Celebrating almost doing something is always a little unusual (it’s doubtful the Boston Celtics will commemorate the day they lost the NBA Championship to the Los Angeles Lakers, and it seems impossible that John McCain throws a party to remember the day he nearly won an election), but then again, how many opportunities does life really give us to talk about Jesus Jones? On this day in 1991, Jesus Jones’ “Right Here, Right Now” climbed into the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100. It seemed primed to crash the top level of the chart, but it was boxed out by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (which was an absolute juggernaut of a tune, staying in the top spot for seven weeks).
Jesus Jones formed in 1986 in England and are still active today. They were part of a wave of post-Madchester bands who were experimenting with rock, hip-hop and various dance styles (not unlike EMF, who was recently celebrated in this section). Their debut album Liquidizer earned them a lot of buzz, but their crossover success came with 1991’s Doubt. It contained some of the band’s biggest singles. Doubt made them superstars in both their native England and in the United States. Though they haven’t released any new material since 2004, they occasionally get together to play shows.
But of course, their legacy hinges on “Right Here, Right Now,” a hit that has had incredible legs thanks to its involvement with a number of advertising campaigns. It sounds super-dated today, but it also sounds awesome.