The quintessential One-Hit Wonder act, Right Said Fred are an English pop duo consisting of brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass, best known for their 1992 smash hit "I'm Too Sexy." Their songs combine upbeat dance pop with cheeky, lighthearted lyrics.
The brother have been in the music industry since the 1970s, beginning as The Actors. Richard also had an extensive history as a session player for other British pop acts, including Mick Jagger, Boy George and David Bowie (he appears in the music video for Bowie's "Blue Jean"). They released their debut album Up in 1992 after the success of their afore-mentioned hit single, "I'm Too Sexy." Though yet to top their first big hit, they continue to record and perform new music to this day.
I'm too sexy for these tropes/Too sexy for these tropes/They're sexy, I hope...
- Badass Baritone: Richard's singing style is famously low-pitched.
- Band of Relatives: Richard and Fred Fairbrass are brothers.
- Christmas Songs: "You're The Best Thing About Christmas."
- Cover Version: Of The Lovin' Spoonful's "What A Day For A Daydream" and Madness's "The Wizard."
- Dumb Muscle: "I'm Too Sexy" is from the perspective of one.
- Friendship Song: "You're My Mate."
- The Garfunkel: Former Guitarist Rob Manzoli.
- Heavy Meta: "...And I'm too sexy for this song."
- Intercourse with You: "Don't Talk Just Kiss."
- List Song: "I'm Too Sexy" is mainly a checklist of all of the things that the singer is too sexy for, including his shirt, his car, his cat and the very song he's singing.
- Shirtless Scene: First line in the first verse in "I'm Too Sexy" is about how the singer is "too sexy for [his] shirt" (ie, he's so buff he has to take his shirt off). The video shows Richard's shirt ripping off of him mid-stride.
- Mistaken Nationality: Their dance pop style and deep vocals had them mistaken for German by plenty of ignorant listeners (including, humorously enough, in Germany).
- Shout-Out: The band are named after a hit novelty song of the name name by Bernard Cribbins. Cribbins himself appears on the band's charity single "Stick It Out" to quote his song.
- Silly Love Song: Several, including "Don't Talk Don't Kiss," "Deeply Dippy," "Swan" and the aptly titled "Love Song."
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Far on the idealistic side.
- Smurfing: Their re-recording of "I'm Too Sexy" as "I'm Too Smirfy" for The Smurfs 2 soundtrack.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Sexy Bum."
- "And I'm too sexy for this page."