Recorded for the BBC-Television program “The Old Grey Whistle Test” on January 31st 1978.
Songs brings one back to a time and place. For me this song brings me back to 1979. I was sitting in a county jail for possessing some wild, ditch weed hemp I found along side of interstate 80 in Nebraska.
1978 was a great year for music..Not like the crap that’s out there today. I’m grateful to be a product of the 70′s..
The band around Mark Knopfler went from a seriously promising début , then as continously growing creative renwer of all that had been before, to the exceptional high standard Dire Straits we all remember! Thanks to his golden fingers and brilliant composing. Today nothing of that talent has changed , still with Knopfler all is different again.
I’m 47 too and back in 1987 when Dire Straits were playing this, the following bands had #1 chart hits: Boney M (twice), John Travolta and Olivia Newton John (twice) and Brotherhood of Man! There is always bad music around and there are always gems to be found if you look for them.
@recoveryman63 You got that right.
@recoveryman63 Don’t forget the cause of the death of the music industry, illegal downloading.
@miiwii93 No doubt….It took till 2006 for Skynyrd to get in…(cuz they were associated with a confederate flag)
@MikesMusic475 I’d attribute that to the old recording. You can notice the video quality fading out at some points too. Broadcasting wasn’t 100% HD back then. Still an epic song by a band that “musicians” now and days should take notes from.
His guitar sounds bad here.
@TheIntolerantAtheist unusual comment … watch some more justin bieber and maybe you’ll appreciate these guys … this performance is pure money
Mark Knopfler don’t need no pick
@recoveryman63 here here !!!!
Damn them Bits sure knew how to take american blues and kick it up a notch
5 bands that need to be in the rock n roll hall of fame:
2. Deep Purple
4. Dire Straits
5. Judas Priest
As I live abroad my country I don’t see my dad often, and a few days ago when I met my dad and we were talking like two old friends on tv came up this song, as me and my dad have linstened to it since I was a child, was like a bless, made our day, these simple coincidences make our life be sometimes wonderful.
@recoveryman63 yes mate. agreed.
@MassaDayLewis looks like him .no other resemblence tho
oh man what a band .
proper band, proper music, no crap, oh sorry i mean rap.
@ntrlmass Later…with Jools Holland is the only one that comes to mind
is it just me that think that Mark at this age looks a bit like Chris Martin from Coldplay? =)
Cool…its 2;15am and the neighbor just called and asked me to turn it down.
Wheres that replay tab…
Orgasm at 2:42