The Misfits

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The Misfits were a punk rock band formed in 1977 in the town of Lodi, New Jersey, and led by singer Glenn Danzig (nè Anzalone).

The band's name is from The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe's last movie. The early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-'50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies.

The early Misfits were often quite melodic: Danzig's voice was extremely supple, with a style rooted in Italian tenors such as Mario Lanza, and in 1950's doo wop; and with songwriting including strong pop hooks and sing-along choruses -- but grafted onto a very loud, and often cruddy-sounding punk band. (The early Misfits were, in both good and bad ways, a notably aggressive and untrained ensemble.)

By the original band's last album, Earth A.D., they had become a hardcore punk band, with Danzig's standout vocal tone floating over a torrent of thrashing guitar, bass, and drums, courtesy of Jerry, brother Doyle, and pal Robo. (Metallica covered two Misfits songs from this era, "Green Hell" and "Die Die My Darling," although some purists regard the cover version as weak and mechanical. Another Metallica cover, "Last Caress," is from the Misfits' aborted "Static Age" album session, from '78.)

"Last Caress" was a very rare track for years, and is now commonly regarded as the prototypical early-Misfits song, with blaring instruments and Danzig's melodic vocals putting the rendition somewhere on the crude median between Frank Sinatra and the Sex Pistols. The track is quite noteworthy, with aggressively sloppy punk instrumentation and a soaring, Italian-tenor vocal line. However, many other early songs are just as interesting, with the recently-released "Static Age" LP (of '78 studio sessions) filling all such accounts.

Members came and went, with bassist and co-founder Jerry Only (nè Caiafa) holding down the fort in terms of other instrumental players.

The original Misfits broke up in 1983.

The original Misfits released several 7" singles, in DIY limited-edition, that have long been considered prime collectors' items.

The band often wore ghoulish makeup when performing, and bassist Jerry Only invented a hairstyle called the devilock which is still worn by fans today.

The band plays and records today as a Jerry Only project, with rotating members.

The original Misfits' latter-day (and canonical) logo, a distinctive skull, is from a 1940s serial, the Crimson Ghost. Their later characteristic font consists of letters taken from the logo of the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland".

History

The earliest lineup was a trio, with Danzig singing and playing electric piano. This version didn't last long, recording one single and playing only a few gigs before the band ditched the piano (and the original drummer) and recruited a guitarist.

Many early members came and went, in shifting combination; Danzig and Only being constants.

During their original career, the Misfits were exemplary practitioners of the DIY ethic: The band (especially Danzig) booked their own shows, assembled and sold their own records, and ran their own fan club, the Fiend Club.

Like many punk bands of that time, the Misfits had brushes with the law. Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele were jailed in the London district of Brixton for "threatening behavior" on December 2nd, 1979. Glenn's jail time would become the inspiration for the song "London Dungeon". On October 17, 1982, the band was arrested in New Orleans on the charges of grave-robbing while in search of the burial place of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. The Misfits denied the charges, and a witness reportedly attested that they had not even entered the cemetery gates. The band bailed themselves out of jail and skipped court to drive to their next performance in Florida.

On October 29, 1983 (see 1983 in music), Glenn Danzig broke up the band to dedicate his full attention to a new group, Samhain. Samhain later metamorphosed into Danzig.

Legal Battle

Meanwhile, Jerry Only and his brother, Misfits guitarist Doyle, played in a heavy metal band called Kryst The Conqueror with Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto until Only won the performing and recording rights to the Misfits in a legal battle.

In addition to the rights to the Misfits name and image, Only sought songwriting credits on much of the Misfits early material. He concedes that Danzig wrote nearly all the lyrics and much of the music, but contended that he and Doyle "wrote 25% or maybe 30% of the music," [1] (http://www.citizinemag.com/music/music-0309_jerryonly.htm) and deserved compensation.

Only gained the rights to the Misfits name and Image, and reformed the band in 1995 (1995 in music) with Doyle and newcomers Michale Graves on vocals and Dr. Chud of Sardonica on drums. The new incarnation of the Misfits released two full-length albums, American Psycho and Famous Monsters as well as a collection of rare and unreleased late Misfits tracks, until Michale Graves and Dr. Chud left the band on October 25, 2000 at a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando. Doyle took an indefinite hiatus from performing, Jerry took over lead vocals in addition to his bass duties, and recruited punk veterans Dez Cadena of Black Flag, and Marky Ramone of The Ramones to undertake a 25th Anniversary Tour.

Freed from the Misfits' contractual obligations to Universal's Geffen and Roadrunner imprints, Only and Misfits confidant John Cafiero formed Misfits Records and launched their new label with two releases, the American debut of their Japanese imitators Balzac, and a new Misfits album featuring the band's retakes on ten 50's rock classics, Project 1950. The album featured not only the punk rock all-star Misfits lineup of Only, Cadena and Ramone, but prominent appearances from 60's pop chanteuse Ronnie Spector and Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri.

Meanwhile Michale Graves and Dr. Chud had formed their own band, Graves, which released a single album before breaking up. As of 2004, Michale Graves currently sings in Gotham Road and is one of the forces behind www.conservativepunk.org [2] (http://www.conserativepunk.org), while Dr. Chud is pursuing a solo career.

Legacy

The influence The Misfits have had on punk rock, and rock music in general, sometimes seems disproportionate to the publicity and critical attention they have received. Myriad bands have imitated The Misfits' style, such as Blitzkid, and these bands have become known as horror punk. Psychobilly has various similarities with horror punk. A number of bands have recently surfaced which, although in some cases less obviously horror punk, are still strongly visibly and audibly influenced by The Misfits. These include, most notably, bands such as AFI, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio and the Murderdolls. Many musical groups whose resemblance to The Misfits seems far removed also cite The Misfits as crucial influences, such as Metallica and Cradle of Filth.

Discography

  • Cough/Cool (1977) - single
  • Bullet (1978) - EP
  • Horror Business (1979) - EP
  • Night of the Living Dead (1979) - single
  • Beware (1980) - EP
  • 3 Hits From Hell (1981) - EP
  • Who Killed Marilyn? (1981) - single (though often credited as a Misfits release, this was issued as a Glenn Danzig solo release)
  • Halloween (1981) - single
  • Walk Among Us (1982) - album
  • Evilive (1982) - live fan club EP
  • Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) - album
  • Die, Die My Darling (1984) - single
  • Earth A.D. (1984) - album
  • Legacy Of Brutality (1985) - album
  • Collection I (1986) - album
  • Evilive (1987) - live album
  • Collection II (1995) - album
  • Static Age (1997) - album
  • 12 Hits From Hell (2001) - album (promo only, unreleased)
  • American Psycho (1997) - album
  • Dig Up Her Bones (1997) - single
  • Evillive II (1998) - live fan club album
  • Famous Monsters (1999) - album
  • Monster Mash (1999) - single
  • Cuts From The Crypt (1999) - album
  • Project 1950 (2003) - album

Filmography

The Misfits appeared as characters or in cameos in the following movies.

  • Animal Room (1995), as The Misfits
  • Bruiser (2000), uncredited
  • Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Misfits 1-4 (individually credited)
  • Campfire Stories (2001), as The Misfits

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The Misfits appeared as characters or in cameos in the following movies. In February 2005 she did a guest appearance on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation along with Dogma co-star Jason Mewes and director Kevin Smith. Many musical groups whose resemblance to The Misfits seems far removed also cite The Misfits as crucial influences, such as Metallica and Cradle of Filth. Morissette refers to herself as a Canadian-American. These include, most notably, bands such as AFI, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio and the Murderdolls. On 11 February 2005, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States while still maintaining her Canadian citizenship. A number of bands have recently surfaced which, although in some cases less obviously horror punk, are still strongly visibly and audibly influenced by The Misfits. She performed the song "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love", and had a brief acting role as an anonymous stage performer.

Psychobilly has various similarities with horror punk. In July 2004, Morissette appeared in the motion picture De-lovely, a tribute to composer Cole Porter. Myriad bands have imitated The Misfits' style, such as Blitzkid, and these bands have become known as horror punk. The date of the wedding has not yet been finalized. The influence The Misfits have had on punk rock, and rock music in general, sometimes seems disproportionate to the publicity and critical attention they have received. In June 2004, Morissette announced her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds. Chud is pursuing a solo career. On May 18, 2004, the cable channel Oxygen taped an unprecedented eight hours of live footage, showing Morissette in New York City promoting the release of her new album.

As of 2004, Michale Graves currently sings in Gotham Road and is one of the forces behind www.conservativepunk.org [2] (http://www.conserativepunk.org), while Dr. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally favorable critical reviews. Chud had formed their own band, Graves, which released a single album before breaking up. In May 2004, Morissette released So-Called Chaos. Meanwhile Michale Graves and Dr. clips and eventually childhood footage, the clips were digitally edited to make it appear that Morissette was singing the song at all of those times. The album featured not only the punk rock all-star Misfits lineup of Only, Cadena and Ramone, but prominent appearances from 60's pop chanteuse Ronnie Spector and Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri. Beginning in present day and passing through former videos, movie and T.V.

Freed from the Misfits' contractual obligations to Universal's Geffen and Roadrunner imprints, Only and Misfits confidant John Cafiero formed Misfits Records and launched their new label with two releases, the American debut of their Japanese imitators Balzac, and a new Misfits album featuring the band's retakes on ten 50's rock classics, Project 1950. Morissette's music video for the single "8 Easy Steps" featured various video clips spanning her career in music, film and television. Doyle took an indefinite hiatus from performing, Jerry took over lead vocals in addition to his bass duties, and recruited punk veterans Dez Cadena of Black Flag, and Marky Ramone of The Ramones to undertake a 25th Anniversary Tour. The joke was, however, that Morissette was still forced to "remove" her pasted-on nipples and pubic hair because they were not allowed to be shown on public television. Chud left the band on October 25, 2000 at a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando. Stepping out of a nightgown and wearing a semi-nude bodysuit, Morissette said, "We live in a land Canada where we still think the human body is beautiful and we're not afraid of the female breast.". The new incarnation of the Misfits released two full-length albums, American Psycho and Famous Monsters as well as a collection of rare and unreleased late Misfits tracks, until Michale Graves and Dr. At the event, Morissette satirized the public outrage caused by Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl.

Chud of Sardonica on drums. Sporting a short, new hairdo, Morissette looked like a drastically different person from the angry, long-haired woman who once wrote and sang "You Oughta Know". Only gained the rights to the Misfits name and Image, and reformed the band in 1995 (1995 in music) with Doyle and newcomers Michale Graves on vocals and Dr. In April 2004, Alanis Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004, which was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He concedes that Danzig wrote nearly all the lyrics and much of the music, but contended that he and Doyle "wrote 25% or maybe 30% of the music," [1] (http://www.citizinemag.com/music/music-0309_jerryonly.htm) and deserved compensation. "Everything", the first single off of Morissette's fourth international studio album So-Called Chaos, was released to radio in March 2004. In addition to the rights to the Misfits name and image, Only sought songwriting credits on much of the Misfits early material. In response to the Super Bowl halftime controversy that occurred earlier in 2004, and the stricter Federal Communications Commission regulations that followed, Morissette changed the first line of her song, "Everything", from "I can be an asshole of the grandest kind" to "I can be a nightmare of the grandest kind" for radio.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only and his brother, Misfits guitarist Doyle, played in a heavy metal band called Kryst The Conqueror with Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto until Only won the performing and recording rights to the Misfits in a legal battle. In November 2003, Morissette appeared in the off-Broadway play The Exonerated as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she didn't commit the crime. Samhain later metamorphosed into Danzig. Morissette and her concert attenders later indicated that she had in fact said, "Thank you, bless you", but by then the damage to her reputation had already been done. On October 29, 1983 (see 1983 in music), Glenn Danzig broke up the band to dedicate his full attention to a new group, Samhain. In September 2003, Morissette made headlines for supposedly exclaiming, "Thank you, Brazil!" after a show in Lima, Peru. The band bailed themselves out of jail and skipped court to drive to their next performance in Florida. In December 2002, Morissette released a dual CD/DVD combination package, Feast on Scraps, which included live concert footage and eight previously unreleased songs from the Under Rug Swept recording sessions. The album was nominated for a Juno for Music DVD of the Year.

On October 17, 1982, the band was arrested in New Orleans on the charges of grave-robbing while in search of the burial place of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. The Misfits denied the charges, and a witness reportedly attested that they had not even entered the cemetery gates. The album was overlooked by the Grammy Awards, most likely due to its release date, but Morissette won yet another Juno Award for Producer of the Year. Glenn's jail time would become the inspiration for the song "London Dungeon". Despite eleven very well-received songs, Maverick Records only released two of them as singles, a move criticized by many fans. Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele were jailed in the London district of Brixton for "threatening behavior" on December 2nd, 1979. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and sold close to a million copies in the United States alone, even though only one song from the album received any substantial radio airplay. Like many punk bands of that time, the Misfits had brushes with the law. The song's multi-layered lyrics told the story of a young Morissette's affair with an older man from two points of view:.

During their original career, the Misfits were exemplary practitioners of the DIY ethic: The band (especially Danzig) booked their own shows, assembled and sold their own records, and ran their own fan club, the Fiend Club. The album spawned the hit single "Hands Clean". Many early members came and went, in shifting combination; Danzig and Only being constants. For the first time, Morissette took on the role of sole writer and producer. This version didn't last long, recording one single and playing only a few gigs before the band ditched the piano (and the original drummer) and recruited a guitarist. In 2002, after a four-year absence, Alanis Morissette released her third international studio album Under Rug Swept, with the notable absence of Jagged Little Pill and Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie collaborator Glen Ballard. The earliest lineup was a trio, with Danzig singing and playing electric piano. She also appeared on the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in the play The Vagina Monologues.

Their later characteristic font consists of letters taken from the logo of the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland". She had to turn down the female lead, and by the time her schedule allowed her to participate in the film, only the role of God, which involves virtually no speech and appears at the very end of the film, was left. The original Misfits' latter-day (and canonical) logo, a distinctive skull, is from a 1940s serial, the Crimson Ghost. Smith, who claimed to be a big fan of Morissette, asked her to be in the film several times. The band plays and records today as a Jerry Only project, with rotating members. She appeared as God in the motion picture Dogma, directed by Kevin Smith. The band often wore ghoulish makeup when performing, and bassist Jerry Only invented a hairstyle called the devilock which is still worn by fans today. In 1999, Alanis Morissette expanded her résumé by delving into acting.

The original Misfits released several 7" singles, in DIY limited-edition, that have long been considered prime collectors' items. Many fans now consider Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie to be Morissette's strongest work to date. The original Misfits broke up in 1983. Many critics wrote off the album as a flop; however, repeating the incredible success of Jagged Little Pill was an almost impossible task that Morissette never expected nor set out to do. Members came and went, with bassist and co-founder Jerry Only (nè Caiafa) holding down the fort in terms of other instrumental players. That same year, Morissette released the live acoustic album MTV Unplugged. However, many other early songs are just as interesting, with the recently-released "Static Age" LP (of '78 studio sessions) filling all such accounts. The first single, "Thank U", was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The track is quite noteworthy, with aggressively sloppy punk instrumentation and a soaring, Italian-tenor vocal line. In 1999, the song "Uninvited" won two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. "Last Caress" was a very rare track for years, and is now commonly regarded as the prototypical early-Misfits song, with blaring instruments and Danzig's melodic vocals putting the rendition somewhere on the crude median between Frank Sinatra and the Sex Pistols. Its wordy, personal lyrics turned many fans off, and after only 38 weeks, it left the Billboard 200, selling "only" 2.5 million, a huge drop from Jagged. Another Metallica cover, "Last Caress," is from the Misfits' aborted "Static Age" album session, from '78.). As a follow-up to Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie had very little staying power. (Metallica covered two Misfits songs from this era, "Green Hell" and "Die Die My Darling," although some purists regard the cover version as weak and mechanical. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, breaking the record for the most albums sold in a single week by a female artist.

By the original band's last album, Earth A.D., they had become a hardcore punk band, with Danzig's standout vocal tone floating over a torrent of thrashing guitar, bass, and drums, courtesy of Jerry, brother Doyle, and pal Robo. and "I Was Hoping", which recounts several experiences that shaped Morissette's life, including an encounter in a restaurant with a chauvinistic waiter:. (The early Misfits were, in both good and bad ways, a notably aggressive and untrained ensemble.). Most of the songs on the disc challenged "traditional" song formulas, including "The Couch":. The early Misfits were often quite melodic: Danzig's voice was extremely supple, with a style rooted in Italian tenors such as Mario Lanza, and in 1950's doo wop; and with songwriting including strong pop hooks and sing-along choruses -- but grafted onto a very loud, and often cruddy-sounding punk band. Obviously, Morissette was no longer pursuing commercial success. The early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-'50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies. 2, which would have been the commercially savvy thing to do.

The band's name is from The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe's last movie. Morissette didn't release Jagged Little Pill, Pt. The Misfits were a punk rock band formed in 1977 in the town of Lodi, New Jersey, and led by singer Glenn Danzig (nè Anzalone). Fans and critics alike were shocked. Campfire Stories (2001), as The Misfits. Morissette once again collaborated with Glen Ballard, but this time she helped produce the album as well. Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Misfits 1-4 (individually credited). Later that year, she released Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (lyrics (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/wojtkiewicz/supposed.html)), an experimental album with a wordy title and lyrics to match.

Bruiser (2000), uncredited. The track was never officially released as a single, but nevertheless received widespread radio airplay. Animal Room (1995), as The Misfits. In 1998, Alanis Morissette recorded "Uninvited", a song from the soundtrack to the motion picture City of Angels. Project 1950 (2003) - album. The DVD Jagged Little Pill, Live chronicled the bulk of this tour. Cuts From The Crypt (1999) - album. Later that year, Morissette embarked on a one-and-a-half year world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues.

Monster Mash (1999) - single. That night, Morissette won awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album. Famous Monsters (1999) - album. At the 1996 ceremony, Morissette performed a moving rendition of "You Oughta Know", one that all but drained the anger from the song, leaving only an air of sorrow and remorse. Evillive II (1998) - live fan club album. Despite this backlash, the album was nominated for six Grammy Awards. Dig Up Her Bones (1997) - single. Others called her sudden image change "calculated", "manipulative" and "greedy", while fans countered that such criticisms failed to acknowledge the possibility that Morissette may have grown artistically since she was a 17-year-old.

American Psycho (1997) - album. She was attacked for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Glen Ballard, though Morissette was responsible for all of Pill's lyrics and much of the album's music, and such a collaboration was not uncommon for many solo artists at the time. 12 Hits From Hell (2001) - album (promo only, unreleased). Morissette was dismissed by some as a record industry puppet. Static Age (1997) - album. A backlash, however, was quickly brewing. Collection II (1995) - album. It went on to sell 16 million copies in the United States alone, over 30 million copies worldwide, and its singles have become some of the most recognizable songs of the decade.

Evilive (1987) - live album. Jagged Little Pill was a phenomenal success. Collection I (1986) - album. Fifth and sixth singles "You Learn" and "Head Over Feet", respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill in the Billboard Top 20 for over a year. Legacy Of Brutality (1985) - album. She received heavy criticism for the lyrics, however, which asked the listener after every verse, "Isn't it ironic?", even though the verses described situations that some argued were not ironic:. Earth A.D. (1984) - album. Jagged Little Pill's fourth single, "Ironic", went on to become Morissette's biggest hit.

Die, Die My Darling (1984) - single. Second single "Hand In My Pocket" showed a calmer, mellower Morissette reflecting on her life, while third single "All I Really Want" made a casual reference to the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations:. Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) - album. While "You Oughta Know" was a hit, it was the seemingly endless series of singles following it that sent Jagged Little Pill on its meteoric rise to the top. Evilive (1982) - live fan club EP. As one fan put it: "Finally, someone who's speaking for me". Walk Among Us (1982) - album. (The caustic lyrics were supposedly inspired by a bad relationship with Full House star, Dave Coulier.) The video went into heavy rotation on MTV and radio. Listeners were shocked, unnerved and delighted by the song, which emerged during a time when testosterone and male rage (in the form of grunge) dominated the airwaves.

Halloween (1981) - single. "You Oughta Know" instantly garnered attention for its use of the word "fuck", one of the first times the word was used by a playlisted female artist. Who Killed Marilyn? (1981) - single (though often credited as a Misfits release, this was issued as a Glenn Danzig solo release). Things changed quickly, however, when a Los Angeles deejay from an influential radio station stumbled onto "You Oughta Know" and began playing it non-stop:. 3 Hits From Hell (1981) - EP. The album debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart. Beware (1980) - EP. Expectations for the album were low, and Morissette's manager and long-time friend Scott Welsh would later admit that he didn't expect the album to sell any more than around 250,000 copies.

Night of the Living Dead (1979) - single. In 1995, at age 20, Alanis Morissette released her first international album, Jagged Little Pill (lyrics (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/wojtkiewicz/jagged.html)). Horror Business (1979) - EP. All was well, however, by the spring of 1995, when Morissette inked a deal with Maverick Records. Bullet (1978) - EP. The word "shake" referred to the record executive's handshake, which was not warm and firm, but cold and slippery. Cough/Cool (1977) - single. For example, as Morissette began meeting with record labels, she wrote and recorded "Right Through You" about the patriarchy she encountered in the music industry (from the album Jagged Little Pill):.

Morissette drew inspiration for her lyrics completely from personal experiences. As a result, Morissette unabashedly shared everything, from her buoyant love of life ("You Learn"), to her warm infatuations ("Head Over Feet"), to her darkest, most ruthless revenge fantasies ("You Oughta Know"). According to Morissette, Ballard was the first collaborator who had encouraged her to express her emotions completely and fully without any any fear of shame or embarrassment. Ballard and Morissette recorded the songs on Jagged Little Pill literally as they were being written.

She would later write about her move to Los Angeles in the song "Unprodigal Daughter" (from the album Feast on Scraps):. They would eventually make up the bulk of Jagged Little Pill. To her relief, the lyrics were untouched. Morissette later revealed that her only concern was for the book of lyrics she was carrying in her bag.

A man rummaged through her bag while another held a gun to her head and made her lie face down on the pavement. On the way home from the supermarket one afternoon, she was robbed at gunpoint. In Los Angeles, Morissette lived in a small, one-room apartment. The version of the song that appeared on Jagged Little Pill was the only take the two had ever recorded. With "Perfect", the floodgate was opened, and soon Morissette's thoughts and emotions began pouring onto paper at a frenzied pace.

Morissette improvised the lyrics on the spot to Ballard's delicate guitar strums. The turning point in their sessions was the song "Perfect", which was written and recorded in 20 minutes. Despite Morissette's naïveté, Ballard knew he was dealing with a woman wise beyond her years. According to Ballard, the connection was "instant", and within 30 minutes of meeting each other, they had begun experimenting with different sounds in Ballard's home studio.

During this time, Morissette met with producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. Morissette began making trips to Los Angeles and working with as many musicians as possible, in the hopes of meeting a collaborator. A move to Nashville a few months later also proved unfruitful. Living alone for the first time in her life, Morissette met with a bevy of songwriters, but the results frustrated her.

In 1993, Alanis Morissette moved from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto. However, Now Is The Time sold less than half the number of copies of her debut album, and Morissette lost her recording contract with MCA Records. The album attempted to move Morissette away from her debut album's dance-pop sound. In the same year, she released Now Is The Time, her follow-up to Alanis.

In 1992, Morissette was nominated for three Juno Awards: Single of the Year, Best Dance Record, and Most Promising Female Vocalist (which she won). The subsequent singles "Feel Your Love", "Walkaway" and "Plastic" were also modest hits. The album went double platinum, and its first single, "Too Hot", reached the Top 10 on the Canadian charts. At the time, Morissette was credited simply as "Alanis" to avoid possible confusion with fellow Canadian singer Alannah Myles.

In 1990, Alanis Morissette signed with MCA Records and released her debut full-length album, Alanis, in 1991. In New York City, Howe helped Morissette land a spot on Star Search, a popular televised American talent competition. Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round. With the support of her parents and a relentless desire to succeed, Morissette traveled with Howe to New York City to meet with record executives, an experience that she would later write about in songs such as "UR" (from the album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie):. Morissette became a recurring cast member, but left after one season.

A year later, Morissette auditioned for a role on the Canadian children's television show You Can't Do That on Television, shot in Ottawa, her hometown. With the help of her childhood mentor Leslie Howe, Morissette released "Fate Stay With Me" when she was 11 years old. In that same year, Morissette wrote her first song, "Fate Stay With Me", at the age of 9:. I want to meet you one day and I want to be famous, just like you.".

When she was 9 years old, she went to the home of singer Olivia Newton-John, one of her early idols, and said over the intercom at the front gates: "Hi, I'm Alanis. Morissette showed a love for singing and songwriting at an early age. She has an older brother, Chad, and a twin brother, Wade. Alanis Morissette was born on June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to schoolteachers Alan and Georgia Morissette.

Her latest album, So-Called Chaos, on which she received sole writing and co-producing credits, sold over 115,000 copies in its first week of release. Since the extraordinary success of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette's popularity has waned as singers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera gained attention, though she is still one of the industry's premiere female singer/songwriters. The raw intensity of the album's first single, "You Oughta Know", led Morissette to be labeled the "first lady of rage", though the album itself contained only two songs that hinted at any sort of anger or resentment. Alanis Morissette's 1995 international debut Jagged Little Pill became one of the most successful albums of all time.

Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a successful Canadian-American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Feast on Scraps, 2002. Jagged Little Pill, Live, 1997. American Dreams, unnamed singer (2004).

De-Lovely, unnamed singer (2004). The Exonerated, Sunny Jacobs (2003). Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, That Woman (God) (2001). Curb Your Enthusiasm, herself (2000).

Sex and the City, Dawn (1999). The Vagina Monologues (1999). Dogma, God (1999). "Everything", (So-Called Chaos).

"Eight Easy Steps", (So-Called Chaos). "Precious Illusions", (Under Rug Swept). "Hands Clean", (Under Rug Swept). "21 Things I Want In A Lover", (Under Rug Swept).

"Still", (Dogma soundtrack). "So Pure", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Unsent", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Thank U", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie).

"That I Would Be Good", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Uninvited", (City of Angels soundtrack). "Ironic", (Jagged Little Pill). "Head Over Feet", (Jagged Little Pill).

"You Learn", (Jagged Little Pill). "Hand in My Pocket", (Jagged Little Pill). "You Oughta Know", (Jagged Little Pill). "All I Really Want", (Jagged Little Pill).

Feast on Scraps, 2002 (eight unreleased tracks and acoustic performance of "Hands Clean"). MTV Unplugged, 1998 (twelve live, acoustic performances). So-Called Chaos, 2004. Under Rug Swept, 2002.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, 1998. Jagged Little Pill, 1995. Now is the Time, 1992 (released only in Canada). Alanis, 1991 (released only in Canada).

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