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Where is the band Dire Straits from, and what was their most successful song?

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The band Dire Straits is from England.  Their most successful song was “Money for Nothing,” which was on their “Brothers in Arms” album.  That album was released in 1985.  “Money for Nothing” reached number one on the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.  This was by far the most popular song that the group ever recorded.

Dire Straits was formed by four men in England in 1977.  The leader of the band was Mark Knopfler.  The band included his younger brother, David, and two other men.  They got their start opening for the Talking Heads on a tour of the U.K.  The band had a number of minor hits before they released “Brothers in Arms.”  When they released that album, “Money for Nothing” became hugely popular.  It was also somewhat controversial as some people felt that it had lyrics that were racist, sexist, and homophobic.  Even so, the song was very popular.  It was very strongly identified with MTV because of its opening “I want my MTV” hook sung in falsetto by Sting from the group The Police.

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