We delve into what happened to the I'm Too Sexy singers
Just too sexy
We couldn’t move but for the bald-headed brothers and their curly-haired, guitar playing mate in their fishnet tops in the 90s… but what became of the men who were sexier than, well, everything?
What’s in a name?
Right Said Fred were formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989 in London. A third member (the Fred with the curly hair), Rob Manzoli, was part of the band from 1990-1997. The group got their name from a 1960s novelty song of the same name by comedic actor Bernard Cribbins.
Too sexy for this song
The band hit massive success with the now-infamous I’m Too Sexy. It reached Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. The cheeky hit went on to be parodied in a Fruittella advert, was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks, and was reworked by the band in 2013 for The Smurfs 2. The band charted at Number 1 in the UK with their debut album, Up, but didn’t manage to repeat that success – although the song Deeply Dippy reached Number 1 in 1992.
Keep on going
In 2006, Richard’s former partner Stuart Pantry became ill after he suffered a stroke. They’d met in 1982 and Stuart had loaned him the money to record I’m Too Sexy. Richard became a carer to his ex-partner, who went on to suffer from liver cancer. Richard said: “I never let him see just how upset I was seeing him struggling.” Stuart sadly died in 2010. Richard added: “I lost my best friend and I miss him every day. All I can be thankful for is that I was able to be with him when he needed it.”
A musical return
The Freds have recently reunited to record comeback album Exactly, which will be released in February next year. The brothers said in a statement: “While we can still walk and urinate unassisted we have decided to celebrate this with a brand new studio album.” It’s good to have you back, boys.