4 Non Blondes

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4 Non Blondes
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Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Years active1989–1994 (One off reunion in 2014)
Labels Interscope, Atlantic
Associated actsMalibu Barbi
Louis Metoyer Band
Past members Linda Perry
Christa Hillhouse
Shaunna Hall
Wanda Day
Dawn Richardson
Roger Rocha

4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San Francisco, California, [1] formed in 1989. The group was formed by bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, drummer Wanda Day, and vocalist and guitarist Linda Perry. Prior to the release of their first album, Roger Rocha replaced Hall on guitar, and Dawn Richardson replaced Day on drums. They hit the charts in 1993 with "What's Up?", their only major hit single. Perry left the band in 1994 to begin a solo career, and the remaining members disbanded shortly thereafter. [1]

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Bassist Christa Hillhouse and guitarist Shaunna Hall had been roommates and met drummer Wanda Day when they joined a band she was playing in. When the three left that band, they started playing as a trio, but after seeing Perry sing at a solo performance, Hillhouse and Hall asked her to join as vocalist. According to Perry, she and Hall were at Nightbreak, a San Francisco club, and when it was mentioned the trio was looking for a vocalist, Perry announced she was a singer, to which Hall replied, "I know". Their first rehearsal was supposed to be at 6:10 pm on October 17, 1989, but shortly after 5:00 pm the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the San Francisco area. [2] [3]

The band was signed to Interscope in July 1991 following a performance at the Gavin Convention, where they opened for Primus on Valentine's Day of the same year. As they began pre-production for their debut album, Day was fired and replaced by Richardson. In 1992, while recording Bigger, Better, Faster, More! the album's producer, David Tickle, felt that Hall's guitar playing was "not happening" so she was let go from the band as well. [4] Guitarist Louis Metoyer finished the record. Roger Rocha joined after completion of the album and stayed with the band until 1994. After leaving the Blondes in 1991, Day continued drumming with Malibu Barbi, [5] and then Bad Dog Play Dead. In late 1992 she had an accident and crushed her legs and broke her back, which made drumming very painful.[ citation needed ] She moved out of San Francisco in 1995, spent some time in Arizona and eventually went back to Salt Lake City.[ citation needed ] Day died on July 10, 1997, [6] according to Christa Hillhouse, [7] and is buried in Tropic, Utah.

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Later work

4 Non Blondes contributed the song "Mary's House" to the film Wayne's World 2 in 1993. They also covered Van Halen's "I'm the One" on the soundtrack for Airheads . They contributed "Bless the Beasts and Children" to a 1994 The Carpenters tribute album If I Were a Carpenter , and "Misty Mountain Hop" to the 1995 Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin.

<i>Waynes World 2</i> 1993 film by Stephen Surjik

Wayne's World 2 is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Stephen Surjik and starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as hosts of a public-access television cable television show in Aurora, Illinois. The film is the sequel to Wayne's World (1992), which was adapted from a sketch on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Van Halen American heavy metal band

Van Halen is a Grammy Award-winning American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene", Van Halen is known for its energetic live shows and for the work of its acclaimed lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

<i>Airheads</i> 1994 film by Michael Lehmann

Airheads is a 1994 American comedy film written by Rich Wilkes and directed by Michael Lehmann. It stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler as a band of loser musicians who stage a hijacking of a radio station in order to get airplay for their demo recording. Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, Judd Nelson, David Arquette and Michael Richards play supporting roles.

The group disbanded in late 1994 during the recording of their second album.[ why? ] Lead vocalist Linda Perry went solo in 1995. She has since released solo work, produced and written songs on hit albums by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne. Hall has recorded, produced, composed for and performed with various artists, including vocalist Storm Large (1999–2001), guitarist Eric McFadden (1995–2001) and funk pioneer George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (2002– ) and released "Electrofunkadelica: e3+FUNKnth = music for the body, mind & soul", a self-produced project in 2006 on Make Music, Not War! Records.

Linda Perry American singer

Linda Perry is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two record labels and composed and produced hit songs for several other artists. They include: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera; "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani; and "Get the Party Started" by P!nk. Perry has also contributed to albums by Adele, Alicia Keys, and Courtney Love, as well as signing and distributing James Blunt in the United States. Perry was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Christina Aguilera American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality

Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her work has earned her five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists. In 2009, she ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, thereby becoming the youngest and the only artist under 30 to be named. Billboard recognized her as the 20th most successful artist of the 2000s, and in 2013, Time included Aguilera on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

On 11 May 2014 the group reunited to perform a small concert at a fundraiser entitled "An Evening For Women" which was held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The six songs on the track list were "Train", "Spaceman", "The Ladder", "Mighty Lady", "Superfly" and "What's Up?". The fundraiser was organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. [8]

Los Angeles LGBT Center organization

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Linda Perry and Christa Hillhouse reunited in 1999 in support of Perry's solo tour. [9] [10] Hillhouse, who maintains the official website for 4 Non Blondes, has had associations with a number of other acts over the years, but none with any substantial commercial success. [11]



4 Non Blondes


Studio album

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1992 Bigger, Better, Faster, More! 134111110114

Live album


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
1992"Dear Mr. President"4079Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1993"What's Up?"1421131112112
"Mary's House" Wayne's World II soundtrack
"Drifting"Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1994"I'm the One" Airheads soundtrack
"Superfly"Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1995"Misty Mountain Hop"78 Encomium
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Awards and Nominations

1993 MTV Video Music Awards "What's Up" Best Alternative Video Nominated
1994 Danish Music Awards Best International HitWon
Brit Awards Themselves International Breakthrough Act Nominated

See also

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