Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy"

By | August 16, 2021

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(From left) Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli and Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred. (Tobi Corney Getty Images)

The musical list of one-hit-wonders runs longer than a greedy child’s Christmas list. However, very few of those singular smashes retained the culture footprint of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy.” The 1991 #1 hit in 28 countries seeped deeply into popular culture. It appeared on Jazy Z’s “The Blueprint,” the iconic television show “The West Wing,” along with “The Smurfs 2” and a Toyota commercial. More recently, Taylor Swift even mimicked the vocal rhythm in her new single “Look What You Made Me Do.” “I’m Too Sexy” obviously exudes ridiculousness, which perhaps is why it still brings a smile today. Here are all things “I’m Too Sexy.”

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Right Said Fred too sexied themselves into a lucrative career. (discogs)

Right Said Fred’s Slow Burn

While “I’m Too Sexy” turned into an unexpected hit in 1991, the group of Fred and Richard Fairbass, along with Rob Manzol had bounced around since the late ‘70s. As Fred put it, “When everyone else was doing post-punk New Wave, we were busy doing sort of … acoustic power-pop. Which just didn’t fit. We toured with Suicide and with Joy Division. Like most musicians, we had part-time jobs – we worked in video production, we both worked in gyms. People always thought we were going to do something, and we never did.”

By the late ’80s the boys moved to New York and lived in a weird existence of strange parties and dodgy jobs. As Fred remembers, “What was interesting about New York in that period, it was very hedonistic. Big parties like [the drag hangout] Jackie 60. Richard worked at [nightclub] Nell’s. I worked at [the punk-rock clothier] Trash and Vaudeville. We just did a load of stuff – we went to a lot of really dodgy parties.”