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Thread: Dire Straits

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    Senior Member solidgold's Avatar
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    anybody else like them? i do, particularly walk of life.
    Just wondered!
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    Are they still around?

    I listened to them a lot back in 86 just when "Walk Of Life, Money For Nothing, Brothers In Arms" etc were released.
    They were big time hits back then, and obviously I still like them.

    BTW, a couple of collegues of mine had a nightstop in Bergen (Norway) last year, and was sitting in a (very small) pub near the hotel, having a beer and waiting for the spare ribs they'd ordered.
    A waiter came up and offered them to move into the hotel restaurant, as the band that was going to play that night (it's a combined pub/live music etsablishment) would shortly arrive to do some sound checks and equipment rigging, and that it might get noisy.
    My collegue said that they didn't mind, and stayed put.

    After a while some old guys (60+) with ponytails and ear rings entered, and started tuning guitars and checking microphones etc. Some riffs sounded oddly familiar, and as it turned out, it was the original ensemble of Manfred Mann's Earth band!

    I don't know if you younger souls are familiar with them, but back in the late seventies early eighties, they were a world famous band in the same league as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and later Dire Straits, just to mention a few.

    To find a band like that in small pub at the end of the world was almost surreal.
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    Not really, but Knoplfer is a good guitarist, that's for sure.

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    Dire Straits was a great band. Mark Knopfler is a great guitarist, I agree.
    Though, I can still live without the Money for Nothing song/video.
    The last 4 minutes of Sultans on Alchemy is some of the best guitar playing ever.

    Though I would not qualify Manfred Mann as a world famous band in the same league as Pink Floyd.........They were a popular band for just a few years.
    Pretty much their only hit was a Springsteen cover.

    They were a typical late 70's rock band.........live hard, die fast.
    GMan

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    Quote Originally Posted by planetgman
    Though I would not qualify Manfred Mann as a world famous band in the same league as Pink Floyd.........They were a popular band for just a few years.
    You are of course right, I got a bit carried away. At the peak of their career, they were quite popular worldwide though.
    S. Rosland


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