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

September 1, 2011

Canadian broadcasters can go back to playing Dire Straits' 1985 hit, "Money For Nothing," the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announced yesterday.  The song was pulled from national playlists in January after a single listener complained...


Canadian Federal Watchdog Urges Agency To Reconsider Ban of Dire Straits Song

January 21, 2011

Canada's broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, has put pressure on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to reconsider its decision to ban Dire Straits' 1985 hit "Money for Nothing" from Canadian airwaves...


Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing' Banned in Canada

January 14, 2011

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that "Money for Nothing," a Dire Straits hit from 1985, is too offensive for Canadian airwaves. The song is being singled out for the repeated use of an anti-gay slur — "that little faggot" —...


Album Review

On Every Street

October 17, 1991

Five years ago, Dire Straits was threatening to become the biggest band in the world — and/or an extended arena-rock cliché — when Mark Knopfler whipped off his headband, put down his guitar and hopped off the "money for nothing, chicks...



Mark Knopfler: Fearless Leader

November 21, 1985

One day in 1977, Mark Knopfler and John Illsley visited an art gallery run by a friend in London's West End. "We just couldn't believe the stuff that was in this gallery," Illsley recalls, "bits of string, bricks piled up in a comer, garbage cans strewn...

Album Review

Brothers In Arms

July 4, 1985
Not Rated

Except for their swell debut hit single, "Sultans of Swing," in 1979, the British band Dire Straits has never come as much of a surprise. And, then, what caught you off guard was how much the singer sounded like Dylan. Brothers in Arms, their first studio...


Dire Straits: The Rolling Stone Interview

November 21, 1985

Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 461 from November 21, 1985. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan. If you are already a subscriber,...



Mark Knopfler's Dire Straits

January 20, 1983

Mark Knopfler has played with masters— — Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Steely Dan — —but he still speaks of them with a disciple's diffidence. "I love Bob," he says, for example. "He's different in the sense that he didn't necessarily take to an...


Album Review

Love Over Gold

November 11, 1982

Love Over Gold is not just the title of Dire Straits' fourth album, it is a statement of purpose. In almost suicidal defiance of commercial good sense, singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler has chosen to follow his muse, fashioning a collection of...


Album Review

Making Movies

February 5, 1981

Singer, songwriter and ace guitarist Mark Knopfler is the impressive sum of several very appealing parts. His voice is a smoky mixture of Bob Dylan's acidic whine, Tom Waits' tubercular snore and J.J. Cale's breathy, marbles-in-the-mouth whisper. He writes...


Album Review

Dire Straits

January 25, 1979
Not Rated

Dire Straits, an English quartet led by singer songwriter Mark Knopfler, plays tight, spare mixtures of rock, folk and country music with a serene spirit and witty irony. It's almost as if they were aware that their forte has nothing to do with what's...