Dire Straits is a favorite band for many. Their music has swept across two and one-half generations of music and cultural interchanges. Within the fast moving, conceptual diversities, Dire Straits has redefined its rhythmic versatility, many times over. Captivation of broad audiences is a clear depiction of their strings of success.
The track peaked at number seven in the US charts and was their biggest commercial hit in the UK (along with “Private Investigations“), peaking at number two. The track also appeared on three compilation albums: 1988’s Money for Nothing, 1998’s Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and 2005’s The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
A simple rock and roll rhythm is used, with chord changes limited to I, IV and V chords. The long introduction has become iconic in some circles, with an instantly recognisable melody played on synthesizers, giving it a slight Cajun twist. The singer mentioned in the lyrics is said to perform “down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay”, a reference to busking in the subway. The songs he plays are oldies, including “I Got a Woman“, “Be-Bop-A-Lula“, “What’d I Say“, “My Sweet Lovin’ Woman”, and “Mack the Knife“. He also plays talking blues. Wiki