Greta Thunberg gained international recognition after making a speech at the United Nations Climate Summit in September. But now, the 16-year-old environmentalist’s words are immortalized in song after a South African electronic artist mixed her dramatic plea into a Fatboy Slim hit.
The remix of “Right Here, Right Now” created by David Scott first appeared on his Twitter page in late September, where an excerpt of Thunberg’s speech lays on top of the beat made famous by the British DJ. Over the weekend, Fatboy Slim himself played the song during a live show in Gateshead, England, leading to viral attention.
“It’s incredible,” the Twitter user wrote, while others also celebrated the hit.
That is awesome 😎— Order No.227 (@AnthonyCole68) October 8, 2019
Fatboy Slim incorporates a sample of Greta Thunberg's moving speech into their hit, 'Right Here, Right Now' 🎵🎶Goosebumps! 👍👏👏👏😎https://t.co/hRJQ3q2euJ— Chilly Buddha (@KellyCo70923728) October 9, 2019
Some pointed out the irony of Thunberg’s speech about the climate crisis being blasted at an electronic concert.
The irony of environmental virtue signalling supported by a huge light show powered by carbon burning electricity, filmed on smartphones full of rare earth metals. With drinks in plastic glasses, no doubt.— Brian Brown (@MrBBrown) October 8, 2019
All while pumping light & sound pollution in the air and usurping megawatts while doing so...— 🦠(L. Acidophilus)~inside🦠 (@FlixemB) October 9, 2019
BWAHAHAHAHA !!! pic.twitter.com/ap6RNd860B
Opportunism— Jan van der Kleij (@Jan3106) October 8, 2019
Still, the mash-up’s creator told AFP that he “just knew” that he needed to create it after hearing the overlap between Thunberg’s speech and Fatboy Slim’s song.
“When Greta spoke to the UN and I saw the video and it was quite late at night, and as soon as she said 'right here, right now,' the Fatboy Slim song popped into my head,” he said. “If you look at the [original] video as well it ties into the whole story, it's the story of evolution, how we came from the sea and evolved into humans and now we are at this stage where we consume and consume, and that's where the video ends, with this big fat kid.”
Scott went onto say that it was a “massive shock and a massive honor” when Fatboy Slim reposted the remix onto his Facebook page in September. Now, after the superstar DJ played it in concert, people are hopeful that it could be “the anthem of the era.”
This needs to be released. It could be the anthem of the era.— paranoid android (@rathanna) October 8, 2019
Cool way to get the message across— Nina Burridge (@ninaburridge1) October 8, 2019
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