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Right Said Fred Have No Problems With Taylor Swift's Use Of "I'm Too Sexy" On Her New Single

“The lyrics on this I think are really good. They're slightly dark and cynical and I like that,” says Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred about "Look What You Made Me Do."

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When Taylor Swift released her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” on Thursday night, many people on Twitter noticed that the chorus is reminiscent of the 90s classic “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred.

ready to break my legendary silence: new t swift sounds like lorde covering fergie covering "i'm too sexy for my shirt"

Taylor Swift's catty clapback single is somewhat undermined by sounding EXACTLY like "Too Sexy for My Shirt"


If you sing "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt" over the chorus in Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," it's basically the same song

Don’t call it a sample though! The chorus of “Look What You Made Me Do” is simply an interpolation, or re-working of the chorus to “I’m Too Sexy.”

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“The lyrics on this I think are really good. They're slightly dark and cynical and I like that,” says Richard Fairbrass.

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“It's not the usual kind of fluffy stuff that we expect from some pop. It's good that she's got this slightly angst edge. I liked it and it was the lyrics that turned me onto the track.”

According to Fred Fairbrass, he and his brother only found out last week from Swift’s team that she was planning on using elements of “I’m Too Sexy” as part of her debut single from the upcoming album, Reputation.

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“We were told a few days ago. They had to be careful with it getting leaked and everything, but we were sort of put in the picture....we weren't told the girl's name a week ago, but we were told enough information to know who it was and we were happy with it.”

When they heard they finally heard the song this more, both Fred and Richard were very happy to see how it extends the legacy of “I’m Too Sexy,” giving it a new audience and giving the song more respect as an enduring pop hit.

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“I think she's captured the original cynicism very well because originally it was written in a very cynical way, not that we delivered it like that, but that's how the original song was written and I think she's channeling that really well,” said Fred. “The original intention of the song was we were taking the piss. We were making fun of of that whole hedonistic thing from the 1980s… [and] the whole rise of the supermodel.”

Both members of Right Said Fred didn't know whether “Look What You Made Me Do” is intended to diss Kanye West. Neither member of the duo paid attention to the drama between the two musicians, but Richard does respect Swift for using the music to channel her frustrations.

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"Being [a solo artist] and being a woman, it's extremely difficult I imagine. I'm not sure, I've got my brother and I and we can bounce off of each other, but as a single artist I probably would've topped myself by now. I have great respect for people, particularly women in this industry, who are ... doing their own thing because I imagine it's pretty difficult."

Marcus Jones is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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