Coulier talked earlier this week about the scathing lyrics of Morissette’s major hit “You Oughta Know,” which told of her heartbreak caused by a breakup with a former lover after a two-year relationship. The song was part of the 10-million plus selling Jagged Little Pill, and spawned the biggest music industry speculation since Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.”
He was driving in Detroit when he first heard the song on the radio, Coulier said on Jim Norton & Sam Roberts, a SiriusXM show on the Faction Talk channel. Coulier says he was really enjoying the song before his “Hey, wait a minute” moment, when he recognized the singer’s voice. “Ooh, oh no! Oh, I can’t be this guy!” he claims he thought.
Coulier raced to a record store and bought the album. He then sat in his car and listened to it.
“There was a lot of familiar stuff in there that her and I had talked about,” Coulier said. “Like [in ‘Right Through You’] ‘your shake is like a fish.’ I’d go, ‘Hey, dead fish me,’ and we’d do this dead fish handshake. And so I started listening to it and I thought, ‘Ooh, I think I may have really hurt this woman.’ And that was my first thought.”
The Morissette-Coulier romance started in 1992, when she was 18 and he was 33. They broke up two years later, and Morissette’s album came out a year after the split.
Morissette has not revealed who the song is about.
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