This song which was written by Lisa, together with her husband Ian Devaney and their former co- writer Andy Morris came several months after Lisa's massive chart success from her collaboration with Coldcut on "People Hold On". Jonathan More and Matt Black (Coldcut) returned the favour by producing the track for her. Remixes were later put together by Dave Dorrell, C.J. Mackintosh, Paul Witts and Eddie Gordon to name but a few.
In August 1990, the double A-side single of "This Is the Right Time"/"You Can't Deny It" with U.S remixes was released in some selected European countries. Then in Japan, "This Is The Right Time" was released as a single on the 3rd October 1990. It went to number 13 in the UK charts, number 17 in Germany and number 20 in Austria. In the United States, it peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, but went to number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
There were two official videos made to promote this single. The European version, was directed by Big TV! The U.S video for the North American market was directed by Jimmy Fletcher. Almost a year to the day after it's UK release, it was then released as Lisa's third single in North America on 30th July 1990. The U.S version included a previously unreleased track, "My Apple Heart". New remixes were then created by Shep Pettibone, Rodney Ascue and Yvonne Turner.
Lisa and Ian, together with all your fans from around the world, we salute and thank you for the awe-inspiring music and impressive back-catalogue that you have cleverly created together over the years. We just ask one thing of you; Please keep it coming.
Happy 25th Anniversary!
Here's a selection of visuals of some of the commercially available versions, formats and mixes including a selection of the promo versions together with the two video releases below (thanks to Andrew Jensen for the visuals).
The European video released in July 1989 was directed by Big TV!
The North American video released in July 1990 was directed by Jimmy Fletcher.