Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians – “What I Am” – (1988)

Okay, so we’re doing something new for the next however many weeks it takes. We will be going through songs that sound like they are from the 1990s but were really released in the 1980s (eventually we’ll do the opposite as well). This was the only hit for Edie Brickell – and VH1 considers the band one of the biggest one hit wonders of all time. This song is amazing and, although it came out in 1988 and charted in 1988 and 1989, it still received a lot of airplay on Top 40 radio stations through most of the 1990s. It sounds like something that could have come from 10,000 Maniacs or even Natalie Merchant’s mid-90s solo career. But it was featured in an episode of Miami Vice – so it must be 80s.

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