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Old 05-03-2015, 08:44 AM   #16
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My friends who are metal heads who don't like 'soft' music unanimously like Dire Straits.


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Love this band. The trifecta of Making Movies, Love Over Gold, and Brothers In Arms was a great run.
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I think my biggest gripe with this band is that the amazing prog intro to Money for Nothing gives way to one of the 70s' more predictable rawk tunes.


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I am struggling to think of a band more universally loved. So much more than just the talents of Knopfler too.


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Old 05-03-2015, 09:07 AM   #19
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I think my biggest gripe with this band is that the amazing prog intro to Money for Nothing gives way to one of the 70s' more predictable rawk tunes.










Well, I suppose I'm trying to say that most bands have their polarising characteristics, and their haters. I really don't think these guys have many real haters.


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Old 05-03-2015, 09:08 AM   #20
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There's a world of difference between "most loved" and "least hated."

But I see what Dan means, there certainly aren't a ton of vehement decriers of Dire Straits out there.
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Yes, happy to go along with that. "A band more universally loved" was a bit over the top though
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Yeah, hyperbole and excitement got the better of me.


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I still really love Romeo & Juliet, and as a result of this thread will probably listen to Telegraph Road.
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Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler Appreciation

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I still really love Romeo & Juliet, and as a result of this thread will probably listen to Telegraph Road.

Telegraph Road is Knopfler's 'The Prelude'. Epic, long, intricate, interesting all the way.


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I think my biggest gripe with this band is that the amazing prog intro to Money for Nothing gives way to one of the 70s' more predictable rawk tunes.





Money for Nothing came out in 1985 on Brothers in Arms

I once wrote a 20-page term paper about Money for Nothing for my Rock and Roll History class. It was a "what is one song we did not discuss in class that we should have and why" type of thing. I got an A+, the only A+ term paper I wrote in all of college.

I also loved the Brothers in Arms album when I was a kid (like 3-4 years old). My dad had the vinyl and as soon as I figured out how to work it I put that record on almost every day and danced/jumped around to it start to finish every time. I have no idea why, I just really really really liked it (still do).
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Really? I've generally got the impression that Dire Straits are considered a bit lame and uncool, but not lame or uncool enough to be the subject of sustained vitriol.

Except for Twisting By the Pool, which deserves every bit of hatred it gets.
I quite like Dire Straits but apart from Romeo and Juliet and Sultans, Dire Straits are universally considered the definition of uncool aren't they?
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Money for Nothing came out in 1985 on Brothers in Arms

I once wrote a 20-page term paper about Money for Nothing for my Rock and Roll History class. It was a "what is one song we did not discuss in class that we should have and why" type of thing. I got an A+, the only A+ term paper I wrote in all of college.

I also loved the Brothers in Arms album when I was a kid (like 3-4 years old). My dad had the vinyl and as soon as I figured out how to work it I put that record on almost every day and danced/jumped around to it start to finish every time. I have no idea why, I just really really really liked it (still do).
I still really like it, Walk of My Life is my favourite. I was about 10 and my parents and aunts etc were all into it. I was just thankful that it wasn't Graceland which was their previous favourite, which I did and still do fucking hate.
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I think my biggest gripe with this band is that the amazing prog intro to Money for Nothing gives way to one of the 70s' more predictable rawk tunes.

I should also follow this up with the fact that Knopfler wrote the riff to be deliberately a knock-off of predictable late 70s rawk. He tried to copy Billy Gibbons' (ZZ Top) effects and tone exactly as a parody of that kind of style.
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