Trivia / Dire Straits

  • Banned in China: "Money for Nothing" was briefly banned from radio in Canada due to the use of "faggot" in the lyrics.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Sultans of Swing".
  • Creator Backlash: The animators for the "Money for Nothing" music video despised the fact that it was their best-known work, to the point where they took the workers from the video and had them be booed off-stage in an episode of ReBoot.
  • Creator Breakdown: "Romeo and Juliet" is loosely inspired by a failed relationship Mark Knopfler had with Holly Vincent of the short-lived New Wave band Holly and the Italians.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: ExtendedDancEPlay, an EP released by the band, has never been released on CD. "Twisting By The Pool" and "Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts" have been released as B Sides as well as a live version of "Two Young Lovers" on Alchemy. "Twisting By the Pool" has also appeared on the Sultans of Swing and Money for Nothing greatest hits compilations (the latter in remix form). However, "Two Young Lovers" and "If I Had You" have not appeared on CD in their studio versions. In a similar manner, there's "Eastbound Train" a live B side to "Sultans Of Swing", which has not appeared on CD either.
  • Killer App: Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell a million copies on CD, thanks to its insanely high sound quality.
  • No Export for You: A rare case of it going both ways on Knopfler's solo album Sailing to Philadelphia. Only the US release contained the song "Do America", while the rest of the world got "One More Matinee".
  • Notable Music Videos: The famous video for "Money for Nothing" was the first video ever played on MTV Europe.