What I Am

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"What I Am"
7" single cover
Single by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
from the album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
  • "I Do"
  • "Walk on the Wildside"
Released November 1988 (US) [1]
Format 7" single, 12" single, 3" CD single, cassette single
Recorded Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales, UK.[2]
Length 4:54
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Pat Moran
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians singles chronology
"What I Am"

"What I Am" is a song written by Edie Brickell and Kenny Withrow and recorded by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians for their debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988). It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the charts in Canada, but only peaked within the top forty of the charts in the United Kingdom. This version was ranked number 77 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. The song was featured in a 1989 episode of Miami Vice, an episode of Beavis and Butt-head, as well as an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. and in the 1989 Patrick Dempsey film Loverboy.[3]

The song is highlighted by a guitar solo that emulates the approach of Jerry Garcia including the use of an envelope filter.

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single / cassette single

Side A:

  1. "What I Am" – 4:54

Side B:

  1. "I Do" – 2:00
12" single / 3" CD single
  1. "What I Am" – 4:54
  2. "I Do" – 2:00
  3. "Walk on the Wildside" – 5:52


Chart (1988–1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
Australian Singles Chart 18
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 31
US Billboard Hot 100 7

Tin Tin Out and Emma Bunton version[edit]

"What I Am"
Single by Tin Tin Out featuring Emma Bunton
from the album Eleven to Fly and A Girl Like Me
B-side "Weird (Save Yourself)"
Released 1 November 1999
Format CD single
Recorded Sarm West Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
Length 4:34 (Album version)
3:54 (Radio version)
Label VC
Producer(s) Tin Tin Out
Tin Tin Out singles chronology
"Eleven to Fly"
"What I Am"
"Anybody's Guess"
Emma Bunton singles chronology
"What I Am"
"What Took You So Long?"
Audio sample
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Music video
"What I Am" on YouTube

The song was covered by the British duo Tin Tin Out featuring vocals of the Spice Girls member Emma Bunton. Released in November 1999 as the second single from Tin Tin Out's second studio album, Eleven to Fly (1999). It also appeared on Bunton's debut solo album, A Girl Like Me (2001).

Tin Tin Out and Bunton's version debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, twenty nine places higher than the original version ten years previously, losing the battle against Bunton's former co-Spice Girl member Geri Halliwell's "Lift Me Up". It sold 106,000 copies to get to number two in its first week and around 221,787 copies altogether. "What I Am" was the UK's 88th best-selling single of 1999.

Format and track listing[edit]

This is the format and track listing of the major single release of "What I Am".

UK CD single
  1. "What I Am" (radio version) – 3:54
  2. "What I Am" (Gangstarr Remix) – 4:07
  3. "Weird (Save Yourself)" (Tin Tin Out featuring Wendy Page) – 5:42


Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 65
France (SNEP)[5] 75
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 81
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 94
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 48
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 2



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