Hey, Alanis Morissette *does* know what irony is – and has the video to prove it

Alanis Morissette. She became famous for apparently having no idea what irony was, when she wrote a song called Ironic in which she described loads of situations asking “Isn’t it ironic?” and they weren’t. Like a spoon when you need a fork, rain on your wedding day, etc.

But now she’s got a dictionary. Oh, man, she has. She’s covered the Black Eyed Peas’ horrible “My Humps” (sample lyric: “My humps, my humps, my lovely lady bumps” – it’s a sony whose multifold depth has puzzled pretty much nobody at all, though if you do find it puzzling the video will clarify). In her own, slow, plangent way.

The result: brilliance. She has copied the video style, the hairstyle, the lack of style in the original and simply torn it very slowly apart just by singing it as though she were singing one of her own songs.

It’s absolutely brilliant – if you’re reading this on the web page, here’s the embedded video:

For those of us who thought L’Alanis had lost her edge since under rug swept, well, she’s still got something going.


  1. Writing a song called ironic about irony without any actual irony is indeed ironic. Don’t you think?

  2. Charles

    Monday 23 April 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Nah, it’s not ironic – it’s just crap.

    The vidoe OTOH definitely is ironic.

  3. She can have some points back, but she can never be forgiven for appearing in Dogma.