A CORK comedian who dreamt up a short, catchy football chant is being interviewed by international media and hopes to hear his song at Anfield on Sunday.
Richy Sheehy, from Carrignavar, described how the song came to him.
“I’m a musical comedian and I was shooting a music video about boy racers,” he told the Evening Echo. “It’s set in the mid-2000s, when Kiss Fm and boy racers were all the rage. So I was recording that, and I was in character as Kevin Murphy.
“I’m a big Liverpool fan myself, I just thought of the song and I thought it would be funny to put it up as Kevin.” The chant, set to the tune of The Archies hit ‘Sugar, Sugar’, replaces the chorus with “Salah, Ah Mané Mané”.
Richy was totally unprepared for what happened next.
“It just took off,” he said. “It was a real last-minute, one-take job and I put it on Reddit on Tuesday night. “When I woke up on Wednesday morning a guy I know called Kevin Murphy had tagged me in a post asking me to explain the name choice! So I knew if it had gone back to him then it must have gone somewhat viral.” Within hours the calls started coming in.
“It’s now gone on a couple of the biggest fan sites and I’m going on two different podcasts, one tonight and one tomorrow,” he said.
“I had a German football journalist message me and say it is massive in Germany.”
Before he spoke to the Echo he was interviewed for BBC Radio One: “It went very well, I was in full character as Kevin, keeping the facade up.”
“I had no idea this would happen. The best part for me was Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool legend, retweeted it. That probably means the players have seen it too because he would be followed by all of them. I’m an absolute Liverpool die-hard red.”