Planet Funk is an Italian electronic band. The group is composed of Marco Baroni, Domenico “GG” Calipari, Alex Neri, Dan Black and formerly Sergio Della Monica who died in February 2018. In addition a number of guest vocalists joined the group, including: Auli Kokko, Sally Doherty, Raiz, John Graham, Giuliano Sangiorgi and Alex Uhlmann.
Their first single, “Chase the Sun”, reached number five on the UK Singles Chart in 2001. 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 rave to the song during the advert 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.