4 Non Blondes

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4 Non Blondes
Linda Perry.jpg
Linda Perry pictured in 2008
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Years active 1989–1994 (One off reunion in 2014)
Labels Interscope, Atlantic
Associated acts Malibu Barbi
Louis Metoyer Band
Past members Linda Perry
Christa Hillhouse
Shaunna Hall
Wanda Day
Kevin “Dev” O’Neill
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. Before 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.


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. The album and its song "What's Up?" was released as the album's second single in 1993. It was successful in the United States[5] and in several European countries, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Roger Rocha joined after completion of the album and stayed with the band until 1994.

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.

The group disbanded in late 1994 during the recording of their second album.[why?]

Perry went solo in 1995. She has released solo work, produced and written songs on 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.

After leaving the Blondes in 1991, Day continued drumming with Malibu Barbi,[6] and then Bad Dog Play Dead. In late 1992, an accident 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,[7][8] and is buried in Tropic, Utah.

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.[9]

Linda Perry and Christa Hillhouse reunited in 1999 in support of Perry's solo tour.[10] Hillhouse maintains the official website for 4 Non Blondes.[11]


  • Wanda Day – drums (1989–1991; died 1997)
  • Shaunna Hall – lead guitar (1989–1992)
  • Christa Hillhouse – bass guitar, vocals (1989–1994, 2014)
  • Linda Perry – vocals, rhythm guitar (1989–1994, 2014)
  • Dawn Richardson – drums (1991–1994, 2014)
  • Louis Metoyer – guitar (1992)
  • Roger Rocha – lead guitar (1992–1994, 2014)



Studio album

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1992 Bigger, Better, Faster, More! 13 4 1 1 1 1 10 1 1 4

Live album

  • Hello Mr. President (Live in Italy 1993) (1994)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1992 "Dear Mr. President" 40 79 Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
1993 "What's Up?" 14 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
"Spaceman" 117 85 19 24 28 25 23 18 53
"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.


  • 1992 – "Dear Mr. President"
  • 1993 – "What's Up?"
  • 1993 – "Spaceman"
  • 1994 – "Superfly"
  • 1995 – "Misty Mountain Hop"
  • 1996 – "4 Non Blondes vs BBC"

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Work Category Result
1993 MTV Video Music Awards "What's Up" Best Alternative Video Nominated
1994 Danish Music Awards Best International Hit Won
Brit Awards Themselves International Breakthrough Act Nominated

See also


  1. ^ Morrissey, Alanis (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 355. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. ^ Indiana, Gary (July–August 1991). "4 Non Blondes Interview". Flipside Magazine.
  3. ^ "Earthquake". Time Magazine. Time Inc. October 30, 1989. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  4. ^ Chun, Kimberly. "Noise: Miss understood". The San Francisco Bay Guardian. The San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  5. ^ "Linda Perry interview". Guitar Center. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Hall, Shaunna. "Life and Times of Wanda Day". Loudith Faire. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  7. ^ "Death: Wanda Marie Day". Deseret News. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  8. ^ Kimberly Chun. "Miss Understood". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (2014-05-11). "Watch A Reunited 4 Non Blondes Play "What's Up" For The First Time In 20 Years". Stereogum. Spin Media. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  10. ^ Christa, Hillhouse. "Linda Perry Tour 1999". CHILLHOUSE MUSIC. Christa Hillhouse. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  11. ^ Christa, Hillhouse. "CHILLHOUSE MUSIC". Four Non Blondes. Christa Hillhouse. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Chart Stats – 4 Non Blondes". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  13. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
    • Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > 4 Non Blondes in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
    • Top 100 peaks: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
    • "Misty Mountain Hop": "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 11 Jun 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  14. ^ "Discographie 4 Non Blondes". AustrianCharts.at. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  15. ^ a b "Suche nach '4 Non Blondes'" [Search for '4 Non Blondes']. Charts.de (in German). Media Control AG. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  16. ^ "Discografie 4 Non Blondes". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  17. ^ "Discography 4 Non Blondes". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Discography 4 Non Blondes". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  19. ^ "Discography 4 Non Blondes". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  20. ^ "Discography 4 Non Blondes". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  21. ^ a b "Official Charts > 4 Non Blondes". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  22. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2011-11-17. Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "4 Non Blondes".
  23. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  24. ^ "Gold/Platin". Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Archived from the original on 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  25. ^ "Certified Awards Search" Archived May 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2011-11-17. Note: User needs to enter "4 Non Blondes" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  26. ^ "4 Non Blondes". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  27. ^ "4 NON BLONDES IN DER ÖSTERREICHISCHEN HITPARADE". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  28. ^ "4 NON BLONDES – WHAT'S UP?". Ultra Top. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  29. ^ "4 NON BLONDES DANS LES CHARTS FRANÇAIS". lescharts.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  30. ^ "4 NON BLONDES IN DUTCH CHARTS". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  31. ^ "4 NON BLONDES IN NORWEGIAN CHARTS". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  32. ^ "4 NON BLONDES IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". charts.nz. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  33. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY 4 NON BLONDES". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  34. ^ "4 NON BLONDES – WHAT'S UP?". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 7 December 2013.

External links

  • 4 Non Blondes at AllMusic
  • A Story of 4 Non Blondes by Christa Hillhouse
  • 4 Non Blonde Page on Founding Guitarist Shaunna Hall's Official Website
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