I Were A Boy" performance at her 2009 "I Am... Tour" and also at the 2010 Grammys.
- Britney Spears covered the song a few times in her 2009 The Circus Starring: Britney Spears tour.
- After a number of Jonathan Coulton's fans compared her cover of "My Humps" to his cover of "Baby Got Back" Jonathan covered "You Oughta Know" himself. 
- Narsha of the South Korean Pop girl group Brown Eyed Girls performed the song on the 2010 MBC Gayo Daejun (2010 MBC Music Festival).
- Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered the song in a comedic lounge-music style on their 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction.
- ↑ http://6767.com/2010/04/16/sunday-10-26/#comments
- ↑ 'Full House': 20 Years Later
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "You Oughta Know". Urban Legends Reference Pages. January 10, 2000. Retrieved December 16, 2006.
- ↑ 
- ↑ http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/features/music/story.html?id=d9203cdb-73c0-4975-824e-ae182422d7ee
- ↑ YouTube
- ↑ "Alanis Morissette". Mariah-charts.com. Retrieved December 16, 2006.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Alanis Morissette - Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2006.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Alanis Morissette - Billboard Singles". Billboard and Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2006.
- ↑ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1996. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- ↑ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/07/corey-tut-brings-a-little-trent-reznor-to-alanis-morissettes-you-oughta-know-cover-me-premiere.html
- ↑ http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2007/04/19/you-oughta-know
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|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single|
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