Right Here, Right Now (Jesus Jones song)

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"Right Here, Right Now"
Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones UK single standard edition.png
Artwork variant for standard UK single releases
Single by Jesus Jones
from the album Doubt
Released24 September 1990 (1990-09-24)[1]
RecordedMay 1990
Studio
  • Matrix (London, UK)
  • Ezee (London, UK)
Genre
Length3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)Mike Edwards
Producer(s)Martyn Phillips[3]
Jesus Jones singles chronology
"Real Real Real"
(1990)
"Right Here, Right Now"
(1990)
"International Bright Young Thing"
(1991)
Music video
"Right Here, Right Now" on YouTube

"Right Here, Right Now" is a song by British alternative dance band Jesus Jones from their second studio album, Doubt (1991). It was released as the album's second single on 24 September 1990 (approximately four months before the release of Doubt). Although it spent only nine nonconsecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaking at number 31, it became a top-10 hit in the United States; it topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1991. The single sold over 1 million copies, won a BMI award, and was the song most played on college radio in 1991.[4]

Content[edit]

The song was inspired by the Revolutions of 1989 in Europe, particularly Perestroika in the Soviet Union.[5][6] Mike Edwards has said that some of the lyrics were influenced by the band's experiences playing in Romania in February 1990, shortly after the overthrow of Ceaușescu.[7] The lyrics were also inspired by Prince's 1987 song "Sign o' the Times" and a 1989 cover version of the same song by Simple Minds, which the members of Jesus Jones disliked and had first heard during television coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall.[7] Edwards' original demo for "Right Here, Right Now" featured samples of the Prince song, as well as guitar solos by Jimi Hendrix, but producer Martyn Phillips removed both elements from the song before the band recorded it.[7]

The official video for the song shows the band performing on stage mixed with various images from contemporary political events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, brief snippets of news footage of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and speeches by American and Soviet leaders.[8]

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Martyn Phillips
  • Recorded at Matrix Studios and Ezee Studios in London
  • Engineer Darren Allison

Charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

A cover version was recorded by New Zealand band The Feelers and released as a single in 2010 and on the album Hope Nature Forgives. It was chosen as the anthem to the 2011 Rugby World Cup advertising campaign.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. 22 September 1990. p. 31.
  2. ^ a b "Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit From Worst to Best". 28 March 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Martyn Phillips". Martyn Phillips. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ 1993 jesusjonesarchive.info
  5. ^ Jesus Jones Archive
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald
  7. ^ a b c Simpson, Dave (16 April 2018). "Jesus Jones: how we made Right Here, Right Now". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now (Official Video)". Vimeo. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1552." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  11. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7, no. 42. 20 October 1990. p. V. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Jesus Jones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Jesus Jones Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Jesus Jones Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Jesus Jones Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "1991 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 103, no. 51. 21 December 1991. p. YE-14. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  22. ^ "World Cup song fails to strike a chord with online audience". The New Zealand Herald. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2011.