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How many Dire Straits fans do we have

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    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.
  2. sultans of swing is the greatest song ever.
  3. I've liked some stuff Dire Straits did, although not everything. With that said, Making Movies is by far my favorite Dire Straits album.
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Heavy Fuel is my favorite by far.

    "I love the chicks, don't get me wrong. They're the reasons why I wrote this song."
  5. I've been well inot Dire Straits for a while, in fact I only just picked up a copy of Alchemy on CD (I've had it for years on vinyl).

    Sultans of Swing is brilliant! I also really liked Telegraph Road, Money for Nothing and Industrial Disease....

    'Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong....'
  6. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I never understood "Sultans Of Swing".

    Swing? Huh? By what stretch of the imagination can DS's music be called Swing...
  7. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I'm an all time fan.
    Probably the band I'd choose among all others.
    I agree that Making Movies is their best album.
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Pay a bit of attention to the lyrics and you'll understand.
    The Sultans of Swing was a Dixieland Band from the 20s.
    The song refers to an amateur band.
  9. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Ahh, now I get it :)
  10. babecker


    Mar 7, 2002
    Sykesville, MD
    Sultans of Swing was the first bassline I ever sat down and learned front to back. DS is solid.

  11. Saw that he had a lucky escape a couple of months back - was involved in a crash while he was on one of his motorbikes - cracked ribs anyway, and I seem to remember something about a collar bone!
  12. Mark Knopler is the man!!!

    He had to cancel the tour because he got in a bad bike wreck.

    I really like some of his solo stuff as well. Especially Goldenheart - great album. I saw him play solo (with band, not DS) in Berkeley a few years ago. Incredible show. Incredible musician.
  13. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Excellent band!! Brothers in Arms is a phenomenal album!!!
  14. Never forget hearing the first Dire Straits album when it came out. It has a feel and sound that are too cool for words.

    Our band plays "Sultans", always a fun tune.

    I can't blame them for the later, more mainstream, successful commercialized stuff, hey - success is nice, no? But, the original album (side A and side B) will always be the real deal, IMO.

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