Dire Straits

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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.

They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. 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".

According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time. Their 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. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who had remained throughout the band's career.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Dire Straits Dire Straits 4.5 14
1979 Communiqué Dire Straits 4.75 12
1980 Making Movies Dire Straits 4 11
1982 Love Over Gold Dire Straits 4.8 14
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 4.4 17
1991 On Every Street Dire Straits 3 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 Money for Nothing Compilation Dire Straits 3.5 9
1992 Heavy Fuel Compilation Dire Straits 1
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits Compilation Dire Straits 3.65 7
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations Compilation Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler 8
2011 2 for 1: Brothers in Arms / On Every Street Compilation Dire Straits 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live Live Dire Straits 5 8
1991 Cocaine - Live (disc 1) Live Dire Straits 1
1993 On the Night Live Dire Straits 7
1993 Calling Elvis. Live At St. Jakob Stadion Live Dire Straits 1
1995 Live at the BBC Live Dire Straits 5
2008 Sultans of Swing - Live In Germany Live Dire Straits 1
Live in Dortmund 1980 Live Dire Straits 1
London 1985 Live Dire Straits 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits 5 4
1985 Money for Nothing Dire Straits 3 2
1985 Walk of Life Dire Straits 3.5 2
1987 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 5 1
1991 Calling Elvis Dire Straits 5 2
1991 Heavy Fuel Dire Straits 3 1
1992 On Every Street Dire Straits 5 1
1992 The Bug Dire Straits 1
1992 You and Your Friend Dire Straits 4 1
1994 Ticket to Heaven Dire Straits 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits 5 1
1983 ExtendedancEPlay Dire Straits 4

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Encores Live Dire Straits 3

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991 Dire Straits 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Remastered Dire Straits 1
2011 The Ultimate Best Of Dire Straits Dire Straits 1

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