“Chelsea Dagger” blowing away the city of Chicago

This huge UK smash by The Fratellis didn’t get off the ground in the US.  I always thought that was a huge loss and that someone really dropped the puck–I mean the ball.  The Chicago Black Hawks were a huge part of my freezing, school-age winters.  They’re now leading 3-2 in games in the Stanley Cup finals.  When the team scores and/or wins at home, “Chelsea Dagger” is blasted on the arena PA.  The song has become a rallying point for Chicago’s hockey fanatics.  With that in mind, I thought I’d pull out my fave music of 2007, as posted that December.

First my fave tracks:

#1. Arcade Fire – “Intervention”
#2. Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
#3. Mika – “Grace Kelly”
#4. Fratellis – “Chelsea Dagger”
#5. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – “Falling Slowly” (from the movie “Once”)
#6. Arctic Monkeys – “Brianstorm”
#7. LCD Soundsystem – “North American Scum”
#8. Louis XIV – “Guilt By Association”
#9. Beck – “Timebomb”
#10. Maximo Park – “Girls Who Play Guitars”

It’s interesting to note that songs 2, 3, and 4 all came from Island Records in the UK. It was easier ranking songs than CD’s. I had five albums in my top tier that year, including three which tied for second:

#1. Arcade Fire
#2. Arctic Monkeys
#2. Fratellis
#2. The Hives
#5. Mika
#6. Of Montreal

Fratellis leader John was in Chicago and played a free show at major venue The Metro before the game.  I’ve been raving about his side project, Codeine Velvet Club.  The Fratellis may not record again and that would be a loss for me as well as their many fans.  Who knows what might happen in the future.  Maybe the city of Chicago will bring us a hockey champion, a hit song, and the return of a band who are thinking of calling it quits.


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