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Songs complete Sets in this Topic from Dire Strates01 = Calling Elvis
02 = Money for Nothing
03 = So Far Away
04 = Sultans Of Swing
05 = ticked to heaven
06 = Twisting By The Pool
07 = Walk of Life





Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).

Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.

Dire Straits' biggest selling album, 1985's Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on the then new compact disc (CD) format.

 They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards.

 The band's songs include "Money for Nothing", "Sultans of Swing", "So Far Away", "Walk of Life", "Brothers in Arms", "Private Investigations", "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love", "Telegraph Road", and "Lady Writer".

According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time.

 Their career spanned a combined total of 15 years. They originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991, and disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his solo career full-time. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who remained throughout the band's career.
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Dire Straits - Calling Elvis



Calling Elvis" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. It first appeared on the final studio album by the band, On Every Street (1991).

 It was released as the first single from that album, peaking at number 21 in the United Kingdom, and was included on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations. A live version of the song also appears on the 1993 live album On the Night.
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Dire Straits - Money for Nothing


Money for Nothing" is a single by British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their 1985 studio album Brothers in Arms. The song's lyrics, considered controversial at the time of the song's release, are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees.

The song featured a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, as well as the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus, "I want my MTV." The groundbreaking video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987.

It was Dire Straits' most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States, number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band's native UK. "Money for Nothing" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986 at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards[2] and the video won Video of the Year at the 3rd MTV Video Music Awards.
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Dire Straits - So Far Away



So Far Away" is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. It appears on the album Brothers in Arms. It became the band's fourth and final top 20 hit (as well as top 40) on the Billboard charts, peaking at #19.

 The original studio version of the track appeared on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
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Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing


Sultans of Swing" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their eponymous debut album, which band frontman Mark Knopfler wrote and composed. Although it was first released in 1978, it was its 1979 re-release that caused it to become a hit in both the UK and U.S.

The song was recorded at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977 and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London. Its popularity soon reached record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-recorded in February 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band's debut album.

The record company wanted a less-polished rock sound for the radio, so an alternative version was recorded at Pathway Studios in April 1978 and released as the single in some countries including the United Kingdom and Germany.
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Dire Straits - Ticked to Heaven

This song by Mark Knopfler is critical of religion and its use of heaven as a way to get people to buy into a religion.

Reading youtube comments on always gives me a good chuckle since many people seem to think it's about getting into heaven and falsely glorify it as a religious song.

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Dire Straits - Twisting By The Pool



wisting by the Pool is a 1983 song by Dire Straits which appears on ExtendedancEPlay. It was released as a single in 1983, peaking at No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart  and at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top Tracks chart.

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a tempo of 182 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of A major with Knopfler's vocal range spanning from A3 to E5. The song has a basic sequence of A–D–E as its chord progression.

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic retrospectively praised the song, calling it "the closest thing to exuberant rock & roll this seemingly humorless band had ever attempted."
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Dire Straits - Walk of Life


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Walk of Life" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their fifth studio album Brothers in Arms (1985). It subsequently appeared on their live album On the Night (1993). It was released as a single in November 1985 but had first been available as the B-side of "So Far Away" released in advance of Brothers in Arms.

The track peaked at number seven in the US charts and was their biggest commercial hit in the UK, peaking at number two. The track also appeared on three compilation albums: 1988's Money for Nothing, 1998's Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and 2005's The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
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Dire Straits - Lady Writer


"Lady Writer" is a 1979 song by Dire Straits, which appears on the band's second album Communiqué.

When asked what the song was about, Knopfler said that he was watching TV one day, and there was a lady writer on the TV, and that's basically where the idea for the song came from. Because the song says the writer is "talking about the Virgin Mary", some have speculated that the writer in question is Marina Warner, a view shared by Warner herself.

In all countries in which "Lady Writer" was released as a single, it had a different cover; the UK version is shown here.
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Dire Straits - Down to the Waterline


"Down to the Waterline" is a 1978 song written by Mark Knopfler and first released by Dire Straits as the first song on their debut album, Dire Straits. It was also included on the demo tape that the band sent to Charlie Gillett, which led to their first recording contract.  It was subsequently released as the B-side of the "Water of Love" single.

The lyrics of "Down to the Waterline" tell of a brief sexual tryst.  Cary Darling of Billboard praises the song as superior to the other love songs on side 1 of Dire Straits, including "Water of Love."  According to Mark Knopfler's brother and fellow Dire Straits member David, the song's imagery is based on Mark's memories of walking along the River Tyne at night under the lights with his girlfriend when he was a teenager.  Darling praises the lyrics as "incisive" but "never cliched." Darling also praises the moody foghorn sound that opens the song, Knopfler's "quick finger picking" guitar playing and the tightness of the band on this song.[3] Author Joel McNally describes how "the band appears out of the fog" to start the song, noting that the effect is "not hokey." High Fidelity also commented on the song's "tender, passionate, and yet unsentimental" erotic imagery.

Hi-Fi News & Record Review described the song as "bouncy and punchy." The Rolling Stone Album Guide commented on the song's "galloping groove." Montreal Gazette critic Bubert Bauch claims that "Once Upon a Time in the West", the song that opened Dire Straits' second album, Communiqué, sounded very similar to "Down to the Waterline", which opened their debut album.

"Down to the Waterline" later appeared on Dire Straits live album Live at the BBC and on the Dire Straits "Best of" compilation album Money for Nothing.
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Dire Straits - Private Investigations


"Private Investigations" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their album Love over Gold. It reached number 2 in the United Kingdom (despite its length), and is one of their biggest chart successes in the UK. The track has appeared on the compilation albums Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and is the title track to the more recent 2005 compilation, Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler.

The song begins with a sinister, deep-pitched synthesizer orchestration, leading into a slow piano progression accompanying a classical guitar, followed by several spoken verses.

After the verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with strident electric guitar chords at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler's acoustic guitar and marimba played by Mike Mainieri.

On the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: "It's just about the Private Investigations... "What have you got at the end of the day" – Nothing more than you started out with..." It is said the song was inspired by author Raymond Chandler.

This song was also modified by Mark Knopfler into a film score for the Bill Forsyth movie Comfort and Joy in 1984, where you can hear the song broken up into portions and used for certain scenes.

The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.

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Dire Straits - Lady Writer


"Lady Writer" is a 1979 song by Dire Straits, which appears on the band's second album Communiqué. When asked what the song was about, Knopfler said that he was watching TV one day, and there was a lady writer on the TV, and that's basically where the idea for the song came from.

 Because the song says the writer is "talking about the Virgin Mary", some have speculated that the writer in question is Marina Warner, a view shared by Warner herself.

In each country in which "Lady Writer" was released as a single, it had a different cover; the UK version is shown here.
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Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick


"Your Latest Trick" is a song by Dire Straits that appeared on the studio album Brothers in Arms, and also on the live album On the Night; the same live version is on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits. The full-length studio album version was included on the most recent compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.

Randy Brecker played the trumpet intro on the CD version, but it is missing on the vinyl version. After that, there is a saxophone intro, played by Michael Brecker, who also plays the saxophone solo. Chris White plays the saxophone on the live version on the Brothers in Arms and On Every Street world tours.

The saxophone introduction to the song is widely used when people are trying out saxophones at music shops,  just as Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is widely used when trying out guitars. It was also used in the theme music for the TVB series File of Justice.

The song is in the key of E major.

"Your Latest Trick" was released as a 12" maxi single on 21 April 1986 as the fifth and final single from the "Brothers in Arms" album in the UK, as well as in other selected territories including Brazil. The single did not have a US release. It peaked at #26 on the UK charts.

The other songs featured on the single were "Irish Boy" and "The Road", both credited as solo efforts by Mark Knopfler.

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Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet



"Romeo and Juliet" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits, written by frontman Mark Knopfler.

 It first appeared on the 1980 album Making Movies and was released as a single in 1981.  Reviewer Dan Bolles has called the song a "classic".  The song subsequently appeared on the Dire Straits live albums Alchemy and On the Night, and later on Knopfler's live duet album with Emmylou Harris, Real Live Roadrunning (though Harris does not perform on the track).

The track was also featured on the greatest hits albums Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
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Dire Straits - Water Of Love


"Water of Love" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and originally released on Dire Straits' self-titled debut album.

It was also released as a single in some countries, backed by "Down to the Waterline," as a follow-up to the band's first single from the album, "Sultans of Swing." The single reached #28 on the Dutch charts. It also reached #54 in Australia. The song was also included on Dire Straits live album Live at the BBC and on the multi-artist compilation album More Than Unplugged.
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Tunnel of love
Tunnel of Love" is a 1980s rock song by Dire Straits. It appears on the album Making Movies, and subsequently on the live albums Alchemy and Live at the BBC and the greatest hits albums Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.

"Tunnel of Love" is one of only three Dire Straits songs not credited to Mark Knopfler alone (the other two are "Money for Nothing" and "What's The Matter Baby?"). The song itself is entirely by Knopfler, but the opening instrumental is an arrangement of the "Carousel Waltz" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.


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