Right Said Fred

Night of the Living Fred: An Evening with Right Said Fred/Stop the World

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The Billboard chart-topping days of "I'm Too Sexy" may be a full two decades behind them, but flamboyant duo Right Said Fred are still a tour de force to be reckoned with across most of Europe. Influenced by their loyal continental neighbors, the Fairbrass brothers' eighth studio album, Stop the World (which also comes with a DVD of their recent sold-out Leicesters Square Theatre show, entitled Night of the Living Fred) plays like a musical travelog, thanks to tracks like the Latin-inspired "Happily Ever After," which sounds destined to be blared out of Spanish holiday resort nightclubs, the Eastern European disco-pop of "I Ain't Your Guy," a potential Eurovision winner in waiting, and the Gallic-flavored closing number "Two White Boys," which bears more than a resemblance to Bob Sinclar's anthemic brand of acoustic house. But the pair don't ignore their roots, either, as evident on "We're All Criminals," a bouncy, Madness-esque, ska-tinged tirade against the use of CCTV, and the chirpy opening title track, which recalls the blokey singalong nature of their last U.K. hit and unlikely rugby anthem, "You're My Mate." Lyrically, the band remain as unapologetically silly as ever, adopting a chorus of "choo-choo" on the heavily vocodered electro of "Waiting for a Train," and offering such profound statements as "I would be your egg if you'd be my bacon" on the breezy folk-pop of "Julianne." But while tongue-in-cheek remains their default mode, there are a few glimpses of a more sensitive and mature disposition, as on the Baroque, piano-led Divine Comedy-ish ballad "Raining in England," and the melancholic downbeat rock of "Come Dancing," where Fairbrass appears to be channeling the suave and sophisticated tones of Bryan Ferry. While it may not match the glorious ridiculousness of their early-'90s heyday, Stop the World is still an unashamedly catchy affair which is just as likely to soundtrack beer festivals, pride events, and maybe even summer terraces, as their recent Euro-centric offerings.

Track Listing - Disc 2

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