FFWDing to the Best Part: “What’s Up,” 4 Non Blondes (1993)

“So…” I’m often asked, “do you have favorite parts of songs you don’t even like?” (I’m actually never asked that — there’s that narcissism shining through again.) That doesn’t mean it isn’t a valid question. The answer … of course! Just as there are some songs I love absent a definable “best part,” there are sub-par songs that might have a whisper of a saving grace.

Today, in a sheer “Get Off My Lawn” moment, I came across a song on Spotify by Ariana Grande, who the interwebs tell me is a former Nickelodeon star who was born in Boca Raton approximately one year after I graduated high school. ANYWAY, it was a song called, apparently, “Put Your Hearts Up,” which is a disgusting image if imagined literally, and it sampled 4 Non Blondes’ only hit, “What’s Up.”

I was simply outraged. How dare this teeny bopper sample a song that is so very … wait, I don’t really even like it very much. There are many parts that grate on me — such as, for example, the verses, the choruses, and the ending. Linda Perry may or may not actually be putting on an affect, but it sure seems like it, and the results are not pretty. There is, however, one wee …

Best part? 2:50 – 2:53. As the insufferable lyric “I pray every single day, for revolution” draws to a merciful close, she modulates higher, hitting one intentional sharp note that I actually appreciate. Hey, it’s the little things.


For the record, should “Non Blondes” be hyphenated?


3 thoughts on “FFWDing to the Best Part: “What’s Up,” 4 Non Blondes (1993)

  1. I don’t know anyone who loves this song, but it’s very 90s, and very adequate. Linda Perry would go on to carve out a niche working with Pink in the ’00s.

    What’s more than adequate, and approaches awesome, is hearing it sung to a disco beat (and with a Melissa Manchester interpolation) by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32FB-gYr49Y If you somehow haven’t seen this before, don’t give up on it too soon; watch the whole thing.

  2. Pingback: FFWDing to the Best Part: “Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) | Neurotic City

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