‘What’s Up?’ Faye’s 1994 Cover of 4 Non Blondes’ Hit

Here are two versions of Faye Wong’s (王菲) rare 1994 live cover of 4 Non Blondes’ 1993 hit, “What’s Up?” The mp3s were ripped from YouTube videos. The first two are Faye’s, and the third is the 4 Non Blondes’ version. Even though the quality of the recordings for Faye’s performance is very poor, you can still hear the qualitative difference that she brings to the song. I think Faye’s is much more exciting, vibrant.

Faye’s version (below) uploaded to YouTube by rickotube on 22 May 2009:

Faye’s version (below) uploaded to YouTube by asus40x on 26 Feb. 2008:

4 Non Blondes’ version (below) uploaded to YouTube by 4NonBlondesVEVO on 7 Oct. 2009:

2 Responses

  1. What a great cover! How can anyone listen to that and not be a fan? Wish we could see a video of it, would love the see the expression when she sings the big “yeah yeah yeah” at the end.

    What I love about Faye covering english songs is that
    1. she doesn’t sound “asian” – I hate when chinese singers cover english songs and they don’t speak english, so their pronounciation sounds terrible and you can tell they have no idea what they are singing
    2. she doesn’t sound too “english” – she still gives it her own chinese flavour and doesn’t just try to sound like the original.

  2. Deb, you hit it dead center when it comes to Faye singing in English.

    Also, it may sound weird, but Faye doesn’t sound Asian when she sings in Mandarin! LOL! It’s not that her Chinese is in any way flawed. It just sounds really beautiful, fluid and natural, as though she’s singing in a language that’s very close to English. No other Chinese singer can do this.

    The Chinese educational ministry ought to use Faye as their model for learning Mandarin. She turns it into a romantic, beautiful language.

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