‘Money For Nothing’: First Dire Straits Compilation Hits Paydirt
Following the incredible success of ‘Brothers In Arms,’ the Vertigo compilation ‘Money For Nothing’ entered the UK chart at No.1.
If Dire Straits thought the world needed a little break from them after the globe-straddling success of Brothers In Arms, then October 29, 1988 proved that the opposite was true. The Vertigo compilation Money For Nothing – named, of course, after one of the trademark hits from that last studio set — entered the UK chart at No.1.
The first retrospective devoted to the British rock heroes, it featured many of the signature songs from their five studio LPs, but also a number of rarities to keep avid collectors happy. Hits included “Sultans Of Swing,” “Tunnel Of Love,” “Romeo & Juliet,” and “Private Investigations.”
They lined up alongside such previously unreleased attractions as the live track “Portobello Belle,” an outtake from the Alchemy live album; a remix of that record’s “Telegraph Road”; a different mix of the Communiqué track “Where Do You Think You’re Going”; and an edit of “Brothers In Arms.”
Fans absolutely lapped it all up. The album topped various charts around Europe, with reported sales throughout the continent of more than six million. Although Money For Nothing only reached No.62 in the US, it still went platinum there.
Back in the UK, the compilation spent three weeks at No.1 and a weighty 13 in the Top 10, in an initial chart run of 47 weeks. The album continued to show up on the bestsellers intermittently through the first half of the 1990s and went quadruple platinum. People may have wanted their MTV, but they needed their Dire Straits.
Two later retrospectives, 1998’s Sultans of Swing and 2005’s Private Investigations, each won further multi-platinum honors to prove that continues to be the case. Private Investigations figured in the lower reaches of the Official Charts Company’s weekly top 100 UK listings into the summer of 2021, by which time its aggregate run there came to nearly 140 weeks.
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October 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm
I love Dire Straits and the song MONEY FOR NOTHING,, I this song so much..
October 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm
I LOVE & LIKE DIRE STRAITS ,, THE BAND AND THE SONG SO NICE,, THE MOST I LIKE IT…MONEY FOR NOTHING…
October 8, 2016 at 11:33 am
still one of my favorite groups, brothers in arms great some other song as well Sultan of swing
October 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm
Che bella sorpresa rivedere ed ascoltare la classifica delle canzoni the best again today….but the Dire Straits are Dire Straits…always number one…the King Mark….thank yuo for all…