"Right Here, Right Now"
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Released19 April 1999 (1999-04-19)[1]
Genre
Length
  • 6:27 (album version)
  • 5:58 (single version)
  • 3:56 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Praise You"
(1999)
"Right Here, Right Now"
(1999)
"Build It Up – Tear It Down"
(1999)
Audio sample
Music video
"Right Here, Right Now" on YouTube

"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 (1998). The song samples "Ashes, the Rain & I" by James Gang and an Angela Bassett quote from American science fiction thriller film Strange Days (1995). "Right Here, Right Now" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and became a top-40 hit in Australia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Walloon region of Belgium. It was voted by Mixmag readers as the 10th-greatest dance record of all time.[2]

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.[3] 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.

Critical reception

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Daily Record said the song is "brilliant".[4]

Music video

The music video for the song, created by Hammer & Tongs, is an elaborate homage to the famous opening sequence of the French educational series Once Upon a Time... Man. It shows a (scientifically inaccurate) timeline depicting the entire process of human 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 celled eukaryote 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 body is obscured by the tree as its hands visibly evolve until it arrives at the top as a baboon-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 homo erectus. 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 listings

UK 12-inch

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

Digital download

  1. "Right Here, Right Now" (CamelPhat Remix)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

In popular culture

Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Cardiff City and many other teams play this song when their players walk out of the tunnel prior to a match.[23]

On 8 October 2019, Fatboy Slim made a remix of the song using environmental activist Greta Thunberg's United Nations speech.[24]

The song is also featured in the films Big Fat Liar, Any Given Sunday and The Skulls.

The song was used for the opening sequence of the pilot episode for the television series Third Watch.[25]

The song was used in season 3 of Veronica Mars, in the episode "Spit & Eggs".

The song was used for the sequence showcasing Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals during Episode X of the Netflix/ESPN sports documentary miniseries The Last Dance.

References

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  8. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 16 no. 19. 8 May 1999. p. 8. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
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  10. ^ "Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 16 no. 24. 12 June 1999. p. 10. Retrieved 8 June 2020. See LW column.
  12. ^ "Íslenski Listinn (3.6–10.6. 1999)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 4 June 1999. p. 10. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Right Here Right Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
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  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
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  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Best Sellers of 1999: Singles Top 100". Music Week. 22 January 2000. p. 27.
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  23. ^ manchester cityfans (17 April 2009), man city songs- right here right now, archived from the original on 14 December 2021, retrieved 31 March 2019
  24. ^ Kaufman, Gil (8 October 2019). "Watch Fatboy Slim Play the Greta Thunberg 'Right Here, Right Now' Remix Live". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  25. ^ ""Third Watch" Welcome to Camelot (TV Episode 1999)". IMDb.