Hunters & Collectors – Holy Grail

“Holy Grail” by Hunters & Collectors on their 1992 album Cut. With lyrics referring to popular Holy Grail mythology, the song is an anthemic single inspired by Napoleon’s march to Russia in 1812, but also referencing the Hunters and Collectors’ flagging attempts to “crack” the American market.
Singer Mark Seymour said, “With the lyrics, I’d been reading a Jeanette Winterson novel, “The Passion”. It was a story about Napoleon’s chef when he invaded Russia. The army was destroyed by the weather. It’s a story about survival. It’s a really powerful book and somehow I drew this analogy between the idea of this guy managing to survive this incredible ordeal and Hunters and Collectors making this excruciating record.”

The song has since become an Australian rules football anthem, particularly with the reference to the Premiership Cup and the AFL Grand Final. Channel Ten used the song to open and close its AFL broadcasts between 2002 and 2006. In 2009, Seymour performed the song as part of the AFL Grand Final’s pre-match entertainment.
This song was used for many years as the theme song of the Queensland Bulls cricket team in the quest for the Sheffield Shield, its own “Holy Grail”. It was also featured as the theme song to the Australian rugby league movie Footy Legends.

Edited Extracts from Wikipedia®