Chelsea Dagger

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"Chelsea Dagger"
Single by The Fratellis
from the album Costello Music
B-side
  • "The Pimp"
  • "Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird"
Released 28 August 2006
Format
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 3:35
Label Fallout
Writer(s) Jon Fratelli
Producer(s) Tony Hoffer
The Fratellis singles chronology
"Henrietta"
(2006)
"Chelsea Dagger"
(2006)
"Whistle for the Choir"
(2006)

"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 – Chelsea Dagger, 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 ad, the movie Run Fatboy Run, and the video game Rock Band 2.[5] 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 FC, for whom The Fratellis are supporters.[5] It is played at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea wins an important match. Jon Fratelli commented that their use of the song had resulted in the band supporting the club in the English Premier League.[6] 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, and introduced more up-tempo music in an effort to attract younger fans.[7] The song became a sensation during the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup run in 49 years in 2010.[8] 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 said, "We aggressively searched for a memorable goal song, then heard "Chelsea Dagger" watching a Celtic 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 "Chelsea Dagger", fan responses were pretty tough, but at the same time the Blackhawks started playing very well, piling up the goals and victories and boom... "Chelsea Dagger" was adopted as the teams' anthem and quickly became a huge part of the Blackhawks brand experience." 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.[9][10] The song was also ranked "best goal song in NHL" by Sports Illustrated.[11][12]

This song is played during Professional Darts Corporation matches and at the Hong Kong Sevens.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD single, 12" "Lady-Shaped" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Chelsea Dagger"    
2. "Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird"    
8" coloured vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Chelsea Dagger"    
2. "The Pimp"    

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One For The Dagger". Scotsman.com. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  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.". ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Thank Scottish rockers for Blackhawks song". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. 
  6. ^ "London gig: The Fratellis bring their indie rock tunes to the Electric Ballroom - April 11 - TNT Magazine". TNT Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Blackhawks score with catchy tune 'Chelsea Dagger'". Chicago Sun-Times. May 13, 2009. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009. 
  8. ^ Ruppenthal, Alex (2010-05-28). ""Chelsea Dagger" has become the song of the spring for Chicago Blackhawks fans". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  9. ^ Chelsea Dagger - CSO and Riccardo Muti. 19 June 2015 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ CSO Salutes the Blackhawks with Chelsea Dagger Goal Song. 19 June 2013 – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/26856825/chelsea-dagger-ranked-best-goal-song-in-nhl
  12. ^ Allan Muir (17 October 2014). "Ranking all 30 NHL teams' goal songs". 
  13. ^ 2015 Japan Darts Masters - Peter Wright & Haruki Muramatsu. 27 June 2015 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-09-02". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Fratellis: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Chelsea Dagger in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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