Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Corrs 'What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out remix)'

Chart Peak: 3 [original version: 53 in 1997]

Siblings Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and Jim Corr have taken their blend of contemporary and traditional Irish music to new heights this year... Their popularity is spreading on a global scale but that hasn't affected their record sales at home in Ireland, where their two albums have achieved a combined certification of 14-times platinum.
Funnily enough, when a searched the well-known retailer's website for "Corrs What Can I Do", one of the results that came up was Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, the album that included their signature hit 'What I Am'. The connection is of course in the similar guitar riff on this track, though that's an addition by remixers Tin Tin Out and doesn't appear on the original version of the track; later in 1999, of course, they covered 'What I Am' themselves.

Though they were quick to find success in many countries, it took the UK a while to warm to the charms of the Corrs, their breakthrough coming when their blend of Irish folk and AOR was combined with the additional element of early 90s dance music. It seems an odd idea, but this came amid a run of Top 10 singles that had been breathed upon by the likes of Todd Terry and K-Klass. Indeed, 'Runaway' from their first album had become a hit at the fourth attempt in early 1999, kept from the top only by Britney Spears. However, the group make their second and last Now appearance with this hit from August 1998, presumably because Warner were unwilling to licence the track too soon. It's a pretty enough unrequited love song and I actually quite liked it at the time, although it didn't take long to get tired of it and the Corrs in general. Surprisingly, this remix has aged better than Jim Corr's original production. I suppose he'll blame the CIA for me saying that now.

Also appearing on: Now 41
Available on: Best Of The Corrs

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