June 5, 2014


Dave Coulier Refutes "Urban Legend" That Alanis' "You Oughta Know" Is About Him

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Jagged Little Pill's "You Oughta Know" celebrates its 19th birthday this year. Not only is the smash hit one of the defining songs of Alanis Morissette's career, but it's become an unshakeable part of Dave Coulier's public image.

The Full House actor dated Morissette in the early '90s, and ever since 1995, critics and fans have mercilessly questioned both of them for confirmation that the bad boyfriend in "You Oughta Know" is, in fact, Uncle Joey.

Coulier essentially admitted the song was about him several years ago, but in a recent chat with Buzzfeed, he's claiming he only said that to get the reporters to shut up.

"I think it’s just really funny that’s it’s become this urban legend, so many years after the fact," Coulier said. "So one time, I was doing a red carpet somewhere and [the press] just wore me down and everybody wanted to know so I said, 'Yeah, all right, I’m the guy. There I said it.' So then it became a snowball effect of, 'OH! So you are the guy!'…. It’s just become this silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at."

Still, Coulier isn't saying he knows the track isn't about him—just that he strongly believes it isn't.

"First of all, the guy in that song is a real a-hole, so I don’t want to be that guy," he admitted. "Secondly, I asked Alanis, 'I’m getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is.' And she said, 'Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want.'"

For her part, Morissette has never confirmed the song is or isn't about him. For our part, we'd like to live in a world where one of rock's greatest diss tracks is about Uncle Joey, so we're happy to take Coulier with a dose of suspicion. If you haven't heard it in a spell, listen to the track below.