Believe it or not it’s over 30 years since Dire Straits released their hit album “Brothers in Arms”. This was fifth studio album for the band which included the smash “Money for Nothing” song released in 1985 and spent ten weeks at the top of the UK charts.
This mega album winner of two Grammy awards in 1986, went nine-times platinum and sold more in 30 million copies worldwide. It also spawned five hit singles including “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and the title track.
Now, we taking a look back at this timeless rock classic album and bring you ten things that probably you do not knew about “Brothers In Arms”.
1. Mark Knopfler wrote the title track “Brothers in Arms” in 1982, in the midst of the Falklands War. The two-month conflict claimed the lives of 258 soldiers. In 2007, Knopfler released a new version of the track to mark 25th anniversary of the conflict. All proceeds went to a programme to help veterans deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
2. Knopfler wrote “Money For Nothing” – which mocks the rock star lifestyle – after hearing a “hard-hat type” complaining in a department store while MTV played in the background on a wall of TVs.
3. In 2007, Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx claimed that “Money for Nothing” was about his band’s outrageous lifestyle. He said had been told that the videos the man was grumbling about was theirs.
4. The album was recorded on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, where Sting happened to be on holiday. He popped in to help out on “Money for Nothing”.
5. Although he has joint writing credits for the track, Sting only provided the opening refrain – pinched from his own Police hit “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” to which he sings “I want my MTV.” He was reported to be embarrassed that his song publishing company demanded the credit.
6. Drummer Terry Williams was replaced by Sting’s drummer Omar Hakim halfway through the album after producer Neil Dorfsman decided he wasn’t up to scratch. Omar Hakim recorded the beat on all the tracks in two days although Williams’ drumming can still be heard in the iconic opening of “Money for Nothing”.
7. Weird Al Yankovic parodied the song for his movie UHF, mixing it with the theme tune to Beverly Hillbillies. Mark Knopfler gave permission for the spoof and insisted on playing guitar on the song.
8. “Walk of Life” was written to celebrate buskers on the streets of London. The original video features a busker on the tube but it was changed for the US market to montage of sporting bloopers.
9. “Brothers in Arms” is played in the Brad Pitt/ Robert Redford film “Spy Game” beginning as Pitt flies out of Vietnam.
10. Metallica covered “Brothers in Arms” when they played Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit on October 27, 2007.