Planet Funk

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Planet Funk
Planet Funk Live @ Cassino (11-08-2012) 21.JPG
Planet Funk performing for "The Great Shake Tour 2012" in Cassino, Italy
Background information
Origin Italy
Genres Electronica, house, electronic rock, alternative dance
Years active 1999–present
Labels Universal Music
Bustin' Loose Recordings
Website http://www.planetfunk.co.uk/
Members Sergio Della Monica
Alex Neri
Domenico "GG" Canu
Marco Baroni
Alessandro Sommella
Alex Uhlmann
Planet Funk performing "Another Sunrise" during "The Great Shake Tour 2012"

Planet Funk is an Italian electronic dance musical ensemble. The group is composed of Marco Baroni, Domenico "GG" Canu, Sergio Della Monica, Alex Neri and Alex Uhlmann, in addition to guest vocalists Auli Kokko, Dan Black, Sally Doherty, Raiz, John Graham and Giuliano Sangiorgi. Alex Uhlmann joined as the band's latest lead singer in November 2010.

Early years[edit]

Their first single, "Chase the Sun", reached number five on the UK Singles Chart in 2001.[1] The melody is borrowed from Ennio Morricone's tune "Alla Luce Del Giorno", off the score of the 1969 film Metti, una sera a cena. The song has enjoyed a rise in popularity ever since Sky Sports began using it during its coverage of the Professional Darts Corporation's major tournaments. The crowds in the venues are encouraged to chant and sing along to the song during the commercial breaks of matches, and the song has a cult following amongst darts fans. The song is also known to be chanted by supporters at the games of Australian football clubs Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United, as well as being the second half opening theme for the English Football League Championship team, Sheffield Wednesday. English Championship Football team Reading also use the song for a goal song after they score a goal. Conference side Gateshead play this song at the end of a game, which results in a "Heed Heed Heed" chant along to the beat. English Super League team Wigan Warriors are known to use the song following a successful drop-kick. The Melbourne spring racing carnival used the song during promotional TV advertisements during the mid to late 2000s. AFC Bournemouth also use the chant for the infamous striker Brett Pitman.

Their second single, "Inside All the People", reached no. 9 in the Italian singles charts, but did even better on the European dance charts. Their third single was "Who Said (Stuck In The UK)" which also gained significant commercial success. Their 2007 single release, "Static", appeared on FIFA 08.

They are also remixers, with their highest-profile work to date being New Order's "Waiting for the Sirens' Call".

In May 2006 they became the first musical group to release a single exclusively as a mobile phone download, with the release of "Stop Me" on the mobile network 3.[2]

In 2009 they released the single "Lemonade" which is featured on their album Planet Funk. The single "Weightless" was released in 2010, a collaboration between Planet Funk and Swedish artist Emilia de Poret.

Their album The Great Shake, featuring the new lead singer Alex Uhlmann, was released in September 2011; in the same month they opened the F1 Rocks concert at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix. The first single, "Another Sunrise" was released in Italy in May 2011.

In October 2015 they released the single "We-People", a song that will support the global campaign of Save the Children, to fight infant mortality. The single anticipates the release of a new album, scheduled for release in early 2016.

Planet Funk live in Naples, 2012
Marco Baroni, Alex Neri and Alex Uhlmann

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[3]
FIN
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER IRE ITA
[6]
NED
[7]
SUI
[8]
UK
[1]
2000 "Chase the Sun" 32 20 100 61 22 25 75 93 5 Non Zero Sumness
2001 "Inside All the People" 9
2002 "Who Said (Stuck in the UK)" 17 36
2003 "The Switch" 74 19 52
"One Step Closer" (featuring Simple Minds) 24
2004 "Stop Me" 16 The Illogical Consequence
2006 "It's Your Time" Static
2007 "Static"
2009 "Lemonade" 17 Planet Funk
2011 "Another Sunrise" The Great Shake
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 428. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Gibson, Owen. Planet Funk - the first band to release a single by phone. (10 April 2006). Guardian Unlimited. Accessed 10 April 2006.
  3. ^ Australian peaks
  4. ^ Finnish peaks
  5. ^ French peaks
  6. ^ Italian peaks
  7. ^ Dutch peaks
  8. ^ Swiss peaks