Dire Straits

Dire Straits



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.[1]

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.[2][3] They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million.[4] Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards.[5] 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.[6] 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.



Money for Nothing
"Money for Nothing" is a single by British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their 1985 studio album Brothers in Arms.
An Officer and a Gentleman
An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett, Jr., who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, and was produced by Lorimar Productions for Paramount Pictures.
Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 13 May 1985 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros.
Local Hero
Local Hero is a 1983 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay, and Burt Lancaster.

Photos - Dire Straits21

Popular Albums18

Album Appearances & References10

Popular Live Albums3

Popular Songs25

Song Appearances & References4


Minor Film Appearances & References1

TV Shows3

Book References & Influences2

Collaborators & Influencers9

Other Music-Related Relationships17

Awards & Nominations10


Band Members10


Spotify - Albums & Singles30


Spotify - Appears On4


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles6

Dire Straits
Apple  –  December 3, 2016
Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s ... In 1989, he formed the country-rock group Notting Hillbillies, whose sole album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time, became a British hit upon its spring 1990 release.
Dire Straits
rhino.com  –  December 7, 2016
If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of ...
DIRE STRAITS: Hear Mark Knopfler’s Isolated Guitar Track From 1978’s “Sultans Of Swing”
societyofrock.com  –  December 5, 2016
Finally – one of our favorite guitar parts in rock music, stripped down and just as you were meant to hear it! Written in 1977 and originally recorded as a demo, “Sultans Of Swing” by British rock band Dire Straits is one of those songs that fans ...
What Does It Mean to Be "in Dire Straits"?
wisegeek.com  –  November 16, 2016
My problem is I always think about the worst that could happen and feel like I could really be in dire straits ... song I recall by Dire Straits called Walk of Life. They were a rock band, and I never really got into rock music, but a friend of mine ...
Interview with Chris White of Dire Straits/Dire Straits Experience
amnplify.com.au  –  September 25, 2016
The icon that was British rock band Dire Straits cannot easily be summarised. From Romeo and Juliet to Telegraph Road, the group’s contribution to rock music as a whole is immense. Though they officially broke up a few years ago, their legend lives on ...
Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)
theblues-thatjazz.com  –  December 4, 2016
Dire Straits' minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already ... beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances ...

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