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What's Up? is a song by American alternative rock group 4 Non Blondes. The song was from the band's 1992 debut album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!. The song was also released as the album's second single in 1993. This song also appeared in Sense8

Writing and BackgroundEdit

While being in 4 Non Blondes' album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, the title "What's Up?" does not appear in the song's lyrics. However, the phrase "what's going on?" is prominently included in the chorus.

The title was altered to avoid confusion with Marvin Gaye's 1971 song "What's Going On."

Appearance in Sense8Edit

What's Up Capheus

Capheus singing along to What's Up? on the radio

What's Up? was played and sung by all eight of the main cast of Sense8 during the final act of the episode What's Going On?.

The song first started to play after Riley Blue selected the song to be played on her iPod player. Being a Sensate, the other seven in her cluster started to either sing the song to themselves and/or listen to the song within their location.

Lito Rodriguez, while in bed with a sleeping Hernando and Daniela Velasquez, began to tap his foot and sing the song to himself.

Capheus "Van Damme", while driving to deliver a backpack for Silas Kabaka, heard the song start to play on the radio and began to sing along.

Sun Bak, after training with her punching bag, showered while humming the song to herself.

Will Gorski, while doing research on Nomi Marks, began singing the song to himself.

Nomi, while strapped on her stretcher, sang the song to herself while the doctors and nurses was preparing for her lobotomy surgery.

What's Up Kala and Wolfgang

Wolfgang visiting Kala while singing What's Up?

Wolfgang Bogdanow, while at a bar with Felix Berner and friends, heard the song play while on stage for karaoke and sang along with the lyrics on screen. Kala Dandekar was on the roof of her house the night before her wedding with Rajan Rasal and sang the song to herself.

While Wolfgang was singing at the bar, Kala visited him as well as he visited her on her rooftop as well as in her bedroom the next morning singing the song together.

What's Up Nomi and Riley

Nomi visits Riley while singing What's Up?

With the aid of Will's ability to pick handcuffs and Amanita's nurse disguise, Nomi escaped from the San Francisco hospital and drove away in the backseat of a public taxi.

On their way back home, Nomi began to sing the song once again explaining that it was in her head all day. Unintentionally, Nomi then visited Riley, who is still on her hilltop, and began to sing What's Up? with her. Nomi continued to sing until stopping after returning back to the taxi and asking herself, "What's going on?"

LyricsEdit

Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Ooh, ooh ooh
And I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time
In this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

TriviaEdit

  • The main cast all sang What's Up? on location

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