Chelsea Dagger

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"Chelsea Dagger"
Single by The Fratellis
from the album Costello Music
  • "The Pimp"
  • "Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird"
Released28 August 2006
Songwriter(s)Jon Fratelli
Producer(s)Tony Hoffer
The Fratellis singles chronology
"Chelsea Dagger"
"Whistle for the Choir"

"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.[1][2] Fratelli described the tune as "a rock 'n' roll gig in an old speakeasy or something like that."[3]

This song was number 77 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[4] "Chelsea Dagger" has become notable for its usage in sports. It has also been featured in an Amstel Light advert, the films Run Fatboy Run and Pitch Perfect, a TV spot for Open Season, an episode of The Inbetweeners, and the video game Guitar Hero: On Tour Modern Hits.[5][6] 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[edit]

"Chelsea Dagger" is used heavily as a sports anthem. The first team to adopt it was Celtic, for whom The Fratellis are supporters.[6] 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.[7] 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, Juventus and Cercle Brugge when a goal is scored.

Outside of football, it is best known as the goal song of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks, first used in 2008–09 NHL season.[8] The song became a sensation during the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup run in 49 years in 2010.[9] The song was then adopted by the entire Blackhawks; minor league system, as the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) and Indy Fuel (ECHL) clubs.

During the Blackhawks' successful run to the 2013 Stanley Cup, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti arranged an orchestral version of the song and was performed after the victory, and again after the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup win.[10][11] The song was also ranked "best goal song in NHL" by Sports Illustrated.[12][13]

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.[14] The song is also played after every try scored at European Championship home games of the Leinster Rugby club in the RDS Dublin Ireland.

It's also used by the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League after the team scores a goal at all home games. While the song is played, fans hold their arms out in the air and move them up and down, similar to that of cartoon character Johnny Bravo.

Track listing[edit]

CD single, 12" "Lady-Shaped" vinyl
1."Chelsea Dagger" 
2."Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird" 
8" coloured vinyl
1."Chelsea Dagger" 
2."The Pimp" 

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ 'We don't want to be a pop band', The Guardian
  3. ^ ""Chelsea Dagger" has become the song of the spring for Chicago Blackhawks fans".
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Trailer Music: Open Season (2006)". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Thank Scottish rockers for Blackhawks song". 21 May 2009.
  7. ^ "London gig: The Fratellis bring their indie rock tunes to the Electric Ballroom". TNT Magazine.
  8. ^ "Blackhawks score with catchy tune 'Chelsea Dagger'". Chicago Sun-Times. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009.
  9. ^ Ruppenthal, Alex (28 May 2010). "'Chelsea Dagger' has become the song of the spring for Chicago Blackhawks fans". Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  10. ^ Chelsea Dagger - CSO and Riccardo Muti. 19 June 2015 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ CSO Salutes the Blackhawks with Chelsea Dagger Goal Song. 19 June 2013 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Chelsea Dagger Ranked Best Goal Song in NHL". Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  13. ^ Allan, Muir (17 October 2014). "Ranking all 30 NHL teams' goal songs". Sports Illustrated.
  14. ^ 2015 Japan Darts Masters - Peter Wright & Haruki Muramatsu. 27 June 2015 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ " – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  17. ^ " – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ " – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Fratellis: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  21. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 - 2006". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  22. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2007" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  23. ^ "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. Type Chelsea Dagger in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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