Right Said Fred
Right Said Fred formed in 1989. In previous incarnations Fred and Richard toured extensively sharing stages with the likes of… Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Joy Division and New York’s progressive synth duo Suicide.
Fred and Richard did gigs for a year in the UK before hooking up with Rob Manzoli as a 3rd member and writing partner.
Fred, Rich and Rob had their first writing session and the outcome was ‘I’m Too Sexy’. Having blown all their money on demo-ing ‘I’m Too Sexy’ they played the rough mix to anyone who would listen hoping for some friendly advice from EMI, Warners, Sony, Universal etc etc etc, in fact everyone passed on the song.After months of frustration the boys played ‘I’m Too Sexy’ to an independent plugger who got lucky at Radio One with the producer of the Simon Bates show. He played ‘I’m Too Sexy’ straight to air and the phones (thank the lord) went crazy and the discerning people of Great Britain had spoken. FUN FRED FACT… Madonna names Richard as the most bed-able man in pop!
‘I’m Too Sexy spends 6 weeks at No2 and approximately 4 months in the UK Top 10. The song spreads very quickly internationally and charts all through Europe. No1 in 32 countries including the US where it spent 10 weeks at No1 on the Billboard Chart! ‘Don’t Talk Just Kiss’ was the 2nd single which reached No3 Christmas 1991. It also enjoyed a lot of chart success world wide including South America, Japan and was No1 on the US Dance Chart
‘Deeply Dippy’ was the 3rd single and Right Said Fred’s first UK No1. This was quickly followed by their debut Platinum album ‘UP’ which entered the UK album charts at No1. The band toured and promoted for the rest of 1992 in the US, Japan, Australia and Europe. The ‘UP’ album sold in excess of 7 million worldwide. Fred, Richard and Rob were awarded 2 Ivor Novello’s for ‘I’m too Sexy’ and ‘Deeply Dippy’ plus a Brits nomination. FUN FRED FACT… Right Said Fred was the first British artist since The Beatles to reach No1 in the US with a debut single!
Having written and recorded the UK hit ‘Stick it Out’ for Comic Relief The Fred’s released their second album ‘Sex and Travel’, which received glowing reviews particularly in the USA. As the album quickly hit a million sales. Right Said Fred rehearsed a band, hired a tour bus hit the road and sold out venues all over Europe.
The Fred’s released their 3rd album ‘Smashing,’ this time on their own label. The singles ‘Big Time’ and ‘Living on a Dream’ were both Top 10 hits and once again the boys went on the road and toured for the remainder of the year.
Fred and Richard parted company with Rob Manzoli…. to be honest everything else at this time was a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. FUN FRED FACT… I’m Too Sexy kills!!!!!… In the US at a table-dance club a man dies during a lap-dance, the coroner states, “cause of death excessive aural excitement”… and the song that was playing was…?
Right Said Fred signed to BMG Berlin.
Right Said Fred released ‘You’re my Mate’. This reached No 4 in Germany achieving Gold status and Top 20 in the UK. ‘You’re my Mate’ went on to chart all over Europe and since then has been warmly adopted as a sports anthem notably the official song for the South African Rugby Team. This was followed by the album ‘Fredhead’, which entered the charts at No2 achieving Gold status and staying in the Top 20 for the rest of the summer. FUN FRED FACT… Tom Hanks impersonates Right Said Fred on Saturday Night Live while singing, “don’t cut off my testicles”.2002 Right Said Fred released their second BMG album ‘Stand Up’. This and the single of the same name were both became Top 10 hits achieving Gold status and giving them their first No1 in Japan. ‘Stand Up’ has gone on to be another massive sports anthem both in Europe and the US. The Cincinnati Wild Cats adopted the song after they won the NFL in 2003 and the NFL continues to use ‘Stand Up’ as a motivational anthem.2004-06 Right Said Fred toured extensively through Europe playing festivals, arenas and were Special Guests on German superstar Nena’s Tour. During this period they performed at the 2006 World Cup opening ceremony in front of 200,000 people at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. FUN FRED FACT… Jay-Z raps about Right Said Fred in his song ‘The Ruler’s Back’… “I’m too sexy for jail like Right Said Fred”.
For personal reasons Fred and Richard cancelled the majority of Right Said Fred work commitments for 2 years.
Right Said Fred got back in the race with 3 successive Top 10 Dance/Club hits in the US collaborating with well known DJ’s Raul Rincon, DJ Reza and Klubjumbers on ‘I’m a Celebrity’, ‘This Love’ and ‘I Am a Bachelor’ all taken from the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ album. These tracks along with the “I’m A Celebrity” album is marketed and distributed by PromarkMusic in the US and Canada. In association with Promark the boys supported this effort with appearances in the US on VH1, MTV, Good Morning America, FOX TV and TMZ.
Right Said Fred hooked up with the Norwegian hit–machine Dsign Music to produce the new single ‘SXAHOLIC’. The boys ended 2011 performing in The Glass House in Holland for 3FM’s monster fundraiser.
SXAHOLIC will be licensed throughout the world. Asia, China, Africa and South America…. ToCo have licensed ‘SXAHOLIC’ and has already been picked up for the major compilation albums. USA… ‘SXAHOLIC’ is the 4th Top 10 Hit the boys have had in the US Dance and Club Charts in the last 2 years and is getting added weekly to Power Play Radio rotation on mix shows right across the country. Promark Music from LA are confident this will continue to grow. Holland/Belgium… Yummie Records are releasing in July. All other major territories for the release of ‘SXAHOLIC’ will be announced soon. Poland, Bulgaria…Magic Records. Right Said Fred are on the road throughout the Summer appearing at radio festivals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Slovakia and at both ‘Rewind Festivals’ in the UK. With the success of the Summer shows the boys are delighted to now be working with Neil O’Brien Entertainment UK. Right Said Fred are delighted to announce their involvement in a new Universal/British movie ‘Gridiron’, the Premiere will be in London November 2012. It will go general release in Spring 2013. Right Said Fred vs MrWeebl… yes the boys have teamed up with Youtube and star Mr Weebl! The Xmas single ‘You’re The Best Thing About Christmas’ will be available as a download from December 10th and of course there will be a Mr Weebl video to support it… in the first 24 hours the track has had over 40,000 hits!
Right Said Fred are looking forward to live shows in the UK, Germany and Holland in the Spring. Right Said Fred appear on Channel 5’s Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Richard is special guest at the prestigious Oxford Union Debate. Dates in the US, South America and more European shows will be announced soon.
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