What I Am

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"What I Am"
Edie Brickell - What I Am 7-inch.gif
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]
Studio Rockfield Studios, Wales, UK[2]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:54 (album version)
3:40 (single version)
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Pat Moran
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians singles chronology
"What I Am"
"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, 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" 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


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 and A Girl Like Me
B-side "Weird (Save Yourself)"
Released 15 November 1999
Format CD single
Recorded Sarm West Studios
(London, England)
Genre Pop rock, electronica, trip hop
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"
"Eleven to Fly"
"What I Am"
"Anybody's Guess"
Emma Bunton singles chronology
"What I Am"
(1999) What I Am1999
"What Took You So Long?"
(2001) What Took You So Long?2001
Audio sample
Music video
"What I Am" on YouTube

The song was covered by the British recording artists Tin Tin Out and 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 fellow Spice Girls 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)[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



  1. ^ Strong, M. C. (1995). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. p. 90. ISBN 0-86241-385-0. 
  2. ^ Discogs
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Edie Brickell > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  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. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Edie Brickell > Chart History > Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  12. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Edie Brickell > Chart History > Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  13. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  14. ^ "ariaNET The Chart! Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 24th January 2000". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Emma Bunton – What I Am" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Emma Bunton – What I Am". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Emma Bunton – What I Am" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Emma Bunton – What I Am". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Emma Bunton – What I Am". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ "Emma Bunton: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.

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