Wight said Fred!
Richard and Fred came here just the once as youngsters, when the family wanted to have a look round and do a bit of house hunting. Eventually they decided not to settle here because dad was working in London and was put off by the long commute each day by ferry and train.
However, the brothers will finally be returning to the Island on August 12th when Right Said Fred play at Jack Up The 80s, which has moved to its new venue at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde.
Right Said Fred were formed right at the end of the 80s, and had the first of their two massive hits in 1991 when ‘I’m Too Sexy’ reached No2 in the British charts, and hit top spot in many countries, including the United States and Australia. Richard said: “Although we became famous in the early 90s, when we were invited to Jack Up the 80s, we said ‘yes, let’s do it’. In any case we also played with a lot of different bands in the 80s, before the formed Right Said Fred.”
They hit No1 in Britain in 1992 with ‘Deeply Dippy’ and both smash hits will be in their set at Jack Up the 80s, along with many of the songs that have proved popular with fans during a career that has spanned nearly 40 years. Richard recalled: “I do remember coming to the Isle of Wight as a kid. I think we stayed in St Helens, but I have to admit I remember the ferry trip more than the Island. We didn’t move there because dad decided he didn’t fancy the ferry trip every day.”
He added: “We are looking forward to performing on the Island. Fred and I have what I call a ‘happiness meter’ and try to make sure we are getting more pleasure out of playing than we put in, and we still are. That’s very important, because if you are not happy you don’t transfer happiness to anyone else. I just hope the people on the Isle of Wight come along, and have a great time.”
Other acts at Jack Up the 80s, which take place on August 11th, 12th and 13th, include Jason Donovan, Alexander O’Neal, Nik Kershaw, S Club and The Real Thing.
– By Peter White