Right Here, Right Now (Fatboy Slim song)

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"Right Here, Right Now"
Right Here, Right Now (Fatboy Slim song) front cover.jpg
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Released 19 April 1999 (1999-04-19)
Format CD
Genre Big beat
Length 6:27 (album version)
5:58 (single version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label Skint/Astralwerks
Songwriter(s) Norman Cook, Dale Peters, Joe Walsh
Producer(s) Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Praise You"
(1999)
"Right Here, Right Now"
(1999)
"Build It Up - Tear It Down"
(1999)

"Praise You"
(1999)
"Right Here, Right Now"
(1999)
"Build It Up - Tear It Down"
(1999)
Audio sample

"Right Here, Right Now" is a song by British big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 19 April 1999 as the fourth single from his second studio album You've Come a Long Way, Baby. The song reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, behind Westlife's single "Swear It Again" for one week. It was voted by Mixmag readers as the tenth-greatest dance record of all time.[1]

Composition

The basic string melody of the song was sampled from the James Gang song "Ashes, the Rain & I". The lyrics "right here, right now" are a sample of Angela Bassett's voice saying "This is your life, right here, right now!" from the film Strange Days at the 1:43:21 mark.[2] The album version of Right Here, Right Now ends with a radio talk between Bradley Jay, a DJ of the WBCN radio station of Boston, and a Fatboy Slim fan called Brad.

Music video

The music video, created by Hammer & Tongs, shows a depiction of the process of evolution condensed into three and a half minutes. The beginning of the music video is set "350 billion years ago", and starts with a single cell organism in the ocean evolving into a jellyfish, a pufferfish, and then a predatory fish. It manages to eat a smaller fish before leaping up onto dry land. With a dinosaur visible in the background and an insect in front, it stays still for a few seconds before setting off and eating the insect. The land-fish evolves into a small alligator as it enters a forest. It sees a tall tree, which it climbs up. Its hands are visibly evolving until it arrives at the top as a homo erectus-like ape. It jumps from the tree into an icy landscape, enduring a blizzard as it evolves into a larger, gorilla-like ape. At the end of a large cliff, the ape beats its chest as the camera zooms out to show a vast desert. The ape jumps onto the ground, where it has evolved into a primate resembling an orangutan. A large storm blows away much of its hair, turning it into a human (at this point the timer at the bottom right slows dramatically). The human runs faster and puts on some trousers and a T-shirt with the logo "I'm #1 so why try harder". When fully clothed, it turns into a modern human with a beard. The man walks through a city environment and eats a hamburger (taken from a cardboard cutout of Fatboy Slim himself), he pulls off the beard and morphs into the obese character depicted on the cover of the album. He finally sits down on a bench at night, at which point the video ends.

Track listing

UK 12"

  1. "Right Here, Right Now"
  2. "Don't Forget Your Teeth"
  3. "Praise You" (original version)

Charts

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 28
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 37
France (SNEP)[6] 56
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 13
Italy (FIMI)[9] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 54
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 2
Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Dance Chart (The Official Charts Company) 38

References

  1. ^ What is the Greatest Dance Track of All Time? Mixmag (15 February 2013).
  2. ^ "Strange Days movie". Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Fatboy Slim Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

External links

  • "Right Here, Right Now" at Discogs (list of releases)
  • "Right Here, Right Now" official music video on YouTube
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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