I Am (Killing Heidi song)

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"I Am"
Single by Killing Heidi
from the album Killing Heidi
B-side "Fresh Air"
Released July 12, 2004 (2004-07-12) (Australia)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2004 at Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, Australia
Genre Rock
Length 3:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ella Hooper, Jesse Hooper, Warren Jenkin, Adam Pedretti
Producer(s) John Travis
Killing Heidi singles chronology
"Outside of Me"
"I Am"
"Calm Down"

"I Am" is a rock song written by Ella Hooper, Jesse Hooper, Warren Jenkin and Adam Pedretti, and produced by John Travis for Killing Heidi's third album Killing Heidi (2004). The song was written in Los Angeles after "a couple of gross guys wolf-whistled" at the lead singer, Hooper, while she was walking down the street.[1] It became the band's fifth top twenty single in Australia, peaking at number sixteen and also was featured on the Australia/New Zealand soundtrack of the 2004 film Spider-Man 2.

The music video was directed by Michael Spiccia in Sydney, Australia, featured scenes from the Spider-Man 2 2004 film and was released to Australian music channels on 3 July 2004. The band's bass player/co-writer of the song, Warren Jenkin, states "the video is a destroyed New York street scene, after Doc Ock and Spider-Man have had a fight. The whole thing is totally demolished, and there's lots of Marvel comic skyscraper-style backdrops, which looks fantastic. It really looks like it's in New York."[1]

Columbia Tristar Films' Suzanne Stretton-Brown states "We were thrilled to have a rare opportunity to support an Australian band on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack and when we heard Killing Heidi's new single 'I Am' we were astonished by how beautifully their lyrics seemed to capture the emotion of the character Peter Parker in the new movie. The song expresses an isolation that mirrors Spider-Man's lonely quest and burning inner conflict in the continuing story."[1]

"I Am" became an instant hit upon its release in July 2004, debuting at #16 on the official ARIA Charts and remaining in the top 50 for almost three months, eventually selling over 35,000 copies and achieving Gold status. It was the first time Killing Heidi had been in the charts since 2002's Present album, and the song served to introduce to the public the band's new image, both musically and physically.

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "I Am" – 3:27
  2. "Fresh Air" – 3:56
  3. "I Am" (Lukas Burton remix)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 16

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 100


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone