Uninvited (song)

Uninvited (song)

Single infobox
Name = Uninvited

Artist = Alanis Morissette
from Album =
Released = 1998
Format = Radio single
Recorded =
Genre = Rock
Length =
Label = Maverick
Writer = Alanis Morissette (lyricist and composer)
Producer = Alanis Morissette, Rob Cavallo
Last single = "All I Really Want"
This single = "Uninvited"
Next single = "Thank U"

"Uninvited" is a song written and recorded by Alanis Morissette, and co-produced by Morissette and Rob Cavallo for the soundtrack of the 1998 film "City of Angels" (see ). Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album "Jagged Little Pill" (1995), it was released as a single from the album in March 1998 (see 1998 in music). The song, which was prominently featured in the film's trailer, is driven by three piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax.


Although never officially released, it became a hit for Morissette. "Uninvited" was Morissette's fourth number-one single on the U.S. "Billboard" Top 40 Mainstream chart and it reached the top five on the Adult Top 40 and the top forty on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Its success was largely because of fans who anxiously anticipated Morissette's new album, which was finally released in November 1998. "Uninvited" was not included on that album, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", but a demo version was included on the Australian release and the UK CD single for "Thank U". Morissette's compilation album "" (2005) was her first album to include the song in its original studio format; she had performed an acoustic version of the song during her 1999 "MTV Unplugged" appearance, which was released on the album "Alanis Unplugged".

"Uninvited" was nominated for three 1999 Grammy Awards: "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television". It won in the former two categories, and it also won an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for "Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures". It received a Golden Globe nomination for "". No music video accompanied the single's release, but two videos of performances of "Uninvited" were released: one on the Morissette CD/DVD release "Feast on Scraps" (2002), and another on the 2005 extended cut of "VH1 Storytellers: Alanis Morissette". This performance of "Uninvited" was not included in the original "Storytellers" broadcast in 1999.

The song was covered by the band Westworld on their 2002 album "Skin". Theirs was a slightly heavier version with heavy metal influences. Halfway through the song, Bruno Ravel (bass guitar) and Mark Reale (electric guitar) join in, and their version closes with a long guitar solo. The world music group Gregorian performed a Gregorian chant version on their 2004 album "The Dark Side". In October of 2007 the Freemasons remixed the Morissette vocal as a dance music track which entered the UK singles chart at number 8 and the Dutch single charts at number 4.


Freemasons version

Infobox single
Name = Uninvited
Artist = Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke
from Album = Unmixed
Released = flagicon|United Kingdom 22 October 2007
Format = CD single, Vinyl single, Digital download
Recorded = 2007
Genre = Dance, electro, house
Length = 3:08
Label = Universal
Writer = Alanis Morissette
Producer = Freemasons

In October 2007, a new Freemasons electro/house version was released, featuring a vocal by Bailey Tzuke. The vocals were replaced due to the inability to obtain the rights to the Morissette version.Fact|date=January 2008 This version is shorter than their earlier mix and arranged in a more radio-friendly way.Fact|date=January 2008

This version experienced success across the United Kingdom and Europe dance scene. The single became the dance group's highest charting single to date in the UK, peaking at #8. So far the song made its greatest impact in the Netherlands, where it became a top 5 hit, peaking at number 4 in the Dutch Top 40.



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