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Fratelli twists the Chelsea Dagger

By Joe Leary

Glasgow’s The Fratellis are currently touring North America in support of their third album, We Need Medicine. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM OXLEY)

Glasgow’s The Fratellis are currently touring North America in support of their third album, We Need Medicine. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM OXLEY)

Despite being best known as the band that penned the Chicago Blackhawks’ goal song, The Fratellis had no problem in selling out their recent Vancouver appearance. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with Jon Fratelli, lead singer of the Glaswegian trio.

24: The name of the band comes from The Goonies. Do people come up to you and mention that there’s Fratellis in the movie?

JF: People knew that before I did. I had no idea that’s where it came from. Barry, our bass player, said this is what we should call this band. It sounded okay to me. It wasn’t until a few years when we first went to America that somebody mentioned it. I hadn’t seen the film.

24: Your band is best known for Chelsea Dagger. How did that become the goal song of the Chicago Blackhawks?

JF: I have absolutely no idea. That’s a strange thing. I don’t know what the criteria is when you’re picking a song for your team. It’s strange to me because if anything that was a drinking song rather than anything else really.

24: Have you had the opportunity to be in Chicago when they play the song?

JF: The others have when we were in Chicago in November. I’ve stayed away from it. I’m sort of perplexed by the whole thing.

24: There is a pretty intense rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago. A lot of Canucks fans hate the song.

JF: I would be quite happy not to have to play it. It’s by no means my favourite song. I get the feeling that most people that come to see us don’t care.

24: Did you write that thinking it would become somewhat of an anthem?

JF: It’s one of 13 songs on our first record. It’s the only way I can think of it and I don’t think it’s particularly good either. I really don’t. At the same time, I understand that it’s better to have one song that a lot of people know because it helps you to fill venues and sell records. That can’t be a bad thing, but it’s just a song. I’ve been writing songs since I was 15. It’s just one of the bunch.

24: You’re a long way from home. Does it seem like a different world being in Canada?

JF: I went out for a walk this morning and sometimes you go to places and instantly dislike them and sometimes you go to places and they suddenly feel like home. I’m not sure why that is but I felt like home this morning. There was a nice feel about Vancouver. But when you tour a lot, you get to the point where everywhere kind of feels like the same place. I wasn’t a very good traveller at first. I wasn’t homesick, but I was definitely sensitive to changes in environment. Now, everywhere becomes the same place; the place where the gig is. The only good part of it is getting to play to people. That’s not to be underestimated. I remember what it was like not to have an audience. It’s nice to have one.


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