Right Said Fred are an English pop band, formed in 1989 by brothers Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass, later joined by their friend Rob Manzoli, all from East Grinstead. The group is named after a song of the same name which was a hit for Bernard Cribbins in 1962.
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In 1991, they released their single, "I'm Too Sexy", which was released by the Gut Reaction firm on an especially-created record label called Tug. The song, a tongue-in-cheek dance song which takes a gentle swipe at the fashion industry, became a huge hit in the United Kingdom, spending six weeks at number two behind Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". The song also went to number one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and in 30 other countries around the world. Right Said Fred are the first UK artist since The Beatles to reach the #1 slot in the U.S. with a debut single. It also made the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #4. The song's instrumental break is based on the chorus of the 1974 instrumental hit "Dance with the Devil" by Cozy Powell which itself is based on "Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix.
Their second single, "Don't Talk Just Kiss", which featured background vocals by soul singer Jocelyn Brown, was released in October 1991 and made #3 at Christmas in the UK charts, in addition to #8 on the US dance chart. In February 1992, they released their third single, "Deeply Dippy". This was #1 in the UK for 3 weeks and peaked at #9 on the US dance chart. The success of the singles resulted in their Platinum debut album, Up, staying in the UK Top 40 for almost one year. In 1993, they released their second album, Sex and Travel, as well as contributing to the Comic Relief single, "Stick It Out" in February of that year. Their third album was called Smashing!
After failing to attract substantial interest in the UK, Right Said Fred signed to BMG Berlin in Germany. The second single, "You're My Mate", reached #4 in GSA and the Gold album titled Fredhead entered the German charts at #2 and stayed in the Top 10 for most of that year. "You're My Mate" was also used as the official anthem of the South African national rugby union team in 2002. Other singles included the album's lead-off single "Mojive" and "Love Song".
The second BMG album Stand Up went straight into the German Top 10 and the single "Stand Up (For the Champions)" went on to become a heavily used track at sports events all over the world. The NFL in the U.S. used the song as part of their regular promotion. The song also reached #1 in Japan.
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. During this period they performed at the 2006 World Cup opening ceremony in front of 200,000 people at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
In 2008, Right Said Fred returned to the UK to write and record their sixth album I'm a Celebrity. The title track is the first single from the album. It parodies "celebrity culture" and is already getting good radio support in the U.S.