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Music video by 4 Non Blondes performing What's Up. (C) 1992 Interscope Records

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"What's Up?"
WhatsUpCover.jpg
Single by 4 Non Blondes
from the album Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
B-sidePiano version
ReleasedJune 23, 1993
Format7" single, cassette,
CD single, CD maxi
Recorded1992
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:55
4:15
LabelInterscope
Writer(s)Linda Perry
Producer(s)David Tickle
4 Non Blondes singles chronology

"What's Up?" is a song by American rock group 4 Non Blondes from their 1992 debut album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!. It was released as the album's second single in 1993. It was successful in the United States[1] and in several European countries, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Contents

  • 1 Background and writing
  • 2 Critical reception and chart performances
  • 3 Track listings
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Charts and sales
    • 5.1 Weekly charts
    • 5.2 Year-end chart
    • 5.3 Certifications
    • 5.4 Chart successions
  • 6 Minnesota cover version
  • 7 Live cover performances
  • 8 In popular culture
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Background and writing

The title does not appear in the song's lyrics. However, the phrase "what's going on?" is prominently included in the chorus. The title was chosen to avoid confusion with Marvin Gaye's 1971 song "What's Going On".[2] Linda Perry told Rolling Stone that she hated the song's production.[3] The music video was directed by Morgan Lawley.[4]

Critical reception and chart performances

"What's Up?" ranks number 94 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders,[5] and ranks 86 on the MuchMore The Top 100 One Hit Wonders.[6]

The recording received considerable airplay success. It reached number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went gold, but peaked higher in many other countries, reaching number one in Germany and Ireland, while reaching number two in the United Kingdom and Australia.

However, composer Carl Barât has claimed that the song among the worst ever recorded,[7] a statement echoed by musician Dean Ween.[8] Gawker journalist Brian Moylan included the track in an unranked list of the "10 Party Songs We Never Ever Want to Hear Again".[9]

Track listings

7" single / CD single

  1. "What's Up?" – 4:16
  2. "What's Up?" (piano version) – 4:09

CD maxi

  1. "What's Up?" (edit) – 4:16
  2. "What's Up?" (remix) – 4:51
  3. "Train" – 3:47
  4. "What's Up?" (piano version) – 4:09

Cassette

  1. "What's Up?" (LP version)
  2. "Train" (LP version)
  3. "What's Up?" (LP version)
  4. "Train" (LP version)

Personnel

  • Written by L. Perry
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen
  • Recorded, mixed and produced by David Tickle
  • Engineer: Laurent Tardy

Minnesota cover version

  • German eurodance group Minnesota covered the song as a dance version in late 1993. It reached number one on the dance chart in Canada and charted in Belgium and Switzerland.

Live cover performances

  • Pink covered the song on her Party Tour, on select European dates of her Try This Tour, and on her I'm Not Dead Tour. She performed it on select dates of The Funhouse Summer Carnival as well.
  • Lady Gaga covered the song on the November 2nd 2014 show of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour, in Vienna, Austria. Professional footage of the performance was soon after uploaded to her official YouTube channel [45] She also performed it during her acceptance speech at the Songwriter Hall of Fame.

In popular culture

In 2005, a group of animators known as "Slackcircus" created a video called "Fabulous Secret Powers", featuring He-Man from Masters of the Universe singing their own cover of the song (and interpolating lyrics from Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud").[46][47] The video has since become an internet meme, with an edited version of the animation (HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA) garnering over 100 million views on YouTube as of April 2017.[48]

The song appeared in the 2011 film Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron.[49]

The song appeared in the fourth episode of the Netflix web series Sense8.[50]

The song also appears in Season 2 episode 5 of Sense8 as a remix.

A master recording version of the song was used in Rock Band 4.[51]

A version of the song, sung in Spanish, appeared in the final episode of season one of the television series Zoo.[52]

References

  1. ^ "Linda Perry interview". Guitar Center. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ ""What's Up?" entry". Songfacts.com. 1989-10-17. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  3. ^ Greene, Andy (2011-03-30). "Linda Perry Forms New Band, Admits She Never Liked 4 Non Blondes". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Watch Music Videos, Artist Playlists | MTV Asia". Mtvmusic.my. 1993-01-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  5. ^ VH1's "100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders" Archived November 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "The Top 100 One Hit Wonders". MuchMore. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Music and Me: Carl Barat". The Independent. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Fortune, Drew (6 June 2013). "Mickey 'Dean Ween' Melchiondo on why he hates 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up?'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Moylan, Brian (14 July 2010). "10 Party Songs We Never Ever Want to Hear Again". Gawker. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Canadian peak". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  14. ^ Pennanen, Timo. Sisältää hitin: levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Otava Publishing Company Ltd, 2003. ISBN 951-1-21053-X
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Musicline.de – What's Up? Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ Irish Singles Chart. Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved April 7, 2009. Chart can't be linked directly; you must search for What's Up? or 4 Non Blondes.
  18. ^ "Hit Parade Italia" (in Italian). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – What's Up? search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "What's up ? in GfK Dutch Chart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Charts.org.nz – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes". VG-lista.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – What's Up? – 4 Non Blondes". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ UK Singles Chart. Chartstats.com(Link redirected to OCC website). Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  26. ^ a b c Billboard singles. Allmusic.com. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  27. ^ "4 Non Blondes awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "1993 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  29. ^ "1993 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Single top 100 over 1993" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  31. ^ "1993 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  33. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 13 Feb 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  34. ^ Austrian certifications. ifpi.at. Retrieved April 4, 2009. Chart can't be linked directly; you must search for What's Up or 4 Non Blondes.
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('What's Up')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  36. ^ "Italian single certifications – 4 Non Blondes – What's Up?" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter 4 Non Blondes in the field Filtra. Select 2015 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  37. ^ Dutch certifications. nvpi.nl. Retrieved April 4, 2009. Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ Swedish certifications. Ifpi.se. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  39. ^ "British single certifications – 4 Non Blondes – What's Up?". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 November 2012.  Enter What's Up? in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Search
  40. ^ "American single certifications – 4 Non Blondes – What's Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  41. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. 15 January 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  42. ^ "Ultratop.be – What's Up – Dance Version – Minnesota" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  43. ^ "Canadian peak". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  44. ^ "Swisscharts.com – What's Up – Dance Version – Minnesota". Swiss Singles Chart.
  45. ^ "Lady Gaga - "What's Up" 4 Non Blondes Live Cover at #artRaveVienna". YouTube. 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  46. ^ "Prince Adams' Fabulous Secret Journal". Archived from the original on 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  47. ^ "Prince Adam in "Fabulous Secret Powers"". Archived from the original on 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  48. ^ "HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  49. ^ "Young Adult (2011) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  50. ^ What to Stream Now. "Sense8 Episodes 4–6 Recap: Let's Have an Orgy!". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  51. ^ "Rock Band 4 Setlist". RockBandAide. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  52. ^ "Zoo Music - S1E13: "That Great Big Hill…"". TuneFind. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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