Right Here, Right Now (Jesus Jones song)

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"Right Here, Right Now"
Jesus Jones - Right Here Right Now single cover.jpg
Single by Jesus Jones
from the album Doubt
Released11 September 1990
RecordedMay 1990
GenreAlternative rock, alternative dance
LabelFood, EMI, SBK Records, RT Industries (current)
Songwriter(s)Mike Edwards
Producer(s)Martyn Phillips[1]
Jesus Jones singles chronology
"Real Real Real"
"Right Here, Right Now"
"International Bright Young Thing"

"Right Here, Right Now" is a song by British alternative dance band Jesus Jones from the album Doubt. It was released as the album's second single in September 1990 (approximately four months before the release of Doubt). Despite spending only nine nonconsecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaking at number 31, it became a top ten 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, only behind "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams.[2]

The single sold over 1 million copies, won a BMI award, and was the song most played on college radio in 1991.[3]


The song was inspired by events in Europe of the late 1980s, particularly Perestroika in the Soviet Union;[4][5] Mike Edwards has since noted some of the lyrics were influenced by the band's experiences playing in Romania in February 1990 right after the overthrow of Ceauşescu.[6][7] Some of the lyrics were inspired by both Prince's 1987 song "Sign o' the Times" and a 1989 cover version of that song by Simple Minds, the latter of 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, and brief snippets of news footage of the collapse of the Soviet Union and speeches by American and Soviet leaders.[8]


Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom 11 September 1990 (1990-09-11)
Worldwide 2 July 1991 (1991-07-02)


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Martyn Phillips". Martyn Phillips. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The Hot 100 - The Week of July 27, 1991". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ 1993 jesusjonesarchive.info
  4. ^ Jesus Jones Archive
  5. ^ Sydney Morning Herald
  6. ^ https://13thfloor.co.nz/my-back-pages/jesus-jones-the-13th-floor-interview/
  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 2018-01-02.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – 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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – 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. December 21, 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.

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