"Uninvited" is a song by Canadian-American recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette, released as a single from the soundtrack of City of Angels in March 1998, becoming Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album. After the release of her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill (1995) Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album. Morissette wrote the song, whilst the production was handled by Morissette herself and Rob Cavallo. "Uninvited" is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax, and haunting atmosphere accompanied by cryptic lyrics.
After the massive success of her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill (1995) (which spawned the worldwide hits, "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Head over Feet" and "You Learn"), Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars in the world, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album. "Uninvited", was released to U.S. radio in March and was still receiving substantial radio airplay by the following August. An internet and radio leak of "Uninvited" in early March forced Warner Bros. to release the entire soundtrack to radio before it became available in stores. According to a publicity manager for Warner Music Canada, the measure was "an inconvenience" taken to stop radio stations from playing low-quality versions of the song downloaded from the internet.
Following the songs leak, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) took down several websites featuring the song “Uninvited.” The song was due for release until March 31, but was leaked to radio on March 6. “Newsbytes,” a computer industry news service, reported that fast-working fans in L.A., hearing the song on KROQ, taped the track and uploaded it onto their websites. Several sites were involved, according to “Newsbytes,” including ones based in Los Angeles, London, England and Mexico City. The unauthorized material was removed, and in several cases, the whole site was shut down. The action was part of a campaign by the RIAA to stop unauthorized reproductions of recordings on the Internet.
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 violin solo.
No music video accompanied the single's release, but three videos of performances of "Uninvited" were released: the first one in her performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards, another 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.
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.