Alanis Morissette -- Intimate and Interactive 1998

A huge thanx to MuchMusic for putting on such a great show!!!!

Place: MuchMusic Headquarters, the ChumCity Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the environment, and outdoors.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 1st, 1998. 'Pre-game show' 7:00-8:00. Actual show: 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Host: MuchMusic VJ Bill Welychka

NOTE: A lot of what they say is rather thrown together, so a lot of times you have to read through the remnants of previous sentences and um's and things, so good luck trying to understand everything they say!!

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Live Performances:

Bill Welychka (Outside the Building): Ho oh yeah this is the galactic headquarters of MuchMusic located at the corners of Queen and John Streets here in Toronto Canada. I gotta tell ya hi and welcome to everybody inside the building and also to all of you out here and to you at home because this is the site Alanis Morissette has chosen to help celebrate the launch of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie; of course that is the follow-up to the almost thirty-million selling, the biggest album of the nineties, Jagged Little Pill. Now Alanis Morissette as you know is obviously a world-wide success story so we've had the biggest Alanis fans from all over the world fly in, they're here tonight, some of them are out here. Texas, all over the US represented here and also this show, the big deal, this show will be broadcast all around the world: Lebanon, Greece, Malaysia, Finland, Spain will be seeing this tonight so here we go let's take it inside for an Intimate & Interactive evening with Alanis Morissette!

[Intimate and Interactive Trailer]

[Alanis performs Baba:]

I've seen them kneel
With baited breath for the ritual
I've watched this experience raise
Them to pseudo higher levels
I've watched them leave their families
In pursuit of your Nirvana
I've seen them coming to line up
From Switzerland and America

How long will this take Baba?
How long have we been sleeping?
Do you see me hanging on to
Ev'ry word you say?
How soon will I be holy?
How much will this cost guru-u-u?
How much longer 'til you
Completely absolve me

I've seen them give their drugs up
In place of makeshift altars
I've heard them chanting
Kali kali frantically
I've heard them rotely repeat your
Teachings with elitism
I've seen them boasting robes and
Foreign sandalwood beads

How long will this take Baba?
How long have we been sleeping?
Do you see me hangin' on to
Ev'ry word you say
How soon will I be holy?
How much will this cost guru-u-u?
How much longer 'til you
Completely absolve me

Ave Mari-i-i-a ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

I've seen them overlooking God in
Their own essence
I've seen their upward glances
In hopes of instant salvation
I've seen their righteousness
Mixed without loving compassion
I've watched you smile as
The students bow to kiss your feet

How long will this take Baba?
How long have we been sleeping?
Do you see me hangin' on to
Ev'ry word you say

How soon will I be holy?
How much will this cost guru-u-u?
How much longer 'til you
Completely absolve me

Give me strength all knowing one
How long 'til enlightenment?
How much longer 'til you
Completely absolve me

Ave maria
Ave mari-i-a
Ave mari-i-a
Ave mari-i-aaaaaa


Alanis: Thank you, thank you very much [Audience cheers]. This is about as close as I've ever gotten... to you... feels good. This is a song called Can't Not.

[Alanis performs Can't Not:]

I'd be lying if I said I was completely unscathed
I would be proving you right with my silence or my re-ta-liation
Would I be letting you win in my non-reaction? Yeah
How would I explai-ain?
And how would I explain this to my children if I had them?

Because I can't not
Because I can't not
Because I can't afford to be misread one more time

Would it be whining if I said I needed a hug?
Would you feel slighted if I said your love's not enough-ou-ou-ou-ou-ough?
And how can I complain?
And how can I complain when I'm the one who reaches for it?

Because I can't not
Because I can't not
Because I cannot walk without my crutche-es
Because I can't not
Because I can't not
Because I can't help wonder why you ask me-e

To all the unheard wisdom in the schoolyard:
You think you're the right ones
You think you're the charmed ones, I'm su-u-re
But how can you go on with such conviction?
And who do you think you,
Are why do you ques-tion me?

Because we can't not
Because we can't not
Because we can't help laugh at underestimations
Because we-e can't not
Because we-e can't no-ot
Because we can't afford to be misled one more time.
Because we can't not
Because we can't not
Because we cannot help without your willingness

Ah oh oh oh la da dye ya da ya da dye ya da dye ya da dye yeah oh la da dye ya ya aye oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh aye aye aye

Why do you affect me?
Why do you affect me still?
Why do you hinder me?
Why do you hinder me still?
Why do you unnerve me?
Why do you unnerve me still?
Why do you trigger me?
Why do you trigger me-e-e sti-i-i-i-ill?

Because I can't not
Because I can't not
Because I cannot walk without my crutche-es

Alanis: Thank you. So we're in Canada. [Applause]. Yeah. It's really good to be back here. I almost got teary-eyed today here in Toronto. I love it here. This is a song called Would Not Come.

[Alanis performs Would Not Come:]

If I make a lot of tinsel then people will want to
If I am hardened no fear of further abandonment
If I am famous then maybe I'll feel good in this skin and
If I am cultured my words will somehow garner respect and

I-I-I would throw a party still it would not come
I-I-I would bike run swim and still it would not come
I-I-I'd go travelling and still it would not come
I-I-I would starve myself and still it would not co-ome

If I'm masculine I will be taken more seriously
If I take a break it would make me irresponsible and
If I'm elusive I will surely be sought after often
If I need assistance then I must be incapable

I-I-I'd be filthy rich and still
It would not come
I-I-I would seduce them and still
It would not come
I-I-I would drink vodka and still
It would not come
I-I-I'd have an orgasm still
It would not co-ome

If I accumulate knowledge
I'll be inpenetrable
If I am aloof no one will know
When they strike a nerve and
If I keep my mouth shut the boat
Will not have to be rockèd
If I am vulnerable I will be
Trampled upon and

I-I-I would go shopping and still
It would not come
I-I-I'd leave the country and still
It would not come
I-I-I would scream and rebel still
It would not come
I-I-I would stuff my face and still
It would not co-ome

I-I-I'd be productive and still it would not come
I-I-I'd be celebrated still it would not come
I-I-I'd be the hero and still it would not come
I-I-I'd renunciate and still it would not co-ome

Alanis: Thank you. Thank you. Thanks. Hi.

Audience: Hi

Alanis: I feel like we're in a womb right now. A womb as opposed to a room. This is a song called Are You Still Mad.

[Microphone Feedback]

[Alanis performs Are You Still Mad:]

Are you still mad I kicked you, out of bed?
Are you still mad I gave you, ultimatu-ums?
Are you still mad I compared you, to all
My forty year old male friends?
Are you still mad I shared our problems
With everybody-y-y-y?

Are you still mad I had an emotional, affair?
Are you still mad I tried ta', mold you into
Who I wanted you to be-e?
Are you still mad I didn't trust your in-tentions?

Of co-ourse you a-are
Of co-ourse you a-a-are

Are you still mad that I, flirted wi-ildly?
Are you still mad I had a, tendency to mother you-ou-ou-ou?
Are you still mad that I had one, foot out the do-o-o-or?
Are you still mad that we slept, together even after
We had ended i-it?

Of co-ourse you a-are
Of co-ourse you a-o-are

Are you still mad I wore the pants most of the time?
Are you still mad that I seemed to focus
Only on your potentia-al?
Are you still mad that I threw in the, the towel?
And are ya
Are ya still mad that I gave up long before you did?

Of co-ourse you are
Of course you are
Of course you are
Of course you are

Alanis: Thank you.

Bill: From Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie that was Are You Still Mad. Alanis Morissette, she's here, she's Intimate, she's Interactive, and there's a whole lot more music coming your way. Also everyone here has their chance to get Interactive with Alanis as you do at home, but you need some very important numbers so here's how to hook it up with Alanis.

The Voice: Get Intimate and Interactive with Alanis Morissette. The toll free number to call is 1-800-265-MUCH, that's 1-800-265-6824. By fax the number is area code 416-591-MUCH. That's 416-591-6824. By e-mail .

[Transcriber's note: please do not call, fax, or e-mail, it will either not work, or the MuchMusic people will think you very strange indeed]

[Commercial Break]

Bill: Welcome back to the world famous broadcast centre known as the ChumCity Building, the galactic headquarters of MuchMusic where we're here to celebrate the release of Alanis Morissette's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Thrilled to have you here by the way.

Alanis: Good to be here.

Bill: Absolutely and I know these people are as well. [Applause]. That sounds good. That sounds nice. Now I obviously wanted to talk about the album, because I was surprised to learn that this album almost never came to be, and there was a time I guess before you started working on it that you considered walking away from the business entirely.

Alanis: Yes

Bill: And uh well how close did we come to actually not see an album?

Alanis: Um... There was a period of time when I wasn't sure I wanted to go through what I had gone through, um, as far as what goes along with writing a record and releasing it. Obviously music is something that I will always and have always held dear to me, um, but everything that came along with what happened with Jagged Little Pill was a little overwhelming and I hadn't yet processed it so, um, until I did I don't think I was ready to jump back in again so that's basically a year and a half off.

Bill: Lucky for everybody here and us as the fans I have to say. But you know the entertainment road is littered with artists who have achieved this, this massive level of success and fame, what is it about the industry though specifically if you can name something like that that just drives someone to...

Alanis: Drink?

Bill: ...want to stop... Or drink.

Alanis: Um, there are so many things, um, not all of it having to do with the industry. Just, um, in my case the schedule was just a little masochistic and I can't entirely blame that on anyone other than myself because I could've said no during certain times but I felt that I was young and I wanted to seize the proverbial moment, um, but I drove myself into the ground last time and I don't want to do that again. But you're in a lot of positions where you, um, want to connect with people. There was less of a sense of community than I thought there would be. Um it's a very insulated, very insular, kind of experience, and there's a lot of illusion within all of what I do. There's a lot of um uh mystery surrounding it and when you really get inside of it and you realise that success as such may not give you as promised it would give. It can be very disheartening but equally exciting because it allows you to question everything, not just that.

Bill: I think that's something we're gonna touch on just a little bit later. But uh so you've learned for this time around how to do it, how to be more comfortable.

Alanis: So far.

Bill: That's great. Well we have the electronic soapbox as you know called uh Speaker's Corner on the road, and uh we've been scouring the country not having any problems finding fans of Alanis that want to ask a question. This is one from Halifax if you'll look at the monitor.

[Speaker's Corner Trailer]

[Videotaped from Speaker's Corner on the road Halifax:] What's up Alanis, my name is Ishnan Aburama, I'm from Halifax and uh I think it's really cool that you're uh naked in your video Thank U and I was wondering what does that represent to you?

Bill: Well that question had to come up sometime.

Alanis: Yeah. Being naked in my video was something that I came up with when I was in the shower, and I was naked in my shower which is a good idea, um felt very raw very real, um the song I was trying to think about what the song, um feel rather what the song was about and what the record was about and the spirit of the record came from, even if it was confused or angry, and it just came from my being unapologetic about who I was, and not having to live up to any sort of standard, or um feeling apologetic like I said about anything that I was and physically and emotionally and spiritually, um so it just felt natural for me to be naked in it. And my relationship with my body over the last few years has gotten better and more connected and I haven't been seeing it as the ornament that society wants it to be seen as, but more so as the instrument that it is, so there's nothing to hide.

Bill: Well yes. You are nude, but it's nothing sexual, that's the first and foremost thing that you realise when you watch that.

Alanis: Or if it is sexual it's sexual by default. I think everyone's very sexy you know.

Bill: Okay well we have uh Sarah from Brampton, she's on the phone right now and uh we're gonna say hello to Sarah, Sarah what's your question for Alanis?

Sarah (on the phone): [Feedback] Okay hi Alanis we'd like to [Feedback] Hi we love you and [Feedback]......

Bill: Sarah, Sarah can we ask you to turn your TV set down?

Sarah: Hi

Alanis: Hi

Bill: 'Cause there's a nasty thing called feedback Sarah. Okay Sarah go ahead.

Sarah: Okay um we love you Alanis like since you first came out

Alanis: Oh thanks

Sarah: Okay, um I'd like to ask you um how do you feel about like a bunch of people like looking up to you and adoring you?

Alanis: Um I feel great about um inspiring other people. Adoring love; if it's love I love it 'cause I love people back. It's um being put up on a pedestal has always made me feel a little uncomfortable because um I love sharing power with people. I feel uncomfortable when someone gives it to me because they have ... it ... themselves and I want to share it with them so... Inspiring people is amazing though.

Bill: Well this must be cool for you because everyone's on the same level here.

Alanis: Yeah

Bill: That's the beauty of an Intimate & Interactive. Um we have an e-mail right now, an electronic mail, this is uh from uh David in Victoria & there it is right there actually if you wanna look at it in that monitor...

[The following e-mail appeared on screen:

Hey Alanis!
How would you describe
yourself in 10 words or less?
Possible your biggest fan,
David from Victoria

Bill continues to speak while we view the e-mail]:

....But uh David asks you to describe yourself in 10 words or less.

Alanis: ooh

Bill: But it says less so if you want to give a couple words that's okay.

Alanis: Here

Bill: Well what about the ...'cause you were tagged with angry young woman for so long and that was one side of you

Alanis: I'm angry I'm happy I'm confused I'm clear I'm excited I'm horrified I'm peaceful and I'm curious

Bill: Dave I think you got your ten words there way to go buddy thank you. And uh we're gonna take a look at a fax right now this just came in and this is from Heather and uh she's from Chalk River Ontario and wants to know uh in the past she has heard in the past that celebrities lose the closeness and special contact that people have with their families and was wondering if you've managed to keep that special bond with, with your family members

Alanis: My family's here

Bill: I heard

Alanis: In this room. So yes I've managed to stay connected. It's a challenge. Um when I was touring for Jagged Little Pill I didn't see them very often and um what winds up happening is there's a lack of perspective that, that occurs when someone isn't walking alongside of someone in the public eye because there's a perception of .. of um of being in the public eye is something that is just exciting and glamorous and there are elements of glamour but um there are a lot of things the people don't see so it took some time um when I got off the road to reconnect with my family and um get to know each other all over again and because besides the fact that I'm a musician um and in the public eye um we change so quickly and there's a there's a need to re-introduce yourself after a few years go by.

Bill: This is a bit of a goofy question, but have they told you that they're proud?

Alanis [nodding]: Yeah

Bill: Good. I'm sure they are. The world uh is uh probably impatiently waiting the release of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, countries all over the world, so this is a world-wide broadcast this Intimate and Interactive and what's happened is we've flown in some of the uh the world's biggest Alanis fans from right around this globe, we're gonna call them International Alanis Ambassadors, um four right here I think, just uh four of many that are here to visit. Hi what's your name and where are you from?

[Transcriber's note: I apologise to anyone whose names I spelled wrong or totally screwed up]

Jaycee: I'm Jaycee and I come from the Philippines

Bill: Welcome, to Toronto, and you?

Widgen: Widgen from Malaysia

Bill: Welcome [gestures microphone at next person]

Claimini: Claimini from Lebanon

Joni: Joni from Holland

Bill: Okay, well I think we're gonna get these two questions first, now you're [gesturing mic. at Claimini] from Malaysia?

Claimini: No, Lebanon.

Bill: Come all the way from Lebanon to see Alanis, [gestures at Alanis], right there. Look at that isn't that incredible?

Alanis: Hi [Politely laughs]

Bill: Do you have a question for her, I'm sure you do.

Claimini: Yes of course. Okay my question is uh if you have to choose a political uh cause to fight for what international cause would you choose and why?

Alanis [with her microphone cutting in and out, making it difficult to distinguish everything]: It's really hard for me to get .... specific...... over...... one particular um event that has happened I think that .... any political event that we disagree with um is a spiritual issue going on like a lack of connection, a lack of sense of community in that we think that um if we do something for someone else that we're losing something of ourselves...... um so I could talk for about four hours about how I believe that at the basis of any political issue that is going on um there's love or there's fear or there's um an element of spirituality that my be um being overlooked so...

Bill: [says something incoherently] Okay and you [gesturing mic. at Joni] um what's your question for Alanis?

Joni: Um suppose you would be able to go back into time, to what age would you go and why?

Alanis: Of my life? [Breathes deeply through her teeth]

Bill: Don't, don't look at me um any, any time period.

Alanis: Um. I probably wouldn't want to go back in time....

Bill [interrupting]: Good answer

Alanis: .... but if I did..... six was great. I was pretty popular in grade one.

[Cheers and screams from outside]

Bill: Again they happen to agree out there as well. Uh we're gonna take a look at another uh travelling Speaker's Corner on the road, this one's from Vancouver.

[Speaker's Corner Trailer]

[Videotaped from Speaker's Corner on the road Vancouver:] Hi my name's John, I'm from Vancouver. Alanis I was just wondering, if you could define yourself by any one of your songs, which one would it be and why?

Alanis: Hmm.

Bill: Tough choice

Alanis: I think maybe a hybrid of Would Not Come and Thank U.

Bill: Um, okay

Alanis: It's tough to say though. I think a hybrid of all the songs together, maybe do a little medley.

Bill: Well why was Thank U an obvious choice, for you anyway, to be the first single from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie? Is it just where your headspace was at the time?

Alanis: Um it's the heartspace that the rest of the records was sprung from, just um in that when I stop and I'm quiet that's when I'm the most inspired, so that's um the first song actually that was written for the record with um Glen and I, and I wrote Heart of the House first on my own here in Toronto actually, and um I.... the... it's difficult for me to, to name one song that would be sort of encapsulates... it's difficult to even have one record that would...

Bill: I think it depends on the mood as well, but um some of these people have been out here since uh eight o'clock this morning [cheers outside] to see you

Alanis: Thank you

Bill: Do you wanna, do you wanna come out and say hi, just to a couple of them?

Alanis: Sure [They begin to head outside]

Bill: So you can just move?

Alanis: Just move?

Bill: Yeah. Watch your, watch your head. [To the people in the way:] Thank you guys, [to Alanis:] watch your head over here

[Outside] Alanis: Hi [begins shyly shaking the hands of people in the crowd outside]

Bill: Alanis is here. Okay um I'm gonna take a couple... uh this person here had a question I believe, Hi uh what's your question, and what's your name?

Ann-Marie: Hi Alanis [pronounced like Al-eh-nis]

Alanis [somewhat startled by the mispronunciation]: Hi

Ann-Marie: My name is Ann-Marie

Alanis [A little more confident this time]: Hi

Ann-Marie: Um I was just wondering what would be the most important aspect of your life that keeps you um from letting fame get to your head?

Bill: How would, how do you stay grounded is a good question.

Alanis: You breathe

Bill: Huh. Now's that's something that you'd live with, you'd have to breathe.

Alanis: You breathe deeply

Bill: Sorry?

Alanis: You breathe deeply. No you know um you stay connected with God I guess.

Bill: Okay

Alanis: Basically

Bill [To crowd]: Look who's here, it's Alanis! Okay what's your name and what's your question for Alanis?

Shauna: Hi my name is Shauna and I'm just wondering what is a transparent dangling carrot?

Alanis: Um it's um many things that are held before us to um .. that are touted as being things that [streetcar clanging] can make us worthy or make us popular or make us happy or peaceful: jobs, success, status, money, um all of these things that are dangling before us that we're running after all the time; that we feel we have to be kinetic and run towards and upon reaching it or achieving it in, in the sense that I did, um I realised it was transparent.

Bill: You happy with that? Okay... we're gonna head back inside. [to Alanis:] Are you cold?

Alanis [hard to understand exactly what she said]: Oh I'm warm and cozy.

Bill: We're gonna head back inside. There's gonna be a lot more talk and more tunes as Alanis performs right after this. [To crowd:] See you later okay?

[Commercial Break]


[Alanis performs I Was Hoping:]

As we were talking outside it was co-o-o-old
And we were shivering yet warmed by the subject matter
My wife is in the next room we've been having troubles you know-ow-ow-ow
Please don't tell her or anyone
But I need to talk to somebody
You said "Wouldn't it be a shame if I knew how great I wa-a-as
Five minutes before I died
I'd be filled with such regre-e-et
Before I took my last breath" and I said
"You're willing to tell me this now-ow-ow-ow
And you're not going to die any time soon"
And I said I haven't been eating chicken or meat or anything and you sa-aid yes
But you've been wearing leathe-e-e-er
And laughed and said we're at the top of the food chain
And yes you're still a fine woman and I-I-I-I-I-I cringed

I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could heal each other-er
I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could be raw together-er

We left the restaurant where the head waiter (in his 60's) said
"Good-bye sir thank you for your business sir
You're succesful and established sir
And we like the frequency with which you dine here sir
And yo-o-our mo-oney-ey-ey"
And when I walked by they said "Thank you too-oo dear"
I was all pigtails and cords
There was a day when I would've said something like
"Hey dude I could buy and sell this place so kiss it"
I too once thought I was owed somethi-i-yi-ing

I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could challenge each other-er
I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could crack each other up

I too thought that when proved wrong that I lost somehow-ow-ow
And I too once life was cru-u-u-uel and
It's a cycle really you think I'm withdrawing and guilt tripping you
I think you're insensitive and I don't feel heard
And I said do you believe we are
Fundamentally judgmenta-a-al?
Fundamentally evil?
And you said yes
I said I don't believe in revenge
In right or wrong or bad you said
"Well what about the man that I saw handcuffed
In the emergency room bleeding after beating his kid
And she threw a shoe at his head.
And I think what he did was wro-o-o-ong
And I would've had a hard time feeling compassion for him"
I had to watch my tone for fear of having you feel judged and

I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could dance togethe-er
I-I-I was hoping I was hoping we could be creamy togethe-er


Alanis: Thank you, thanks. I'd like to introduce everyone with me here, if I may. [As she introduces them, the camera goes to the person, and a spotlight comes on them]. This is Nick Lashley on guitar [Applause], Chris Chaney on bass [Applause], Gary Novak on drums [Applause], Deron Johnson on keyboards [Applause], and Joel Shearer on Guitar [Applause].

[Alanis performs All I Really Want:]

Do I stress you out?
My sweater is on backwards and inside out
And you say how-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow appropriate
I don’t want to dissect everything today
I don’t mean to pick you apart you see
But I ca-ee-aa-ee-a-an’t help it
There I go jumping before the gunshot has gone off
Slap me with a splintered ruler
And it would knock me to the floor if I wasn’t there already
If only I could hunt the hunter

And all I really want, is some patience
A way to calm the angry voice, oh woah
And all I really want, is deliverance

Do I wear you out?
You must wonder why I’m relentless and all strung out
I’m consumed by the chill of solitary
Ya see I’m like Estella
I like to reel it in and then spit it out
I’m frustrated by your apathy
And I am frightened by the corrupted ways of this land
If only I could meet the Maker
And I am fascinated by the spiritual man
I am humbled by his humble nature
Woah woah

And what I wouldn’t give, to find a soulmate
Someone else to catch this drift oh woah
And what I wouldn’t give to meet a kindred

[Alanis' Harmonica Solo]

Well enough about me, let’s talk about you for a minute
Enough about you, let’s talk about life for a while
The conflicts, the craziness and the sound of pretences
Falling all around . . . all a-rou-oo-ou-oo-ee-ya-ee-ya-ee-ya-ee-ah-ee-ou-ound

Why are you so petrified of silence?
Here can you handle this? Mmm.
[Silence for a one and a half seconds, with crowd cheering]
Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines
Or when ya think you’re gonna die?
Or did you long for the next dis-trac-tion
And all I need now is intellectual intercourse
A soul to dig the hole much deeper
And I have no concept of time other than it is flying
If only I could kill the killer
Woah ooh oh

And all I really want, is some peace man
A place to find a common gra-hou-oo-ou-oo-ou-ound
And all I really want, is a wavelength
All I really want, is some comfort
A way to get my hands unti-i-e-i-ied
And all I really want, is some justice . . .

[Alanis' Harmonica Solo and out]


Alanis: Thank you


Alanis: Thank you

[Piano intro to Uninvited, crowd applauds and cheers wildly]

[Alanis performs Uninvited:]

Anyone would be
I am flattered by your fascination with me
Any hot-blooded woman
I have simply wanted an object to crave
But you
You’re not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Must be
Strangely exciting
To watch the stoic squi-i-i-irm
Must be
Somewhat heartening
To watch shepherd meet
But you
You’re not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Any uncharted terri-tory
I must seem greatly intriguing
Speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine
But this is no-ot allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Don’t think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate


Bill: From the City of Angels Soundtrack that was Uninvited, Alanis Morissette!! She's here, she's intimate, and she's interactive and it all continues after this, stay with us.

[Commercial Break]

[Return from break, with sound of keyboard intro to Thank U in the background]

Bill: Welcome back, we're in the MuchMusic environment, Alanis Morissette is here, she's Intimate and Interactive. Do you ever get bored of hearing that? That's a beautiful sound.

Alanis: That I'm Intimate and Interactive? No I love hearing that.


Bill: And the applause. 'Cause it's nice, you can feel love, there's a lot of love in this room.

Alanis: It's for me. [Hastily:] And it's for everyone I feel.

Bill: Um-hm. Very good.

Alanis: Yeah

Bill: Okay well um something that I want to talk about and that is, it's just the amount of press since '95. Just heaps and heaps of press generated with you and tons of articles out there. I don't know if you read a lot of them...

Alanis: Some of them

Bill: Yeah? But was one of the things that comes up a lot I, I think is um your description in your thread a lot of them is that you're very serious, very solemn, and you do take your art very seriously...

Alanis: I do

Bill: I think you'll be the first to admit that. But there's another side I think and I was just wondering if you've ever read these articles and has anybody ever gotten it right?

Alanis: The humour? The sadistic humour that I have? Um sometimes, there's a lot of um... just due to the very nature of what an interview is you know there's not a lot of opportunity to be hijinxing or running around or being crazy so the very fact that oftentimes it's kind of a serious conversation the articles wind up being serious, and I read a few lately that are extremely serious and even though I was in fact laughing through the entire thing it's not written that I was so the difficult is, the difficulty is to have yourself be represented in any one things. It's kind of impossible.

Bill: Okay, well we're gonna go outside the, the corner of Queen and John, the original Speaker's Corner booth is out there, someone's standing by there right now, they've put in their dollar, goes to charity I must.., but uh they're there right now, hello go ahead. [Speaker's Corner Camera shot of a girl with her head drooped, sleeping] Do you have a question for Alanis? What is your name? [Someone opens the door and nudges her]. Wake up you!!

Stacey: Oh sorry!! Stacey.

Bill: Hi Sandy? Hi Sandy go ahead uh what is your question for Alanis?

Stacey: It's Stacey....

Bill: Oh sorry Stacey

Stacey: ... and uh my question is what role have you played in the advancement of Canadian music in the international community?

Alanis: What was the first few words?

Bill: Uh well she...

Alanis: What is... what is the role?

Bill: The advancement of Canadians on I guess on a world stage. A lot of people are pointing at you right now.

Alanis: Um I think there are a lot of Canadian artists that are kind of in the public eye right now, there has been over the years, but I think there's something in the water up here we're all very prolific at the moment. So um I'm proud of Canada, I have no intention of changing my citizenship.


Bill: And even on your off time, when you do get time off, rarely it is, you like to come back and visit still, I think that's very cool.

Alanis: I have to come back here. There's something about returning to see the culture that you were brought up in that just grounds me anyway.

Bill: Okay. Well on the phone right now would be uh someone from London Ontario. It's Ryan on the phone. Hi Ryan, you there buddy?

Ryan [on the phone]: Yup

Bill: Okay what's your question for Alanis, turn your TV set down if you can.

Ryan: Oh it's off

Bill: Oh okay good.

Ryan: Uh first of all I just want to say Alanis you rock, I went to your concert in uh Barrie Molson Park and you have so much energy you're one of the best performances I've ever seen and I've been to quite a few concerts.

Alanis: Well thanks

Ryan: And I just wanna know um, I recently heard that you went to India for a while there, um on your time off, and I just wondered how that affected your... and what influence that had on your new album.

Alanis: I think um exactly what is required to go on a trip like that is, is what has affected the record and my life essentially, 'cause my life is kind of translated into my songs, um so just being able to let go of any sort of control I felt I had, um being immersed in a culture that is vastly different from my own and seeing how everyone um interacts with each other: the eye contact, the lack of personal space that people had, the lack of materialism, and that the happiness that I saw within that the simplicity and the beauty. Um I had also realising at the same time that I had somewhat idealised the East, and seeing a lot of that kind of be dissolved when got over there and travelled with some family and girlfriends and it was very feminine/female goddess trip.

Bill: Perfect. Ryan you happy with that?

Ryan: Yeah, thanks a lot

Bill: Thanks for calling Ryan. We're actually gonna go to an e-mail from Kate and if you wanna look at the monitor and it's right up there....

[The following e-mail appeared on screen:

Hi Alanis! I love you so much
and I love you hair!
Anyway I wanted to ask you: if
you got to have a date with
anyone in the world, who would
it be and why?

Bill continues to speak while we view the e-mail]:

And uh Kate loves your hair. Okay and uh Kate wants to ask if you could get to go on a date with anyone in the world, then who would it be and why?

Alanis: Um [Clears throat] Can they be dead?

Bill: I think so

Alanis: Okay I think I would love to go out on a date with John Lennon

[Audience cheers]

Bill: You would?

Alanis: Is that okay with you Bill?

Bill: What about live person, if there was someone alive?

Alanis: An alive person? [Clicks here tongue three times] Um.. Where are you pointing at? [Starts to laugh]

Bill: What? Don't look at me! [They have a brief awkward moment] Anyway you know what we'll just skip that [They both begin to laugh]

Alanis [Glad to hear it]: Yeah okay

Bill: Let's go to a fax right now, let's go to a fax. This is from Aryana Redchenko [Transcriber's note: Sorry if I got your name wrong!!], and uh they want to know in your Ironic video, 'cause there's four people in the Ironic video, they're all you but there's four sort of segments, what's your favourite one of the four people on the video?

Alanis: Uh, I like the green girl

Bill: What's that?

Alanis: The green sweater girl. She's a little crazy.

Bill: Where was she sitting? She was in the front seat....

Alanis: She was in the back, right

Bill: Oh okay

Alanis: I got reprimanded for not wearing a seatbelt in that video, severely and I apologise. And I, in real life, wear my seatbelt.

[Audience cheers]

Bill: Well that deserves some applause, let's hear it for safety. Okay um as we said earlier this is truly an international affair 'cause this broadcast is being seen around the world, and also the biggest Alanis fans from around the globe here tonight, and uh we're gonna start over here I believe, over here? Okay you hi!

[Transcriber's Note: I'm REALLY sorry I couldn't figure out all your names]

Martham: Hi I'm Martham from Poland I came here to see you Alanis

Bill: Welcome, welcome to Toronto.

Alanis: Hi

????: Hi I'm [A long Greek name, sorry!] from Greece

Alanis: Wow!

Heather: Hi I'm Heather from Finland, very nice to be here and meet you here and....

Bill [Interrupting]: Welcome to Toronto

An unnamed audience member: Oh, no, not me

Bill: Oh, okay. Well you know what we're gonna do.... he's happy to meet you too, I'm sure, but he's just from down the road probably, but um, what was your question for Alanis?

???? from Greece: Do you feel that the new album is more mature than the last one and why?

Alanis: Um I feel that it is more mature in that on an emotional end of things I take a little more responsibility and it kind of results a little in more closure for me as opposed to just um pointing the finger, or having it be a reaction, I think reacting is amazing and allowing ourselves to react. But I think that I take it a few steps further this time and musically just stretching, it's always about stretching and evolving and having snapshots of different times of my life where musically and emotionally it gives you an indication of where I'm at at that time.

Bill: Haley what is your question for Alanis?

Heather: Uh my question would be like um if you had to choose between being a composer and a songwriter or a performer, which one would you choose, which one would you like to be and why?

Alanis [Without Hesitation]: I'd be a songwriter, if I had to choose, because the creative process for me is the most God-like. Performing it is kind of an extension of it, but um the creative process I'm humbled be, and I'm just amazed that it even happens, so..

Heather: Yeah

Bill: You have a nice visit here, welcome. Um to speed things along I'm just gonna go to the window and uh get another couple of questions.

Alanis: I'm gonna have to come with you Bill!

Bill (Outside): How you doing?!?! We have uh [Cheers from crowd] the lady with a question... was it right here? Okay. Hi what's your name?

Evelina: Hi I'm Evelina

Bill: And what's your question for Alanis?

Evelina: Alanis I was wondering, um, is there a personal story behind uh Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie?

Bill: The actual line, I guess, or the title.

Alanis: Um it's from a song called So Pure, and I never allowed myself to feel infatuated before because it, it was something that was made me feel out of control, and it was scary, and it was very painful, so now that I understand myself and relationships a little more I can enjoy it.

Bill [over cheers from crowd]: ..... a line from a song, to represent the album, it's a pattern going on..

Alanis: So Pure

Bill: This is Simon, I think, Simon? Is that it? Okay what's your question? I'll hold onto the mic., you just take your hand away.

Simon: Uh hi Alanis, what do you think of so-called Girl Power?

Alanis: I think of Girl Power, and Boy Power [Cheers from audience], as being power.

[Cheers from audience]

Bill: Very good. Uh what's gonna happen is uh we're gonna go back inside because Alanis is ready to perform .. again. Some more music coming your way with Alanis Morissette. She's Intimate, she's Interactive, we'll see you inside!

[Commercial Break]

Bill: Welcome, we're Intimate and Interactive with Alanis Morissette, now uh I want to say goodnight, not before I let everyone know that there will be some more performances coming up real soon, and also uh one more question and that was uh based on something that I read this past week, and it had to do with uh it was a very recent article describing you as 24 going on 39, now you've been hearing that I think your whole like, being 16 going on 20, being 20 going on 30, and they always talk about wisdom far beyond your years, so do you, do you feel wiser than most people your age?

Alanis: Um, can I talk into that? [Referring to the microphone which Bill was still holding]. Ok um I [Both laugh], Oh I uh, I gotta shut this off [referring to her portable singing microphone]. I feel ... awake and I don't really compare myself to people so I think that we all can be awake.

Bill: Okay

Alanis: I'll speak really loudly [Referring to the microphone again]

Bill [to audience]: Okay are you ready for some more music? I know I am. [Applause] Are you ready? [To Alanis:] Are you ready? We're gonna bring that mic. stand in. Once more, Alanis Morissette!!

[Alanis performs Thank U:]

How 'bout getting off of these antibiotics
How 'bout stopping eating when I am full up
How 'bout them transpar'ant' dangling carrots
How 'bout that ever elusive kudo [Pronounced could-o]

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionme-ent
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Tha-ank you, tha-ank you sile-ence

How 'bout me not blaming you for everything
How 'bout me enjoying the moment for once
How 'bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How 'bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank ya disillusionme-ent
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Tha-ank you, tha-ank you sile-ence

The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could hand-a-ale
The moment that I jumped off of it
Was the moment that I touched down

How 'bout no longer be-eing masochistic
How 'bout remembering your divinity
How 'bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How 'bout not equating death with stopping

Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank ya disillusionme-ent
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Tha-ank you, tha-ank you sile-ence

'N yeah ee yeah

'N oh oh No oh oh No oh oh oh oh oh no oh oh no oh oh oh oh No ooh oh ooh oh oh


Alanis: Thank you, thank you muchly. Hi. [Band starts a soft version of the intro to Ironic] Yeah!

[Alanis performs Ironic, to a slightly different tune, with the stress shifted to the bolded syllables:]

An old man turned ninety-ei-eight
Won the lottery-y, and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay-ay-ay
It’s a death ro-ow pardo-on two minutes too late
And isn’t it Ironic . . . don’t you think?

It’s like rai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ain on your wedding day
It’s a free ri-i-i-i-ide when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advi-i-i-i-ice that you just didn’t ta-ake
'Nd who would’ve thou-ought? . . . it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his su-u-uitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that fli-ight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well isn’t this nice. . .” [Accented separately]
And isn’t it Ironic. . . don’t you think?

It’s like rai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ain on your wedding day
It’s a free ri-i-i-i-ide when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
And who would’ve thought . . . it figu-u-u-u-ures

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on ya
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-ight
And yeah well life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your fa-a-ace

Traffic jam when you’re already la-ate
A no-smo-o-o-oking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoo-oons when all you need is a kni-ife
It’s meetin' the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it Ironic... don’t you think?
A little too-oo-oo-oo ironic ... and yeah, I really do think...

It’s like rai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ain on your wedding day
It’s a free ri-i-i-i-ide when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advi-i-i-i-ice that you just didn’t ta-ake
And who would’ve thought? . . . it figu-u-u-ures

Yah-da-dye Yah-dye-dye-ee-aye




Alanis: Thank you, thank you all very much. This has been much fun, had by all. I feel very welcome an warm in here, thank you.

[Applause, screams]

[Alanis performs Your Congratulations, with the beginning very very quick [due to the band playing it that way, and Alanis trying to keep up]]

I wouldn't have compromised as much
So much of myse-elf for fear of
Having you hating me
And I-I-I-I would've sung so-o loudly
It would've cracked myse-elf!
And I-I-I-I-I became self-consciou-ous
Of anything exuberant

I wouldn't have so-old myself short
I wouldn't have ke-ept my eyes
Glued to the ground
If I had've known my invisibility
Would not make a difference

I would've run around screaming proudly
At the top of my vo-o-oi-o-o-o-o-o-o-oice
[Voice beginning to crack] Ah-ah-ha-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ha-ah-ah-ah-ee-oo!
I wouldn't have sa-aid it was in fact lu-uck
I'm talking ide-ealism here
I-I-I-I would not ha-a-ave been so se-e-elf deprecating
And I-I-I-I-I wouldn't have co-ow-ow-owered
For fear of having my eyes scratched out!

I wouldn't have cu-ut my comfort o-off-off
I wouldn't have fei-eigned needlessness
And I-I-I-I would not've discredited
Every one of their compliments
It was you-ou-ou-ou-our approval I-I-I-I-I wanted
Your congratula-a-ations Ah-oh-oh-oh-ah-oh-oh-ah-ions Ooh-ah-ooh-ah-ooh-ions

Alanis: Thank you very much

[Bill and Alanis exchange words quietly (out of mic. shot)]

Bill: I'm gonna say good-night on behalf of Alanis Morissette and the band and everyone here, thank you for watching. This has been Alanis Morissette: Intimate, and Interactive. [To Alanis:] Do you wanna, do you wanna say hi to someone of these people over here?

[Alanis & Bill go around talking to crowd, with Thank U cutting in and out in the background]

[Crowd continues to applaud, cheer and scream as credits roll and MuchMusic goes to a commercial]


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