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Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in by Mark Knopfler lead vocals and lead guitarDavid Knopfler rhythm guitar and backing vocalsJohn Illsley bass guitar and backing vocalsand Pick Withers drums and percussion. They were active from to and again from to Dire Straits are one of the world's best-selling music artistswith album sales of over million. Their first single, " Sultans of Swing ", from their self-titled debut albumreached the top ten in the UK and US charts.
It was followed by hit singles including " Romeo and Juliet "" Private Investigations "" Twisting by the Pool "" Money for Nothing "and " Walk of Life " Dire Straits' sound draws from various influences including jazzfolkand countryand the blues rock of J.
Cale and Eric Clapton. There were several changes in personnel, with Mark Knopfler and Illsley being the only consistent members. After disbanding once again inKnopfler launched his solo career full-time. At the time of the band's formation, Mark was working as a teacher at art college, Illsley was studying at Goldsmiths' College, and David was a social worker.
Inthe group recorded a five-song demo tape which included their future hit single, " Sultans of Swing ", as well as " Miss Luann - George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Bad To The Bone of Love " and " Down to the Waterline ".
Two months later, Dire Straits signed a recording contract with the Vertigo division of Phonogram Inc. Records in New York City. She felt that it was the kind of music audiences were hungry for, but only one person in her department agreed at first. That year, Dire Straits began a tour as opening band for Talking Heads after the re-released "Sultans of Swing" finally started to climb the UK charts.
Records ; before the end ofDire Straits had released their self-titled debut worldwide. They received more attention in the US, but also arrived at the top of the charts in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dire Straits eventually went top 10 in every European country. The following year, Dire Straits embarked on their first North American tour. They played 51 sold-out concerts over a day period. In the United Kingdom the album peaked at No. Gagging Puke Whore Throat And Used - Bodyxbags / Drowned In Sewage Liquids - Colonization In Progres the single " Lady Writer ", the second album continued in a similar vein as the first and displayed the expanding scope of Knopfler's lyricism on the opening track, " Once Upon a Time in the West ".
During the recording sessions, tension between Mark and David Knopfler took its toll on the band, and David Knopfler left over creative differences with his brother to pursue a solo career; he was uncredited on the album.
Making Movies received mostly positive reviews and featured longer songs with more complex arrangements, a style which would continue for the rest of the band's career. The album featured many of Mark Knopfler's most personal compositions. The most successful chart single was " Romeo and Juliet " number 8 in the UK singles charta song about a failed love affair, with Knopfler's trademark in keeping personal songs under fictitious names.
Although "Tunnel of Love" only reached the position of No. Dire Straits' fourth studio album Love Over Goldan album of songs filled with lengthy, experimental passages that featured Alan Clark's piano and keyboard work, was well received when it was released in Septembergoing gold in America and spending four weeks at number one in the United Kingdom.
The title was inspired by graffiti seen from the window of Knopfler's old council flat in London. The phrase was taken from the sleeve of an album by Captain Beefheart. 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.
In other parts of the world, " Industrial Disease ", a song that looks at the decline of the Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s manufacturing industry in the early s, focusing on strikes, depression and dysfunctionality, was the main single from the album, particularly in Canada, where it became a top 10 hit.
Also written by Knopfler during this period was " Private Dancer ", which did not appear on the album, but was eventually given to Tina Turner for her comeback album of the same name. Love Over Gold reportedly sold two million copies during the first six weeks after its release. His replacement was Terry Williamsformerly of Rockpile and a range of other Welsh bands including Man. The double album Alchemy Live was a recording of excerpts from these two concerts and was reportedly released without studio overdubs.
During and Mark Knopfler was also involved in other projects outside of the band. He wrote the music scores for the films Local Hero and Calwhich were also released as albums. Dire Straits returned to recording at the end ofand began recording tracks at Air Studios in Montserrat for their upcoming Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s studio album to be titled Brothers in Arms with Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman producing.
The recording sessions saw further personnel changes. Mandel had returned to session work and the band added a full-time second keyboardist, Guy Fletcherwho had previously worked as a session musician with Roxy Music and on the Cal soundtrack.
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 Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s first month of the recording sessions.
Williams was temporarily replaced by jazz session drummer Omar Hakimwho re-recorded the album's drum parts during a two-day stay before leaving for other commitments.
Andy Kanavan was briefly with the band as a drummer. Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the — Brothers in Arms world tour that followed. Released in MayBrothers in Arms entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and spent a total of weeks in the charts,  and sold over 4. Brothers in Arms was the first album recorded entirely digitally due to Knopfler pushing for improved sound quality. The result was Dire Straits' most commercially successful hit single in the UK, peaking at number two.
The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first compact disc CD to sell a million copies,  and it has Wreck - Unter Drogen - S/T credited with popularising the CD format. The — Brothers in Arms world tour which followed the album's release was phenomenally successful, with over 2.
The band played shows in over different cities. While playing a night residency at Wembley Arena in London, the band moved down the road to Wembley Stadium on the afternoon of 13 Julyto appear in a Live Aid slot,  in which their set Heartbeat - Scouting For Girls - Scouting For Girls "Money For Nothing" with Sting as guest vocalist.
The tour ended at the Sydney Entertainment CentreAustralia on 26 Aprilwhere Dire Straits still holds the record for consecutive appearances at 21 nights. Withtickets sold in Australia and New Zealand it was the biggest concert tour in Australasian music history, until it was overtaken in — by Ed Sheeran. Additionally ina group set out Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s London to Khartoum to raise money for famine relief led by John Abbey, was called "The Walk of Life".
Dire Straits donated the Brothers in Arms Gold disc to the participants in recognition of what they were doing.
After the Brothers in Arms tour ended Three-Part Triple Fugue (Organ) - Johann Sebastian Bach • The Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra* • Wol Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits and during he concentrated on solo projects and film soundtracks. Dire Straits regrouped in for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert staged on 11 June at Wembley Stadium, in which they were the headline act.
They were joined for their set by Eric Clapton who performed his hit " Wonderful Tonight " with the group and played rhythm guitar on the other songs performed by the band, while Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s Jack Sonni was absent. Mark Knopfler announced the dissolution of Dire Straits in September He told Rob Tannenbaum in Rolling Stone : "A lot of press reports were saying we were the biggest band in the world.
There's not an accent then on the music, there's an accent on popularity. I needed a rest. The Notting Hillbillies' one album, Missing The Notting Hillbillies toured for the remainder of the year, and also appeared on Saturday Night Live. Knopfler would further emphasise his country music influences on his collaboration with guitarist Chet AtkinsNeck and Neck. Knopfler explained that the latter was an experimental Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s , and was unsure if they should The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole it on a following record.
This was prior to the time that Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80sIllsley and manager Ed Bicknell decided to reform the band the following year. In earlyDire Straits reunited. Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro performed in place of Williams. It was met with more moderate success and mixed reviews, as well as a significantly reduced audience.
However, it sold 8 million copies, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and number 12 in the United States. The album failed to produce a major hit single in the United Kingdom. The first single release was the opening track " Calling Elvis ", which had a video based on the s television show Thunderbirds. It charted at number 21 in the UK but dropped out Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff - Piano Concertos Nos.
1 & 4 the charts within four weeks. The follow-up single, " Heavy Fuel ", failed to reach the Top 50 in the UK singles chart, however in the United States the track reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,  their second song to do so after "Money for Nothing". Similarly, the album's title track was also relatively unsuccessful, failing to reach the UK Top The final single released Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s the album and from the band in the UK was " The Bug ", which contains backing vocals by Vince Gillwho was also invited to join the band full-time but declined, and pursued a solo career.
With session drummer Chris Whitten added to the lineup, Dire Straits embarked on a world tour to promote the album which lasted until October The On Every Street Tour featured shows in front of some 7.
While musically more elaborate than the previous —86 world tour, the band's gruelling final tour was not as critically acclaimed nor as successful commercially. This proved to be Eastbound Train (Unreleased Track) - Dire Straits - Live In The 80s much for Dire Straits, and by this time Mark Knopfler had had enough of such massive operations. This led to the second and final break-up.
Bill Flanagan described the sequence of events in GQ : "The subsequent world tour lasted nearly two years, made mountains of money and drove Dire Straits into the ground. When the tour was over, both Knopfler's marriage and his band were gone. Manager Ed Bicknell also said "The last tour was utter misery.
Whatever the zeitgeist was that we had been part of, it had passed. We were changed by it. After the One More Day - Mushroomhead - XIII 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. A live album, On the Nightwas released in Maywhich documented the tour, again to very mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it reached the UK Top 5, a rare achievement for a live album.
Dire Straits' final album, Live at the BBCwas a collection of live recordings from towhich mostly featured the original line-up of the band. After disbanding Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler started his career as a solo artist, releasing his first solo album, Golden Heartin March after nearly 20 years of collaborations.
Brothers in Arms was certified nine times platinum in the US in August Brendan Croker joined Knopfler during the first half, playing mainly material composed with The Notting Hillbillies. Illsley came on for a Dire Straits session, toward the end of which, at a Shepherd's Bush concert, Jimmy Nail came on to provide backing vocals for Knopfler's solo composition, " Why Aye Man ".
The song appears in the album The Ragpicker's Dreaman album that contains numerous other references to Knopfler's home area in North East England. Featuring material from the majority of Dire Straits' studio albums as well as Mark Knopfler's solo and soundtrack material, it was released in two editions, a single CD with grey cover and a double CD in blue cover.
The only previously unreleased track on the album, " All the Roadrunning ", is a duet with singer Emmylou Harris.
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