Alanis Morissette revisits her past, literally, in the video for her new single, "Eight Easy Steps." In the Liz Friedlander-directed clip, Morissette is digitally inserted into a host of pre-existing
Alanis Morissette revisits her past, literally, in the video for her new single, "Eight Easy Steps." In the Liz Friedlander-directed clip, Morissette is digitally inserted into a host of pre-existing footage from throughout her career, including the video for her star-making single "You Oughta Know" and a teenage appearance in which she is "slimed" on the TV show "You Can't Do That on Television."
Wherever possible, Morissette's face in the previous clips has been morphed to show her singing the lyrics to "Eight Easy Steps." Says Friedlander, "The first step was to go through literally hundreds of hours of archival footage." From there, Morissette spent more than 16 hours recreating facial expressions for digital manipulation.
"It was eerie to watch the footage of present day Alanis run side by side with the early footage," Friedlander says. "Her ability to match her old actions was uncanny."
The video begins with present-day Alanis performing "Eight Easy Steps" with her band, and proceeds to run chronologically backward, concluding with clips of the artist at a child's birthday party and frolicking naked as a baby in her backyard.
"Eight Easy Steps" is drawn from Morissette's latest Maverick album, "So-Called Chaos," which debuted in late May at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 365,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The artist wraps her summer tour with Barenaked Ladies Saturday (Aug. 14) in Cincinnati.