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The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see. The song features a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, providing both the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus of "I want my MTV. It was Dire Straits' most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States, number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band's native UK.
Gibbons told Musician in that Knopfler had solicited Gibbons' help in replicating the tone, adding, "He didn't do a half-bad job, considering that I didn't tell him a thing! The guitar sound was made with a Gibson Les Paul going through a Laney amplifier, with the sound coloured by the accidental position of two Shure SM57 microphones without any processing during the mix.
Following the initial sessions in Montserratat which that particular guitar part was recorded, Neil Dorfsman attempted to recreate the sound during subsequent sessions at the Power Station in New York but was unsuccessful. The recording contains a very recognisable hookin the form of the Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms riff that begins the song proper.
The guitar riff continues throughout the song, played in permutation during the verses, and played in full after each chorus. The song's extended overture was shortened for radio and music video. Mark Knopfler described the writing of the song in a interview with critic Bill Flanagan :. He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store.
I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real According to Knopfler, he was in New York and stopped by an appliance store. Knopfler said there was a man working there dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who was standing next to him watching. As they were standing there watching MTV, Knopfler remembers the man coming up with lines such as "what are those, Hawaiian noises?
Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then eventually put those words to music. He describes Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms singer as "that little faggot with the earring and the make-up", and bemoans that these artists get "money for nothing and chicks for free".
The songwriting credits are shared between Mark Knopfler and Sting. We played him 'Money for Nothing' and he turned round and said, 'You've done it this time, you bastards. He did his bit there and then. The lyrics for the song have been criticised as being homophobic.
In a late interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Knopfler expressed mixed feelings on the controversy:. I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London — he actually said it was below the belt.
Apart from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can't let it have so many meanings — you have to be direct. In fact, I'm still in two minds Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters. The singer in "Money for Nothing" is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality — somebody who sees everything in financial terms.
I mean, this guy has a grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that's not working and yet the guy's rich: that's a good scam. He isn't sneering. Dire Straits often performed the song in live concerts and when on Alberto Cortez - Grandes Canciones - Cuando Un Amigo Se Va, where the second verse was included but usually altered slightly.
For the band's 10 July concert televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January Oh What A Night - Morten Harket - BrotherKnopfler replaced the word faggot with Queenie in this context also a term that implies homosexuality :.
See the little Queenie got the earring and the make-up" and "That little Queenie got his own jet airplane, Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms got a helicopter, he's a millionaire.
In Januarythe Canadian Broadcast Standards Council CBSC ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters ' code of ethics and their equitable portrayal code.
John's, Newfoundland and Labradorwhich in turn followed the radio listener's dissatisfaction with the radio station's reply to their complaint about a gay slur Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms the lyrics.
Galaxiewhich was owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the CBC at the time of the controversy, also continues to play the song. The regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
On 31 August, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, because of considerations in regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited versions of the song.
Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner. The music video for the song features early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters [ citation needed ] and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release. Two other music videos are also featured within "Money for Nothing".
The fictional album for the first video was listed as "Turn Left" and the second was "Hot Dogs". For the second video, the record company appears as "Rush Records", and it was filmed on Fisherman's BastionBudapest, Hungary. Originally, Mark Knopfler was not at all enthusiastic about the concept of the music video. MTV, however, was insistent on it. Describing the Money For Nothing - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms attitudes of Knopfler and MTV, he said:.
The problem was that Mark Knopfler was very anti-videos. All he wanted to do was Хмурый Ветер - Аркадий Северный - Диск 4, and he thought that videos would destroy the purity of songwriters and performers. They said, "Can you convince him that this is the right thing to do, because we've played this song to MTV and they think it's fantastic but they won't play it if it's him standing there playing guitar.
They need a concept. Barron then flew to Budapest to convince Knopfler of their concept. Meeting together after a gig, Knopfler was reportedly still unimpressed, but this time his girlfriend was present and took a hand.
According to Barron:. Luckily, his girlfriend said, "He's absolutely right. There aren't enough interesting videos on MTV, and that sounds like a brilliant idea. We just went ahead and did it. The video also includes stage footage of Dire Straits performing, with partially rotoscoped animation in bright neon colours, as seen on the cover of the compilation album of the same name.
Rolling Stone listed the song as the 94th greatest guitar song of all time, noting how Mark Knopfler "traded his pristine, rootsy tone for a dry, over-processed sound achieved by running a Les Paul through a wah-wah pedal on a track that became one of the [MTV] network's earliest hits. These versions featured extended guitar solos [ according to whom? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Dire Straits song. For the Darin song, see Money for Nothing Darin song.
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