This only became a mainstream hit after Rice's record label insisted on remixing the track to beef up the production, much to the Irish singer-songwriter's chagrin. He recalled in an interview with Irish magazine Hotpress: "They came to me and said, 'Are you open to people doing remixes of your songs?' And I thought, 'Cool'. To me, a remix was a really artistic interesting take on the song, you know. And I was like, 'Yeah, absolutely'. So they sent me back some remix from somebody in the States, and I was like, 'This is terrible. It just sounds cheesy'. So then, they said, 'Oh we'll try somebody else'. After about 10 different remixes of different songs, I was like, 'This is awful. Can you just stop this? Who is paying for this?' You know, probably me. So I was like, 'Stop!'
And I remember my management at the time going, 'Will you just give us something that we can get on radio, because we just can't sell this unless we can get it on radio'. And I remember at the time I wrote a contract with them, and I said, 'Okay, if you never mention the word 'remix' to me again, then I will let you use this one remix'. And so myself and my manager wrote a little contract. And so they used the 'Cannonball' remix. But I remember there was a bit of fighting, you know, it took a bit of clashing before getting to a comfortable place with that, because it drove me nuts. I felt like, 'Why are people trying to change this? What's wrong? Trying to sell it? Sell what? Why?' To me it had already sold more than I had ever dreamt it would sell. And so I didn't have a concept of beyond 5,000."