For those of us who grew up watching Full House, the rumor that Alanis Morissette’s angry breakthrough single “You Oughta Know” was about her relationship none other than Uncle Joey was confusing (Joey Gladstone didn’t date) and upsetting (Joey Gladstone was the funny/cool parent). There were also rumors that the song was about Bob Saget, hockey player Mike Peluso, Matt LeBlanc, and one of her early producers, but we all knew the truth.
Then, in a 2008 interview with the Calgary Sun, Dave Coulier finally admitted that he was the man that had inspired the song. That said, outside of a whispered something that you couldn’t hear in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Morissette has never confirmed that it’s really about him because, as she says, “I write these songs for myself, not other people.”
Now, apparently to drum up some publicity for his stand-up career(!), Coulier is talking about the whole thing again, and because we can’t seem to leave the ’90s alone, we can’t help but find it incredibly exciting. “The Alanis I know is really fun to be around and really thoughtful and sweet,” he told Pike Wire. “I think there’s a lot of things in Jagged Little Pill that are very deep and fueled by her interactions with a lot of people. At the time we were dating, she was writing a lot of music, and I was a newly divorced, single father with a two-year old son. She was living in Ottawa, Canada and I was living in Los Angeles. It was a tough time for me and a lot of distance for a budding relationship. I’ll always think of her as a really great person. As far as being the so-called subject of ‘You Oughta Know’…I’ll just let the urban legend folks keep spinning on that one.”
So coy! And yet, as this is the closest thing our generation has to a “You’re So Vain”-style mystery song, we’ll take it. Side note: Is it just us, or does he sound like he’d kind of like to get back together with her?
[via Perez Hilton]