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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

Background information
Origin Newcastle, England
Genre(s) Rock
Roots Rock
Years active 1977—1995
Label(s) Vertigo Records
Phonogram Records
Associated acts Sting
The Notting Hillbillies
Michael Brecker
Former members
Mark Knopfler
John Illsley
Alan Clark
Guy Fletcher
David Knopfler
Hal Lindes
Terry Williams
Jack Sonni
Pick Withers

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Dire Straits Overview


Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion), and managed by Ed Bicknell, active between 1977 and 1995. Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock was at the forefront, Dire Straits played a more bluesy style, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s. In their early days, Mark and David requested that pub owners turn down their sound so that patrons could converse while the band played, an indication of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful, with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

Sultans Of Swing: The Very Best Of Dire Straits (1998) Live At The BBC (1995) On The Night (1993) On Every Street (1991) Money For Nothing (1988) Brothers In Arms (1985) Alchemy (1984) ExtendedancEPlay (1983) Love Over Gold (1982) Making Movies (1980)

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Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing' Deemed Unacceptable In Canada

January 14, 2011
Dire Straits hit song ‘Money For Nothing’ has been censored in Canada - over 25 years after it was released. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council said it was too offensive for Canadian broadcasts because it includes the word “f*ggot” three times.  Read more 

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