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What Do I Have to Do
What Do I Have to Do
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Rhythm of Love
Released 21 January 1991
Recorded 1990; London, England
Format
  • CD single
  • 7"
  • 12"
  • digital download
  • cassette single
Genre
  • Dance-pop
  • eurodance
Length 3:33
Label
  • PWL
  • Mushroom
Writer(s)
  • Mike Stock
  • Matt Aitken
  • Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Step Back in Time
(1990)
What Do I Have to Do
(1991)
Shocked
(1991)
Rhythm of Love track listing
"Step Back in Time"
(2)
"What Do I Have to Do"
(3)
"Secrets"
(4)

"What Do I Have to Do" is a song by Kylie Minogue from her third studio album Rhythm of Love. It was originally scheduled as the follow-up single to "Better the Devil You Know", but was relegated to the third single with "Step Back in Time" as the second. It was released on January 21, 1991, and was met with positive reviews from critics.

The song peaked at number eleven in Australia, and number six in the UK, which broke her streak of only top five entries on the UK chart.

"What Do I Have to Do" has been performed on most of Kylie's tours, including the Rhythm of Love Tour and the Let's Get to It Tour. It also made an appearance on the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011, and has been performed most recently during Kylie's performance at the F1 Grand Prix 2016.

BackgroundEdit

There are three official promotional mixes of the song. The early unreleased first version is synth orienated and has multilayered vocals. Much of the synth was omitted and the drums, bass and vocals were toned down for the album version. The third version, the 7" Mix, contains a newer drum track, multilayered vocals in the chorus and relies much less on the synthesizers on the album version. This version of the song also contains samples from American comedian Sam Kinison.

Originally, "What Do I Have To Do" was planned to be released as the follow-up single to "Better the Devil You Know", but was later released as the third single off the album instead, and the track was specially remixed for single release.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "What Do I Have to Do".

CD single

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) – 7:48
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Instrumental) – 5:08

7" vinyl single

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Instrumental) – 3:48

12" vinyl single

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) – 7:48
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Instrumental) – 5:08

iTunes Digital EP – Remixes

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (12" Instrumental)
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix)
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Backing Track)
  4. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Instrumental)
  5. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Backing Track)
  6. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Instrumental)
  7. "What Do I Have to Do" (Between the Sheets Mix)
  8. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Album Mix)
  9. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Backing Track)
  10. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Instrumental)
  11. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Backing Track)
  12. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Instrumental)
  13. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 7" Mix)
  14. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers 12" Mix)
  15. "What Do I Have to Do" (Movers & Shakers Do the Dub)
  16. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix)

iTunes Digital EP – The Original Synth Mixes

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (Billy The Fish Mix: Part I) 3.44
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Billy The Fish Mix: Part II) 7.30
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Original 12" Mix) 7.09
  4. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Album Mix II) 8.42

iTunes Digital EP – What Do I Have to Do?

  1. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) — 3.33
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) — 7.47
  3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Album Mix) — 8.07
  4. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Instrumental) — 3.33
  5. "What Do I Have to Do" (Extended Instrumental) — 5.07
  6. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Backing Track) — 3.33
  7. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Instrumental) — 3.43
  8. "What Do I Have to Do" (Album Backing Track) — 3.43
  9. "Things Can Only Get Better" (Album Instrumental) — 3.55
  10. "Things Can Only Get Better (Album Backing Track) — 3.55

Live performancesEdit

Since its release, "What Do I Have to Do" has been performed on most of Kylie's tours. It was part of the Rhythm of Love Tour in 1991 which was launched in support of Rhythm of Love; it was then featured in the Let's Get to It Tour which was an extension of the Rhythm of Love Tour, but was edited to support the release of Kylie's fourth studio album Let's Get to It]. The song then appeared as the second song of the show in the Intimate and Live tour in 1998, which was in support of Impossible Princess; here, it followed a performance of "Too Far" and Bradley Stern from NewNowNext highlighted the live performance as the best song at the show, listing the performance at number three on their Kylie Minogue In Concert: 8 Amazing Live Performances.

The song then was featured as the last song of the main body of the show in the On a Night Like This Tour, following a performance of "Light Years". It was then considered for inclusion in the KylieFever2002 between "Limbo" and "Light Years", but was eventually discarded; "Step Back in Time" was considered for the same position. The song was featured in the "Smiley Kylie" medley and the "Everything Taboo" medley in the Showgirl tour and "Homecoming tour respectively, which both also contained performances of "Shocked" and "Spinning Around"; in the "Everything Taboo" medley however, the song was cut short and only used one verse and chorus. The latter medley was also used in the For You, For Me tour in 2009, which was Kylie's first tour in North America. "What Do I Have to Do" was then included in the third section of the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011, following performances of "Cupid Boy" and "Get Outta My Way". More recently, the song was included in several shows performed by Kylie in 2016, most notably the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore, where it served as the second song in the set, following a performance of "Better the Devil You Know".

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