song of the day – “Right Now” | THE CREATURES | 1983.

I had known about and enjoyed the music of Londoner Siouxsie Sioux, her band, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and her other band, a side project with Banshees drummer Budgie – The Creatures – for many years before learning about “Right Now,” today’s “song of the day.”

new wavesIn 2005, at a time when I was still living in Portland, Maine and Newbury Comics was still interested in being one of the best places to pick up CDs instead of trendy clothes, I found this incredibly cool compilation called NEW WAVES: 45 ORIGINAL 45s FROM THE POST PUNK ERA. 

NEW WAVES had great gems from the likes of M, Squeeze, The Buzzcocks, The Undertones, The B-52’s, Billy Bragg, The Buggles, The Tubes, Trio, Martha & The Muffins, Blondie, Joan Armatrading, Robert Palmer, Elvis Costello and “Right Now” by The Creatures.

I still find it funny how I had no idea this song existed before 2005.  And on top of that, it was actually a cover of a 1962 Jazz/Pop song by Herbie Mann!  (Mel Tormé also recorded a version the same year.)  The Creatures recorded a faithful cover version in the style of the 1960s original, replete with a brass section, and it paid off.  It was a No. 14 hit on the U.K. singles chart, the band’s biggest hit. 

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In a great July 1983 review by writer Paul Colbert for the British weekly music newspaper, MELODY MAKER, he wrote:

“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 it’s [sic?] own making.  Budgie and Siouxsie – the Fred and Ginger of the wayward world.”

The Pussycat Dolls, an all-female group from Los Angeles, covered the song for their 2007 debut album, not in the style of the original Herbie Mann version, but in the version by The Creatures.

The Creatures disbanded in 2004, but memorable songs like “Standing There,” “Fury Eyes,” “Miss The Girl” and “Right Now” live on.  I think I’ll listen to them, um, right now…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_9SdrN6D-o

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