Freed from Desire

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"Freed from Desire"
Freed from desire.jpg
Single by Gala
from the album Come into My Life
B-side"Freed From Desire" (mixes/remixes)
Released1996
GenreEurodance[1]
Length
  • 3:50 (album version)
  • 3:27 (single)
Label
  • ZYX (Germany)
  • Fact (Netherlands)
  • Nitelite (Italy)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Maurizio Molella
  • Phil Jay
Gala singles chronology
"Everyone Has Inside"
(1996)
"Freed from Desire"
(1996)
"Let a Boy Cry"
(1997)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
Freed from desire2.jpg
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, and produced by Filippo Andrea Carmeni and Maurizio Molella.

Other versions[edit]

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.

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", which has also been used by fans of Fulham FC.[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] This version was recorded by dance producers Blonde under the alias DJ Kenno, and it reached No. 76 on the UK single chart.[6][7]

Fans from Northern Ireland also sang "Will Grigg's on Fire", notably during UEFA Euro 2016, as he played for Northern Ireland.[8][9] Fans of Ireland, Wales, England, and France made their own versions of the song for their players, such as "Vardy's on Fire" and "Grizi's on Fire".[10][11] It was later seen as the unofficial song of UEFA Euro 2016.[12] "Freed from Desire" itself was used as the unofficial anthem for the Belgian team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Pop Rescue called it a "great" song, noting "the handclaps, the beats, drum fills, whirling synths and that bassline, and of course that catchy 'ner ner ner ner-ner ner her' section." They added it as "a fine specimen" of "90s dance".[14] Dave Fawbert from ShortList described it as a "absolute, total banger", adding it as "a song that The Beatles would have been proud to have written."[15]

Chart performance[edit]

"Freed from Desire" went on to become a huge hit all over Europe, becoming the singers most successful single to date. It peaked at number-one in Belgium and France, and managed to climb into the Top 10 in Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United Kingdom. In the latter, the song reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart on August 3, 1997.[16] It spent 8 weeks inside the Top 10 and 14 weeks in total in the Top 75. On the Eurochart Hot 100, "Freed from Desire" also peaked within the Top 10, reaching its best position as number 4. Additionally, it was a Top 20 hit in Austria, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The single was awarded a Diamond recording award in France, a Platinum record in Benelux and a Gold record in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube in 2013. As of October 2020, the video has got more than 94 million views.[17]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Freed from Desire (Edit Mix)"3:21
2."Freed from Desire (Full Vocals Mixx)"4:13
CD maxi / Europe
No.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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[18]
No.TitleLength
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[edit]

Drenchill and Indiiana version[edit]

"Freed from Desire"
Freed from Desire Drenchill.jpg
Single by Drenchill feat. Indiiana
Released2018
Length3:39
LabelSony Music
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Drenchill
Drenchill singles chronology
"Hey Hey"
(2018)
"Freed from Desire"
(2018)
"Allumé Allumé"
(2019)

Music video"Freed from Desire" on YouTube

}} In 2018, Drenchill released a cover of "Freed from Desire". It reached number 1 in Poland[54] and number 4 in Commonwealth of Independent States.[55]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–2019) Rank
CIS (Tophit)[55] 4
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[54] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[56] 3× Platinum 60,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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