Although Alanis Morissette has never confirmed that her 1995 hit song "You Oughtta Now" was written about her one-time boyfriend Dave Coulier, the Full House star seems certain it was.
In an interview earlier this week with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on SiriusXM's Jim and Sam Show, Coulier recalled the moment he realized the song was about him.
"Here’s the story. I’m driving in Detroit and I’ve got my radio on and I hear the hook for "You Oughta Know' come on the radio," Coulier explained. “And I’m like, ‘Wow, this is a really cool hook.’ And then I start hearing the voice. I’m like, ‘Wow, this girl can sing.’ And I had no idea, you know, that this was the record.”
"And then I was like, umm, listening to the lyrics going, 'Ooh, oh no. Oh, I can’t be this guy.' And I went to the record store, bought the CD and I went and I parked on a street and I listened to the whole record. And there was a lot of familiar stuff in there that her and I had talked about," he recalled
"I think I may have really hurt this woman and that was my first thought," Coulier added.
Despite their apparently messy breakup, Coulier says the two stars are now on good terms. "Years later we reconnected, and she couldn’t have been sweeter. And I said, ‘What do you want me to say when people asked me about this relationship?’ and she said, 'You can say whatever you want.' So she was really sweet about it."
Morissette has never identified the antagonist of her breakthrough song. In a 2019 interview with Andy Cohen, she said that she was "intrigued" that so many people have claimed to be the song's subject.
"There's been about six people who've taken credit for it," she explained. "I just think if you're going to take credit for song where I'm singing about someone being a douche or an a**hole, you might not wanna say "hey, that's me!"
Jed Rosenzweig is the Founder and Publisher of Primetimer.
TOPICS: Dave Coulier, Alanis Morissette