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Dire Straits

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Dire Straits emerged through the post-punk period of the past due ’70s, even though their audio was minimalistic and stripped straight down, they owed small to punk. If anything, the music group was a primary outgrowth from the root base revivalism of pub rock and roll, but where pub rock and roll celebrated memories, Dire Straits had been melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Tag Knopfler, the group constructed their audio upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, however they also acquired jazz and nation inflections, sometimes dipping in to the epic music structures of intensifying rock and roll. The band’s music was offset by Knopfler’s lyrics, which approximated the winding, stream-of-conscious narratives of Bob Dylan. As their profession advanced, Dire Straits became even more sophisticated and their fresh maturity occurred to coincide using the rise of MTV as well as the compact disc. Both of these musical revolutions in the middle-’80s helped make Dire Straits’ 6th record, Brothers in Hands, a global blockbuster. The music group — alongside Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood — become among the market leaders of several self-consciously mature experienced rock and roll & rollers in the past due ’80s that designed their music to attract aging seniors. Regardless of the band’s worldwide achievement, they couldn’t maintain their stardom, waiting around a complete six years to provide a follow-up to Brothers in Hands, by which period their audience acquired shrunk considerably. Knopfler (blessed August 12, 1949) was generally the main drive behind Dire Straits. The kid of the architect, Knopfler examined English books at Leeds School and proved helpful briefly being a rock and roll critic for the Yorkshire Evening Post while at university. He started teaching British after his graduation, leading a pub rock-band known as Brewer’s Droop during the night. By 1977, Tag was using his sibling David (electric guitar) and his roommate John Illsley (bass). Through the summer months of 1977, the trio trim a demonstration with drummer Find Withers. A London DJ called Charlie Gillett noticed the demonstration and started playing “Sultans of Golf swing” on his BBC present Honky Tonkin’. Carrying out a tour starting for Talking Minds, the music group began documenting their debut for Vertigo Information with maker Muff Winwood in early 1978. By the summertime, they had authorized with Warner in the us, liberating their eponymous debut within the fall. Because of the very best Ten strike “Sultans of Golf swing,” Dire Straits was a significant success both in Britain and America, using the solitary and recording climbing in to the TOP on both edges from the Atlantic. Dire Straits founded Dire Straits as a significant push on album-oriented radio in the us, and their second recording, Communique (1979), consolidated their viewers, offering three million copies world-wide. Because the group was documenting its third recording, David Knopfler remaining the music group to pursue a single profession; he was changed by previous Darling member Hal Lindes. Like its forerunner, Making Films was a big hit in the us and Britain, despite the fact that the music group was criticized for musically treading drinking water. However, the record proceeded to go gold on the effectiveness of the air and MTV strikes “Romeo and Juliet” and “Skateaway.” Dire Straits adopted the recording two years afterwards with Appreciate Over Silver, an record filled with lengthy, experimental passages, in addition to the one “Personal Investigations,” which became lots two hit within the U.K. The record went gold in the us and spent a month at number 1 in Britain. Soon after the discharge of Like Over Gold, previous Rockpile drummer Terry Williams changed Withers. During 1982, Knopfler started exploring musical strategies beyond Dire Straits, credit scoring the Costs Forsyth film Regional Hero and playing on Truck Morrison’s Beautiful Eyesight. Apart from launching the Twisting with the Pool EP early in 1983, Dire Straits had been quiet in most of 1983 and 1984, as Knopfler created Bob Dylan’s Infidels, in addition to Aztec Surveillance camera and Willy DeVille; he also composed “Personal Dancer for Tina Turner’s return recording. In the springtime of 1984, the music group released the dual recording Alchemy: Dire Straits Live and by the finish of the entire year, they had started documenting their fifth studio room recording with their fresh keyboardist, Man Fletcher. Released in the summertime of 1985, Brothers in Hands was Dire Straits’ discovery recording, making the music group worldwide stars. Backed by the groundbreaking computer-animated video for “Cash for Nothing at all,” a music which mocked music video clips, the recording became a blockbuster, spending nine weeks near the top of the American graphs and offering over nine million copies; in Britain, the record became the biggest-selling record from the ’80s. “Walk of Lifestyle” and “UP TO NOW Away” held Brothers in Hands in the graphs through 1986, and Dire Straits performed over 200 schedules to get the record. After the tour was finished, Dire Straits continued hiatus for quite some time, as Knopfler created information by Randy Newman and Joan Armatrading, have scored movies, toured with Eric Clapton, and documented a duet record with Chet Atkins (Throat and Throat, 1990). In 1989, he produced the country-rock group Notting Hillbillies, whose lone record, Missing…Presumed Having a great time, became a Uk strike upon its planting season 1990 release. Through the prolonged period off, John Illsley documented his second recording; the first made an appearance in 1984. In 1990, Knopfler reconvened Dire Straits, which right now presented Illsley, Clark, Fletcher, and different session music artists. The music group released On Every Road in nov 1991 to great expectation. However, the recording failed to meet up with anticipations — it just went platinum in the us and it didn’t split the U.K. Best 40 — and didn’t generate popular solitary. Likewise, the tour was a disappointment, numerous tickets heading unsold in both U.S. and European countries. After the tour was finished, the live record On the night time was released within the springtime of 1993 as well as the music group again continued hiatus. In 1996, Knopfler released his solo profession with Golden Center.

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Spouse Kitty Aldridge, Lourdes Salomone
Children Isabella Knopfler, Katya Ruby Rose Knopfler, Joseph Knopfler, Benji Knopfler
Awards Grammy Award for Best Music Video, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Brit Award for British Group, Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Juno Award for International Album of the Year, Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Group
Music Songs Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Romeo and Juliet, So Far Away, Tunnel of Love, Brothers in Arms, Your Latest Trick, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations, Lady Writer, Calling Elvis, Why Worry, Skateaway, Twisting By The Pool, Down to the Waterline, On Every Street, Industrial Disease, Heavy Fuel, Water Of Love, The Bug, Once Upon a Time in the West, Wild West End, Ticket to Heaven, You and Your Friend, Six Blade Knife, Expresso Love, Solid Rock, The Man's Too Strong, Ride Across The River, Where Do You Think You're Going?, In the Gallery
Albums Brothers in Arms, Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, Communiqué, Love over Gold, On Every Street, Making Movies, On the Night, Dire Straits, Live at the BBC, On the Road to Philadelphia, Live At Knebworth, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, Private Investigations, ExtendedancEPlay, Money for Nothing, Encores, Live in Bochum, Live In Chester, Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, March 3rd, 1979 (Doxy Collection, Remastered, Live on Fm Broadcasting), Live 2015, On Every Stage - A Tribute to Dire Straits, Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, August 16th, 1985, Love Over Gold / Making Movies
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Brit Award for British Single, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, Brit Award for British Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Concept Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Most Experimental Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance, Brits Album of 30 Years Award, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single


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1 After attending a Vince Gill gig in New York in 1989, Mark Knopfler was so impressed with his guitar playing he asked him to join Dire Straits, but since Vince had just signed a contract with MCA Records he had to decline the offer.
2 When MTV branched out to Europe on 1 August 1987, the band's "Money for Nothing" was the very first video to be aired for the launch. The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" had been used for the premiere of MTV in the US on 1 August 1981.
3 They were the first band to sell a million copies in the then new CD format when their "Brothers in Arms" album was released in 1985.
4 On the band's hit "Money for Nothing" (1985), Sting sings the backing vocals refrain ("I want my MTV...") to the air of his own Grammy-winning track "Don't Stand So Close to Me".
5 Discovered by Charlie Gillett in 1976 after he played "Sultans of Swing" from the band's demo tape on his influential BBC Radio London show Honky Tonk.
6 Won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Group in 1983 and 1986.
7 "Brothers in Arms" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Album in 1987.
8 Won Grammys in following categories: "Money for Nothing" (Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal) (1985); "Brothers in Arms" (Best Music Video, Short Form) (1986).
9 Members have included Mark Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher, Phil Palmer, Chris White, Chris Whitten, Danny Cummings, Paul Franklin
10 The name came about because most of its members were broke when they formed the band.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Final Score 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
World Championship Snooker 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 performer: "Hand In Hand"
Snooker: Welsh Open 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rack Pack 2016 performer: "Money For Nothing" - uncredited
Atmos the Addict 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Study in Fear 2015 TV Series performer: "Money For Nothing"
Dancing with the Stars 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Goldbergs 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kingsman: The Secret Service 2014 performer: "Money For Nothing"
UK Championship Snooker 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Last Ship 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parenthood 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Shell 2012/I performer: "Walk of Life"
Argo 2012 performer: "Sultans of Swing"
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Luck 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Generació D 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "Money for Nothing"
Total Wipeout 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Video Game performer: "Money for Nothing"
20 to 1 2007-2010 TV Series documentary performer - 4 episodes
Miranda 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Video Game performer: "Sultans of Swing"
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2008-2009 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
What Just Happened 2008 performer: "Brothers in Arms"
Brooklyn Rules 2007 performer: "Walk Of Life"
Everybody Hates Chris 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hot Fuzz 2007 performer: "Romeo and Juliet"
The Simpsons 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Benchwarmers 2006 performer: "Walk of Life"
Two Tickets to Paradise 2006 performer: "Walk of Life", "Your Latest Trick"
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brothers in Arms 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: "Brothers in Arms", "Money for Nothing", "Lions", "Sultans of Swing", "Walk of Life" - uncredited
Tooth 2004 performer: "Money for Nothing"
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection 2003 Video "Money for Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies*"
Spy Game 2001 performer: "Brothers in Arms"
The West Wing TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Super Speedway 2000 Documentary performer: "Once Upon a Time in the West"
Komodo 1999 performer: "Sultans of Swing"
200 Cigarettes 1999 performer: "Romeo & Juliet"
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 performer: "Relax"
Around the Fire 1998 performer: "Water of Love"
Can't Hardly Wait 1998 performer: "Romeo & Juliet"
Tohuwabohu 1994-1998 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Due South 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Metroland 1997 performer: "Sultans Of Swing"
Ed 1996 performer: "Walk of Life"
Empire Records 1995 performer: "Romeo & Juliet"
Desperado 1995 performer: "Six Blade Knife"
Ringside 1992 Documentary performer: "Money For Nothing"
Civvies 1992 TV Series performer: "Brothers In Arms"
Miami Vice 1985-1987 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
EastEnders 1985-1986 TV Series performer - 6 episodes
Maricela 1986 TV Movie performer: "Walk of Life"
SpaceCamp 1986 performer: "Walk of Life", "So Far Away"
Lucas 1986 performer: "Walk Of Life"
Prince of Bel Air 1986 TV Movie performer: "WALK OF LIFE"
Saturday Night's Main Event 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bergerac 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary performer: "Money for Nothing", "Sultans of Swing"
Dire Straits: Money for Nothing 1985 Video short performer: "Money for Nothing"
Motel 1984 TV Series performer: "Telegraph Road"
Derrick TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1983 writer - 1 episode, 1983
Local Hero 1983 "Local Hero"
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 performer: "Tunnel of Love" 1980
Snow: The Movie 1982 performer: "Sound Rock"
Wu ting 1981 performer: "Sultans of Swing"
Top of the Pops 1979-1981 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Amorevolmente 1980 performer: "WALK OF LIFE"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MusiCalifornia 1985 TV Series Themselves
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Themselves
Känguru 1985 TV Series Themselves
Dire Straits: Money for Nothing 1985 Video short Themselves
Supergroups 1985 TV Movie Themselves
Bananas 1982 TV Series Themselves
Na sowas! 1982 TV Series Themselves
Festival di Sanremo 1981 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Themselves
Rockpalast 1979 TV Series Themselves
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1978 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary Themselves
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Themselves
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Themselves
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series Themselves
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Themselves
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Themselves
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Themselves
Hittimittari 1985 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1979-1981 TV Series Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group For the song 'Money for Nothing'.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Grammy Grammy Awards Best New Artist


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