Back in the middle 90s, the alt-rock charts were dominated by women and female-fronted bands: Alanis Morissette. PJ Harvey. Tori Amos. Bjork. Sarah McLachlan, Meredith Brooks. Hole. Poe. Garbage. Joan Osbourne. The list seemed endless.
Tracy Bonham was also part of that class. Originally from Portland, she’s a classically-trained violinist who somehow fell into the alt-rock scene with a 1996 debut record called The Burdens of Being Upright. After a couple of Grammy nominations and a few more albums, she ended up touring as onstage musical accompaniment with Blue Man Group. Cool gig, huh?
But back to 1996. The big single from the record was written from the perspective of a woman perched on the edge of insanity.