“Industrial Disease” is a song from Dire Straits written by Mark Knopfler. It appeared on their 1982 album Love over Gold which was the fourth album from Dire Straits released on 20 September 1982.
The album produced two singles, “Private Investigations”, which reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and “Industrial Disease”, which reached number 9 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.
The song was released as a single in the US and as a rare B-side to “Private Investigations” on cassette tape in the United Kingdom. The B-side to the US “Industrial Disease” single was “Solid Rock” from the previous Dire Straits album Making Movies.
“Industrial Disease” is a song written by Mark Knopfler and also produced by him. Released in 1982 the song is 5:48 long. Orginally the song was published by Rondor Music International and Rondor Music London Ltd. The meaning of the song is the song takes a look at the decline of the British manufacturing industry in the early 1980s, focusing on strikes, depression and dysfunctionality.
“Industrial Disease” was released as a single in the United States and the song reaching the 75 position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The fourteen-minute opus, “Telegraph Road” has gone on to become a favorite on FM radio stations worldwide. The album reached number 1 on album charts in Australia, Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom, and number 19 in the United States.
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Love over Gold was an amazing album by Dire Straits that later in the years was certified gold in the United States, platinum in France and Germany and double-platinum in Canada and the United Kingdom.