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Old 05-03-2015, 02:11 AM   #1
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Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler Appreciation

Talk in another thread lead me to want to talk to people about Dire Straits more.

I've loved a select few songs for years, but only in the last little while have I gone through each album.

Mark Knopfler's genius cannot be overstated.
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Old 05-03-2015, 02:19 AM   #2
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He's so great, as are the Dire Straits.

Just having another Tina Turner night, as well (having a lot of those lately) and he did some great stuff for her. Private Dancer being the most obvious, of course.
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I've had Making Movies on repeat today. Insanely good album


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Yep - live version on the best of released in the late 90s is epic too


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Telegraph Road is far and away the finest thing Dire Straits ever did.
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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I have a weakness for 'Romeo And Juliet'.
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Love Over Gold and Skateaway need some love too.
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Love Over Gold and Skateaway need some love too.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who appreciates Skateaway. No idea if it's particularly popular or not among fans, but it's not one I've normally heard namechecked. I'd rate it as the best off Making Movies.

And Love Over Gold, the entire album, is excellent. Without question the band's finest hour.
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Probably one of our least-talked about bands, I'd say. I wonder why, I like them a lot. I've only got a best of, but love pretty much all those songs. The chorus in Romeo & Juliet is to die for.

Alchemy is also one of the best live albums I've ever heard. The version of Sultans of Swing on that is fucking immense.
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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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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.
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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.

Loved may be too strong, but I have never met a person, no matter how cool, that doesn't appreciate them on some level.

I am obviously discounting teeny-boppers. I'm talking people who like human-played music.


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