What I Am

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"What I Am"
Edie Brickell - What I Am 7-inch.gif
Single by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
from the album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
  • "I Do"
  • "Walk on the Wildside"
ReleasedNovember 1988 (US) [1]
StudioRockfield, Wales, UK[2]
GenreAlternative rock
  • 4:54 (album version)
  • 3:40 (single version)
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.[3] It also topped the charts in Canada,[citation needed] but only peaked within the top forty of the charts in the United Kingdom.[4] This version was ranked number 77 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.[citation needed] The song was featured in a 1989 episode of Miami Vice, an episode of Beavis and Butt-head, an episode of Girls, as well as an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. and in the 1989 Patrick Dempsey film Loverboy.[5]

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


"What I Am" is written in the key of B minor in 4
with a tempo of 89 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of Bsus2–Dsus2–Asus2, and the vocals span from G3 to B4.[6][7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7-inch single / cassette single Side A:

  1. "What I Am" – 4:56

Side B:

  1. "I Do" – 2:00

12-inch single / 3-inch CD single

  1. "What I Am" – 4:56
  2. "I Do" – 2:00
  3. "Walk on the Wildside" – 5:52


Tin Tin Out and Emma Bunton version[edit]

"What I Am"
Single by Tin Tin Out and Emma Bunton
from the album Eleven to Fly
B-side"Weird (Save Yourself)"
Released1 November 1999 (1999-11-01)
StudioSarm West, London
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
Music video
"What I Am" on YouTube

The song was covered by English electronic music duo Tin Tin Out and English singer Emma Bunton. It was released on 1 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, 29 places higher than the original version 10 years previously, kept from the top spot by "Lift Me Up" by Bunton's fellow Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell. It sold 106,000 copies to get to number two in its first week and around 224,000 copies altogether. "What I Am" was the UK's 88th best-selling single of 1999.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single and cassette 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)[14] 65
France (SNEP)[15] 75
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 81
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 94
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 48
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 2



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  2. ^ Discogs
  3. ^ a b "Edie Brickell Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ a b "Official Charts > Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  5. ^ Edie Brickell on IMDb
  6. ^ Aly, Brandon. "Edie Brickell & New Bohemians "What I Am" Guitar Tab in D Major - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  7. ^ "What I Am - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - Spot On Track". www.spotontrack.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  8. ^ "australian-charts.com > Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – What I Am (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Edie Brickell'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz > Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  11. ^ "Edie Brickell Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  12. ^ "Edie Brickell Chart History: Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  13. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "ariaNET The Chart! Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 24th January 2000". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton – What I Am" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton – What I Am". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Tin Tin Out featuring Emma Bunton". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton – What I Am" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Charts.nz – Emma Bunton – What I Am". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton – What I Am". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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