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Posted: 07 September 2010 at 10:36pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

The version of "What's Up" that was serviced to radio is called "Remix," and it's definitely different than the album version. My copy on TM's library runs 4:49, and is easily distinguishable by an extra drum hit just before the electric guitar. (On the album version, the electric guitar starts before the first drum hit.)

Which version is on the cassette single? The database currently contains no notes about this song, and all CDs listed have no notation.
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Posted: 07 September 2010 at 10:40pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

One more note, my station played in fairly heavy rotation a dance version of "What's Up" in the spring/summer of 1994. The artist was credited as DJ Miko, although the lead vocalist sounded exactly like the lead singer from 4 Non Blondes. It might have even been her doing the vocals. Anyone else recall hearing this version?
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Posted: 07 September 2010 at 10:59pm | IP Logged Quote jimct

Aaron, a little more than a year after the Linda Perry-vocaled 4 Non Blondes hit version, the DJ Miko version (with the UK's Louise Gard on vocals) debuted in its own right on the Hot 100, where, despite peaking at only #58, it remained on the Hot 100 for the then-maximum 20 weeks. I also own a German import "Dance Versions" CD single featuring 3 different versions of the song. I never did hear this on any of my local Top 40 stations in 1994, however. I do also have a promo CD single for the 4 Non Blondes version of "What's Up", and here are the details for that one:

-4 Non Blondes-"What's Up" (PRCD 4933)
1-Remix (listed 4:51; actual 4:50)
2-LP Version (listed 4:51; actual 4:55)
3-Piano Version (listed & actual 4:09)

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Posted: 07 September 2010 at 11:42pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

Thanks, as always, Jim! The DJ Miko cover might have been more of a local hit for us.
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Posted: 08 September 2010 at 5:20am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

The DJ Miko version was definitely the bigger hit in Boston...Kiss 108 really pounded that one. Don't think I heard the 4 Non Blondes one more than a handful of times during its chart run, even though that's the only one you ever hear today.
The station I was at was an AC at the time and didn't play either version as currents (though we did play both as golds when we transitioned to CHR a year or so later).
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Posted: 08 September 2010 at 7:51am | IP Logged Quote aaronk

My local top 40 played the heck out of both versions, which is why I always thought this was a bigger hit. The 4 Non Blondes version actually only went to #14 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the R&R CHR chart.
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i have a french import cd single issued as interscope 7567-96040-2 that contain the below tracks

1-what's up? (edit) (4:16 listed; 4:15 actual)
2-what's up? (remix) (4:51 listed; 4:50 actual
3-train (no description) (3:47 listed; 3:42 actual)
4-what's up? (piano version) (4:09 listed; 4:09 actual)



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Posted: 06 January 2012 at 9:15pm | IP Logged Quote Todd Ireland

To answer the question in Aaron's initial post, cassette single copies of 4 Non Blondes' "What Up?" have an actual run time of 4:55 (there is no printed time on the cassette label). Thanks goes out to Edtop40 for providing the preceding information!

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Posted: 03 August 2022 at 8:17pm | IP Logged Quote PopArchivist

aaronk wrote:
My local top 40 played the heck out of both versions, which is why I always thought this was a bigger hit. The 4 Non Blondes version actually only went to #14 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the R&R CHR chart.


Aaron your not mistaken the DJ Miko version was huge in NY. The dance mix was the bigger hit on the radio by far. Much bigger than the slow version.

However while assembling 1994 I can't find Whitburn's 3:46 time on any US promo.

The version I remember happens to be the 4:13 on NOW 1994 in the UK. Paul Haney do you happen to know where Whitburn got the 3:46 from? The 7 inch isnt listed on discogs, the CD singles dont have anything remotely close to 3:46 on them. Any help from anyone would be appreciated.

https://www.discogs.com/master/110132-DJ-Miko-Whats-Up

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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 4:09am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

That (3:46) timing comes from the U.S. commercial cassette single of the DJ Miko version (ZYX 6691).

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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 4:46am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

Paul Haney wrote:
That (3:46) timing comes from the U.S. commercial cassette single (ZYX 6691).


Were there 2 cassette singles of this? Someone noted upthread that they'd timed it to 4:55, and that there was no time listed on it.
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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 5:16am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

Hykker wrote:
Paul Haney wrote:
That (3:46) timing
comes from the U.S. commercial cassette single (ZYX 6691).


Were there 2 cassette singles of this? Someone noted
upthread that they'd timed it to 4:55, and that there was
no time listed on it.


That post was referring to the 4 Non Blondes version, not
the DJ Miko version (I edited my post to make that
clearer).

Edited by Paul Haney on 04 August 2022 at 5:17am
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What did US stations use as the source for the DJ Miko
version? I don't see any US promo CDs on Discogs.
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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 6:42pm | IP Logged Quote PopArchivist

995wlol wrote:
What did US stations use as the source for the DJ Miko
version? I don't see any US promo CDs on Discogs.


My college radio station used a promo import (specifically the NOW UK series or promo CD from the UK).

There were also several choices off the maxi single.

https://www.discogs.com/release/317517-DJ-Miko-Whats-Up-Danc e-Versions

I'm not sure the 3:46 that Paul references on the cassette was ever the "hit version."

Just for reference even I was buying imports from by Brooklyn cd shoppes in 1994, so it doesn't surprise me that the 4:14 is the version I heard on the radio and at college....

PS I reference the DJ Miko version, which should have its own thread lol.

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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 7:07pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

My old top 40 station played it from Hitmakers, which includes the 5:15ish 4
B’s Mix

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Posted: 05 August 2022 at 3:47am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

I do remember hearing the (3:46) version on my local Top
40 station.

It also appears to be the "offical" video version:

What's Up
- DJ Miko
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Paul Haney wrote:
I do remember hearing the (3:46) version on my local Top
40 station.

It also appears to be the "offical" video version:

What's Up
- DJ Miko


So are you saying your local Top 40 station played the cassette in 1994 Paul?

From what it sounds like the 4:14 can't be used to recreate the 3:46 they sound like completely different mixes, especially on the opening.

I get cassette was in its peak, but without a CD promo to match I still heard the 4:14 on radio in NY.

BTW this reminds me of the Soul II Soul However Do You Want Me Song. You can properly listen to the single version on the CD promo (called the Acapella intro) and that's what is the released commercial version but we all heard the 3:48 overseas version pretty much in rotation in 1989. Same with Tainted Love. You may have heard the 2:42 but I've always heard the 4 minute that goes into Where Did Our Love Go on the promo.

Just an observation...

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Posted: 05 August 2022 at 9:27am | IP Logged Quote promojunkie

FYI, The hit radio version of the the DJ Miko dance version
that became wildly popular back in '94 can be found on the
Promo Only Radio Series (Mainstream) May '94 disc. It's
track 18 with duration of 3:48.

Edited by promojunkie on 05 August 2022 at 10:00am


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Posted: 05 August 2022 at 9:31am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

I suppose it's possible that the local station was playing the (4:14) version, but I
seem to recollect that what they played pretty much matched what was on the
cassette single (which I also bought at the time for my own collection).

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Posted: 05 August 2022 at 10:05am | IP Logged Quote aaronk

Rick, can you describe how the intro and ending sound on the Promo Only disc? I didn't start subscribing until '96, although I did pick up a few issues secondhand issued prior to the start of my subscription.

The 4:14 radio edit has a cold intro and fade out ending, while the music video has a synth intro and cold ending.

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