Consider, for a moment, Right Said Fred’s reliably ludicrous 1992 club stomper “I’m Too Sexy.”
Now, pause for another moment to consider pop star Taylor Swift, even if she happens to be doing this:
While the two acts epitomize the term “strange bedfellows,” Swift has nevertheless lifted heavily from “I’m Too Sexy” for her new, curiously toothless single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
The main “hook” — which is, like, a kick drum and some shakers — was lifted part and parcel from “I’m Too Sexy,” and the three members of the band — the titular Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli – even have writing credits on the song.
Singer Chase Holfelder? provides the aural proof here:
— Chase Holfelder (@chaseholfelder) August 25, 2017
According to NME, the official song credits claim the track features “an interpolation of a melody.”
Right Said Friend is understandably quite pleased with all of this attention, languidly tearing off their mesh tank-tops and writing on Twitter, “Thank you @taylorswift13 ?? what a marvelous reinvention!”
— Right Said Fred (@TheFreds) August 25, 2017
On the other hand, the rest of the Internet is jolly, jolly cross.
RIGHT SAID FRED HAVE SONGWRITING CREDITS ON THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT SONG
YOU CAN'T MAKE UP 2017
— Michael O'Neill (@factsforwhatevr) August 25, 2017
This failed attempt at a Taylor Swift/Right Said Fred joke has been sitting atop my Twitter timeline all morning pic.twitter.com/AoNDIB4xKa
— Ren LaForme (@itsren) August 25, 2017
This is not the Taylor song I hoped to wake up to.
Victim stance ??
Emotional resonance ??
Can I dance to it? ??
Right Said Fred ??
— Juno Dawson (@junodawson) August 25, 2017
They’re appalled. Disgusted, too.
I had this bad dream where Taylor Swift released a single that was like if a myspace bulletin about "fake people" was a Right Said Fred song
— Alex Perry (@Yelix) August 25, 2017
Frankly, they’re pissed — you can tell because they mention “pedantry run amok,” which always means pissed.
the fact that taylor swift felt the need to credit right said fred for that chorus is copyright/attribution pedantry run amok
— John Cook (@johnjcook) August 25, 2017
Taylor Swift is too sexy for this song: