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Rock Rewind: Alanis Morissette “Ironic”

After releasing two modestly successful dance-pop albums in the early 1990s in her home country of Canada, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette changed direction, moving more into a post-grunge alternative vibe infused with a healthy dose of sarcasm. The resulting project, Jagged Little Pill, not only launched Morissette onto the worldwide stage, but also snagged the record for best-selling international debut ever, selling a whopping 33 million copies–a record that still stands today.

The third single from that album, “Ironic,” was carried by the momentum of the first two singles (“You Oughta Know” and “Hand In My Pocket,” respectively), and went on to become Morissette’s overall best-known and best-selling single to date. Standing as an anthem for the 90s, “Ironic” struck a nerve with many, seeming to epitomize and encapsulate the angst of the emerging postmodern generation. Now nearly 20 years old, the song still resonates as an indelible part of rock music history. Enjoy!

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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