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Alanis Morissette Wrote You Oughta About Dave Coulier

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Alanis Morissette Wrote You Oughta About Dave Coulier, The Alanis Morissette song “You Oughta Know” is about actor Dave Coulier from TV’s Full House. A segment of the modern audience insists on interpreting the lyrics of pop songs written in the first person literally (see the legend about Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” for a prime example) and assuming that the accounts described therein must reflect the personal experiences of the singers.

(The latter perhaps fostered by the trend that began in the 1960s of pop musicians’ writing their own material rather than relying upon the efforts of commercial songwriters.) When Mary MacGregor hit the charts with “Torn Between Two Lovers” in 1976, for example, far too many fans assumed she must really have been involved in relationships with two different men at the same time (even though the song was not written by MacGregor, but was in fact was penned by two men, Peter Yarrow and Phil Jarrel), and listeners spent years trying to guess whom Carly Simon had in mind when she wrote “You’re So Vain.”

It was inevitable, then, that Alanis Morissette’s vitriolic 1995 song “You Oughta Know” (from her huge-selling third album, Jagged Little Pill) would trigger gossip about the identity of the ex-lover savaged in the lyrics for moving on so quickly:
Did you forget about me, Mister Duplicity?
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner.
It was a slap in my face how quickly I was replaced.
Are you thinking of me when you fck her?
Rumors have named just about everyone of note with whom Morissette has ever been associated as the target of this bitter attack:
Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, best known as Joey Gladstone on TV’s Full House, whom Morissette dated for a while after they met at a hockey game in 1992. (The relationship reportedly ended because Coulier, fifteen years her senior, wanted to start a family, but Morissette felt she was too young.)

Bob Saget, host of TV’s America’s Funniest Home Videos and another regular on the Full House series.

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