The IMC Magazine Issue 14/April 2016 - Page 62




Mark Riordan

bringing your music trivia facts from around the world

Brothers In Arms was Dire Straits fifth studio album released on May 13th 1985.

It spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Album Chart (between 18 January and 22 March 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Album Chart.

It was recorded between November 1984 to March 1985 at Air studios in Montserrat and produced by Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman,who also worked with him on the previous Dire Straits album Love Over Gold.It was one of the first albums to be recorded entirely on 24 track digital tape(a quest of Knopflers'constant striving for better sound quality).

When released it was basically the first album to be directed at the CD market so thus becoming the first CD format to sell a million copies,and also outsell the vinyl version.

The guitar sound for "Money For Nothing" came about quite by accident in the studio,microphones were laid out across the floor from the previous nights recording and just before Dorfsman was about to arrange them out the guitar tech Ron Eve was in the control room and heard the amazing sound, so Dorfsman left them as they were and no additional processing or effects were added or used during the mix of the song.

The lyrics for the song came about while Knopfler stopped in an appliance store in New York.At the back of the store, they had a wall of TVs which were all tuned into MTV. A man dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who looked like he worked there was standing next to him and muttering lines such as "what are those, Hawaiian noises?...that ain't workin'," etc.

Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then eventually put those words to music.The song also included vocals by Sting who was in Montserrat and was invited to sing some background vocals.He is credited on the song but in his words "all I contributed was "I Want My MTV" ",which follows the same melody as his song Don't Stand So Close To Me".

3 songs on the album are lyrically focused on the military with "The Man's Too Strong" depicting an ancient soldier's fear of showing feelings and the jewel in the crown track (in my opinion) Brothers In Arms dealing with the senselessness of war,another sublime saxophone solo here,also up there with my previous wikis of "Us And Them"(Pink Floyd) and "Bluebird"(Wings).