[20] Produced by Muff Winwood, it was first released in the United Kingdom on Vertigo Records, then a division of Phonogram Inc. ......."the city's been so rude to her". BF: Let's run through some history: Your first album, Dire Straits, released six months later in America than in the rest of the world, was a smash, sold millions of copies. Watch Live. I feel the same way -- Making Movies was my first Dire Straits LP back in the day. [37] Also, during this time Knopfler produced Bob Dylan's Infidels as well as Aztec Camera and Willy DeVille. [63] The album also ranked number 351 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003. It was released as a single in 1980, and in January 1981 peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. [13] Withers was already a 10-year music business veteran, having been a session drummer for Dave Edmunds, Gerry Rafferty, Magna Carta and others through the 1970s; he was part of the group Spring, which recorded an album for RCA in 1971. Formazione Dire Straits (1980) Thanks for the comment. Jayzik Azikiwe, the rollerskating, dreadlocked girl who made Dire Straits' "Skateaway" so memorable, died of cancer last year at age 49. [97] Speaking to Billboard magazine, John Illsley stated, "it fills me with a lot of pleasure to be recognized and to be included in the thing that we love doing best, which is making music and playing rock n' roll". [46][47] Written during Britain’s involvement in the Falklands War of 1982, the album's title track, "Brothers in Arms", deals with the senselessness of war. [28][43] The album spent 34 weeks at number 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts, and it remains the longest-running number one album in Australia. [14] Mark and Withers had both been part of the pub rock group Brewers Droop at different points in around 1973. Dire Straits. [82], After the end of the tour, Mark Knopfler expressed a wish to give up touring on a big scale, and took some time out from the music business. [86], After disbanding Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler started his career as a solo artist, releasing his first solo album, Golden Heart, in March 1996 after nearly 20 years of collaborations. I play those old but wonderful CD's all the time. [12] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. [1], Their first single, "Sultans of Swing", from their 1978 self-titled debut album, reached the top ten in the UK and US charts. Some reviewers including the All Music Guide[77] dubbed On Every Street an "underwhelming" follow-up to Brothers in Arms. [39], According to a Sound on Sound magazine interview with Neil Dorfsman, the performance of then-permanent drummer Terry Williams was considered to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions. She felt that it was the kind of music audiences were hungry for, but only one person in her department agreed at first. [46][53] The Guardian ranked the Brothers in Arms CD number 38 in their list of the 50 key events in rock music history. The band played 248 shows in over 100 different cities. The name Dire Straits was coined by a musician flatmate of Withers, allegedly thought up while they were rehearsing in the kitchen of a friend, Simon Cowe, of Lindisfarne. 7 US), and "Your Latest Trick" (No. Love Over Gold was the first Dire Straits album produced solely by Mark Knopfler, and its main chart hit, "Private Investigations", gave Dire Straits their first top 5 hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached the number 2 position despite its almost seven-minute length, and became another of the band's most popular live songs. i like love over gold because of the memories. Share lyrics ... More Dire Straits lyrics I eventually settled on "Skateaway," partly for sentimental reasons, as it was the first song that I heard from the album. It featured the hit single "Twisting By the Pool" which reached the Top 20 in the UK and Canada. Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). [72] The song, a blues rock track with solos by Knopfler and Clapton, also appeared on the 1990 album Hell To Pay as a gift[73] to Canadian blues/jazz artist Jeff Healey from Knopfler. [90][91], In 2007, Knopfler said he did not miss the global fame that came his way at the height of the band's success, explaining that "It just got too big. To western audiences, she was best known as the roller girl in the 1981 Dire Straits video "Skateaway". 4. Dire Straits eventually went top 10 in every European country. [83][84], Dire Straits' final album, Live at the BBC, is a collection of live recordings from 1978 to 1981, which mostly feature the original line-up of the band. [74], In early 1991, Dire Straits reunited. [80] While musically more elaborate than the previous 1985–86 world tour, the band's gruelling final tour was not as critically acclaimed nor as successful commercially. Two months later, Dire Straits signed a recording contract with the Vertigo division of Phonogram Inc.[19] In October 1977, the band recorded demo tapes of "Southbound Again", "In the Gallery" and "Six Blade Knife" for BBC Radio London; in November demo tapes were made of "Setting Me Up", "Eastbound Train" and "Real Girl". 1 on the German album charts, with the debut album Dire Straits simultaneously at No. [71], In 1990, Dire Straits performed alongside Elton John and Eric Clapton at Knebworth Festival, playing "Solid Rock", "Money for Nothing" and "I Think I Love You Too Much". Mark Knopfler is a sexy voiced genius guitar player. [54], The 1985–1986 Brothers in Arms world tour which followed the album's release was phenomenally successful, with over 2.5 million tickets sold. Called "the biggest British rock band of the 80s" by Classic Rock magazine,[9] their 1985–1986 world tour, which included a performance at Live Aid in July 1985, set a record in Australasia. We were changed by it. Produced by Jimmy Iovine with Mark Knopfler also sharing credit, Making Movies was released in October 1980. The era was in need of a new kick ass rock band. Love Over Gold reportedly sold two million copies during the first six weeks after its release. [38], Dire Straits returned to recording at the end of 1984, and began recording tracks at Air Studios in Montserrat for their upcoming fifth studio album to be titled Brothers in Arms with Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman producing. [18], The group's first album, Dire Straits, was recorded at Basing Street studios in Notting Hill, London in February 1978, at a cost of £12,500. 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