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LQM HOMENAGEIA DIRE STRAITS

História da banda - Parte 1 (1939-1984)

John Illsley, David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler, Pick Whiters

O começo de tudo:
- Durante a segunda guerra mundial, o arquiteto judeu Erwin Knopfler e sua esposa, a professora Louisa Mary Knopfler, fogem de sua terra natal, Hungria; abalada pelas tropas de Hitler, e se estabelecem em Glasgow, Escócia; em 1939.

Em 1947, nasce Ruth, primeira filha do casal. Dois anos mais tarde, em 12/08/49, nasce Mark Freuder Knopfler e logo após dá-se o nascimento de David(1951).

Quando Mark tinha 7 anos, a família muda-se então para Newcastle. Lá, Mark e David estudariam guitarra a partir dos 13 anos.

Mark Knopfler deixando o Yorkshire Evening Post Ao terminar a faculdade(Jornalismo), Mark tenta a vida como músico de rock em Londres, porém nada consegue. Retorna a Newcastle, e recém casado, acaba indo trabalhar na fazenda de seu sogro em Leeds. Foi lá também, que Mark trabalhou no Yorkshire Evening Post, como repórter e crítico musical.

Em 1973, Mark participou de uma banda chamada Brewer's Droop, como guitarrista. A banda tocava em pubs e chegou a gravar um disco "The booze brothers", relançado em 1989 .

Em 1976, Mark retorna a Londres, convidado por seu irmão David(então funcionário público), onde este dividia o aluguel de um apartamento em Deptford, bairro ao sul da cidade, com o estudante de sociologia e empregado em uma loja de discos(além de baixista nas horas vagas) John Illsley (24/06/49 Leicester/England).

- 1977 - Em Londres, Mark Knopfler ensinou inglês no Loughton College, para crianças que por qualquer motivo não se ambientavam ao sistema escolar tradicional. Paralelamente a tudo isso, os três já tocavam em Pubs, e compunham algumas músicas.

Menos de um ano após o lançamento de Anarchy in UK dos Sex Pistols, no auge do movimento Punk, o embrião da banda começa a se formar. Mark Knopfler convida seu antigo amigo Pick Withers (bateria) para juntar-se ao grupo. Pick já havia tocado com Mark no Brewe's Droop.

O primeiro nome da banda foi dado por MK: Cafe Racers, e a estréia aconteceu num festival Punk em que a atração principal era a banda Squeeze. Na ocasião, a banda tocou em condições precárias. Um amigo de Pick, observando a lamentável condição financeira da banda, sugeriu que eles se chamassem de DIRE STRAITS.

Traduzindo ao pé da letra, DIRE STRAITS significa penhasco terrível, algo como a beira do principício. Na língua inglesa porém, é uma expressão usada para expressar quem está sem dinheiro, "duro". Então, já no segundo show abrindo para o Squeeze, no Albany Theatre, era adotado o nome de DIRE STRAITS.

Documento original de um dos primeiros contratos para shows da banda. Feito em 12 de novembro de 1977. Está assinado por John Illsley, e consta que eles receberiam 42,50 libras pela apresentação. (o que daria cerca de 70 dólares para dividirem entre os 4).

Com muita dificuldade eles conseguiram juntar U$180,00 e gravar uma fita demo (que incluía Sultans of Swing). Enviaram-na ao famoso DJ Charlie Gillett. Este tocou-a no seu Honky Tonk show. John Stainze, diretor da Phonogram A&R, estava ouvindo e pouco tempo depois eles assinavam com o selo Vertigo. John apresentou-lhes a Ed Bicknell, que viria a ser o empresário da banda.

Por intermédio de Ed, o DIRE STRAITS passa a abrir os shows do grupo Talking Heads.

- 14 de Fevereiro/ 8 de Março 1978 - Eles gravam Dire Straits, seu primeiro LP (incluindo Sultans of Swing e Down to the waterline) , no Basing Street Studios, Londres.

John Illsley, Mark Knopfler, Pick Whiters, David Knopfler

- Março/Novembro 1978 - Acontece a primeira turnê pela Europa. Rapidamente cresce o interesse pela banda, embalado principalmente no sucesso de Sultans of Swing, que começa a estourar. O grupo assina com a Warner Brothers nos EUA, para lançar o disco lá, e também produzir um segundo disco.

- 27 de Nov. de 78/ 10 de Jan. de 79 - A banda grava Communiqué (incluindo Lady writer e Portobello Belle entre outras) no Compass studios, Nassau, Bahamas. Enquanto isso, o 1º disco chega ao 1º lugar na Austrália e alcança o top10 nos EUA e Europa.

- 23 de fev. de 79/3 de abril de 79 - Acontece a 1º turnê americana com 51 shows 'sold out' em 38 dias. Sultans of Swing chega ao 4º lugar e o primeiro disco ao 2º nas paradas dos EUA.

Após um show em Los Angeles, MK e Pick Withers são convidados por Bob Dylan para tocar em seu álbum Slow Train Coming.


- Junho/Dezembro de 1979 - Communiqué é lançado, chegando ao 5º lugar na Inglaterra, 11º nos EUA e 1º na Alemanha. Quando então anunciam uma parada de 6 meses.

- Junho de 1980/Julho de 1981 - A banda grava seu 3º disco, Making Movies (com Romeo and Juliet e Tunnel of Love), no Power Station studios, em New York.

Mark e David Knopfler

Em meio as gravações, David Knopfler deixa a banda (querendo mais espaço para compor e cantar suas próprias músicas ele acaba se desentendendo com Mark, e na briga dos irmãos sobrou para o menor) e parte em carreira solo. Em seu lugar entra o Californiano Hal Lindes e também o tecladista Alan Clark(05/03/52 Durhan - England). A banda sai em nova turnê mundial. Apesar do sucesso dos shows, o disco não repete o sucesso dos anteriores (ficando apenas no 19º na parada americana). Entretanto, a balada Romeo and Juliet alcança o 8º posto cinco meses depois de ser lançada.

- Março/Julho de 1982 - A banda grava Love Over Gold em New York. Totalmente diferente dos anteriores, este álbum com apenas 5 longas músicas surpreende pelo estilo progressivo. Private Dancer, omitida do álbum é mais tarde lançada por Tina Turner em álbum do mesmo nome. O disco, produzido por MK, fez com que a cantora retornar-se ao estrelato.

Logo após as gravações, Pick Withers deixa o grupo (pois não queria ficar longe de sua mulher e seus filhos, e sair em mais uma turnê) e forma uma banda de Jazz.

- Julho de 1982/ Julho de 1983 - Mark Knopfler grava sua primeira trilha sonora: Local Hero. O disco chega a um inesperado 14º lugar nas paradas. Private Investigations, faixa de Love Over Gold, torna-se o maior hit do DIRE STRAITS no Reino Unido. O disco alcança o 1º lugar em 16 países, exceto os EUA, onde ficou em 19º lugar.



Já com novo baterista, Terry Willians (11/01/48, Swansea/England), lançam o compacto Twisting by the Pool (com a música título e mais 3 músicas inéditas).

Segue-se mais uma vitoriosa turnê pela Europa, Austrália, Nova Zelândia (onde batem o recorde de público do país e tocam p/ 62.0000 pessoas) e Japão.


- Agosto de 1983/ Outubro de 1984 - Na manhã de 10 de Novembro de 83, numa discreta cerimônia em que estiveram presentes apenas John Illsley, o empresário do grupo Ed Bicknell, além de alguns parentes, Mark Knopfler casa-se com Lourdes Salamone no Chelsea Register Office.

À tarde foi oferecido uma grandiosa recepção, já com toda a banda e centenas de convidados. A festa durou até a manhã do dia seguinte. Porém, não houve tempo para lua de mel, já que MK estava ocupado mixando o novo disco do Dire Straits.

Em 16/03/84 é lançado o duplo Alchemy, 1º ao vivo oficial (alcança o 3º lugar no Reino Unido e 46º nos EUA)

MK produz mais duas trilhas sonoras: Cal e Comfort and Joy (este um EP com apenas 3 músicas). Durante esses trabalhos ele conhece Guy Fletcher(24/05/60, Maidstone/England) que posteriormente é convidado a integrar o DIRE STRAITS como 2º tecladista.

É lançado o 1º álbum de David Knopfler: Release, com participação de MK e John Illsley. Sai também o 1º álbum solo de John Illsley: Never Told a Soul (c/MK e Terry Willians).


Veja mais sobre a História,com fotos,na fonte: http://www.dsrc.com.br/page/index.htm - DIRE STRAITS ROCK CLUB

Romeo And Juliet

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler

A love struck Romeo, sings the streets a serenade,
Laying everybody low, with a love song that he made
Finds a street light, steps out of the shade
Says something like, 'You and me babe, how about it?'

Juliet says, 'Hey it's Romeo, you nearly gimme a heartattack'
He's underneath the window, she's singing, 'Hey la, my boyfriend's back
You shouldn't come around here, singing up to people like that'
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?

Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start,
And I bet, then you exploded in my heart,
And I forget, I forget, the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong,Juliet?

Come up on different streets, they both streets were shame,
Both dirty, both mean, yes, and the dream was just the same,
And I dreamed your dream for you, and now your dream is real
How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals?

When you can fall for chains of silver, you can fall for chains of gold
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
You promised me everything, you promised me thick and thin, yeah
Now you just say, 'Oh Romeo, yeah, you know I used to have a scene with him'

Juliet, when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die
There's a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

I can't do the talks, like they talk on the TV
And I can't do a love song, like the way it's meant to me
I can't do everything, but I'll do anything for you
I can't do anything 'cept be in love with you

And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All I do is keep the beat, and bad company
And all I do is kiss you, through the bars of a rhyme
Juliet I'd do the stars with you, anytime

Ah Juliet, when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die
There's a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

And a love struck Romeo, sings the streets a serenade,
Laying everybody low, with a love song that he made
Finds a convenient street light, steps out of the shade
Says something like, 'You and me babe, how about it?'
'You and me babe, how about it?'

Money For Nothing

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler / Sting

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 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

(2x)
We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

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

(2x)
We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour 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 fun

And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin' on the bongoes 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 kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

Now that ain't workin' 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
Money for nothin' and chicks for free

Money for nothin' and chicks for free

Tunnel Of Love

Dire Straits

Composição: Dire Straits

Getting crazy on the waltzers but it's the life that i choose
Sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
And i been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
And i don't know where i'll be tonight but i'd always tell you where i am

In a screaming ring of faces i seen her standing in the light
She had a ticket for the races just like me she was a victim of the night
I put a hand upon the lever said let it rock and let it roll
I had the one arm bandit fever there was an arrow through my heart and my
Soul

And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
And i'm just high on the world
Come on and take a low ride with me girl
On the tunnel of love

It's just the danger when you're riding at your own risk
She said you are the perfect stranger she said baby let's keep it like this
It's just a cake walk twisting baby step right up and say
Hey mister give me two give me two cos any two can play

And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
And i'm just high on the world
Come on and take a low ride with me girl
On the tunnel of love

Well it's been money for muscle another whirligig
Money for muscle and another girl i dig
Another hustle just to make it big
And rock away rock away

And girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
Like the spanish city to me when we were kids
Oh girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
Like the spanish city to me when we were kids

She took off a silver locket she said remember me by this
She put her hand in my pocket i got a keepsake and a kiss
And in the roar of the dust and diesel i stood and watched her walk away
I could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me
Stay

And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
And i'm just high on the world
Come on and take a low ride with me girl
On the tunnel of love

And now i'm searching through these carousels and the carnivalarcades
Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
In any shooting gallery where promises are made
To rock away rock away from cullercoats and whitley bay out to rock away

And girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
Like the spanish city to me when we were kids
Girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
Like the spanish city to me when we were kids

Sultans Of Swing

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler

You get a shiver in the dark
It's raining in the park but meantime
South of the river you stop and you hold everything
A band is blowin' Dixie double four time
You feel alright when you hear that music ring

And now you step inside but you don't see too many faces
Comin' in out of the rain you hear the jazz go down
Competition in other places
Oh but the horns they blowin' that sound
Way on down south, way on down south London town

You check out Guitar George, he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't wanna make it cry or sing
Yes and an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
He's got a daytime job, he's doin' alright
He can play the honky tonk like anything
Savin' it up for Friday night
With the Sultans... with the Sultans of Swing

And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
And the Sultans... yeah the Sultans play Creole

And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
And says at last just as the time bell rings
'Goodnight, now it's time to go home'
And he makes it fast with one more thing
'We are the Sultans... We are the Sultans of Swing'

So Far Away

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler

Now here I am again in this mean old town
And you're so far away from me
Now where are you when the Sun goes down?
You're so far away from me

You're so far away from me
So far I just can't see
You're so far away from me (2x)
Alright

I'm tired of being in love and being all alone
When you're so far away from me
I'm tired of making out on the telephone
'Cos you're so far away from me

You're so far away from me
So far I just can't see
You're so far away from me (2x)
Alright

And I get so tired when I have to explain
That you're so far away from me
See you've been in the Sun and I've been in the rain
And you're so far away from me

You're so far away from me
So far I just can't see
You're so far away from me (2x)
Take it down

So far away
You're so far away from me
You're so far
Oh, it's so far away from me

Yeah, it's so far away from me
So far away from me
You're so far
And you're so far away from me

So far away from me
You're so far
So far away from me

You're so far away from me
So far away from me
So far away
You're so far

So far away from me
Yeah, yeah
So far away from me
You're so far

Alright
You're so far
And it's so far away from me

Why Worry

Dire Straits

Baby I see this world has made you sad
Some people can be bad
The things they do, the things they say
But baby I'll chase away those bitter tears
I'll chase away those restless fears
That turn your blue skies into grey

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now

Baby when I get down I turn to you
And you make sense of what I do
I know it isn't hard to say
But baby just when this world seems mean and cold
Our love comes shining red and gold
And all the rest is by the way

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now

Your Latest Trick

Dire Straits

All the late night bargains have been struck
Between the southern beaus and their belles
And prehistoric garbage trucks
Have the city to themselves
Echoes and roars of dinosaurs
They're all doing the monster mash
And most of the taxis, most of the whores
Are only taking calls for cash

I don't know how it happened
It all took place so quick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick

My door was standing open
Security was laid back and lax
But it was only my heart got broken
You must have had a pass key made out of wax
You played robbery with insolence
And I played the blues on twelve bars down on Lover's Lane
And you never did have the intellegence to use
The twelve keys hanging off my chain

I don't know how it happened
It all took place so quick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Now it's past last call for alcohol
Past recall has been here and gone
The landlord finally paid us off
The satin jazzmen have put away their horns
And we're standing outside of this wonderland
Looking so bereaved and so bereft
Like a Bowery bum when he finally understands
The bottle's empty and there's nothing left

I don't know how it happened
It was faster than the eye could flick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick


Walk Of Life

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-bop-a-lula, baby what I say
Here comes Johnny singing I gotta woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
And he do the walk, he do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny goin' tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Here come Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat, the talkin' blues

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
And he do the walk, he do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-bop-a-lula, baby what I say
Here comes Johnny singing I gotta woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life
Hum, you do the walk of life

Brothers In Arms

Dire Straits

Composição: Mark Knopfler

Those mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I've whittnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun's gone to hell
And the moon's riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

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