Where They At? Right Said Fred

    February 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

    To keep track of all the people who have arrived on the scene with a massive explosion only to disappear and never be heard from again, EgoTV presents “Where they At?”, a status update of where those people have done since the limelight has faded.

    Today’s Subject: Right Said Fred

    How It All Started: Right Said Fred are an English pop band, formed in 1989 by brothers Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass. The group is named after a hit song by Bernard Cribbins. Rob Manzoli, a friend from their hometown, later joined the group. In 1991, Right Said Fred released their single, “I’m Too Sexy”, a tongue-in-cheek dance tune that takes aim at the fashion industry, fashion models and the idea of celebrity. After spending six weeks at #2 on the UK pop charts, the band released the single in the United States.

    The Aftermath: If you were around back in 1991, you remember the rest; the song became a huge hit on mainstream radio. It shot to #1 on the Billboard 100 charts and also hit number #1 in 30 other countries. Astonishingly, Right Said Fred is the first group from the United Kingdom since The Beatles to reach the #1 slot in the U.S. with a debut single.

    Where Are They Now? If you ask anyone in the US, they’d probably call the band a “one hit wonder” but that is only true in the US. While they had two other songs chart in the United States after “I’m Too Sexy”, the Freds never saw much success in the US. They are, however, still pretty big throughout Europe and especially in Germany. Between 2004 and 2006, Right Said Fred toured extensively through Europe playing festivals and arenas and were special guests on German superstar Nena’s Tour. They performed at the 2006 World Cup opening ceremony in front of 200,000 people at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In 2009 Right Said Fred recorded a special version of their 2002 song “Stand Up (For The Champions)” as a club anthem for the Watford-based rugby union club Saracens RFC. It is now played at all the team’s home games.

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