Right Now (Herbie Mann song)
"Right Now" is an uptempo 1962 jazz/pop song with music by Herbie Mann and lyrics by Carl Sigman. As a jazz instrumental, it was the title track of a 1962 bossa nova-style album by Mann. Later that same year, with lyrics by Sigman, the song was popularised by jazz singer Mel Tormé on his album Comin' Home Baby!
It has since been covered in a variety of pop styles including recordings by Siouxsie Sioux and her second band The Creatures who scored a top 15 hit single in the UK charts in 1983 and the Pussycat Dolls in 2005.
Selective list of recorded versions
- 1962 Herbie Mann — jazz instrumental on the album Right Now
- 1962 Mel Tormé — jazz vocal version on the album Comin' Home Baby!
- 1969 Salena Jones — on the album The Moment of Truth
- 1983 The Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux's second band) — added an introduction, U.K. single also on the album A Bestiary Of The Creatures
- 2005 The Pussycat Dolls — on the hit album PCD
- 2008 Leon Jackson — on the hit album Right Now
The Creatures version
|Single by The Creatures|
|from the album A Bestiary Of The Creatures|
|Released||8 July 1983|
|Producer(s)||Mike Hedges, The Creatures|
|The Creatures singles chronology|
The Creatures (aka singer Siouxsie Sioux and drummer Budgie) recorded a cover version of "Right Now" in 1983. Co-produced by Mike Hedges, it was released as a single in July of that year. Their version, recorded in '60s style with a brass section (Gary Barnacle on saxophone, Peter Thoms on trombone and Luke Tunney on trumpet) and timpani, later peaked at No. 14 in the UK singles chart.
The Creatures' version started with a distinct introduction with Siouxsie clicking her fingers to mark the tempo. She also added the "palala pam pam" that she sings before the arrival of the congas. These special arrangements were not present in the initial version by Mel Tormé; they were created by The Creatures. Pussycat Dolls would later record another version of "Right Now" with this distinct introduction arranged by Siouxsie and her partner Budgie.
The Creatures' single was hailed by critics at the time.
Melody Maker's Paul Colbert said in his review, "The Creatures slipped through an unlocked back window, ransacked the place and left with the best ideas in a fast car. Like all the greatest criminal minds they strike without a warning and only they know the plan. We have to piece the clues into a cover story. From the earliest seconds of 'Right Now' you know you're on shifting ground. Siouxsie baba da baping away to the noise of her own fingers clicking until Budgie barges in with congas on speed. Christ which way is this going? The one direction you don't expect is a vagrant big band coughing out drunken bursts of brass in a Starlight Room of it's [sic?] own making. Budgie and Siouxsie - the Fred and Ginger of the wayward world."
Number One's Paul Bursche also shared the same of point of view and wrote, "A big blast of 60s swing laced with a deft 80s touch sung by none other than the graceful - Siouxsie? Releasing a cover version of Mel Tormé's classic is about the most alternative thing The Creatures could have done. And it works. The siren really sounds great as layer after layer of multi - tracked voice get going. And wait for the video. A gold plated hit for sure."
The video, featuring Siouxsie covered in golden powder, was directed by Tim Pope.
As the single was a huge success (it stayed in the charts for 10 weeks), The Creatures also made an appearance at BBC's Top of the Pops.
The Pussycat Dolls version
"Right Now" cover
|Promotional single by The Pussycat Dolls from the album PCD|
|Released||January 23, 2007|
|PCD track listing|
"Right Now" was covered by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls for their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The Dolls used the arrangements that singer Siouxsie and her band The Creatures had brought to the version in 1983, including the introduction with the "palala pam pam" sung by the female singers, and the clicked fingers that marked the tempo. These arrangements were not present on the original version by Mel Tormé.
The Dolls version was released on the 23 January 2007 via iTunes as a digital downloadable single. "Right Now" is the first single the Dolls have released endorsing a product or show. As of February 2007[update] "Right Now" is being used as the alternate opening and 'bumper' theme to the NBA on ABC in the United States. For the NBA version the lyrics were slightly reworked (possibly by The Dolls' lead singer Nicole Scherzinger). In the original album version Carmit Bachar sings the second verse. The new version is sung entirely by Scherzinger.
- "Right Now by Mel Tormé" 1962 on YouTube Retrieved on 2 May 2012
- "Right Now by Siouxsie and her second band, The Creatures" 1983 on YouTube. Retrieved on 2 May 2012
- "Right Now by the Pussycat dolls" 2006 on YouTube Retrieved on 18 May 2009
- "Right Now by the Creatures"(Link redirected to OCC website). Chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2 May 2012
- Colbert, Paul. "Right Now" review. Melody Maker. 9 July 1983.
- Bursche, Paul. "Right Now" review. Number One (magazine). 9 July 1983.