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 CD.
- Dire Straits - Making Movieshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9pxg.jpg2011-07-14T23:00:00ZMark Knopfler talks about the genesis of the song Making Movies and we see Dire Straits perform the end result in the Arena programme Dire Straitshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p00j6fllSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
Dire Straits - Making Movies
- Dire Straits - Sultans of Swinghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9pxd.jpg2011-07-14T23:00:00ZDire Straits perform Sultans of Swing live in 1980 from the Arena programme Dire Straitshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p00j6fk0Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing