It’s the football chant that has spread across the country ... and now it’s setting the charts ablaze too!
The ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ song - adapted from the Gala hit Freed From Desire – was officially released by chart toppers Blonde this morning (Tuesday) and took just hours to storm into the iTunes top 10.
The band, who have had top 20 hits with collaborations with Craig David, Melissa Steel and Alex Newell, found the terrace anthem so catchy that they agreed to transform it into a proper track.
So, with the help of Latics super fan Sean Kennedy – whose videos of him singing the song ensured it spread like wildfire – and club chairman David Sharpe, who described the song as “the greatest chant ever known to man”, they put together some new lyrics and have recorded the song with vocalist Zak Abel.
The track has been credited to DJ Kenno - aka Sean - rather than Blonde and its popularity has been evident with sales rocketing.
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“The whole thing came about because of a tweet about the chant,” said Jacob Manson, who forms one half of Blonde with pal Adam Englefield.
“We thought it was really funny and offered to do an edit. It just spiralled from there really and went crazy.
“We were in the studio with our friend Zac Abel who recorded it.”
The band released a preview on social media, with Sean’s video over the top of Zak’s vocals. They then put a request out for help with song lyrics and put the track together over the weekend.
We thought it would be a great idea to get the fans involved with the lyrics and then obviously raise as much money as we canJacob Manson from Blonde
The track is already in the top 10, toppling the likes of Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Little Mix... and it’s still climbing.
To secure an official placement, it would need to be in the top 40 charts on Friday.
Rather than profit from the song, the band and Sean have kindly offered all proceeds to Wigan charity Joseph’s Goal.
Jake said: “David Sharpe got in touch and him and Sean Kennedy had the idea to do it as a charity release for Joseph’s Goal.
“We feel the chant belongs to the club so we aren’t looking for profit at all so we thought it was a great idea.
“We thought it would be a great idea to get the fans involved with the lyrics and then obviously raise as much money as we can.”
To thank them for their efforts, the club are sending Latics shirts - with Will Grigg’s name and number emblazoned on the back - to the band.
“I like football but don’t really follow a team – I’ll certainly be wearing my Wigan shirt now though and hoping to score as many as Will does,” added Jake.
“Adam is a Villa fan though. Maybe he’ll have to sew his two shirts together when they play each other next season!”