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 Montserrat , at 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 hook , in the form of the guitar 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 :.
The response was simple: Write a hit song and enlist a top director to helm the video. However, the group was slow to embrace MTV. Nevertheless, whether it was the phase of the mics or the out-of-phaseness, what we heard was exactly what ended up on the record. There was no additional processing on that tune during the mix. Dorfsman loved the guitar sound so much, he suggested Knopfler embrace more solos. It turns out, Knopfler had actually gone directly to the source for advice.
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Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by British rock band Dire Straits released on 17 October , featuring highlights from the band's first five albums. The vinyl edition omits the song " Telegraph Road " and has a different running order. All songs written by Mark Knopfler , except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dire Straits. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 March InfoDisc in French.
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