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“It All Means Nothing”

Screaming Females | 2011

For "All Means Nothing" Screaming Females shredder frontwoman Marissa Paternoster plumbed her punk nihilism: "The song is about the fear of no future in a world that seems to be rapidly collapsing," she told Rolling Stone.  "I suppose the song is also a lot about gathering enough inner strength to push through that fear and move forward in a threatening environment." Though it was their fifth album, it was their first recorded in a proper studio—Steve Albini's Electrical Audio; the band chose to work with the fabled engineer because of his work with PJ Harvey.

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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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