'Industrial Disease' was Mark Knopfler's typically pithy take on the decline that, by the early 1980s, had set in across the British manufacturing industry.
On 6 January 1979, their eponymous gave the band their first-ever appearance on the Billboard album listings.
Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
The writer-guitarist discusses his ninth solo studio album, a record on which he reaches well beyond the folk-roots base of his latter-day work.
Following the incredible success of 'Brothers In Arms,' the Vertigo compilation 'Money For Nothing' entered the UK chart at No. 1.
The show features many of the Dire Straits favourites on which Illsley played, as well as songs from his current solo album 'Coming Up For Air.'
With 'Making Movies,' the band entered a new decade well on the way to the radio-friendly roots-rock sound that would go on to dominate the 1980s.
The best guitar riffs in rock have become part of the cultural fabric, shaping the face of music and influencing wannabe axe legends down the generations.
Soon after the record became the band's first UK No. 1, it made a prominent chart debut in the US.
Many of the songs on Knopfler's 2002 album were inspired by the struggles of itinerant working-class people.
The best 80s music videos not only defined the decade, they influenced fashions and elevated the music video to the status of high art.
The former Dire Straits frontman hit a particularly rich seam with his second LP in his own name, 'Sailing To Philadelphia.'
On 28 September 1991, the band entered the US album chart with a new studio record for the last time, with 'On Every Street.'
The guitar is the backbone of rock music, and the best guitarists include some blues and country guitarists that paved the way for rock’n’roll’s legends.
'Brothers In Arms' hit the top of the US album chart on 31 August 1985 and held sway for nine weeks.