Right Said Fred
Although best known for their worldwide hit single 'I'm Too Sexy', there's a lot more to RIGHT SAID FRED than providing the planet with one of the classic catch phrases of the Nineties. Here are just a few facts on one of Britain's best loved and most enduring groups:
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RIGHT SAID FRED are brothers RICHARD FAIRBRASS and FRED FAIRBRASS. The group has sold in excess of seventeen million units worldwide. They have amassed a staggering tally of hitting Number One in twenty eight different countries. From total obscurity, the band became the darlings of 1991 with the release of their debut single 'I'm Too Sexy' and proved that bald men in tight lycra shorts can become the ultimate pop stars!
The single sold in excess of a million copies in Great Britain and spent seven consecutive weeks at Number Two in the UK Charts The phrase 'I'm Too Sexy' became an integral part of the American language – A U.S. Senator was absent from the House of Representatives because he was 'too sexy'; Whoopi Goldberg used it and American kids playing truant claimed it was because they were just 'too sexy'. The release saw the band hailed as 'The world's latest and greatest pop phenomenon' by Melody Maker and 'The best pop group for years' by The Face.
The single went on to become a massive worldwide hit, including the USA where it spent three weeks at Number One and toppled George Michael and Elton John from the coveted top spot. RIGHT SAID FRED are the only British group to hit Number One for three weeks in the American Charts with a debut single since The Beatles. 'I'M TOO SEXY' earned the group a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for 'Most Played Song'. The groups outrageous dress sense, shaven heads and outlandish sense of humour quickly endeared them to both media and public alike. As Richard Fairbrass commented at the time 'My workwear has to be ludicrous. I couldn't exactly sing 'I'm Too Sexy' in a duffle coat, could I?' Madonna publicly expressed a desire to 'bed Richard' in front of sixty million viewers of America's Arsenio Hall Show.
The massive worldwide success of 'I'M TOO SEXY' was not shared in South Korea where it was banned by Government officials. Following the success of 'I'M TOO SEXY', the band dispelled any critics who believed that they were a 'one hit wonder' by hitting Number Three in the UK with their second single 'DON'T TALK JUST KISS' which also featured soul diva Jocelyn Brown. The single was also massive in South America and Japan and both 'DON'T TALK JUST KISS' and 'DEEPLY DIPPY' ensured continued success in the USA as huge club / dance hits. It was a case of third time lucky when the group finally reached Number One in the UK in 1992 with their third single 'DEEPLY DIPPY'. The success of the singles resulted in the groups debut album 'UP' also hitting Number One in the UK album charts. The album hit the Top Five in over twenty countries. With total sales in excess of four million, 'UP' achieved double platinum sales in the UK and Gold status in America.
DEEPLY DIPPY earned the group a second Ivor Novello Award, again for 'Most Played Song'. Between '91 and '94 RIGHT SAID FRED toured some thirty countries on promotional visits and had less than a month off in more than two years. It was a workload the trio certainly didn't complain about. Less than three years previously the brothers had been knocked out of Keith Chegwin's 'Search For a Star' at the semi finals stage! Their Comic Relief collaboration with Lennox Lewis on 'STICK IT OUT' in 1993 resulted in another Top Five single in the UK and huge single success throughout Europe. Success saw the brothers become stars in their own right, having previously worked alongside the likes of David Bowie, Boy George, Mick Jagger, Billy Ocean and Bob Dylan.
In 1993 RIGHT SAID FRED released their second album, aptly titled 'SEX AND TRAVEL'. The album spawned two hit singles in 'BUMPED' and 'HANDS UP FOR LOVERS'. The album was a huge international success, hitting Number One in territories as far apart as Brazil and South Africa where they were the first white artists to appear in the country following Nelson Mandela's election as president. Their third album 'SMASHING' was released in 1996, coinciding with the groups first ever world tour. From Germany to Ghana and from England to Estonia, critics unanimously hailed the live show. The album spawned three massive European hit singles in 'LIVING ON A DREAM', 'EVERYBODY LOVES ME' and 'BIG TIME'.
After spending the vast majority of their time overseas, February 1997 saw RIGHT SAID FRED make a long overdue return to the charts in Britain with 'BIG TIME'. The club mix of the single with Joe T. Vanelli was also a huge dance hit with support from Kiss FM. 1997 also saw the birth of RICHARD FAIRBRASS, TV Star! with regular appearances on 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' and his critically acclaimed presentation of BBC 2's 'Gaytime TV'. Richard has subsequently presented a further series of 'Gaytime TV' and two specials for BBC TV – One from the Gay Games in Amsterdam and a hilarious behind the scenes look at the Eurovision Song Contest. 1999 saw THE FREDS writing and recording in their own studio in Fulham. It also saw them create a new team around them and everyone is very excited about taking the band into the 21st Century. So far, the year 2000 has seen the band perform to 20,000 people in Mumbai, India, at the first Festival to stage Western and Indian artists on the same bill. The year 2000 also finds the boys recording new material to unleash on the world very soon!
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