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How many Dire Straits fans do we have

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


  1. LiquidMidnight

    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

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    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. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    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

    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 Gold Supporting Member 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 Gold Supporting Member 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

    moley

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

    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. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland


    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. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    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 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    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.