10 Times Rock Musicians Appeared On Other Artists' Albums

8. Flea & Dave Navarro - Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette)

Coming at a time when Sinead O'Conner was the big female act in rock, Alanis Morissette faced a number of rejections in her early days, with radio stations refusing requests to play her music due to them already featuring several other female artists... yeah, the late '80s and early '90s was riddled with that kind of nonsense.

The rejections led her to channel her frustrations into a more rock-infused sound and, despite a rocky start to her career, Alanis Morissette moved away from the dance-pop sound of her early days to release the record Jagged Little Pill in 1995.

One of the biggest tracks from the album came in the form of You Oughta Know, which included musical contributions from bass player Flea and guitarist Dave Navarro. At first this track doesn't immediately scream funk-enthused rock, but the heavy chorus effect you can hear on the guitar was indicative of the sounds Navarro had been making with the Chili Peppers at the time. The same could be said of Flea's approach to the bass, for the most part it was subtle but he couldn't help throw in a few of his signature slaps.

Taylor Hawkins, who would go on to join that little known band Foo Fighters, became Alanis Morissette's drummer during the touring of this album, and if you watch closely he can be seen pounding away on the drum kit for the single's video.

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