Morissette didn't have a record deal yet when she was putting the album together and it didn't look like she was going to get one, having been turned down by every major record company. Until she was summoned by Madonna's new Maverick label at an inopportune moment. "I was in the studio writing 'All I Really Want' with Glen in my sweatpants and we got a call from Ken Hertz, who was a partner of one of the lawyers I was working with," Morissette recalled to CBC Music. "He said, 'You've gotta come with me right now, meet me at Maverick.' And I said, "I can't, I'm wearing my sweatpants.' And he said, 'Too bad, I don't care, get in the car.' So Glen and I were laughing and we just got in the car and I was like all right, well this is zero presentation, I'm not coming in with my stilettos and my special makeup or anything."
No one cared about the sweatpants. After auditioning with "Perfect
," "You Oughta Know
," and "Hand In My Pocket
," for an astounded Guy Oseary - who went on to manage Madonna and U2 - she signed on the dotted line with Maverick.