East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (1989 – present)
Right Said Fred is the name of a British popular music group, consisting of Rob Manzoli and brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass from East Grinstead, West Sussex, England. After years of touring both sides of the Atlantic, brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass began performing as Right Said Fred in 1989, and were joined by Rob Manzoli in 1990.
In 1991 they released their debut, “I’m Too Sexy”, which was released by the Gut Reaction firm on a specially created record label called Tug. The song, a tongue in cheek dance song sung from the point of view of a vain male fashion model, became a huge hit in Britain, spending six weeks at number two behind Bryan Adams’ blockbuster (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. The song also went to number one on the charts in the United States and went on to become a hit around the world. The song’s instrumental break is based on the chorus of the 1974 instrumental hit Dance With The Devil by Cozy Powell. In 2007, a remix of this song came from the Tastemakers!
Their second single, “Don’t Talk Just Kiss”, which featured soul diva Jocelyn Brown, was released for the Christmas market and made number three in the UK charts. In 1992 they released their third single, “Deeply Dippy”. Although it was their lowest-selling single to date, it was also up against weaker opposition and therefore became their first, and to date only, UK number one single. The success of the singles resulted in their debut album Up. In 1993 they released their second album, Sex and Travel. Their third album was called Smashing.
Right Said Fred are an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989. Guitarist Rob Manzoli joined the duo in 1990. The group are named after the song which was a hit for Bernard Cribbins in 1962. With over 20 million CDs sold worldwide, the group have achieved multi-platinum status and has also won two Ivor Novello Awards – for "I'm Too Sexy" and "Deeply Dippy". Before forming Right Said Fred, the Fairbrass brothers had played with Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Mick Jagger .
British dance-pop trio Right Said Fred scored a U.S. number one single in early '92 with "I'm Too Sexy," perhaps the most ubiquitous novelty song of the '90s.
The group was formed by brothers and Sussex-natives Richard and Fred Fairbrass (the latter of whom handled lead vocals); guitarist Rob Manzoli was added to flesh out the sound, and their name was actually the title of a 1962 U.K. Top Ten single by Bernard Cribbins. Inspired by the male models who frequented the gym where the Fairbrass brothers worked, the group cut a rough demo of "I'm Too Sexy" and, convinced that they were on to something, borrowed £1,500 to produce a finished master with a proper mix. Dismayed by the lack of record company interest, promoter Guy Holmes released the single on his own Tug label, and there was no stopping it once it hit the BBC airwaves.
The song's campy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, coupled with Fairbrass' deadpan speak-sing, made it a worldwide smash, and the video -- prominently showcasing the brothers' shaven heads and bare chests -- became just as incessant as the catchphrase.
"I'm Too Sexy" topped the American charts for three weeks, making Right Said Fred the first British act to accomplish that feat with a debut single since the Beatles. The follow-ups, "Don't Talk Just Kiss" and "Deeply Dippy" (taken from the group's debut album Up), were major U.K. hits, with the latter becoming Right Said Fred's first number one hit in their homeland; however, neither single made much of an impact in the U.S. outside of dance clubs, since they weren't quite as campy as the public had come to expect.
The non-album single "Stick It Out," a benefit for Comic Relief, became Right Said Fred's fourth Top Five hit in the U.K. in 1993, the same year their second album Sex and Travel was issued; however, with the group already pegged as a one-hit wonder in the U.S., the record wasn't even released Stateside. Frustrated, Right Said Fred formed their own label and in 1996 returned with their third album, Smashing!, which featured the British hit "Big Time"; however, its limited distribution hurt its overall chances for commercial success. The band continued to tour Europe and record new material, though, with a new album having been rumored since about 1998.