4 Non Blondes

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The 4 Non Blondes were an American alternative rock band in the early 1990s. They chose the band's name because none of the members had blonde hair, which they considered significant. They split in 1995, and lead vocalist Linda Perry went solo in 1996, after which the band…more

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  • Trivia

    • Linda: Who am I to give advice? People just have to be smart. If something doesn't feel right, then you shouldn't do it. Sometimes you're going to hurt other people because something doesn't feel right to you, but that's life. It's either hurt yourself of hurt somebody else. I know that sounds really harsh, but that's the way it is. You have to stay true to who you are.

    • Linda: I would love to sit here and truly believe that 4 Non Blondes is going to be here ten years from now, but it's just not possible to plan anything like that. We want to push 4 Non Blondes as far as it can go, but we have a greater ambition as individuals. There's so many things I want to do. I have to go at it one at a time. Christa, Dawn, and Roger all have their ideas too. We all are using each other to get where we want to go. Right now, our main focus is getting 4 Non Blondes as far as we can. I want people to see us on stage and know that we're putting everything we can into it. We're too new to really know exactly what we're capable of doing.

    • Linda: We are very aggressive. I deal a lot with the record company. They know - I'm a control freak. I cannot give one percent of control to anybody in my life. My life is 100% mine and nobody else's. Dealing with the company, they know what to push and what not to. At the end of all this, if we make one record or ten records, I just want to get out of here with respect. I want people to respect 4 Non Blondes and the individuals in it.

    • Linda: You get pigeonholed into these things. Record companies come around and they get scared. When 4 Non Blondes was being pursued by record companies, they all loved us. The CBSs, the Virgins, the Atlantics - everybody loved 4 Non Blondes, but they got scared, because we were not the typical looking girls. But then Interscope came around and said, "Let's make a record and we'll figure out marketing later," and we said, "Right on. Let's go."

    • Linda (on Heart): The media and the record company were pushing them into that direction. Ann said they hate those records. They don't listen to them. The label brought in other people to write music for them. It seemed like the company didn't want old Heart anymore - the wanted a new rendition of Heart. And then the video - I guess Ann was imperfect; she gained a little weight. What' the big deal - look at fuckin' Meatloaf. Ann had no idea they were just filming her stretched out. When they got the final video, it was just Ann's face and her stretched out. She said that it was a blow to her soul. Nobody wanted to see Ann Wilson imperfect.

    • Linda on Heart: I had the privilege to interview Ann and Nancy for Interview Magazine. I love old Heart. I love everything from the beginning to "Bebe Le Strange", and I love "Rock the House Live", but then there was "Bad Animals" and the other hairspray one, and I was burned completely. During the interview, I was very upfront about it. I told them that I'm not a loyal fan. I said, "I loved you guys before this happened but I don't love you now." They showed me a new light on this whole woman thing. They said, "We were directed in that area. The record company was fighting us on going that direction." Technology in recording studios took a jump and they said that they went a little crazy and they were experimenting with their image.

    • Linda: I hope we can show that you can be a woman with balls on stage, not wear high heels and get your point across. You can be a power behind it all as well. We handle everything. We take care of everything. Our record company knows what not to say to us and what to say to us.

    • Linda: I think people forget about that part of the woman. We're not just all tits and ass and good looks. Especially in this band, we're not like that at all - we're very aggressive women, we have a very androgynous side about us, and I'm not too sure what's going to happen. I don't know if it's discouraging record sales for us or not. It's too soon to find out, but I think there's going to be a few scared people. I have women that run up to me, and are straight, and say, "I don't know what it is, but I find myself really attracted to you. I don't know." It makes you go "yeah." That excites. I love that straight women come up to me and their boyfriends won't let their girlfriends come near me. I've had guys that say, "I have to get your autographs for my girlfriend," and I say "Where's your girlfriend?" and they say, "Well, she's totally in love with you and I don't even want her near you."

    • Linda: I got confused for a while because I didn't understand the question. It kept being brought up: "What is it like being a woman in a man-dominated business?" It didn't make any sense to me, because I didn't live that way; I don't see life that way - I don't put myself in that vulnerable position. But there is a shortage of women in rock 'n roll. They want to see women be women in this business. They want to see the Janet Jacksons and the Madonnas and the Mariah Careys and the Samantha Foxes that run around and look like women and act like women and do the women thing. The unfortunate thing they forget about the Madonnas and the Janet Jacksons is that those women have a lot of strength behind them. I can't stand Madonna's music, but as a female she's a very powerful person.

    • Linda: There's not a message. Since I write the lyrics, I don't want to be pigeonholed into a person who's out there preaching these songs. If you read the lyrics, there isn't a story being set up for you. You have to use your imagination to get the best out of the songs - if you choose to do that. I just want people to know that they can have what they want, but they have to get up off their ass. People just need to stop being lazy.

    • Linda (on when they were touring with Aerosmith): They watched our first show completely. After our set, this person came up behind my back, put their hands around me, and gave me a big kiss. I looked back, and it was Steven Tyler, and I almost melted. I was like "Oh my God," I was shaking, and he said, "That was beautiful. That was great." That made everything for me. We're getting more out of this tour than anybody could ever imagine. We're getting the knowledge of longevity. We want to be around ten years from now. We don't want to be one of those bands that came and disappeared.

    • Linda (on winning over the fans when they were touring with Aerosmith): It's a challenge. The first 2, 3 songs are a little shaky. Once we play "What's Up?" people sink into us more, and then they say, "All right, they loosened us up, let's see what they can do." After "What's Up?" we just kick in another side of 4 Non Blondes. We have a very heavy rock side to us that you can't really hear on the record because it wasn't there. At the end of our set, we win over the people. They definitely applaud. They're definitely there.

    • Linda on her vocal influences: Janis Joplin. It's totally obvious. I've never had the privilege of seeing her, but I've got all the documentary footage of her. And then I like Barbara Streisand. She is a very intellectual, very strong person. I admire anybody, male or female, that has power, that is in control of their life. I love Led Zeppelin, I love Aerosmith. For six months, I've been running around giving interviews and people would ask, "Who do you want to go on tour with?" Six months ago I was saying "Aerosmith - I want to go on tour with Aerosmith." Everybody laughed at me. They said, "You're living in a dream world. They're never going to go out with a band like you guys. You guys are too different - you're girls." I said, "If they can take on a band like Jackyl, they can take on 4 Non Blondes." Six months later, we had it. I went back to the company, flipped them all off, and said, "***k you."

    • Linda: I really have a hard time labeling myself, so I can't label the music that we do. We never sat down and said, "OK, this is the plan, we're going to be a girl rock band, and I'm going to get dreeds, and I'm going to be really crazy on stage, and Christa you look really androgynous." We didn't have a plan. We're not ashamed to be influenced. I've tapped my foot many times to different singers. For me to even think that everything that comes out of me is 100% original, I would have to be a complete, totally-into-myself, high and mighty jerk. We're all very aware of that. We use our influences and put 4 Non Blondes on top of it. We love funk, we love country, we love everything. I swear to God, we could have a whole country album if we wanted to.

    • The band released two singles – "What's Up?" and "Spaceman".

    • In 1995, 4 Non Blondes contributed the song "Misty Mountain Hop" to the "Encomium" tribute album to Led Zeppelin.

    • The 4 Non Blondes had a huge hit single in 1993 with "What's Up?". A year later, DJ Miko covered the track (as a dance song), and it became a hit again on radio and in clubs.

    • Linda started her own label – Rockstar Records.

    • Linda left Interscope in 1998.

    • Linda's second solo album was called "After Hours."

    • After leaving the band, Linda released a solo album, "In Flight."

    • Linda Perry left the 4 Non Blondes because they were starting to sound too poppy.

    • The 4 Non Blondes recorded a song for the soundtrack to "Airheads".

    • The 4 Non Blondes recorded a song for the soundtrack to Wayne's World 2.

    • The 4 Non Blondes toured with Bob Dylan.

    • The 4 Non Blondes have toured with Pearl Jam.

    • The 4 Non Blondes toured with Neil Young.

    • "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" won Best Album at the Bay Area Music Awards.

    • Linda was selected as Best Female Vocalist at the Bay Area Music Awards.

    • "What's Up?" was chosen as the Best Song at the Bay Area Music Awards.

    • "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" sold over six million copies worldwide.

    • The "What's Up?" video was a smash hit on MTV.

    • Their single "What's Up?" peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200.

    • The band consisted of Linda Perry (vocals), Christa Hillhouse (bass), Roger Rocha (guitar), and Dawn Richardson (drums).

    • The band formed in 1989.

    • In 1999, Linda Perry toured with 4 Non Blondes' bassist Christa Hillhouse and Claudia Page, an LA-based drummer.

    • Since the 4 Non Blondes split before they fulfilled their recording contract, Interscope, their label, reluctantly allowed Linda Perry to make a solo CD.

    • Linda left the 4 Non Blondes in 1995, due to creative differences.

    • Linda wrote the song "What's Up?", which was the band's biggest hit.

    • The 4 Non Blondes' debut album was as an immediate success.

    • The 4 Non Blondes' debut album featured Linda Perry as lead singer and was dominated by her compositions.

    • The 4 Non Blondes debut album, "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" was released in late 1992.

    • Perry was recruited into the 4 Non Blondes by their founder Christa Hillhouse in 1990.

    • Before joining the 4 Non Blondes, Linda Perry used to pay her dues by singing at San Francisco Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses.

  • Quotes

    • Linda: Who am I to give advice? People just have to be smart. If something doesn't feel right, then you shouldn't do it. Sometimes you're going to hurt other people because something doesn't feel right to you, but that's life. It's either hurt yourself of hurt somebody else. I know that sounds really harsh, but that's the way it is. You have to stay true to who you are.

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