Written by Stefani and Linda Perrythe song is the album's opening track and was released as Stefani's debut solo single. It is primarily an electropop song and introduces Stefani's four back-up dancers, the Harajuku Girlswho had a major input into the album's production.
The single was commercially successful, topping the chart in Australia and reaching the top 10 in several countries. The song has been remixed a number of times, and was covered by the indie rock band Franz Ferdinand and singer Marina and the Diamonds. During the night of the Grammy AwardsPerry forced Stefani into a chokeholdand demanded that they were "gonna write songs together!
Stefani was exhausted by the recently completed tour,   and shortly afterwards suffered an emotional breakdown, which she spent in bed crying. During their first day of work, the two wrote a song titled "Fine by You", which Stefani later described as "a stupid love song, but really good". That night, Perry began work on another track, which she played for Stefani the next day to motivate her. Stefani came up with the idea of the Harajuku Girls while writing the song. Stefani first saw the women of Harajukuknown for their unique style drawing from Gothic Lolita and cyberpunk fashion, in and had admired them since.
Stefani creates an argument between lyrical personas by alternating her vocal range and point of view. Stefani's vocal range spans two octaves in the song, from G 3 to G 5. Backed by perfect octave dyads Stefani sings a verse about her excitement for her future, and the two personalities merge into one during the coda. Nick Sylvester of Pitchfork gave the song a strong review, rating it four and a half stars, and labeled it "fucking great".
Many reviewers considered the track one of the album's highlights. Entertainment Weekly critic David Browne gave Love. Elsewhere, the song's reception was stronger. In Canada, it debuted in the top 40 on the Canadian Singles Chart before reaching number 24 in late January It remained within the top three through January 17, and dropped off the chart after 15 weeks.
She receives several calls from Interscope label head Jimmy Iovinewho attempts to push her forward with her solo debut project, but she replies that she is What You Waiting For? (Armand Van Helden Remix) - Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? and uninspired. After a failed studio attempt, Stefani sees a flyer Es Regnet Gold - Various - Die Schlager Party Der Megastars (Die Neue Hitparade Folge 2) help for writer's block.
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important. She is then told that she will be billed when she is finished. She asks for clarification only to discover that she is already back in the studio by herself. When Stefani picks up an oversized pocket watch from the piano, a rabbit knick-knack that she had previously seen jumps across the room. She throws the watch at the knick-knack, causing her to fall back on her chair and find herself transported to a fantasy world based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
Stefani portrays several characters from the books, including Alicethe White Queenand the Red Queenin dresses by British-Gibraltarian fashion designer John Galliano.
As this transpires the song is recording itself. Stefani ultimately rediscovers her confidence, and her full awareness is transported back to the ordinary reality of the studio Apple Blossom Time - Charlie Rich - Golden Treasures as she dances in front of her four giggling Harajuku Girls.
She then is presented with her bill by the consultant as a wooden chair topples to the floor. There are four versions of the video. The full, long version is one minute longer than the Making the Video version, while the cut version omits the scenes in which she leaves the airport and is sleepy and in which she fills out the questionnaire.
The short version begins with Stefani practicing on the piano and her finding the watch just seconds after that. Her being billed is not shown in this version, so the video ends with the Harajuku Girls laughing at her performance. The music video was well received by many reviewers. Sam Bloch from Stylus Magazine referred to it as a short filmcomparing it to Michael Jackson's Thrillerand commented, "I sigh with admiration and wish every video was this alive. The track, over eight minutes long, is carried by a guitar riff and occasional chimes.
Aaron Mandel of Pitchfork labeled it "outstanding",  and John M. Cunningham of Stylus Magazine stated that it "endowed [the song] with a sense of grandeur".
Armand Van Helden created two remixes, the Armand Van Helden Remix and the Armand Van Helden Dub, which use only some of the original vocals and a new bassline constructed with synthesizers and some electric guitar. Felix da Housecat created the Rude Ho Mix, which uses more bass guitar and leaves out the original background vocals by Mimi Parker until the final verse.
The cover includes the chorus from Billy Idol 's song " White Wedding ". In Octoberthe song was released as a part of the Radio 1's Live Lounge compilation, and the cover received mixed reviews.
Jack Foley from IndieLondon called the track "completely insane", stating that it "really has to be heard to be believed. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from What You Waiting For. This article is about the Gwen Stefani song. For other uses, see What You Waiting For? CD inch digital download. Electropop new wave dance-rock funk. Gwen Stefani Linda Perry. Stefani changes her pitch to portray a dialogue between the two personalities in the lyrics.
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