In its original 1992 release, 4 Non Blondes’ first and only studio album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! made a multi-platinum mark on the public consciousness, thanks to the quartet’s effortless chemistry and the soulful songcraft of singer Linda Perry.
And on October 13, 2017, UMe will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of BBFM! with a special vinyl edition of this classic LP, marking its first-ever American vinyl release. In addition to its standard black-vinyl release, the anniversary LP will also be released in a limited Custom Opaque Green colored-vinyl edition that will be available exclusively through the online retailer Sound of Vinyl.
Birthed during the heady ’90s alt-rock explosion, the colorful San Francisco foursome — frontwoman Perry, guitarist Roger Rocha, bassist Christa Hillhouse, and drummer Dawn Richardson — crossed over from the modern-rock charts to the pop mainstream, scoring a major hit single with the anthemic smash “What’s Up?,” which topped the charts in several countries around the world.
That song, along with other such memorable numbers as “Train,” “Superfly,” “Pleasantly Blue,” and “Dear Mr. President,” helped endear 4 Non Blondes to a large and varied fan base. BBFM! sold more than 6 million copies around the world, and the band raised its profile by touring with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam. At the time, Entertainment Weekly noted “the Blondes’ musical grab bag [is] stuffed with jet-propelled folk rock, angst-ridden anthems, high-octane blues, and ’90s protest songs.”
4 Non Blondes eventually splintered when Perry departed for a still-going-strong Grammy-nominated songwriting/production career that would see her collaborate with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, and Kelly Osbourne, but BBFM! has clearly sealed the band’s recorded legacy.