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Dire Straits

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Newcastle, United Kingdom (1977 – 1995)

Dire Straits were a band from Newcastle, United Kingdom, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently managed by Ed Bicknell. Dire Straits emerged during the era of the late ’70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to . If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of , but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song structures of . The band’s music was offset by Knopfler’s lyrics, which approximated the winding, stream-of-conscious narratives of Bob Dylan. As their career progressed, Dire Straits became more refined and their new maturity happened to coincide with the rise of MTV and the compact disc. These two musical revolutions from the mid-’80s helped make Dire Straits’ fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms, an international blockbuster. The band - along with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood - became one of the leaders of a group of self-consciously mature veteran rock & rollers in the late ’80s that designed their music to appeal to aging baby boomers.

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  • Felipee94

    Im listen Dire Straits for the first time rigth now and i found the voice pretty similar to bob dylan

    19 Jul 3:27am Reply
  • candlestick1

    littlrlouie1 you dada man .. h owdy

    7 Jul 6:58pm Reply
  • hessel-z

    Great band. Too bad most people only know them for Sultans of Swing, their songs are amazing.[2]

    28 Jun 3:17pm Reply
  • Yopta_nax

    незаслуженно забыты. "братья по оружию" один из лучших альбомов в истории музыки, не только 80ых.

    6 Jun 5:06pm Reply
  • Hasen_Papa

    Best album for me " On Every Street" all songs are perfect !

    30 May 2:58pm Reply
  • mgpixlab

    Every single live performance of Private Investigations sends shivers down my spine. Of course the studio version does that too. And most of their albums are flawless. Beyond words. Mark Knopfler, forever.

    22 May 6:43am Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Большая команда, альбом Love Over Gold , пожалуй, любимый у них

    29 Apr 12:29pm Reply
  • grunge1ofil

    This is just fucking genious.

    28 Apr 6:43pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    15 Apr 1:43pm Reply
  • Loperty

    Marry me, Mark Knopfler guitar riffs.

    10 Apr 5:42pm Reply
  • GriAnd

    Очень приятная музыка.

    22 Mar 6:53pm Reply
  • mhpcs

    *sem palavras*

    14 Mar 3:44am Reply
  • sshg4l

    моя любовь

    3 Mar 6:38am Reply
  • tntmk

    I can now rest after this exhausting day.

    2 Mar 6:17pm Reply
  • MysSstiC

    "You and Your Friend" is not even in top-15 songs here. Very strange.

    1 Mar 7:25pm Reply
  • jackearaujo

    Great band. Too bad most people only know them for Sultans of Swing, their songs are amazing.

    19 Feb 10:04pm Reply
  • im_uni

    sorry, real fans, but thank you, Kingsman! I just LOVE to find wonderful songs in incredible movies ))

    18 Feb 11:15pm Reply
  • justinlcox

    Can't get enough of them

    5 Feb 4:48am Reply
  • killerblau

    The modern and ancient world would be disgusted with you.

    1 Feb 12:34pm Reply
  • PowersauceBar

    Great rock band to listen to when you just want to relax. Get this band in the R&R HoF ASAP!

    1 Jan 5:33am Reply
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