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"Say What You Want" is a song by Scottish group Texas and the first single to be taken from their fourth studio album White on Blonde.[1] Released in January 1997, it is the band's biggest hit commercially to date, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It is featured on their 2000 album The Greatest Hits.

"Say What You Want"
TexasSayWhatYouWantCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by Texas
from the album White on Blonde
B-side
  • "Cold Day Dream"
  • "Tear It Up"
Released6 January 1997
FormatCD single
Length3:53
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Johnny McElhone, Sharleen Spiteri
Producer(s)Texas, Boilerhouse Boys
Texas singles chronology
"Fade Away"
(1994)
"Say What You Want"
(1997)
"Halo"
(1997)
Music video
"Say What You Want" on YouTube

The accompanying music video released to promote the single shows lead singer Sharleen Spiteri in a futuristic room. It was remixed as "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" featuring Method Man and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and re-released as a double A-side with "Insane" in 1998 with a second music video showing Spiteri in a park. As of February 2015 the single has sold 451,000 copies in United Kingdom.[2]

The song includes interpolations of "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye and "Love... Thy Will Be Done" by Martika.

Contents

Track listingEdit

Say What You WantEdit

CD1 (MERCD 480)[3]

  1. "Say What You Want" – 3:53
  2. "Cold Day Dream" – 4:03
  3. "Tear It Up" – 3:25
  4. "Say What You Want" (Boilerhouse remix) – 4:21

CD2 (MERDD 480)[4]

  1. "Say What You Want" – 3:53
  2. "Say What You Want" (Rae & Christian mix) – 4:50
  3. "Good Advice" – 4:50
  4. "Say What You Want" (Rae & Christian Instrumental mix) – 4:50
  • Limited edition including four postcards.

Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)Edit

"They're the biggest guys I've ever seen in my life," observed Sharleen Spiteri of the Wu-Tang Clan. "They're like basketball players. I'd just recorded a vocal, and Chef Raekwon's like, 'Yo! Who's that singing?' And RZA goes, 'It's Girlie' – 'cos they called me Girlie. And Raekwon goes, 'Man, you black!' And I laughed so loud. Method Man's a pussycat."[5]

CD1 (MERCD 499)[6]

  1. "Insane" – 4:45
  2. "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" – 4:06
  3. "Polo Mint City" (Full version) – 2:50
  4. "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" (Trailermen mix) – 8:38

CD2 (MERDD 499)[7]

  1. "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" (Extended version) – 5:02
  2. "Insane" (The Second Scroll) – 6:33
  3. "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" (RZA Instrumental) – 5:13
  4. "Insane" (The Second Scroll Dub) – 6:35

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[38]
"Say What You Want"
Gold 400,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  38. ^ "British single certifications – Texas – Say What You Want". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 December 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Say What You Want in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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