Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Free Chickens. That's what rock stars get - Money for Nothing and Chickens for Free! Today's Friday Flashback is also brought to you by Mark Knopfler - he's coming to town and the rabidrunner has tickets!
Dire Straits was created in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his brother David Knopfler and a few other unknown guys. The name Dire Straits was a reference to their financial situation. Their sound had a stripped down and subdued feel with an emphasis on classic rock. Being English (as in Great Britain English), Dire Straits was formed during the punk rock revolution and wasn't accepted too widely (the track suits and headbands weren't fashionable enough - if they had it to do over again, maybe they'd try some pink hair and spikes. Just a thought).
At some point, an executive from Warner Brothers (the powers that owned the Band so to speak), figured that the Americas would welcome the Straits de Dire with open arms. With that decision their debut album Dire Straits was released in the U.S. and the band became wildly successful.
Dire Straits released six albums from 1978 to 1991 - Dire Straits, Communique, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Brothers in Arms, and On Every Street. The band disbanded (hehehe) when brothers Mark Knopfler and David Knopfler could no longer get along. And aren't we glad! That Mark Knopfler is something else on his own (well not really on his own, 'cause he needs his guitar).
Here's your Dire Straits tunes for free (well almost free - you have to pay for your Internet service provider - HEY! There's a tune "E-mail for nothing and your Internet for free").
Sultans of Swing - Romeo and Juliet - So Far Away - Money For Nothing (with guest vocalist Sting) - Brothers in Arms - On Every Street - Calling Elvis - The Bug - and The Killers cover of Romeo and Juliet