Get This Party Started

4 Non Blondes had success with their hit song ‘What’s Up?’ which went on to become the biggest hit in the world for the time and then they contributed songs to ‘90s flicks like Wayne’s World and Airheads, however, in the midst of recording their second studio album in 1995, Perry left the band while it was still successful and the group disbanded.  Frontwoman Linda Perry went on to pursue a solo career, which eventually led her towards a successful career in production and songwriting, working as the producer for Pink, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and many more and she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, and in 2019 she received a historic Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, one of only nine women to ever be nominated, and the first female producer unattached to a production team.  Perry released two solo albums and then she learned that hits of the ‘00s were being made digitally, where song writers could program their own beats on a drum programmer, and she decided that she needed to learn this.

Linda Perry moved to L.A. after she decided that she didn’t want to be an artist anymore.  She purchased an Akai MPC music workstation that combined sampling and sequencing functions along with a Korg Triton music workstation digital synthesizer and Pro Tools music software used for music creation and production.  She started experimenting with all of her new equipment and found it to be fun.  She came up with a beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put in the horns, then she used her guitar for the wah-wahs.  She let that beat play for three and a half minutes, but she couldn’t find a good bass sound, so she grabbed her own bass still trying to figure out what all this shit did.  This resulted in her creating the whole track of ‘Get the Party Started’.  Linda grabbed a harmonica microphone and started ad-libbing, “I’m coming up, so you better get this party started.”  She began thinking of every cliché thing that she could say, and that became the song.  She started laughing, going, “Holy fuck, I wrote a dance hit!”

‘Get The Party Started’ was released on P!nk’s sophomore 2001 Missundaztood album and the song charted #2 in the UK and went to #4 in the US.  This was a huge hit for P!nk and it launched Perry’s songwriting career.  Linda Perry originally sent it to Madonna but she passed, however a week later, Alecia Beth Moore, known professionally as Pink (stylized as P!nk) called her and left a crazy message saying that she would come find Linda if she didn’t call her back.  Perry knew about P!nk and she thought she was a bling-bling girl, but she called her back and said, “I think you have the wrong Linda Perry.”  P!nk replied, “Is this the Linda Perry who sang ‘Dear Mister President’ in 4 Non Blondes?”  Perry admitted that was her and P!nk replied, “Well, I have the right person.”  Perry just wrote ‘Get the Party Started’ and she said, “Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,” so she sent the song to her.  P!nk sent it to music executive Antonio “LA” Reid and they said, “Okay we have our first single.”

Perry thought that Alecia was awesome because she was so sassy and one day she told her, “This album’s going to be huge.”  Alecia laughed, but Linda came back saying, “It’s going to be a groundbreaking record and change things for you.”  Alecia didn’t believe her, but they completely changed her format and it worked.  This also changed Linda’s life, but all she ever wanted to do was write a great song.  With this song, it became clear to her that helping artists with their vision is kind of cool and she got the bug.  She started putting on Alecia’s clothes every day as she came in.  It was an escape from herself.

P!nk always had a reputation for speaking her mind, and there was an overheated feud between her and Christina (Xtina) Aguilera during the video shoot of ‘Lady Marmalade’ over who would sing the high part.  This song won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.  Right after the Missundaztood album was completed, Linda Perry decided to work with Xtina on the song ‘Beautiful’, which made P!nk mad and she said, “I don’t think imitation is the highest form of flattery.  I think it’s annoying.”  P!nk and Xtina both became moms and it appears that they have buried the hatchet since this dispute and they respect each other.

Missundaztood which sold over 13 million copies worldwide in 2001 and it reached the top 10 in many countries and this became P!nk’s biggest hit at the time.  The music video was shot in Los Angeles and shows Pink getting ready for a night of clubbing.  Unfortunately, her car runs out of gas on the way to the club, so she and her friend have to steal a couple skateboards to get there, only to be refused entry to the club when they finally arrive.  Undeterred, they use a scaffold to bring them to the top of the building so they can sneak in.  Inside, Linda Perry cameos as the bartender.

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Get this party started on a Saturday night
Everybody’s waitin’ for me to arrive
Sendin’ out the message to all of my friends
We’ll be lookin’ flashy in my Mercedes Benz
I got lotsa style, check my gold diamond rings
I can go for miles if you know what I mean

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
(I’m comin’ up, I’m comin’)
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Pumpin’ up the volume, breakin down’ to the beat
Cruisin’ through the west side
We’ll be checkin’ the scene
Boulevard is freakin’ as I’m comin’ up fast
I’ll be burnin’ rubber, you’ll be kissin’ my ass
Pull up to the bumper, get out of the car
License plate says “Stunner number one Superstar”

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
(I’m comin’ up, you better)
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Get this party started

Makin’ my connection as I enter the room
Everybody’s chillin’ as I set up the groove
Pumpin’ up the volume with this brand new beat
Everybody’s dancin’ and their dancin’ for me
I’m your operator, you can call anytime
I’ll be your connection to the party line

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
(I’m comin’ up, I’m comin’)
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
(I’m comin’ up, I’m comin’)

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
(I’m comin’ up, you better)
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Get this party started, oh
Get this party started right now
Get this party started
Get this party started
Get this party started right now

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party suggested by Lady A.

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