|I'm Too Sexy|
Single by Right Said Fred from the album Up
Released 15 July 1991 (UK)
Format CD, 7", 12", cassette
Label Tug (UK)
Writer(s) Producer Tommy D
"I'm Too Sexy" is a song by English trio Right Said Fred from their album Up. The single topped the American charts for three weeks in early 1992, after having peaked at number two in Britain less than six months earlier.
In the UK, the song equalled the record for the most weeks at number two without ever topping the chart, staying at number two for six weeks in a row while being famously held off the summit 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".)
The band is considered a one-hit wonder in the United States, its only other charting U.S. single peaking at No. 76. However, "I'm Too Sexy" was just the act's first of several hits on the British charts, including the No. 1 single "Deeply Dippy".
The song was rated No. 49 on "The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!" by Blender. In 2007, the song was listed as No. 80 on the VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. It was also ranked No. 2 on VH1's 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.
Most recently, in 2010, the song was ranked at No. 8 on AOL Radio's list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening advising the reader: "Next time the Brits try to knock our culture, just ask them where [Right Said Fred] had four Top 30 singles in one year."
"I'm Too Sexy" is sung from the point of view of a self-satisfied fashion model. The song's lyrics express (over) confidence that his personal level of sexiness makes him too sexy for numerous things, most notably his shirt ("so sexy it hurts"). The list also includes "my love (love's going to leave me)", "Milan, New York, and Japan", "your party (no way I'm disco dancing)", "my car (too sexy by far)", "my hat (what d'you think about that?)", "my cat (poor pussy... poor pussycat)", and the song itself: "...and I'm too sexy for this song", at which point the song abruptly ends.
The song samples the guitar riff from Jimi Hendrix's 1967 song "Third Stone From the Sun".