I was just listening to these guys today. When I first started getting into music, Dire Straits was probaly the first band I really liked. The thing that always amazed me about this band is how versatile they are. They can do, Hard Rock: Money for Nothing, Heavy Fuel Country: Calling Elvis Folk: Iron Hand, The Man's to Strong Rockabilly/Oldies: The Bug, Why Worry Straight ahead feel good rock: Sultans of Swing Progressive: Private Investigations Heck, even Once Upon a Time in the West even has a a Dub type of groove. I really enjoy Mark Knopfler's guitar playing. He's not out to impress anyone with speed or techncality, but his playing is very soulful and he has a great tone.