The song became one of the most iconic dance hits of the decade
In 1992 Right Said Fred peaked to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 with the 90’s hit “I’m Too Sexy”
One of the 1990’s most successful dance songs, “I’m Too Sexy”, the debut song by British group Right Said Fred, peaked to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 on February 8, 1992, holding to the top position for three weeks. The band originally recorded “I’m Too Sexy” as an indie rock song, but the formula was rejected by multiple record companies. It wasn’t until radio plugger Guy Holmes (who wasn’t impressed neither with the song) heard the “I’m a model, you know what I mean” hook and he asked the band if they could rework it as a dance track. It worked perfectly and the song quickly became an international hit for Right Said Fred. Polishing the dance sound of the song, DJ TommyD, programmed electronics around the original vocal, whilst guitarist Rob Manzoli added a riff borrowed from the Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 “Third Stone from the Sun”.
Despite the huge success in the U.K, “I’m Too Sexy” never made it to No.1 on the British charts, but it equalled the record for the most weeks at number two on the UK Singles Chart without ever topping the chart, staying at number two for six weeks in a row while held back by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. It also topped the charts in six other countries outside the U.K including Australia and Ireland. Written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli, the idea for this iconic 1990’s hit, came about when the Fairbrass brothers were running a gym in London, where according to Richard there was “lots of narcissism and posing”: one day he took his shirt off and started singing “I’m too sexy for my shirt” in front of a mirror as a joke. Other hits for the band included “Don’t Talk Just Kiss” and “Deeply Dippy”.
Look back at the 1992 music video “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
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