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
Released19 April 1999 (1999-04-19)
GenreBig beat
  • 6:27 (album version)
  • 5:58 (single version)
  • 3:56 (radio edit)
Producer(s)Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Praise You"
"Right Here, Right Now"
"Build It Up – Tear It Down"
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 number two 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]

The song has been remade by a British DJ and record producer, ATFC, with collaboration with OnePhatDeeva in a hit-single that reached up to number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, "In and Out of my Life" with additional vocals by Adeva.


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[edit]

The music video, 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 (very non scientifically accurate) 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 listing[edit]

UK 12"[edit]

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


Chart (1999) Peak
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
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[8] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 13
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[10] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 25
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 54
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 2
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[16] 2
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[17] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan as well as many other teams play this song when their players walk out of the tunnel prior to a match.[19] On 8 October 2019, Fatboy Slim played a part of environmental activist's Greta Thunbergs's United Nations speech in a mashup with the song.[20]


  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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn (3.6–10.6. 1999)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 4 June 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Right Here Right Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 November 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Right Here Right Now in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ manchester cityfans (17 April 2009), man city songs- right here right now, retrieved 31 March 2019
  20. ^ Kaufman, Gil (8 October 2019). "Watch Fatboy Slim Play the Greta Thunberg 'Right Here, Right Now' Remix Live". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2019.

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