A song for Saturday #7: Right Here Right Now – Fatboy Slim

Right here right now

I’m at Camp Bestival this weekend, where Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim will be seeing in his birthday (he turns 53 tomorrow) with a live set. So who better to feature for this week’s Saturday song?

The track comes from the quadruple platinum-selling album You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby. It reached number two in the UK singles chart in the spring of 1999.

If you’re aged 30 or over, there’s a good chance it will feature on your list of all-time top dance songs. With its irresistibly catchy big beat hook, I’ll certainly be dancing along to it tonight on what is sure to be one of the musical highlights of the festival.

A few relevant pieces of trivia:

Norman Cook’s middle name is Quentin, a nod to his birth name Quentin Leo Cook. He’s married to the TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball, the daughter of children’s TV presenter Johnny Ball.

He has topped the UK singles chart in three guises: as a member of The Housemartins (Caravan Of Love, 1986), with Beats International (Dub Be Good To Me, 1990) and as Fatboy Slim (Praise You, 1999).

This song’s lyrical refrain “right here, right now” is a sample of actress Angela Bassett’s voice taken from the film Strange Days.

The song’s underlying string melody is sampled from the 1970 James Gang song Ashes, the Rain & I.

And finally here’s the video for Right Here Right Now – one of a number of iconic videos produced during Cook’s Fatboy Slim phase. (See also Praise You and Weapon of Choice – you know, the one with Christopher Walken dancing and flying around an empty hotel.)

A song for Saturday

#1: Pretty in Pink – Psychedelic Furs

#2: West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

#3: Cruel Summer – Bananarama

#4: Disco 2000 – Pulp

#5: Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards

#6: A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson

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