from wiki:-

The Fratellis are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow, formed in 2005. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry Wallace), and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli (born Gordon McRory). They have released four studio albums and thirteen singles since their breakthrough in 2006. They won in the category Best British Breakthrough Act at the 2007 BRIT Award.

It is fair to say that they arrived with a bang as debut LP Costello Music sold over a million copies in the UK thanks to a range of catchy sing-along tunes that captured the imagination, in particular, of the boozed up festival crowds.

I actually didn’t mind the band too much to begin with, although like just about everyone else, I got heartily sick of hearing Chelsea Dagger on TV, radio and as the accompaniment to goals being scored at football grounds up and down the country. Mrs V was a fan and so I accompanied her to see the band play on a headlining tour that included a gig at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, probably my least favourite location to see any singer or band thanks to its dreadful acoustics and sight lines. The Fratellis, I’m sorry say, were pretty lousy that night – even Mrs V was disappointed. Neither of us have paid much attention to them since – indeed I thought they had broken up a while back but there’s news of a new album and tour in early 2018.

I listened again to snippets of the songs on the debut album. It hasn’t dated all that well…..this is one of the better ones.

mp3 : The Fratellis – Cuntry Boys and City Girls



  1. Yes this is pretty awful sounding. Back in around 2006 I saw The Fratellis playing to about nine people in Manchester’s Night and Day as part of a music industry showcase called In The City. At the time I was convinced I had witnessed something special and in three albums time they would be writing a magnum opus.

    I was wrong and was able to admit that within about a month of Chelsea Dagger’s release. I apologise.

  2. This one didn’t make the cut onto my iPod back in 2006 – only four tracks did. (Yes – I keep records of such things!) One of those “what was I thinking” albums. Having said that, I still find Whistle For The Choir fairly inoffensive.

  3. I loved Chelsea Dagger when it came out and never got tired of it because, of course, the United States paid no attention whatsoever to the song, album or band. Too bad about the poor show reviews; I’d have thought they’d be a great live act.

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