Right Here (SWV song)

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"Right Here"
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Single by SWV
from the album It's About Time
Released August 20, 1992 (1992-08-20) (radio)
September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11) (cassette)
September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) (CD)
Format
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 4:36
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
Producer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
SWV singles chronology
"Right Here"
(1992)
"I'm So into You"
(1992)

"Right Here"
(1992)
"I'm So into You"
(1992)
"Right Here (Human Nature Remix)"
Single by SWV
from the album It's About Time and Free Willy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "Downtown"
Released July 10, 1993 (1993-07-10)
Format
Recorded 1992
Genre
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Teddy Riley
SWV singles chronology
"Downtown"
(1993)
"Right Here (Human Nature Remix)"
(1993)
"You're Always On My Mind"
(1993)

"Downtown"
(1993)
"Right Here (Human Nature Remix)"
(1993)
"You're Always On My Mind"
(1993)
Music video
"Right Here (Human Nature Remix)" on YouTube

"Right Here" is the title of the debut single released by the American R&B girl group SWV. It charted on the Billboard charts as a double-A-side with "Downtown". A remixed version, commonly referred to as "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)", became a number-one R&B single, selling 500,000 copies and earning a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[2][3] According to Billboard, the song spent 54 weeks on the R&B chart, which is one of the longest chart runs of all time.[4][not in citation given]

Despite the huge success of the single, the group admitted in early 2014 that they didn't really like Teddy Riley's remix of the song.[5]

Billboard named the Human Nature Remix of the song #17 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[6]

Original and remixed song[edit]

The original version of "Right Here" was released in the third quarter of 1992. It peaked at number 13 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Tamara "Taj" Johnson wrote and performed the bridge to the original song, which would result in her first (of many) co-writing credits on SWV songs.

The "Human Nature" remix by Teddy Riley samples Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Human Nature". One of their best known hits, it spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, as well as three weeks atop the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. It became one of the longest running number-one R&B singles of 1993. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, held from the top spot by Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover." It also reached the top ten in Europe, including the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number three in September 1993.[7]

"Right Here [Human Nature Remix]" appears on the soundtrack and in the film Free Willy. The first verse of the Human Nature remix varies slightly from the original version, and the rapped bridge is omitted. The remix also features a young Pharrell Williams chanting "S...The double...The U...The V!" during the song. This became a common "call" during the group's concerts.

"Right Here [Human Nature Remix]" was later remixed again for SWV's EP The Remixes as a more obvious mash-up with the song's sample, "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson, whose vocals are featured in the remixed duet. The "Human Nature" remix has also been sampled by the late rapper 2Pac on the track "Thug Nature" from Too Gangsta for Radio (2001). Pop singer Chris Brown's song "She Ain't You" (2011) samples Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and a portion of SWV's remixed version. Human Nature was also sampled by Nas in the hit song "It Ain't Hard To Tell" on his debut album Illmatic.[8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

Charles Aaron from Spin described the song as "A total radio swoon and uncanny appropriation that lets you enjoy Michael Jackson in a way not heard since, say, "O.P.P." Thank Teddy Riley for the remix, but this female trio relaxes, croons, and converses so lovely, you gotta feel suave."[10]

Music videos[edit]

Both versions of "Right Here" have music videos. The video to the original song begins with Coko discussing a man she likes to Taj and Lelee. It features the singers having flashbacks to boys they liked as young girls, then is brought to the present day with the women and their boyfriends. In between, the girls goof off together in a large, mirrored room. "Right Here" was the first of their videos to showcase the group's dancing skills.

The music video directed by Lionel C. Martin to the remixed version begins with SWV riding horses and fishing on an island's coast, and are shown performing with a band. An alternate version of the "Human Nature Remix" video features scenes from Free Willy along with clips of Michael Jackson performing during his 1992 Dangerous Tour.

The "Human Nature" remix is the more recognized version of the single, and is the one that is usually performed at SWV concerts. However, the original version (complete with the rapped bridge) is occasionally performed instead.

Personnel[edit]

Original album version[edit]

  • Brian Alexander Morgan: songwriter, producer, keyboards, drum programming, programming, mixing engineer
  • Tamara Johnson: rap
  • Larry Funk, Pat Green, Nat Foster: recording engineers
  • Roey Shamir, Hal Belknap: mixing engineers

Remix[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Right Here" 7" Radio Edit – 3:49
  2. "Right Here" 7" Radio Edit With Rap – 4:24
  3. "Right Here" 12" Power Mix – 5:54
  4. "Right Here" Back To Nature Remix – 4:47*
  5. "Right Here" Demolition 12" Mix – 5:00*
  6. "Right Here" Demolition Dub Mix – 5:38*
  7. "Right Here" Demolition Bonus Beats – 1:47*
  8. "Right Here" Extended Radio Version – 4:43
  9. "Right Here" Funkyman 7" Mix – 4:02
  10. "Right Here" Funkyman 12" Mix – 5:18
  11. "Right Here" Funkyman Scratch Mix – 5:00
  12. "Right Here" Funkyman Bonus Beats Instrumental – 2:30
  13. "Right Here" G-Man 12" Mix – 6:47
  14. "Right Here" G-Man Radio Mix – 4:16
  15. "Right Here" Heavenly Mix – 4:56
  16. "Right Here" Human Nature Extended Remix – 5:37*
  17. "Right Here" Human Nature Radio Remix – 3:46*
  18. "Right Here" Instrumental – 5:05
  19. "Right Here" Original LP Version – 4:37
  20. "Right Here" Quiet Storm Mix – 4:11*
  21. "Right Here" Sahpreem's Funk Rap Show Mix – 3:18
  22. "Right Here" Smooth Bam Jam Mix – 5:02
  23. "Right Here" UK Back To Black Mix – 4:21
  24. "Right Here" Vibe Mix – 4:19
  25. "Right Here" Wicked Mix – 5:45*

(*) Versions include vocals from Michael Jackson

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greene, Andy (February 20, 2014). "The WTF Comeback of SWV". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "American certifications – S.W.V. – Right Here (Human Nature)/Downtown". Recording Industry Association of America.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/277393/swv/chart
  5. ^ "SWV Reveals Which One of their Hits They Didn't Like on Sway in the Morning". video interview. youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  6. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=21133
  8. ^ http://www.drfunkenberry.com/2011/05/02/video-premiere-chris-brown-she-aint-you-dedicated-to-michael-jackson/
  9. ^ http://blogs.centrictv.com/music/soulsessions/tag/human-nature/
  10. ^ Aaron, Charles (Oct 1993). "Singles Review". Spin: 108. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – SWV – Right Here". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – SWV – Right Here" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2263." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 2301." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  15. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – SWV – Right Here" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – SWV – Right Here". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  18. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (12.08.1993 - 18.08.1993)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – SWV" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – SWV – Right Here" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ "Charts.nz – SWV – Right Here". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – SWV – Right Here". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  25. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  26. ^ "End of Year Charts 1993". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "American album certifications – SWV – Right Here". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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