4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San Francisco, California, 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.
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. 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 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. After leaving the Blondes in 1991, Day continued drumming with Malibu Barbi, 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. She moved out of San Francisco in 1995, spent some time in Arizona and eventually went back to Salt Lake City. Day died on July 10, 1997, according to Christa Hillhouse, and is buried in Tropic, Utah.
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. 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.
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.
Linda Perry and Christa Hillhouse reunited in 1999 in support of Perry's solo tour. 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.
- 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)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1992||Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
- Hello Mr. President (Live in Italy 1993) (1994)
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1992||"Dear Mr. President"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||40||—||—||79||Bigger, Better, Faster, More!|
|"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
|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|