“In the past when i felt infatuated with someone i wanted to pass through that phase if not skip over it entirely because i felt out of control and overwhelmed…relationships equated confusion and pain to me…upon realizing why relationships exist and understanding myself more, i can now enjoy the heart-palpitating phase of infatuation once again…“
Since the release of “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie“, Alanis has continued to delve into acting - both in a cameo in the film, “Dogma,” and in a stint in the controversial play, “The Vagina Monologues.” She is very thankful to her fans for helping her get where she is today.
“ I don’t know where I would be without the fans - probably somewhere reading a book.“
she jokes. Although projecting the image of a seasoned veteran, it is hard to believe that her career in the music business has just begun. With so much promise, who knows where this artist will take us next. The early June (1999) saw the release of the single “So Pure”. In talking about the inspiration for the song, Alanis said:
“Both the expression of anger and the expression of joy have been equally vulnerable for me at different times in my life. I allowed myself to be inspired and infatuated with this person who is unapologetically and exuberantly themself.“
She directed the video for “So Pure”. Shot during two days in Toronto, the strikingly choreographed video is a joyous celebration of dance.
Throughout the video, Alanis and actor Dash Mihok — who has appeared in such films as “Romeo & Juliet” and “The Thin Red Line” — are seen as a couple who seamlessly dance their way through the eras, from the `40s through the `90s. Decked out in period clothing amid an elaborate array of settings, they incorporate such moves as swing, tap, Latin, modern dance and free-style. The video was choreographed by Kevin O’Day, who’s danced with companies such as the Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp and created choreography for dance companies worldwide. Dash and Alanis danced almost every day for two weeks as she toured across Canada.
Alanis’ world premiere of her “So Pure” video on America Online was among the Top Five most successful music specials on AOL and was viewed by more people than the “Star Wars-The Phantom Menace” preview clip on AOL. With the premiere, Alanis and Maverick Recording Co. set an online precedent by becoming the first major artist and major record label to world premiere a new video on AOL. AOL members had the exclusive opportunity to view the video in its entirety using Real Player starting June 25th, 1999. The clip was subsequently available to the entire Internet audience via AOL’s website.
Starting from August 18th, 1999, Alanis joined Tori Amos in the “5 1/2 weeks tour“, a major North American trek of indoor and outdoor venues. Known as uncompromising and highly individualistic singers, songwriters, musicians and performers, Alanis and Tori decided to tour together because of their respect for each other’s music and vision.
“When I was still living in Canada, I remember listening to Little Earthquakes and feeling heartened and inspired by Tori’s courage and unapologetic honesty. She was like a breath of fresh courageous air. I look forward to playing with a woman whom I will be touched by nightly on a musical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional level.”
“Bringing two visions together to make one show can be tricky, so obviously, it takes a lot of mutual respect and a load of gear. With that in mind, Alanis and I are bringing two trucks just for ourselves: one filled with wine, the other filled with lip gloss."
The “5 1/2 Weeks Tour” was sponsored by mp3.com and Best Buy.
“This is an exciting experiment in the ways technology and music fans are intersecting,”
said Scott Welch, Alanis’ manager at Atlas/Third Rail Entertainment.
“As a result, it’s bringing music fans closer to the artists and strengthening that bond.”
Tori’s manager Arthur Spivak noted,
“We’re pleasantly surprised by the strong reaction from the fans and are excited to be part of this unprecedented alignment between MP3.COM and our artists.”
Opening acts were: Greta Gains, Chlorophyll, Ray Lane, Lotusland, Sci-fi Lullaby.