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Jagged Little Pill, the seminal Alanis Morissette album is one of the top-selling records of all time – but if you were born after 1995 – there’s a big chance you’ve only heard it when your mum is having a meltdown during a family road trip.
The Canadian-American singer-songwriter has for a long time been seen as the voice of Gen X lino-floor feminism, selling 75 million records around the world before eventually transitioning into acting and record producing.
However, if you were a visitor in the fourth-most populous city in Australia, you could easily be forgiven for thinking Jagged Little Pill was released yesterday.
The most isolated city in the world, geographically and culturally, Perth is renowned for many things. Namely, their beautiful waterways, their deep-seated racial divisions, and their undying love for Alanis Morissette.
A recent survey conducted by the Licensing Inquiries and Testing For Australian Management (LitFam) ombudsman, has found that over 70% of cafes and pubs are currently playing an Alanis Morissette song through a stereo or other form of sound system, with 50% of those venues actually opting for CDs.
When it comes to in-store radios, FM radio and dinner parties, the study shows that no current of past recording artist competes with Alanis – not even their homegrown rock exports of Tame Impala and POND.
The survey also found that Pearl Jam and Eminem still gets a fair bit of run in Perth as well.