Dire Straits

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2018   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2012 (ranked #161) .


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Dire Straits (1978)
Making Movies (1980)
Brothers in Arms (1985)

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Sultans Of Swing (1978)
Romeo and Juliet (1980)
Money for Nothing (1985)
Walk of Life (1985)

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Will Dire Straits be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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This is a case seldom looked at, but with a big contrast to The Cure.

Given that so many record guides I recall reading chastise Dire Straits for their lack of influence on musicians even though they were incredibly popular, I have had the impression that Dire Straits' chance of being inducted lay almost exclusively in the first few years. Yet, they have not as far as I know been on any ballot. this does give the impression Dire Straits' chance has already gone and the idea of their induction will disappear sooner or later.

An oddity is the lack of sites dedicated to lobbying for Dire Straits' induction - I have seen them for artists by any possible account less likely. It's as if those who would have wanted them in the Hall were confident they would get in during their first year of eligibility, whilst those who wanted them excluded for the sentiments mentioned above felt that lobbying against them would only increase their chances because of the reaction likley to result.

Posted by taite on Monday, 02.19.07 @ 17:52pm


One of my favorite bands (and favorite guitarists), but I think their induction is unlikely. Maybe in the next few years when the pickings are slim for newly eligibles, DS will slip in. I certainly hope so.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 02.20.07 @ 09:09am


Great goup prbobably deserving to be inducted

Posted by roméo on Monday, 03.5.07 @ 10:25am


I have little hope of them being intruduced.
I think they deservie it purely for their originality.

Posted by TopHat on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 08:03am


Considering the length of time it took for Bob Seger and Lynyrd Skynyrd to get in, it will probably take Dire Straits a long time to get in. But that in no way changes the fact that they should have gone in on the first year of eligability. Mark Knopfler is one of the finest and most original guitar players in the world. But in the eyes of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame it takes popularity over talent to get in.

Posted by Rodr on Tuesday, 05.1.07 @ 20:49pm


Oh, yes, Dire Straits. Pardon the cliche, but "Money For Nothing" summed up the early 80's as its MTV anthem.

God, I miss good MTV. What crap it is now...

Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet (remade beautifully by Indigo Girls to boot), So Far Away, and Walk of Life...

Rock on, Dire Straits.

Posted by Moni3 on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 21:56pm


I feel that if Dire Straits doesn't get in, Mark Knophler should at least be nominated. Dire Straits was basically his outfit.

If the original quartet of Knophler, Knophler, Withers and Ilsley stuck together for more years than they did, I feel that they would have had more leverage. But those years they were brilliant, and worthy of recogognition.

Posted by Barry Smith on Thursday, 12.13.07 @ 14:18pm


Over 100.000.000 album sold around the world..is not enough??

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 23:56pm


"Over 100.000.000 album sold around the world..is not enough??"-Alex

I take it you also endorse Barbra Streisand?

Posted by William on Wednesday, 12.19.07 @ 00:47am


Wiiliam said : "Over 100.000.000 album sold around the world..is not enough??"-Alex

I take it you also endorse Barbra Streisand?

Streisand shouldn't get a nomination purely because she's not a rock musician, period, despite any other arguments. Are you claiming Dire Straits weren't/aren't rock musicians?

Posted by fatmat on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 11:27am


I've read this claim before that Dire Straits haven't influenced enough musicians around the world to be considered for the HoF. Seems pretty insubstantial to me. Can anyone enlighten me about how "influence" is measured?
Their songs have been covered by bands as diverse and "influential" as Metallica, Indigo Girls, The Killers. And anyone who sells that many records can't have failed to inspire a legion of kids to pick up a guitar in the first place, whether they acknowledge it or not. At a grassroots level I've lost count of the number of hopeful amateurs I've seen in seedy bars playing a Dire Straits cover or two.
Is it because they haven't spawned an army of copycat bands? Surely there's a place for originality, quality and talent.

Posted by fatmat on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 11:38am


I think Bill's point is that simply looking at album sales (in itself) is not enough. There are plenty of shitty bands or not so great bands that have sold a lot of albums, but do not necesarily belong in the hall. For instance, I think the band A-ha has sold like 70 million records world wide, but that in itself does not mean they should get in. In any event, he was not saying they are not a rock band.

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 11:55am


I agree with most of the above. This group deserves induction. Mark Knopfler is not the world's best singer, but he is among the best guitarists, and his original songwriting deserves notice. And if they did not start the whole MTV thing, that song did enhance it.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 12:53pm


Fair point re:album sales not the whole story, and I agree. However, it's not something that can just be dismissed either, which I felt was William's point.

I guess in this instance I'm interested in the process of determining "influence". When a band is as successful and acclaimed worldwide for as long as Dire Straits were, I think a certain amount of the burden falls on naysayers to construct a reasonable argument against inclusion. I don't know how the process works, but that's just my $0.02.

Posted by fatmat on Tuesday, 01.1.08 @ 18:34pm


When Springsteen announced that he was calling his 1987 album "Tunnel Of Love" I kept wondering "Where did I hear that title before?" Then after a few minutes it clicked. It was Dire Straits. I was not a big fan at the time but I did read TV Guide frequently and in oune of their concerts that was shown on cable listed "Tunnel Of Love" as one of the songs. Also Roy Bittan played keyboards on the Straits as well as the Springsteen song and album of the same name. Maybe Roy felt a sense of "deja vu"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 15:57pm


Dire Staits as well as Mark Knopfler deserve to be inducted in the Rock and Roll hall of Fame... Brothers in arms for instance is an erra-defining album... (remember such songs as Money for Nothing -ft. Sting- Your Latest Trick, Walk of Life.. and of course Brothers in arm) As well as their other songs, such as Love over Gold, Romeo & Juliet, Telegraph Road, Private investigations and .. Sultans of Swing!

Posted by Sofie on Friday, 02.8.08 @ 12:26pm


I think it's time to induct Dire Straits in the hall. When they released their first album everyone could hear that this band sounded different. Mark Knopflers way to play his country/blues guitar was unique. Sultans of Swing is still one of the best songs ever. Later on he released pretty tunes like Money for Nothing, Walk of Life and of course Brothers in Arms, maybe the best anti war song ever played. Marks vocal will not make history but his songwriting are on a high level. When Dire Straits played live they were better than nearly all other bands on earth. So I believe that this band made history back then. Knopfler really deserve to be inducted to the hall. He has always been the quiet man of rock'n roll. But his music say it all. Great musician that has been underrated to many times over the years.

Posted by Christian on Wednesday, 04.30.08 @ 02:12am


Mark Knopfler is a very influential figure, and even though the rest of the band is forgettable, they should be in the hall. They are certainly more deserving than the Dave Clark Five, the Rascals or (even though they are personal faves of mine) Blondie.

Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Thursday, 07.3.08 @ 22:41pm


BROTHERS IN ARMS was the #1 album in Australia for 34 weeks, surpassing only Neil Diamond's HOT AUGUST NIGHT which was #1 for 29 weeks. Interestingly, one of the sidemen on HOT AUGUST NIGHT, Richard Bennett is now working with Mark Knopfler, the man who beat his old boss' record for having the album that spent the longest time at #1 in Oz.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 15:19pm


It´s really a shame that Dire Straits aren´t yet in the hall of fame. I see some bands that were elected and it just makes me puke. ( Dave Clark Five; Buffallo Springfield; The Yardbirds; Blondie; Rod Stewart; should I go on?????!!!!
They´re one of Britain´s finest bands, a world class act.
But probably not good enough for the hall of fame comitee.
Screw 'em

Posted by Telmo Marques on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 10:49am


Telmo,
How could you say DS is better than Buffalo Springfield? I know Dire Straits is a good band, but why do you knock Buffalo Springfield? If it weren't for Buffalo Springfield, where would bands like CSNY, Poco or Loggins & Messina be? Maybe Mark Knopfler spent some time listening to Buffalo Springfield when they first came out.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.21.08 @ 13:53pm


Dire Straits is a difficult case. They were talented, acclaimed, but really in no way influential. Their style of music was on the way out even by their first album, and their MTV stardom was really just a fluke. They weren't cool. Billy Joel and John Mellencamp aren't cool either, but they had more than a decade of hits.

Posted by MBI on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 21:24pm


So MBI let me get this straight. In order to be inducted you need to be influential. But if you're not influential then you need to be cool. But if you're not cool then you need to have more than a decade of hits?

Posted by joker on Wednesday, 07.23.08 @ 23:16pm


I could be wrong. But I believe the album "Brothers In Arms" is the biggest selling album released in the year 1985, up to this very day.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 12:50pm


"Sultans of Swing," "Walk of Life," "Money For Nothing," and "Brothers In Arms." Love all those songs.

Posted by The Chief on Monday, 07.28.08 @ 13:41pm


Recent RS mag had a nice interview with Mark Knopfler. Worth a read.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 09:30am


the hall is a joke and just a popularity contest among a few big wig insiders on the nominating committee. the last few years of nominations prove it. all of thse should have been elected before last years choices - moody blues, elo, cars, journey, frampton.

Posted by les on Sunday, 08.17.08 @ 18:39pm


the nominating process is truly flawed. why aren't these groups in - dire straits, three dog night, doobies, kiss, deep purple, moody blues, elo, cars, journey, frampton.
the not admitted list is far more impressive than the recent classes inducted in. the hall is a sad joke and they don't care.

Posted by les on Sunday, 08.17.08 @ 21:16pm


Dire Straits ROCK

Vote 'em in

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 21:04pm


ire Straits ROCK

Vote 'em in

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 21:04pm

Well they are better than the Venture or Fogerty..lol
So YES..!

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 21:13pm


Dire Straits deserve to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without a doubt. The group has been regarded throughout their career as an unstoppable success. The odds weren’t in favour of Dire Straits when they started out in 1977 at the height of punk. However, Dire Straits defied all odds by releasing their debut album, “Dire Straits” in 1978. The album became an instant success mainly due to the single “Sultans of Swing” a song that is perhaps one of the greatest classic rock songs of all time. The song is a masterpiece of social observation. Not to mention 1985’ s “Brothers In Arms” one of the best albums of the 80’s. The album was very important and produced a number of singles including “Money For Nothing,” “Walk of Life,” and “Brothers In Arms” (Possibly the greatest anti-war song of all time). The group’s music always comes across as both fresh and timeless. Not to mention Mark Knopfler’s gruff vocals and his Fender guitar tone.

Here are some of their best albums:
Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits
Making Movies
Love Over Gold
Communique


Here are some of their best songs:
“Sultans of Swing”
“Money For Nothing”
“Walk of Life”
“Brothers In Arms”
“Lady Writer”
“On Every Street”
“Romeo & Juliet”
“Heavy Fuel”
“Tunnel of Love”
“Calling Elvis”
“So Far Away”


Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 19:35pm


I agree with Keeboard. Hopefully they will go in and not some of the other artists on this website.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 13:09pm


OMG!! What a shame they are not in!! Definately deserve it!

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 05:05am


Dire Straits have influenced rock n' roll so much along with Alice Copper, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Nirvana, and AC/DC.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 15:56pm


51% INDUCTION CHANCES LETS HOPE THEY GET IN

Posted by 897 on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 21:33pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Mark Knopfler were to form a band with Corinne Drewery, it would be called...

What is Sultans of Swing Out Sister?

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 17:33pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Mark Knopfler an Warren Zevon wrote a song together, it would be called...

What is Lawyers, Guns & Money For Nothing?"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 23:41pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Mark Knopfler were to do a song with Lou Reed, it would be Called...

What is "Walk On The Wild Side Of Life"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 17:09pm


If it was called the Rock n Roll Hall of success Knopfler might be put out by not being in but Hall Of "Fame" .. Fame who cares do we not all have ears - it's music not a race?

Posted by Dermot O'Reilly on Monday, 10.19.09 @ 02:47am


"Their songs have been covered by bands as diverse and "influential" as Metallica, Indigo Girls, The Killers. And anyone who sells that many records can't have failed to inspire a legion of kids to pick up a guitar in the first place, whether they acknowledge it or not." I'm not really familiar with the Indigo Girls. I'm a big fan of Metallica and I'm not aware of them ever covering DS; can someone clarify this? Anyway, sometimes when bands cover someone it's merely because they like them. Metallica have a completely different style from DS and I know nothing of them names-dropping Dire Straits; hell, they covered Bob Seger and I doubt he had that big of an influence on them. I'm sure plenty of young guitar-playing kids do look up to Mark, though.

"the nominating process is truly flawed. why aren't these groups in - dire straits, three dog night, doobies, kiss, deep purple, moody blues, elo, cars, journey, frampton.
the not admitted list is far more impressive than the recent classes inducted in. the hall is a sad joke and they don't care." I'll get to Dire Straits in a minute. Three Dog Night I know nothing about. Any examples of why the Doobies, Journey, Frampton and ELO deserve it? Because I sure don't know of any (and I think Frampton Comes Alive! had some fantastic performances.) KISS should get in line behind Alice Cooper, T.Rex and the New York Dolls, as they weren't all that original, but yes for influence they should be in. I don't like the Cars but I could see why they should be in, and yes Deep Purple should have been in years ago. However, you think that Journey, ELO and the Doobie Brothers deserve it more than Sabbath, Van Halen, R.E.M. Skynyrd and U2? (Facepalm.)

"Dire Straits have influenced rock n' roll so much along with Alice Copper, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Nirvana, and AC/DC." With Nirvana, maybe, but not as much as AC/DC and not even close to the rest of them. I actually like Dire Straits, I just don't see them overwhelmingly qualifying when compared to other snubs. As a couple of people have said: You can't induct everybody.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 02.17.10 @ 19:25pm


Sam, please don't put ELO & The Doobie brothers in the same boat with Journey.

Both of those bands are way better than Journey. I don't know what wackjob said these bands: 'deserve it more than Sabbath, Van Halen, R.E.M. Skynyrd and U2? (Facepalm.)', because all 5 of the bands you mentioned are already in the HOF. I personally don't think ELO & The Doobie Brothers deserve it more than the bands you mentioned (except maybe Black Sabbath). However, they do deserve induction, before Dire Straits as well (who I think should be inducted, but not before ELO/Doobies).

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 06:20am


Thinking about it again, ELO were one of the major players in British prog, so after ELP, King Crimson, The Moody Blues and YES maybe they deserve in. I agree, Journey doesn't deserve it. Go up above and check the comment by "les" who said Dire Straits, Three Dog Night, Frampton, Doobies, KISS, Deep Purple, Moody Blues, ELO, Cars and Journey should all be in and that they were all better than the recent induction classes. At the time he posted that, Sabbath, Van Halen, U2, R.E.M. and Skynyrd were all recent inductees, and the idea that Journey is more important than those guys is stupid (check the Journey page; you already have some idiots bitching that R.E.M. was in when they sold less than Journey, and they also questioned the inductions of Van Halen, Aerosmith and AC/DC.) If they honestly think Journey was more influential than those bands then they have no business posting here. My apologies for the confusion.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 17:08pm


The fact that Dire Straits is not in says much more about the Hall of Fame than it does about one of the most original bands of the last 30 years. If you can't recognize their influence there is not a lot I can do for you.

Posted by JohnTH on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 20:16pm


I like Dire Straits but perhaps I'm not looking hard enough, because I can't find that much influence. I'll keep looking.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 17:07pm


If you want a good example of Dire Straits' influence, listen to Van Halen's "Finish What You Started" from "OU812" or any of Chris Rea's late '80's/early '90's albums. The title track to "The Road To Hell" sounds very similar to DS' "Industrial Disease" There was a joke a few years ago that if Chris Rea were to join Dire Straits the band would be called "Dire-Rea" (diarrhea)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 00:09am


"If you want a good example of Dire Straits' influence, listen to Van Halen's "Finish What You Started" from "OU812" or any of Chris Rea's late '80's/early '90's albums." Possibly with "Finish What You Started", though I don't know whether Knopfler actually influenced EVH. I haven't listened to Chris Rea.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 15:07pm


They were an ok band with some ok songs like walk of life but Mark Knophlers' voice sends me to sleep it doesn't change note

Posted by Anna-Lee on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 05:38am


How you feel about Mark Knopfler's voice is entirely your opinion Anna-Lee. Here's my opinion on Dire Straits (taken from my post on the Rock Hall Revisited page)

They were a great, solid band. Real Rock & Roll for me. Sure everybody knows the culturally significant 80s MTV anthem "Money For Nothing" with it's legendary guitar riff but a lot of their catalogue is shamefully underrated. "Brothers In Arms," brilliant anti-war song, "Sultans of Swing," master full piece of social commentary with one of the most brilliant guitar solos in rock. Plenty of other fantastic tracks to chose from as well. Led by gruff voiced Mark Knopfler with his signature finger picking fender tone, and top notch songwriting, the group exploded onto a scene dominated by punk with a highly unique and innovative stripped-down, minimalistic roots-revivalist laid-backed blues rock with country and jazz reflections. Initially, Dire Straits were one of the innovators of this counter-progressive and glam rock genre known as pub rock changing the subgenre's typical feel good sound to a much more melancholy one. Dire Straits feature legendary guitar playing, refreshingly original sound, an original sound that has never been copied, RRHOF famers, IMO.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 07:32am


That's actually a very convincing argument Tahvo. I'll add them to my snubs queue.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 20:29pm


Yes Tahvo Parvianen that is my opinion I wasn't being nasty towards him I was just stating that he has no voice which he doesn't he mubles his way through the songs, much like Johnny Cash but there is something charming about his songs.

Posted by Anna-Lee on Wednesday, 07.21.10 @ 05:46am


I visited the Hall Of Fame again just yesterday. I loved the Bruce Springsteen exhibit, but it could not make up for my biggest disappointment: Dire Straits is still not there. Several years ago, they had a special guitar exhibit and I was looking for Mark Knopfler's guitar and couldn't find it. It was then, that I recognized, Dire Straits was not in the Hall Of Fame. As I couldn't then, I still can't believe it. As I walk along the wall with all the names, I read some, I have never heard of in my life. You guys can rationalize this all you want - not influential, what a crap! If anybody who grew up on music in the 70s and 80s would have to name ten great bands, I bet any money Dire Straits would be in.
20 years ago, my two nephews, then 13 and 11 visited with me. I had "Alchemy" in my car CD player as we travelled to Florida from Ohio.
The kids went back home and bought the album. It still sits among the favorites on their CD shelves.

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 06:51am


"As I walk along the wall with all the names, I read some, I have never heard of in my life."

I'm not one to defend the Hall, and I agree there are some names that shouldn't be there, but I would think if you hadn't heard of them you'd look up some info on them and check whether they were worthy or not. No offense, it's just a logical thing to do.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 19:32pm


Sam,

You asked a while back about Metallica being influenced by Dire Straits.

It's certainly not one of their major influences, but Hetfield was definitely a fan of theirs as a kid in the 70s and when Metallica played Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit a couple years back, they did an acoustic version of Brothers In Arms that was absolutely stunning.

As a side note, they also covered Please Don't Judas Me by Nazareth in the same gig.

If you can find these on youtube, they're worth checking out.

You don't hear about too many bands covering Dire Straits simply because Knopfler had such a unique fingerpicking style. It really is neigh on impossible to cop his licks. I've been trying to nail the solo for Money For Nothin' for damn near 15 years now and still can't do it.

DS is a borderline candidate for induction, but I wouldn't get up in arms about it if they were to make it some day.

Posted by Ralph on Thursday, 11.18.10 @ 08:01am


"DS is a borderline candidate for induction, but I wouldn't get up in arms about it if they were to make it some day."

Right. Exactly.

"If you can find these on youtube, they're worth checking out."

Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 11.18.10 @ 11:40am


Dire Straits Money For Nothing has been banned from Canadian Radio Stations!

Money For Nothing

I want my MTV

Now look at them yo-yo's
that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin'
that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb
We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

See the little fa--ot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little fa--ot got his own jet airplane
That little fa--ot he's a millionaire

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these color TV's

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the camera
Man we could have some
And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises? Bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free
We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

Look a' here That ain't workin'
that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on your MTV
That ain't workin'
that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Look at that, look at that
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free

I want my, I want my, I want my MTV
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 13:51pm


the hall is a joke and just a popularity contest among a few big wig insiders on the nominating committee. the last few years of nominations prove it. all of thse should have been elected before last years choices - moody blues, elo, cars, journey, frampton.

Posted by les on Wednesday, 01.26.11 @ 06:30am


What does Frampton have going for him other than his 15 minutes of fame? Irony, I'd like you to meet les.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 07:51am


The day that Dire Straits will be inducted to the R.N.R H.O.F will probably be the best day of my life!! No other band has influenced me as much as Dire Straits have. For sure they will be inducted, the only question is, how long are we going to have to wait for that to happen?!
Hopefully not so long
Maybe this Year :)

Posted by Yair on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 05:09am


Without a doubt Dire Straits should have been nominated for the Rock Hall of Fame and Three Dog Night and Moody Blues as well. Visited the HOF two weeks ago and I can only say ..Who the hell is Leonard Cohen ?? Musicians with the talent of Mark Knopfler deserve to be in versus someone kissing someones ass to get nominated for what they did as performers.

Posted by Bill on Tuesday, 07.26.11 @ 13:02pm


Dire Straits know who Leonard Cohen is.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.26.11 @ 17:49pm


Bill ...

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows


And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows

(LEONARD COHEN)

Posted by noodles on Friday, 08.5.11 @ 09:10am


Dire Straits didn't influence other musicians???? They were pioneers of grunge rock. They invented rocker apathy toward fame. Their stripped down style for me in 1979 (Sultans,etc.) hit me hard--I still remember the night I first heard the namesake album. Didn't influence??? I just finished touring the RRHOF for five hours. Of course they belong.

Posted by trythinking on Thursday, 08.25.11 @ 23:21pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/canada-lifts-ban-on-dire-straits-money-for-nothing-20110901

Canada Lifts Ban on Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing'

Song was removed from airwaves for anti-gay slur

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.4.11 @ 20:30pm


Using GFW's formula for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame worthiness on Dire Straits:

Innovation: Made a splash at the height of the punk movement with their stripped-down, laid back, minimalist blues rock with country and jazz reflections, they may not have invented pub rock but they definitely built on the style. Also, with Brothers in Arms they helped change a market dominated by analog equipment. 20

Influence: Mark Knopfler's finger-picking style is popular among guitarists, his vocal style also seems to have gone places and I know at least Chris Rea has been influenced by Dire Straits. 10

Commercial Success: Most of their albums have gone platinum or multi-platinum, Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and the band in total over 120 million. Love over Gold, Brothers in Arms and On Every Street went to #1 in the UK and the latter two in the US as well. I know Brothers in Arms went to #1 in at least 11 countries. 30

Critical acclaim: Generally well liked critically, most of their albums were well received. 20

Bonus for Brothers in Arms and the culturally significant MTV anthem "Money for Nothing". 10

Total: 90

Conclusion: Yes, Dire Straits deserve induction without a doubt.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 04:12am


There should have even been more commercial success of Dire Straits in the United States, in my opinion. The radio hits are alright, but there are so many other more complicated songs that went unnoticed. These include Once upon a time in the West, Where are you going?, from the low selling Communiqué, most of Making Movies ( X Romeo and Juliet ) and Telegraph Road.

Knopfler was a prolific writer of Rock Songs while simultaneously writing other genre, got up on stage and sang all those songs from memory, played lead guitar and did it for a long time.

He is still writing songs and performing to this day. I love many of the tunes on Sailing to Philadelphia where he is crossing over to country.

But there is no doubt that Sultans of Swing and many of the songs on the first album, more of his work over the next 7 years qualify Dire Straits, and or Mark Knopfler to the Rock n Roll Hall of fame.

If it does not, the hell with that organization.

Posted by Peter McGuire on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 10:18am


was Walk of Life" written about a certain person or a combination of people? I love the song!!! Heard it for years, but didn't know the name of it until my daughter told me.

Posted by micki on Thursday, 01.5.12 @ 20:36pm


No question they should be there. The Brothers in Arms disc changed the world... forever.

Posted by Jody on Sunday, 01.15.12 @ 20:56pm


There are plenty of bands that should be in and not in. As far as the Dire Straits the songs lyrics to Money for Nothing caused a lot of controversy. The hall would have a lot of gay rights activists groups at their throats if they made it in. Mark Knopfler has better chance making it in as a solo artist then they do as a band. As far as US bands are concerned Chicago and Kiss should be in as well.

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 02.1.12 @ 17:33pm


The Sultan of Swing

Posted by Sid on Wednesday, 03.21.12 @ 23:41pm


Dire Straits and the Cars are two groups who belong without a doubt

Posted by Stephen Ferguson on Saturday, 06.2.12 @ 21:48pm


Eric clapton has been induced on three separate occasions. This is a quotation from eric himself, after he played live with MK on money for nothing. "God, I wish I could play like Mark". Nuff said

Posted by tom on Thursday, 06.7.12 @ 14:13pm


Dire Straits (1977-1995)

01. Mark Knopfler (1977-1995; lead guitar, vocals)
02. David Knopfler (1977-1980; guitar, keyboards, vocals)
03. John Illsley (1977-1995; bass, vocals)
04. Pick Withers (1977-1981; drums, vocals)
05. Hal Lindes (1980-1985; guitar, vocals)
06. Alan Clark (1980-1995; keyboards)
07. Terry Williams (1981-1989; drums)
08. Guy Fletcher (1983-1995; synthesizer; vocals)
09. Jack Sonni (1984-1988; guitar)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.23.12 @ 05:35am


Mark Knopfler is a super talented guitar player and writer who just keeps getting better. He should be there more than many that are already in.

Posted by Brad Lewis on Wednesday, 04.17.13 @ 14:19pm


Dire Straits

01. Mark Knopfler (1977-1995; lead guitar, vocals)
02. David Knopfler (1977-1980; guitar, keyboards, vocals)
03. John Illsley (1977-1995; bass, vocals)
04. Pick Withers (1977-1981; drums, vocals; Magna Carta)
05. Hal Lindes (1980-1985; guitar, vocals)
06. Alan Clark (1980-1995; keyboards)
07. Terry Williams (1981-1989; drums; Love Sculpture, Man, Rockpile, Neverland Express)
08. Guy Fletcher (1983-1995; synthesizer; vocals)
09. Jack Sonni (1984-1988; guitar)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:28am


Dire Straits will always be in my Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The first time I heard 'Sultans of Swing' I was in my car and it came on the radio. It was 1978. I'd never heard a guitar played like that! I thought it was the most perfect RnR song I'd ever heard! It had/has the rhythm to make you get off your ass, the lyrics (with the background setting you could picture in your mind) and a vocal with a Brit rougue attitude. All of Mark's songs told a vivid, interesting story. He didn't just lay down tracks to fill an album. Dire Straits was unique and just for the quality of there music, DESERVES to be in the RnR Hall of FAme. Well, that's how I see it. AwC ~

Posted by Anita on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 02:11am


Dire Straits should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. If they are not inducted, then the Hall has no credibility. !00 million albums sold , biggest / best live shows for a decade, top 5 guitarist of all time (in my opinion yes, but also many others). Put them in or disband the Hall organization.

Posted by Steven Reed on Tuesday, 11.26.13 @ 23:14pm


Dire Straits is an interesting case. On a personal level, they are one of my all time favorite bands. In my personal Top 10. BUT, as far as Rockhall induction, I am still honestly on the fence. The quality is most definitely there, and Knopfler is one of the guitar greats. But influence and innovation? I don't know how many people have been influenced by them. Maybe Knopfler guitar playing. And the innovation component, I don't see a strong case there either. They just did what they did extraordinarily well. I I can testify to the fact that in the 80's, they were one of the best live acts around.

So, interesting case where I would definitely be happy at their induction, but I also don't push them very hard and I understand why they are further back in the line than others. Yet personally, one of my favorite bands.

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 11.27.13 @ 08:44am


Too good...they shld be inducted!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:32am


Too good...they shld be inducted!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:33am


I think the “INFLUENCE“ thing's just an excuse!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:34am


I think the “INFLUENCE“ thing's just an excuse!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:35am


I think the “INFLUENCE“ thing's just an excuse!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:35am


Too good...they shld be inducted!

Posted by Jo on Thursday, 04.3.14 @ 08:35am


To say Dire Straits was not influential is just mind-boggling. Mark Knopfler was one of the most unique and talented rock guitarists ever. His style of play is very difficult to emulate, so maybe that is the reason for the lack of copycats . . hence a perceived "lack of influence". But when I see bands like the Kiss and Hall & Oates be inducted . . it just demonstrates how deeply flawed the process is.

Posted by Rick on Saturday, 07.19.14 @ 12:12pm


I'm surprised Mark Knopfler and crew aren't in...or have been nominated. Dire Straits has many connections to RRHOFers and has made a positive impact on rock and roll. Think about how many people have air-guitared 'Sultans of Swing'. Or the album, Brothers in Arms? Don't forget some of their minor hits such as 'Heavy Fuel'. I hope to see them in soon as in within the next few years.

Posted by Jason Voigt wit on Tuesday, 02.24.15 @ 20:49pm


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should induct Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Were/are they influential? Cool? Popular? The Straits' strength is in their masterful cinematic songwriting, emotive connection to the audience, and masterful musicianship. Also, if you were to survey most rock musicians, they would cite Mark Knopfler as one of their most admired musicians in the history of recorded music. Finally, no musician has contributed more to the recordings of others - in all genres - than Mark Knopfler. When anyone wants Fender chops, they call Mark. See the list of Additional Albums: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Knopfler_discography It's astonishing. No one comes close to this list of contributions. At a minimum, a Lifetime Achievement award should be granted. Additionally, Mark Knopfler's solo catalog is extraordinary. The quality of his solo compositions and recordings is the best around. If only more music listeners knew of his solo work. The judgement of radio programmers is as questionable as the judgement of The Hall. I know of no better songwriter or musician than Mark Knopfler. He should be honored accordingly.

Posted by Jason Stagman on Wednesday, 05.11.16 @ 01:02am


I think Dire Straits may be nominated soon. Mark Knopfler is the type of musician that voters may look and think "how is this guy not in yet?" If nominated, Dire Straits may be the band that gets in immediately, like ELO.

Posted by Steve Z on Tuesday, 02.7.17 @ 09:15am


https://www.rockhall.com/nominee/dire-straits

Dire Straits

01. Mark Knopfler (1977-1995; lead guitar, vocals)
02. David Knopfler (1977-1980; guitar, keyboards, vocals)
03. John Illsley (1977-1995; bass, vocals)
04. Pick Withers (1977-1981; drums, vocals; Magna Carta)
05. Hal Lindes (1980-1985; guitar, vocals)
06. Alan Clark (1980-1995; keyboards)
07. Terry Williams (1981-1989; drums; Love Sculpture, Man, Rockpile, Neverland Express)
08. Guy Fletcher (1983-1995; synthesizer; vocals)
09. Jack Sonni (1984-1988; guitar)

ONLY 6 OUT OF THE 9 MEMBERS OF DIRE STRAITS WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Dire Straits

01. Mark Knopfler (1977-1995; lead guitar, vocals)
02. David Knopfler (1977-1980; guitar, keyboards, vocals)
03. John Illsley (1977-1995; bass, vocals)
04. Pick Withers (1977-1981; drums, vocals; Magna Carta)
05. Alan Clark (1980-1995; keyboards)
06. Guy Fletcher (1983-1995; synthesizer; vocals)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 09:58am


And those are the right choices in the Dire Straits situation. The ones left out, while fantastic musicians, are really hired session players used mainly for touring.

Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 10.5.17 @ 10:32am


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