Dire Straits

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Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, 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, their 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, 1985's Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on the then new compact disc (CD) format. They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards. The band's songs include "Money for Nothing", "Sultans of Swing", "So Far Away", "Walk of Life", "Brothers in Arms", "Private Investigations", "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love", "Telegraph Road", and "Lady Writer".

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 solo career full-time. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who remained throughout the band's career.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Dire Straits Dire Straits 4.6 20
1979 Communiqué Dire Straits 4.65 17
1980 Making Movies Dire Straits 4 14
1982 Love Over Gold Dire Straits 4.85 19
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 4.45 30
1991 On Every Street Dire Straits 3.35 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Money for Nothing Dire Straits 3.5 9
1991 Dire Straits Dire Straits 1
1992 Heavy Fuel Dire Straits 1
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits Dire Straits 3.65 10
1999 The Whispers of Dire Straits: The Best Ballads Dire Straits 1
2001 The Very Best: MTV History 2000 Dire Straits 2
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler 10
2008 Greatest Hits Dire Straits 1
2011 2 for 1: Brothers in Arms / On Every Street Dire Straits 1
The Last Waltz Dire Straits 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 The Boarding House San Francisco April 1, 1979 - Live Dire Straits 1
1984 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live Dire Straits 4.75 10
1984 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, Part One (first part of "Alchemy: Dire Straits Live" as an independent release) Dire Straits 2
1984 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, Part Two (second part of "Alchemy: Dire Straits Live" as an independent release) Dire Straits 2
1990 1979-03-03: Live USA: The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, USA Dire Straits 1
1990 Once Upon a Time Dire Straits 1
1990 Straiting Out Things - Live at Wembley 1985 Dire Straits 1
1991 1985-08-17: San Antonio, TX, USA Dire Straits 1
1991 Cocaine - Live Dire Straits 1
1991 Live in Chester Dire Straits 1
1991 Perfect Investigations Dire Straits 1
1991 Solid Rock Dire Straits & Eric Clapton 1
1991 Thank You Australia and New Zealand Dire Straits 1
1991 Walk on Stage Dire Straits 1
1992 1991-09-19: Sold Out in Every Street: Wembley Arena, London, UK Dire Straits 1
1992 1992-05-31: Rotterdam, Netherlands Dire Straits 1
1992 European Tour 1992 Dire Straits 1
1992 On Every Planet Dire Straits 1
1992 Rock File '79 Dire Straits 1
1992 Ticket to Heaven Dire Straits 1
1993 On the Night Dire Straits 4 8
1993 Calling Elvis. Live At St. Jakob Stadion Dire Straits 1
1994 Rotterdam 1978 Dire Straits 1
1995 Live at the BBC Dire Straits 3 6
2002 Angels On A Saturday Night Dire Straits 1
2007 1985-08-16: Secrets in the Closet: Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX, USA Dire Straits 1
2008 Sultans of Swing - Live In Germany Dire Straits 2
1981-07-01: Torino, Italy Dire Straits 1
1981-07-05: Before We Became Famous: X Rekords, Brussels, Belgium Dire Straits 1
1985-08-05: American Tour 1985: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA Dire Straits 1
1986-04-26: The Final Oz Concert Dire Straits 1
1988‐06‐11: Dire Straits Live – Mandela ’88: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Dire Straits 2
Autumn In Nimes Dire Straits 1
Goin' Home - Recorded Live in London 1983 Dire Straits 1
Lady Love Dire Straits 1
Live in Dortmund 1980 Dire Straits 1
Live USA Dire Straits 1
Live USA, Volume 2 Dire Straits 1
London 1985 Dire Straits 1
Neverend Dire Straits 1
On Every Stage Dire Straits 1
On the Road to Philadelphia Dire Straits 1
Rock Royalties Dire Straits 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits 5 4
1985 Money for Nothing Dire Straits 3 4
1985 Walk of Life Dire Straits 3.5 3
1987 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 5 2
1991 Calling Elvis Dire Straits 5 2
1991 Enter Sandman / Calling Elvis Metallica / Dire Straits 1
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
Kingdome Come Dire Straits 1
Millionaire Blues Dire Straits 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Synchronised Perfection 10cc, Dire Straits & Rod Stewart 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits 5 1
1982 ExtendedancEPlay Dire Straits 5

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Brothers in Arms: The Videosingles Dire Straits 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Encores Dire Straits 3

Other

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Ultimate Best Of Dire Straits Dire Straits 1
Around South America Dire Straits 4 1
Texan Sunset Dire Straits 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Sultans Of Swing - The Very Best of Dire Straits Dire Straits 1

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