Alanis Morissette Reflects As She Preps For Tour

Canadian songstress offered insights into songs on her latest album and her influences.

As Alanis Morissette prepares to launch a 33-date tour in support of her latest LP, the

Canadian songstress expressed her personal infatuation with openers Liz Phair and the

Shirley Manson-fronted Garbage.

"Because they're supergoddesses!" said Morissette, during a SonicNet chat Tuesday, explaining why she asked the artists to join her on tour. "All the men in the band[s]," she added, laughing.

All joking aside, the emotive singer -- whose latest record, Supposed Former

Infatuation Junkie, broke the record for one-week sales by a female solo artist during

its first seven days of release in November -- offered fans insights, professional and

personal, in a chat from New Orleans, where she will begin her tour Saturday at the UNO


Detailing the songwriting process for the album's first single,


music/Morissette,_Alanis/Thank_U.ram">"Thank U" (RealAudio excerpt), the

24-year-old Morissette highlighted the role that producer Glen Ballard (Aerosmith)

played in the recording of the LP.

"That was the first song I wrote with Glen for the record. I was just overwhelmed with this

sense of gratitude and excitement and I really wanted to write about it. I wrote the lyrics

and Glen Ballard and I wrote the music together," Morissette said.

"It was written and recorded on the same day or evening, as were all of the songs on

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," she added. "That will probably be the way I

do it moving forward -- same-day writing."

Regarding her decision to appear nude in a video for "Thank U," Morissette said she

made the choice "to celebrate my body and not objectify it. Not to impose the societal

standard of what my body should look like. To acknowledge our inner being. I was naked

in the streets of L.A. for two nights in a row."

The confessional singer took time off from touring following the phenomenal success of

her 25-million-selling 1995 album Jagged Little Pill to spend time with her family

and vacation in India, a trip she said helped inspire her latest record.

"What was required of me to go to a place like India was an openness and letting go. It

was very humble and informative, the lack of materialism and the joy evident in that,"

Morissette said. "Just to travel with a backpack was very illuminating."

She cited as musical influences everyone from songwriter Carole King to Swedish pop

stars Abba and back to Bob Dylan, and named pioneering psychologists Sigmund Freud

and Carl Jung as people who have influenced her work. Morissette expressed an

interest in writing a book or branching out to other artistic fields such as photography and


In response to a fan question that named the new song "I Was Hoping" as a personal

favorite, Morissette explained the different lyrical components of the tune.

"The second verse is self-explanatory: being patronized ... due to sexism or ageism. And

the final verse is about judgment, feeling safe not to have conflict with a person who felt

judged," Morissette said. "It was me singing my hopes for a relationship to my mate."