I'm Too Sexy

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"I'm Too Sexy"
ImTooSexy.jpg
Single by Right Said Fred
from the album Up
Released 15 July 1991 (United Kingdom)
Format
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 2:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) TommyD
Right Said Fred singles chronology
"I'm Too Sexy"
(1991)
"Don't Talk Just Kiss"
(1991)

"I'm Too Sexy"
(1991)
"Don't Talk Just Kiss"
(1991)
Right Said Fred singles chronology
"Where Do You Go to My Love?"
(2006) Where Do You Go to My Love?2006
"I'm Too Sexy 2007"
(2007) I'm Too Sexy 20072007
"I'm a Celebrity"
(2008) I'm a Celebrity2008
Music video
"I’m Too Sexy" on YouTube

"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.

Release[edit]

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.[2] In June 2007, the song was voted No. 80 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.[3] In April 2011, it was voted No. 2 on VH1's 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Thoroughly fun and goofy ditty recently heated up international dance floors and radio airwaves. Fred cheekily boasts about his physical attributes over a festive pop/house groove, which should have no trouble duplicating its success here."[4]

Composition and recording[edit]

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".[5]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD (CD SNOG 1)
  1. "I'm Too Sexy" (Betty's mix)
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" mix)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (12" instrumental)
  4. "I'm Too Sexy" (Italian version)
UK 7" (SNOG 1) / cassette (CA SNOG 1)
  1. "I'm Too Sexy"
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (instrumental)
UK 12" (12 SNOG 1)
  1. "I'm Too Sexy"
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" version)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (12" instrumental)
U.S. single
  1. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" version)
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (Extended Club Mix)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (Betty's Mix)
  4. "I'm Too Sexy" (Instrumental)
  5. "I'm Too Sexy" (Catwalk Mix)
  6. "I'm Too Sexy" (Tushapella)
  7. "I'm Too Sexy" (Spanish version)

Chart positions[edit]

Covers and adaptations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "The 100 Greatest Songs Of the '90s". Archived from the original on 12 June 2013. . VH1.
  4. ^ "Single Reviews > New and Noteworthy" (PDF). Billboard. 16 November 1991. p. 81. 
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (4 April 2017). "How we made Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
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