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"Freed from Desire"
Single by Gala
from the album Come into My Life
B-side "Remix"
Released 1996
Format
Genre Eurodance[1]
Length
  • 3:50 (album version)
  • 3:27 (single)
Label
  • ZYX
  • Fact
  • Nitelite
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Maurizio Molella
  • Phil Jay
Gala singles chronology
"Everyone Has Inside"
(1996)
"Freed from Desire"
(1996)
"Let a Boy Cry"
(1997)
"Everyone Has Inside"
(1996)
"Freed from Desire"
(1996)
"Let a Boy Cry"
(1997)
Audio sample
Gala - "Freed From Desire"
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Alternative cover
Music video
"Freed from Desire" on YouTube

"Freed from Desire" is a song written and recorded by the Brooklyn-based Italian singer and songwriter Gala. It was released in 1996 as the first single from her first album Come into My Life. "Freed from Desire" was a hit in many European countries, reaching number 1 in France and Belgium. The track was released in the UK in July 1997 and peaked at number 2 and spent 8 weeks inside the Top 10 and 14 weeks in total in the Top 75. Gala achieved a Diamond recording award in France, a Platinum record in Benelux and a Gold record in the United Kingdom.

The song was written and composed by Gala produced by Filippo Andrea Carmeni and Maurizio Molella.

Other versions

In 2016, Gala recorded an acoustic version of "Freed from Desire" at Les Studios Saint Germain in Paris, for the movie Un homme à la hauteur directed by Laurent Tirard with Jean Dujardin (Academy Awards for Best Actor 2012, The Artist).

The chorus was adapted in 2012 by Stevenage F.C. fans for winger Luke Freeman as: "Freeman's on fire, your right back is terrified!"[2] Following that, in early 2016, Newcastle United supporters adapted the song for their striker Aleksandar Mitrović, the refrain being: "Mitro's on fire, your defence is terrified".[3] However, Mitrović suffered poor form; the chant came into greater prominence in May of that year, as Wigan Athletic supporter Sean Kennedy uploaded on YouTube his version of "Freed from Desire" titled 'Will Grigg's on fire', in recognition of the recent goal-scoring feats of Will Grigg, a Wigan player.[4] Since it was uploaded, the song has become a viral football chant.[4][5]

Fans from Northen Ireland, Ireland, Wales, England, and France made their own versions of the song for their players.[6][7] It was later seen as the unofficial song of UEFA Euro 2016.[8]

On 31 May 2016, electro duo Blonde released a version of the adaptation and entered the Top 10 UK Charts and the iTunes top 10 Charts.[9]

Track listings

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Edit Mix)" 3:21
2. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocals Mixx)" 4:13
CD maxi / Europe
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Radio Mix)" 3:30
2. "Freed from Desire (Solid Base Remix)" 5:30
3. "Freed from Desire (The Paradise Mix)" 8:35
4. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocal Extended Mix)" 4:17
CD maxi / Australia
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Radio Mix)" 3:32
2. "Freed from Desire (The Paradise Mix)" 8:37
3. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocal Mix)" 4:17
4. "Freed from Desire (Whistle Remix)" 6:06
5. "Freed from Desire (The Soundlovers Remix)" 5:57
12" maxi
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocals Mixx)" 4:13
2. "Freed from Desire (Edit Mix)" 3:21
3. "Freed from Desire (The Paradise Mix)" 8:35
CD maxi – Remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Short Mix)" 3:35
2. "Freed from Desire (The Soundlovers Remix)" 6:01
3. "Freed from Desire (Whistle Remix)" 6:09
12" maxi – Remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (The Soundlovers Remix)" 5:52
2. "Freed from Desire (Whistle Remix)" 6:00
3. "Freed from Desire (Video Mix)" 3:28
12" maxi – Remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Mr. Jack Club Mix)" 7:33
2. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocal Mix)" 4:13
3. "Freed from Desire (Mr. Jack deja vu Dub)" 5:01
12" maxi – Remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Mr. Jack Club Mix)" 7:33
2. "Freed from Desire (Full Vocal Mix)" 4:13
3. "Freed from Desire (Mr. Jack Deja Vu Dub)" 5:01
12" maxi – U.K. Remixes[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Freed from Desire (Allisters Full Vocal Mix)" 7:05
2. "Freed from Desire (Mr. Jack Club Mix)" 8:15
3. "Freed from Desire (Dillon & Dickins Mix)" 8:41
4. "Freed from Desire (Original Mix)" 4:13

Charts and sales

See also

References

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  2. ^ @StevenageFC (30 May 2012). "Freeman's on fire, your right back is terrified! #inmyhead Any songs for the new boys Dunne, Tansey and Arnold? #stevenagefc" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ Zed, Row (23 March 2016). "Newcastle supporters' Aleksandar Mitrovic chant is almost as cool as Aleksandar Mitrovic himself". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Davis, Callum (17 May 2016). "'Will Grigg's on fire!' Fan behind the cult chant given a free Wigan season ticket". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Watch Hibs fans serenade Anthony Stokes with a chant ... before the Scottish Cup hero joins in". Daily Record. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Whaling, James (12 June 2016). "Vardy's on fire! Watch England fans adapt Will Grigg chant for Leicester striker". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Franse ochtendkranten: Griezmann is on fire". Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "This is what Freed from Desire's Gala really thinks of the Will Grigg version". Irish Examiner. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Will Grigg's on fire, the singles chart is terrified as Blonde's version of the Wigan terrace chant closes in on iTunes top 10". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
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