|Single by The Fratellis|
|from the album Costello Music|
|Released||28 August 2006|
|The Fratellis singles chronology|
"Chelsea Dagger" is a song by Scottish rock band The Fratellis. It was released as the second single from their debut studio album, Costello Music (2006), on 28 August 2006. It is named after Jon Fratelli's wife Heather, a burlesque dancer whose stage name – a play on Britney Spears – he borrowed for the song. Fratelli described the tune as "a rock 'n' roll gig in an old speakeasy or something like that."
This song was number 77 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. "Chelsea Dagger" has become notable for its usage in sports. It has also been featured in an Amstel Light advert, the film Run Fatboy Run, an episode of The Inbetweeners, and the video games Guitar Hero: On Tour Modern Hits, Rock Band 2. The song peaked at number 2 on the Scottish Singles Chart and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry in 2016.
Usage in sports
"Chelsea Dagger" is used heavily as a sports anthem. The first team to adopt it was Celtic, for whom The Fratellis are supporters. It has also been adopted at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea, Jon Fratelli commented that their use of the song had resulted in the band supporting the club in the Premier League. The Major League Soccer franchise Montreal Impact also play this song after a goal is scored on home field. It is also used by other football teams such as Perth Glory and Juventus when a goal is scored.
Outside of football, it is best known as the goal song of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks. The song was first used after owner Rocky Wirtz inherited the team from his father Bill Wirtz and introduced more up-tempo music in an effort to attract younger fans. The song became a sensation during the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup run in 49 years in 2010. The song is used now by the entire Blackhawks system, as the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) and Indianapolis Fuel (ECHL) clubs, all part of the Blackhawks system, use the song after goals.
During the Blackhawks' successful run to the 2013 Stanley Cup, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti arranged an orchestral version of the song, which was performed by the CSO after the victory, and once again after the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup win. The song was also ranked "best goal song in NHL" by Sports Illustrated.
The success of the Blackhawks has led "Chelsea Dagger" to be adopted as a goal song by the University of North Dakota, among others. This song is played during Professional Darts Corporation matches shown on ITV4 and at the Hong Kong Sevens. The song is also played, and very enthusiastically received, after every try scored at European Championship home games of the Leinster Rugby club in the RDS Dublin Ireland.
|CD single, 12" "Lady-Shaped" vinyl|
|2.||"Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird"|
|8" coloured vinyl|
Charts and certifications
- "One For The Dagger". Scotsman.com. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- 'We don't want to be a pop band', The Guardian
- ""Chelsea Dagger" has become the song of the spring for Chicago Blackhawks fans". ESPN.com.
- "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
- "Thank Scottish rockers for Blackhawks song". chicagotribune.com. May 21, 2009.
- "London gig: The Fratellis bring their indie rock tunes to the Electric Ballroom". TNT Magazine.
- "Blackhawks score with catchy tune 'Chelsea Dagger'". Chicago Sun-Times. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009.
- Ruppenthal, Alex (2010-05-28). "'Chelsea Dagger' has become the song of the spring for Chicago Blackhawks fans". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
- Chelsea Dagger - CSO and Riccardo Muti. 19 June 2015 – via YouTube.
- CSO Salutes the Blackhawks with Chelsea Dagger Goal Song. 19 June 2013 – via YouTube.
- "Chelsea Dagger Ranked Best Goal Song in NHL". MyFoxChicago.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
- Allan, Muir (17 October 2014). "Ranking all 30 NHL teams' goal songs". Sports Illustrated.
- 2015 Japan Darts Masters - Peter Wright & Haruki Muramatsu. 27 June 2015 – via YouTube.
- "Ultratop.be – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- "Chart Track: Week 4, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- "Charts.nz – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Fratellis: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "British single certifications – Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Chelsea Dagger in the search field and then press Enter.