Edie Brickell & New Bohemians is an alternative rock jam band that originated in Dallas, Texas, in the mid-1980s. The band is widely known for their 1988 hit “What I Am” from the album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. Their music contains elements of rock, folk, blues, and jazz.
“What I Am” is a song written by Edie Brickell and Kenny Withrow for their debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988). The song is highlighted by a guitar solo that emulates the approach of Jerry Garcia including the use of an envelope filter. It peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, topped the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart, and became a top-twenty hit in Australia and New Zealand. “What I Am” was ranked number 23 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s”.
English music duo Tin Tin Out collaborated with Spice Girl Emma Bunton to release a cover of “What I Am” in November 1999. This version became the more successful one in the UK, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and receiving a Silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry.