Dave Coulier recalls hearing ex Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” for the first time: “Oh no!”

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Dave Coulier recalls hearing ex Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" for the first time: "Oh no!"

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Dave Coulier explains what it was like to hear Alanis Morissette’s scathing 1995 breakup anthem for the first time, a track long rumored to have been written about him.

The Full House grad recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Jim Norton & Sam Roberts show and recalled his first memory of You Oughta Know. The actor, 62, and the singer, 48, dated in the early ’90s before releasing the furious single.

“Here’s the story. I’m driving in Detroit and I have my radio on and I hear the ‘You Oughta Know’ hook on the radio,” Coulier explained. “And I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a really cool hook.’ And then I start hearing the voice and I’m like, ‘Wow, this girl can sing.’ And I had no idea, you know, that’s the record.”

The comedian said he was taken aback by the song’s angry message about a callous lover.

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Dave Coulier was stunned when he first heard his ex Alanis Morissette's '90s breakup anthem.

Dave Coulier was stunned when he first heard his ex Alanis Morissette’s ’90s breakup anthem.
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“And then I listened to the lyrics saying, ‘Ooh, oh no!'” Coulier admitted with a laugh. “‘Oh, I can’t be that guy.'”

Curious, Coulier went to a record store and bought Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill. He listened to the entire album in his car. The sitcom star said he was stunned to hear all the undeniable references to their past relationship.

“There was a lot of familiar stuff in there that she and I had talked about,” Coulier said. “Like ‘Your shake is like a fish.’ I’d say, “Hey, I’m dead fish,” and we did this dead fish handshake.

“So I started listening to it and I was like, ‘Ooh, I think I might have really hurt that woman,'” he said. “And that was my first thought.”

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Dave Coulier and Alanis Morissette dated in the '90s.

Dave Coulier and Alanis Morissette dated in the ’90s.
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Morissette has never confirmed who “You Oughta Know” is based on. Coulier said they “reconnected” years after the song’s release.

“I said, ‘What should I say when people ask me about this relationship?'” Coulier said. “And she said, ‘You can say whatever you want.’ So she was really sweet about it.”

Coulier also insisted the couple had maintained good relations over the years.

“I’ll tell you what kind of person she is,” Coulier said. “When my sister Sharon died of cancer, Alanis was living in Toronto. My sister was in Detroit. She actually drove to Detroit with her guitar and sat with my sister and played songs and sang for my sister in the hospital. That’s the kind of human she is. So I’ve never had anything bad to say about her. She is lovely.”

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Alanis Morissette and Dave Coulier began dating in 1992 when the singer was 18 and the comedian was 33.  They separated after two years together.  The singer released her Grammy-winning album a year later.

Alanis Morissette and Dave Coulier began dating in 1992 when the singer was 18 and the comedian was 33. They separated after two years together. The singer released her Grammy-winning album a year later.
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In December 2019, Morissette revealed on Watch What Happens Live that she would never reveal what the song is about, adding that she was “fascinated” that so many people claimed to be the single’s inspiration.

“I’m like, ‘I don’t know if you want to boast about being the person I wrote ‘You Oughta Know’ about,” she chuckled. “I just think if you get credit for a song where I sing about someone who’s an idiot … you might not want to be like, ‘Hey, that’s me!'”

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