Taylor Swift fans were surprised to see Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, and Rob Manzoli from Right Said Fred received writing credits on the pop singer’s new song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” But the British band was in on it. Late Thursday night, Right Said Fred tweeted their thanks to Swift for sampling their song, “I’m Too Sexy.”
The chorus on Swift’s latest track, released Thursday night with great fanfare, shares the same rhythmic pattern of the 1992 hit. “Thank you @taylorswift13,” the group tweeted. “What a marvellous reinvention!”
A spokesperson for Right Said Fred confirmed in an email to The Fader that “the boys did not work with Taylor directly.” The statement explained, “Taylor and her team reached out to the guys about using the track and Right Said Fred were happy to oblige; they like what she does and are very pleased with Taylor’s interpolation.”
Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do” after tantalizing fans with snake imagery, which many thought to be a reference to Kim Kardashian for taunting the singer last year with snake emoji during the peak of her feud with Kanye West. Nicki Minaj, who also has a rocky history with Swift, tweeted shortly after the single dropped, “Be humble.” Though, Swift was not mentioned by name and the rapper could’ve been referencing someone else.
At the very least, Swift and Right Said Fred don’t have bad blood.