Dire Straits | Zoom 78-92

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Dire Straits | #direstraits |
(Mark Knopfler, John Illsley, Pick Withers, David Knopfler, Hal Lindes, Alan Clark, Terry Williams, Guy Fletcher, Jack Sonni)
[1977-1995], Deptford, Greater London, United Kingdom |
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Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).

Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, the band’s stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more “rootsy” influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic.

Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on Compact Disc.

Dire Straits also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. The band’s most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Lady Writer”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Telegraph Road”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”.

Dire Straits’ career spanned a combined total of 15 years. They originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991, and disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full-time as a solo artist.

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29 – Dire Straits – The Bug – 1992
26 – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel – 1991
25 – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis – 1991
21 – Dire Straits – Walk of Life – 1985
20 – Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms – 1985
19 – Dire Straits – Money for Nothing – 1985
18 – Dire Straits – So Far Away – 1985
16 – Dire Straits – Two Young Lovers [Live] – 1984
12 – Dire Straits – Twisting by the Pool – 1983
11 – Dire Straits – Private Investigations – 1982
9 – Dire Straits – Skateaway – 1981
8 – Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet – 1980
5 – Dire Straits – Lady Writer – 1979
2 – Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – 1978
1 – Dire Straits – Wild West End – 1978

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