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Right Said Fred Biography


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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1989-present
Genres: Pop


Right Said Fred is an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred Fairbrass and Richard Fairbrass in 1989. Guitarist Rob Manzoli joined the duo in 1990. The group was named after the song which was a hit for Bernard Cribbins in 1962.

The band signed with the independent label Tug Records in 1991 and released their massive hit,

“I’m Too Sexy,” which spent six weeks at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart, and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The distinctive dance song took gentle swipes at the fashion industry and featured an instrumental break based on “Third Stone from the Sun” by Jimi Hendrix. Right Said Fred became the first U.K. band since The Beatles to reach the #1 slot on the Hot 100 with a debut single. Their second single, “Don't Talk Just Kiss,” with background vocals by soul singer Jocelyn Brown, was released in October 1991 and went to #8 on the Billboard Dance chart. Right Said Fred's 1992 debut album featuring the previously issued singles, “Up,” peaked at #1 on the U.K. Album chart.

1993 marked the release of the band's second album, “Sex and Travel,” which produced the hit singles, “Bumped” and “Hands Up for Lovers.”

By 1996 the band started their own record label, Happy Valley Records, and released their third album, “Smashing!” Manzoli parted ways with the band on in 1997.

In 1998 Fred and Richard set up their own recording studio in London and started writing and recording what became the 2001 album “Fredhead.” In 2000, Right Said Fred signed to Kingsize/BMG Berlin in Germany, collaborating with Alex Christensen and award winning songwriter and producer Clyde Ward for most of the material on “Fredhead.”The album’s first single, “You're My Mate,” was a U.K. hit and became a football stadium anthem, being used as the official song of the South Africa national rugby union team in 2002.

The second Kingsize/BMG album 2002’s “Stand Up” went straight into the German Top 10. The single “Stand Up (For the Champions),” composed by Clyde Ward and the Fairbrass brothers, was also a Top 10 hit in Germany and reached #1 in Japan.

Right Said Fred landed another hit single with “We Are The Freds” off their 2006 “For Sale” album. In 2007 and in 2008, the Fairbass brothers collaborated with Clyde Ward to write and record their sixth album “I'm a Celebrity.” Released in 2008, the title track “I’m A Celebrity” was the first single from the album, and parodied celebrity culture. Their next album, “Stop The World” was released in 2011.