Chelsea Dagger

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"Chelsea Dagger"
Single by The Fratellis
from the album Costello Music
Released 28 August 2006
Format Vinyl record (8"), CD
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie rock, garage rock revival, alternative rock
Length 3:35
Label Fallout Records
Writer(s) Jon Fratelli
The Fratellis singles chronology
"Chelsea Dagger"
"Whistle for the Choir"

"Chelsea Dagger" is a song by Scottish rock band The Fratellis and their second single. It was released on 28 August 2006. It is taken from their debut album Costello Music, which was released in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2006. It is supposed to be named after both Jon Fratelli's wife Heather, a burlesque dancer whose stage name – Chelsea – he borrowed for the song, and also as a play on the name of pop singer Britney Spears.[1]

This song was Number 77 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[2]


The use of the term Dagger originates from the Scottish for a person of loose morals and the song is about a high class prostitute in the Chelsea area of London.


The song has been used as an introduction piece at the BDO World Darts Championship.[3]

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

"Chelsea Dagger" is the goal song of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. The song was first used after owner Rocky Wirtz inherited the team from his father, Bill, and introduced more up-tempo music in an effort to attract younger fans.[4] The song became a sensation during the Blackhawks' run to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, in 2010.[5] The success of the Blackhawks has led "Chelsea Dagger" to be adopted as a goal song by the University of North Dakota, among others. Blackhawks Executive Producer, Tom O'Grady, "We aggressively searched for a memorable goal song, then heard Chelsea watching a Celtic FC match and was immediately struck by the song's quirky and contagious chant..." It wasn't an immediate hit, however. "The first few games playing Dagger fan responses were pretty tough, but at the same time the Hawks started playing very well piling up the goals and victories and boom... Chelsea was adopted as the team's anthem quickly became a huge part of the Blackhawks brand experience."

During the Blackhawks' successful run to the 2013 Stanley Cup, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti created an orchestral arrangement of the song.[6]

ZSC Lions[edit]

"Chelsea Dagger" is as well the goal song of the Swiss NL's ZSC Lions from Zurich. The team won the European Hockey Champions League in 2008, the only year that league existed.

London Knights[edit]

"Chelsea Dagger" has been played after the London Knights score a goal since the start of the 2011–2012 season. At the home opener in 2012, a small number of fans (in section 113) began to move their arms up and down (rotating at the shoulder with elbows static at 90° and hands in a fist) to the beat of the song, and it quickly spread throughout the crowd to become a phenomenon at each game (as of 16 December 2012).

Other CHL teams uses this song as well when they score, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Moncton Wildcats, as well as the MLS' Montreal Impact.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single, 12" "Lady-Shaped" Vinyl (Limited Edition: 2000 copies)
No. Title Length
1. "Chelsea Dagger"    
2. "Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird"    
8" Coloured Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Chelsea Dagger"    
2. "The Pimp"    


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