Mike McCready: "I was excited about it but I wanted it to sound heavier than it actually did when we recorded it. I liked how it came out, but it just didn't work with the rest of [Riot Act]. Even I had to admit it, but I didn't want to. It was relegated to B-side-dom. Originally it was supposed to be more of a crunch-type thing. It just came out a little bit lighter than I thought. But people seem to dig it when we play it live. I'm proud of it. I like the song."
The line, "You can't be neutral on a moving train" is the title of a book by author Howard Zinn. Eddie Vedder has said Zinn is one of his favorite authors.
Vedder and McCready wrote this after seeing the band Social Distortion in Los Angeles.
Vedder: "One of my favorites. Suffered from the 'One thing is not like the other' syndrome'"
Suggestion credit: Arman - College Station, TX, for all above
Chris from Scranton, PaThis song is also on the Live at State College CD. It has very optimistic and uplifting lyrics, including, "If hope can rise from dirt like me/ It can be done." It also has several anti-drug references, such as "I think I'll throw these pills away."
"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes has endured as one of the most popular songs of the '90s, but it wasn't a huge hit at the time and the band split after one album. Frontwoman Linda Perry went on to write hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera.