In 1980 for their third album “Making Movies” , Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits’ easily least melancholy, most upbeat batch of songs, Mark Knopfler joins me here In the Studio for the tales behind “Expresso Love”,”Skateaway” “Solid Rock”, the epic “Tunnel of Love”, and “Romeo and Juliet”.
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“It’s like someone pulling at a thread, unraveling your sweater, except the sweater is you, ” former Dire Straits bandleader Mark Knopfler tries to explain the phenomenon of “Brothers in Arms” thirty-five years ago and modern super-celebrity here In the Studio in this classic rock interview. “I recommend success to anybody. I can’t think of anything good about fame. If you can, let me know.”
Dire Straits under-rated second release “Communique” with Mark Knopfler
The debut of the first Dire Straits album is indelibly etched in my memory as the “alternative to the alternative” that Autumn 1978. While the likes of the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Elvis Costello stole the headlines away from rock’s Establishment then, thirty-ish college English professor Mark Knopler living on rice and beans in […]
When the song “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits became a worldwide hit in Summer 1985, the album Brothers in Arms spent a stunning nine weeks as the #1-seller in the US in 1985, eventually selling a staggering 26,000,000 copies worldwide. This kind of celebrity could not have happened to a more reluctant rock star than Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler, and trust me, there is absolutely no way to prepare for what comes next.
Like David Bowie did five years before and Sting would repeat five years later, Dire Straits’ October 1980 third release “Making Movies” is Mark Knopfler’s unabashedly “Big Apple” album through the eyes of an Englishman in New York who had grown up an ocean away on Hemingway, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan.
Mark Knopfler live in suburban Dallas/Ft.Worth 2019 performing “Romeo and Juliet”
Simple Minds broke from performing the hit “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the soundtrack rolling under the end credits of the John Hughes Brat Pack movie “The Breakfast Club” in early 1985. But that’s just the beginning of the story, and on the 35th anniversary of Simple Minds breakthrough album “Once Upon a Time” we have lead singer/ lyricist Jim Kerr here In the Studio.
Tears for Fears “Songs from the Big Chair” 35th anniversary In the Studio with Redbeard & guest Curt Smith
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