Chelsea Dagger :: The Fratellis
Chelsea Dagger is a song by The Fratellis and their second single. It was released in August of 2006. It is taken from their debut album Costello Music, which was released in the United Kingdom on On September 11, 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 (Chelsea::Britney, Dagger::Spear).
Chelsea Dagger was # 77 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
This particular 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; also a Chelsea Dagger is a short Scottish Stabbing Knive .
Chelsea Dagger is best known as the goal song of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. It became a sensation during the Blackhawks’ run to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, in 2010. The song has also been played over stadium sound systems before and after many football matches, and has frequently been played at other sporting events as well. League One side Yeovil Town play the song after a goal is scored at their stadium Huish Park. Since moving to the Juventus Stadium in 2011, Italian Serie A side Juventus F.C. does the same, as does Scottish First Division outfit Raith Rovers. English Championship side Nottingham Forest, who have used it for quite sometime as well as Perth Glory in the Australian Hyundai A-League.
During the Blackhawks’ successful run to the 2013 Stanley Cup, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti created an orchestral arrangement of the song.
John Lawler recalled to the Guardian newspaper June 27, 2008 about writing the song: “I remember the night I wrote it – I found the notebook with the lyrics the other night. It came to me really quickly. I was going [sings the familiar refrain] ‘Do-do-do-do-do-do’ and it was so easy to write that I couldn’t believe nobody had ever used [the melody] before.”
Editor’s Note: This is one of those songs that are impossible not to dance to. Seriously, listen to it, turn it up high, and then try not to dance – IMPOSSIBLE.