Dire Straits?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Davidoc, Nov 17, 2001.

  1. What do you guys think of the bassist from the Dire Straits? (my parents wanna know)
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I thought he was competent, but nothing special. I think Dire Straits were mostly hired guns who played Mark Knopler's songs.

    I'm basing my opinion on the only Dire Straits LP I ever had, which was Brothers in Arms.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    As Big Wheel states, Dire Straits was pretty much Knopfler's vehicle. To his credit, though, Isley did play on all of Dire Straits' albums. Also manages to keep even tempo pretty much by himself on Love Over Gold's "Private Investigations". It's harder than it sounds-try it!
  4. I agree, Dire Straits were Knopflers backing band nothing more (Knopfler was already known as a guitarist before he even formed the Straits), but I think Isley did a great job, I dont think Knopfler would be an easy man to back yet he was able to complement Knopflers lead perfectly.
    I have to disagree with BW that he wasnt anything special, lets face it, the whole thing was a showcase for Knopflers lead, nothing else, yet in these confines there are some cool basslines. Because of Knopflers style, it really is the bass that is holding the songs together while Knopfler goes off on his tangents.
  5. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    John Illsley and Terry Williams were a GREAT rhythm
  6. Dire Straights? LOL. Come on, how many bands have their ability summed up within one word of their name?
  7. Straits?? :confused:
    Are you being serious? You dont think Knopfler has any ability? Come one! He's one of the best guitarists of all time! Check out the solo on 'Sultans'.
  8. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    'your parents wanna know....yeah sure ;)
  9. Thanks for your opinions!

    Oh, about the parent thing, my dad was listening to them, and telling me I should listen to them for inspiration. I was unimpressed. My dad saw me on talkbass, and asked my why don't I ask for opinions. I play punk with some jazz on the side, so I'm not all that interesed myself:)