Friday, April 23, 2010

"Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis

Birthday wishes go out today to bassist Barry Fratelli (aka Barry Wallace) of Scottish alt-rockers The Fratellis...

The band's second single - Chelsea Dagger, off their 2006 debut album Costello Music - is an infectiously sing-alongable instant anthem; released in August of that year, it quickly rose through the charts, peaking at #5 in the UK. It now features in the repertoire of most football fans - especially those of Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Rotherham United, Preston, Bristol City, Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Coventry City, Brechin City and Middlesbrough - as well as (predictably enough) Chelsea*. However, the name in the title refers to neither the football club nor the posh, Kensington-adjacent area of West London where it is located, but rather is the professional name of the wife of Jon Fratelli, the band's lead singer**.

*It was played when that team won the Football League Cup Final in February 2007.
**She's an exotic dancer, and Chelsea Dagger sounds much hotter than Heather Lawler.
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