I’M TOO SEXY (song)

I’m Too Sexy

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Single by Right Said Fred
from the album Up
Released 15 July 1991 (UK)
CD 7″ 12″ cassette
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance-pop
Length 2:50
Tug (United Kingdom) Charisma (United States)
Fred Fairbrass Richard Fairbrass Rob Manzoli
Producer(s) TommyD

“I’m Too Sexy” is the debut song by British group Right Said Fred. The single peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, “I’m Too Sexy” topped the charts in six countries, including Australia, Ireland, and the United States.

The single 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” (this equalled the previous record set by Father Abraham’s 1978 hit “The Smurf Song”).

“I’m Too Sexy” was the act’s first of several hits, particularly in the United Kingdom. They went on to have a number one single on the UK Singles Chart with “Deeply Dippy” in April 1992.

In April 2008, the song was rated No. 49 on “The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!” by Blender. In 2007, the song was voted No. 80 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. In 2011, it was voted No. 2 on VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.

The idea for the song 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. The band originally recorded it as an indie rock song: it was rejected by multiple record companies before they played it to radio plugger Guy Holmes – he was initially unimpressed after playing it on his car stereo, however his passengers latched onto the song’s “I’m a model, you know what I mean” hook and he asked the band if they could rework it as a dance track. DJ TommyD, an acquaintance of Richard Fairbrass, programmed electronics around the original vocal, whilst guitarist Rob Manzoli added a riff borrowed from the Jimi Hendrix song “Third Stone from the Sun”.