Meredith Brooks – Bitch

This song was my mothers favourite song when I was growing up, and she used to sing it with me in the car. When I found it again I was so excited I just had to tell her, but it didnt seem to have as much sentimental value for her as it did for me. Typical!

Regardless this is still a pretty awesome song. It was released in 1997 and has two names. Bitch, or “Nothing In Between” if you want the censored version. Since Asshole is already on the blog I didnt think this one would make much difference!

It was nominated for a Grammy, reached number 1 in the USA and 2 in Australia. Not bad, but this was a one hit wonder of sorts. It’s been parodied a number of times, the best of which I think is Chris Franklin’s song Bloke. You can see the video [really bad quality because the others don’t allow embedding] and Chris Franklins parody below!

You can find out more about Meredith Brooks on Last.FM.

Meredith Brooks:

Chris Franklin – Bloke (Parody)

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Leesa Ward

Also commonly mistaken for being an Alanis Morissette song.

N8ive1
N8ive1

I was initially unaware that this song did not originally come from Alanis Morissette. It was a bit of a theme song of mine, as well. It definitely helped me through the rough patches in my life when I had two kids to raise on my own. This song helped me grow up and stand on my own two feet, instead of leaning on anyone else or blaming others. Just wish I could hear the original version.

JeanClay
JeanClay

I am only aware of the Meredith Brooks version of this song, why would I need to hear anyone else sing it when she does it so well? This songs speaks to me on so many levels, because I too am a bitch and a lover. Women have to be so many things these days, it gets a little tiring having to be all of them. Meredith puts it all out there for everyone to hear, whether they like it or not. The song can be offensive to some, but I prefer it to be a theme song for all women to embrace. If we have to be so many things, then people better appreciate the fact that we can be all those things and so much more.

Progeny of Artemis

I remember the first time I heard this song, the radio stations in my area didn’t know what to do with it. A lot of people were shocked and appalled that a song with the word “Bitch” as part of the title, let alone the only word of the song title, would dare be played on the radio. Some outright refused to play it. I was actually unaware that there was actually a censored version of the song, since station took the all or nothing route, either playing the regular version, or just not playing it at all.

Which makes it funny when you look at Cee-lo Green’s “Fuck You”, which is played all the time. Just change “the ‘F’ word” to “forget”, and it’s all good.

Jasmine2015
Jasmine2015

Who doesn’t like the 90’s? This songs describes sole people I know perfectly. Just when you think you have the person figured out, the season is already changing. Classic. I watched the parody and this man is hilarious. I’ve never seen so many beer bottles just floating about like that.

Haha! That parody is pretty great, thank you for sharing that. Who didn’t jam to this song a million times when it first came out? Does anyone remember the episode of “Orange is the New Black” where the power goes out, and they all have to sleep in the cafeteria because of flooding or something? The women start a sing-a-long in the middle of the night… it made me so happy to hear them singing this song. Timeless!

Elfprincess
Elfprincess

I’ve always loved the message that this song gives – that women are complicated people that are capable of filling many different roles in their lives, and that’s something to celebrate. I love how unapologetic the lyrics are. Back in the 90’s there were so many awesome female singers – Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morisette, Meredith Brooks and probably quite a few others that I don’t remember at the moment. Wish that we had a revival of this kind of music.

Brooke Paulson

I remember listening to that song as a kid and thinking that was such an awful word. Hearing it again now after all these years, i have to say that it is one of my favorites again. Mostly because I’ve changed, from a people pleaser to what is considered a bitch. And I definitely do not think there is anything wrong with that!

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