Right Now (Herbie Mann song)

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"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 Right Now, 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! and was the B-side of the single featuring the title track.

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[1] and the Pussycat Dolls in 2005.

Selective list of recorded versions[edit]

The Creatures version[edit]

"Right Now"
The Creatures Right Now.jpg
Single by The Creatures
from the album A Bestiary Of The Creatures
B-side "Weathercade"
Released 8 July 1983
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983
Genre Alternative, pop
Label Polydor
Producer(s) Mike Hedges, The Creatures
The Creatures singles chronology
"Miss the Girl"
"Right Now"
"Standing There"
"Miss the Girl"
"Right Now"
"Standing There"
Siouxsie Sioux singles chronology
"Miss the Girl"
The Creatures
(1983) Miss the Girl1983
"Right Now"
(1983) Right Now1983
"Dear Prudence"
Siouxsie and the Banshees
(1983) Dear Prudence1983

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.[1]

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 its own making. Budgie and Siouxsie - the Fred and Ginger of the wayward world".[2]

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".[3]

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[edit]

"Right Now"
Right Now (NBA Version) cover.jpg
Promotional single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album PCD
Released January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23)
Length 2:25
Producer(s) Ron Fair
PCD track listing
"Bite the Dust"
"Right Now"
"Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go"

"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 "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.

Before it started on 24 September 2006, ABC used this song to promote the first episode, "Listen to the Rain on the Roof", of the third season of Desperate Housewives.



  1. ^ a b "Right Now by the Creatures". officialcharts.com. Retrieved on 2 May 2012
  2. ^ Colbert, Paul. "Right Now" review. Melody Maker. 9 July 1983.
  3. ^ Bursche, Paul. "Right Now" review. Number One (magazine). 9 July 1983.