A Sneak Peek...
On October 13, 1992 "4 Non Blondes" released their only album "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!"
It's not a perfect album... not even close, but it did deliver one hit that we are sure you all know very well - "What's Up?", which helped it sell like hotcakes, with 6 million copies worldwide.
"There are times when we just have to take a deep breath and scream at the top of our lungs, "What's going on?" This is more or less what singer and guitarist Linda Perry felt when she wrote the song that was influenced by the political climate of that time.
Contrary to what the first lines of the song say "Twenty-five years and my life is still..." Linda was 24 years old when she wrote the song.
It was the second single from the album and it reached number one in many countries, but ironically not in the US.
The album has other interesting rock tracks including the first single "Dear Mr. President", also a kind of protest song about the hierarchy of power and government, and the third single "Spaceman" which Perry wrote in collaboration with bassist Christa Hillhouse.
Shortly after the release of the album, during the recording of their second album, the band which started as pure "4 non blonde" girls, broke up.
Before disbanding, "4 Non Blondes" managed to write the song "Mary's House" for the soundtrack of the movie "Wayne's World 2" from 1993 and also perform a cover version of "I'm the One" by "Van Halen" on the soundtrack of the movie "Airheads". They also contributed the song "Bless the Beasts and Children" to the "Carpenters" tribute album "If I Were a Carpenter" from 1994, as well as a performance of the song "Misty Mountain Hop" on the 1995 "Led Zeppelin" tribute album "Encomium".
After the breakup of the band, Linda Perry became a writer of other artists' songs, including the hits "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera and "Get The Party Started" by Pink.
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