Twenty Years Later, Dave Coulier Now Says ‘You Oughta Know’ Actually Isn’t About Him

Dave Coulier attending Comedy Central roast of Bob Saget August 2008

Alert! Alert! Dave Coulier is trying to ruin one of my favorite pieces of pop culture trivia! If you’ve ever gone down a Wikipedia rabbit hole like myself, you know that he admitted to being the guy that Alanis Morissette was singing about in her song ‘You Oughta Know’, but now he’s denying it!

Careful, Dave! That’s one of the only things keeping you famous at this point. I never watched Full House (I know, I know), so the fact that it was supposedly about him is literally the only reason I know his name. I’ll assume for the sake of our friendship that you’ve heard it and are familiar with the rumor that it’s about Dave, so I won’t rehash it except to say that it came out in 1995 and was basically a revenge song about one of her ex-boyfriends, although she’s made a point of never saying who.

Dave mostly did that for himself in a 2008 interview with the Calgary Sun talking about how he felt when he heard the song for the first time while driving:

“I said, ‘Wow, this girl is angry.’ And then I said, ‘Oh man, I think it’s Alanis.’ I listened to the song over and over again, and I said, ‘I think I have really hurt this person.’”

He also acknowledged that some of the lines hit close to home, particularly the one about ‘an older version of me’ and being bugged in the middle of dinner. But that’s a very different tune than the one he was singing during a recent Buzzfeed interview six years after his first:

“I think it’s just really funny that’s it’s become this urban legend, so many years after the fact. I dated Alanis in 1992. You know, it’s just funny to be the supposed subject of that song. First of all, the guy in that song is a real a-hole, so I don’t want to be that guy.”

I think you might have given away the game right there by saying that you didn’t want to be perceived as an asshole, but go on…

“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.” 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!”

…yeah, I can’t imagine how that happened. You said you were the guy, and then people decided you were the guy. Also pretty obsessed that Alanis won’t even tell him whether he’s right or not.

“It’s just become this silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at.”

And give interviews about every time you want another few minutes of fame. I see how it is.

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    • The Redhead

      Ok, Ok…. but did she go down on him in a theater?

      • Alexis Rhiannon


    • CMJ
    • M_G

      ….why is anyone actively interviewing Dave Coulier? Did I miss something? Is he making a big return to TV or something similar?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Apparently he’s on a ‘Where Are They Now’ episode of Oprah this Sunday.

        9:00pm ET on OWN in case you want to further fuel his fire.

    • Nbl

      God, I love that song. Actually, Jagged Little Pill is the best CD ever. I will now search for it. And a CD player.

    • Nbl

      Oh my god, after watching the video it got me thinking about another classic TGIF show. Does anyone remember the Boy Meets World where Eric’s girlfriend was a musician and her songs were so annoyingly sweet until Eric dumped her and she wrote a song in the same vein as You Ought to Know and she got really famous and the song was everywhere? (Run on sentence, I know)

      • auntiea

        “Maladjusted Woman-Hating Loser-Freak, and he doesn’t like girls cause he’s afraid of them, I think he likes boys if you know what I’m sayin”

      • Nbl

        Oh my god!! I love it. I must YouTube that episode now.

    • MCR

      What if he really was the guy? Poor Alanis Morissette! Imagine the grief at what might have been! Especially as she reads these latest comments.