Peak UK Chart Position: #26 in October 1995.

Wait, what? Only number 26? Yep, it was a two-week chart wonder, entering at 26 on this day twenty-one years ago, before descending to 37 and then out of the forty. Born in Ottawa, Canada on June 1st 1974, her third – and best known – album “Jagged Little Pill” (from which “Hand In My Pocket” was the second single released) sold 33 million units worldwide.

This track was the first of six number ones in her native Canada, and the first of four in succession. “Ironic” followed, which was a global success, going top ten in most countries – except in the UK, where ironically it stalled at number 11. Her biggest UK hit was “Hands Clean”, the lead single from 1998 album “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”, which reached number five.

From January to June of this year, she had a weekly column in the Guardian Weekend magazine – entitled “Ask Alanis” (I kid you not) – where, in true ‘agony aunt’ style, you could ask your questions for good honest advice in return. It was also in June that she gave birth to her second child, Onyx Solace Morissette-Treadway.

Here’s “Hand In My Pocket”, performed live on what seems to be a Paris-based television show, on March 27th 1996. An excellent rendition, and a worthy reminder of just how good she was.

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