What Do I Have to Do

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"What Do I Have to Do"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Rhythm of Love
Released 21 January 1991
Format
Recorded 1990; London, England
Length 3:33
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Step Back in Time"
(1990)
"What Do I Have to Do"
(1991)
"Shocked"
(1991)

"What Do I Have to Do" is a song performed by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue taken from her third studio album Rhythm of Love (1990). The song was written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. Originally, the song was planned to be released after the single "Better the Devil You Know", but instead "Step Back in Time" was released and this was released as the third single on 21 January 1991. The song received positive reviews from most music critics, who thought the song was an instant pop classic song.

The song peaked at number eleven in her native Australia. The song did however peak at number six in the United Kingdom, becoming a success there. The song was also a minor hit in France and The Netherlands.

The song has been performed on most of Minogue's concert tours, including her Rhythm of Love Tour, Let's Get to It Tour and Intimate and Live Tour. The song has also been performed at the Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour and the Homecoming Tour, and has been most recently been performed at her Aphrodite World Tour.

Background[edit]

There are three official promotional mixes of the song. The early unreleased first version is synth orienated and has multilayered vocals. Much of the synth was omitted and the drums, bass and vocals were toned down for the second album version. The third version, the 7" Mix, contains a newer drum track, multilayered vocals in the chorus and relies much less on the synthesizers on the album version. This version of the song also contains some samples, including the stand-up act of American comedian Sam Kinison.

Originally, "What Do I Have To Do" was planned to be released as the follow-up single to "Better the Devil You Know", but was later released as the third single off the album instead, and the track was specially remixed for single release. The 1999 biographical book Girl Next Door identified this track as Kylie's favourite to perform live.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"What Do I Have To Do?" received very positive reviews from many music critics. While reviewing the album Rhythm of Love (1990), Chris True from Allmusic highlighted the song as an album standout.[2] While reviewing Ultimate Kylie, Mark Edwards from Stylus Magazine gave it a positive remark, saying along with "Shocked", "Give Me Just a Little More Time"; "were great songs and suddenly Kylie was a little bit cool."[3] Jason Shawahn from About.com said along with "Better The Devil You Know" and "Wouldn't Change a Thing"; "are nothing if not pop masterpieces." He also labelled the song as a "pop classic".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"What Do I Have to Do" debuted at number twenty-seven on the Australian Singles Chart, until rising and peaking at number eleven, staying there for two consecutive weeks.[5] The song then debuted at number ninety-nine on the Dutch Top 40, until peaking at number eighty-one for one week. The song then debuted and peaked at number fifty on the French Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

The music video for the track was directed by Dave Hogan. The video to the single continued Minogue's transition to "sex siren". The sexual undertones running through the video proved too much for Saturday morning TV shows which aired a censored version of the video.

The music video begins with clips of the dance scene intercut with Minogue emerging from a swimming pool and her love interest seeing her with another man. Minogue then goes out to the balcony overlooking a fairground and the man follows. The video then shifts to the man watching Minogue dancing with a female friend in a club. The next scene is Minogue waking up in her lover's bed as he prepares to leave the bedroom. After this, Minogue singing on the bed is intercut with scenes of her singing and dancing in front of a white backdrop. The video goes back to her and her friend having fun in the club as the man stares at her again. Later, she sits on the bench overlooking the scene and takes a glance at a lookalike of her lover next to her. Following this, she gets up to dance as the man watches. Finally, she gets a tattoo on her back shoulder and shows it to her lover. The video concludes with all of Minogue's performance scenes intercut with her doing the ironing in a French maid's costume and on a date with her lover. The final shot is of Minogue and her lover walking across a bridge.

Reception[edit]

In relation to this video Kylie is quoted as saying "...how many Hollywood stars can you look like in three and a half minutes...". Kylie loves the glam and glitter of the sirens of the Hollywood age and was nodding her head in respect to them in this video. Her love of this genre was to become apparent and done with great aplomb later in her Showgirl extravaganza. This video was her first homage to her heroines, and remains a firm fan favourite. Kylie's younger sister Dannii Minogue also appears in the video.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "What Do I Have to Do".

CD single
  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) – 7:48
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Instrumental) – 5:08
7" vinyl single
  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Instrumental) – 3:48
12" vinyl single
  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) – 7:48
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Instrumental) – 5:08
iTunes Digital EP – Remixes

(Not available at time of original release. Released for the first time as part of iTunes PWL archive release in 2009.)

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (12" Instrumental)
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix)
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Backing Track)
  4. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Instrumental)
  5. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Backing Track)
  6. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Instrumental)
  7. "What Do I Have to Do" (Between the Sheets Mix)
  8. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Album Mix)
  9. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Backing Track)
  10. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Instrumental)
  11. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Backing Track)
  12. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Instrumental)
  13. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Mix)
  14. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Mix)
  15. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers Do the Dub)
  16. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix)
iTunes Digital EP – The Original Synth Mixes (released 8 November 2010)
  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (Billy The Fish Mix: Part I) 3.44
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Billy The Fish Mix: Part II) 7.30
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Original 12" Mix) 7.09
  4. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Album Mix II) 8.42

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ What Do I Have to Do | Kylie.com
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Stylus Magazine review | Ultimate Kylie
  4. ^ Kylie Minogue - Ultimate Kylie www.about.com
  5. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Kylie+Minogue&titel=What+Do+I+Have+To+Do&cat=s
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kylie Minogue – What Do I Have To Do". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kylie Minogue – What Do I Have To Do" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Kylie Minogue – What Do I Have To Do". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to Know". IRMA. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kylie Minogue – What Do I Have To Do" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Australian Singles Chart". Fortunecity.com. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 

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