Dire Straits (Making Movies)

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The Album

Released on 17 October 1980, “Making Movies” stands as one of Dire Straits’ most revered albums, capturing the band at the height of their creative powers. Helmed by the distinctive vocals and intricate guitar work of Mark Knopfler, the album is a sonic journey that seamlessly blends rock, folk, and a touch of cinematic storytelling.

From the opening notes of “Tunnel of Love,” Knopfler’s fingerstyle guitar technique immediately takes center stage. His signature sound, characterized by clean picking and a distinctive finger-plucked tone, is a thread woven throughout the album. Each track is an opportunity for Knopfler to showcase his virtuosity, creating a sonic landscape that is both technically impressive and emotionally resonant.

The title “Making Movies” is aptly fitting, as the album possesses a cinematic quality. The songs unfold like scenes in a film, with vivid imagery and storytelling. “Romeo and Juliet” stands out as a poignant narrative, weaving a tale of love and heartbreak against a backdrop of soulful melodies. The cinematic quality is further heightened in “Skateaway,” with its lyrics evoking images of a film in motion.

The album benefits from a rich and dynamic production, skillfully handled by Jimmy Iovine. The instrumentation, including Roy Bittan’s keyboards, John Illsley’s bass, and Pick Withers’ drums, is layered with precision. The mix allows each instrument its moment in the spotlight, contributing to the album’s overall sonic richness.

“Making Movies” is a testament to Dire Straits’ ability to seamlessly blend genres. The album incorporates elements of rock, folk, and new wave, creating a sound that defies easy categorization. Tracks like “Expresso Love” and “Hand in Hand” showcase the band’s versatility, with rhythmic intricacies and melodic hooks that transcend genre boundaries.

Conclusion

While not as commercially successful as some of Dire Straits’ other albums, “Making Movies” has earned a lasting place in the hearts of music enthusiasts. Its influence can be heard in the works of subsequent generations of musicians who draw inspiration from the album’s unique blend of storytelling and musical craftsmanship.

“Making Movies” is a jewel in Dire Straits’ discography, a testament to the band’s musical prowess and Mark Knopfler’s songwriting genius. The album’s fusion of storytelling, guitar virtuosity, and genre-blurring elements creates an immersive listening experience. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Dire Straits or discovering their music for the first time, “Making Movies” remains a captivating journey through the landscapes of sound and emotion.

Track Listing

  1. Tunnel of Love
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. Skateaway
  4. Expresso Love
  5. Hand in Hand
  6. Solid Rock
  7. Les Boys

Tunnel Of Love

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Lyrics

Getting crazy on the waltzers
But it’s the life that I choose
Hey, sing about the six blade, sing about the switchback
And a torture tattoo
And I’ve been riding on a ghost train
Where the cars, they scream and slam
And I don’t know where I’ll be tonight
But I’d always tell you where I am

In a screaming ring of faces
I seen her standing in the light
She had a ticket for the races
Yeah, just like me, she was a victim of the night
I put my hand upon the lever
Said let it rock and let it roll
I had the one-arm bandit fever
There was an arrow through my heart and my soul

And the big wheel keep on turnin’
Neon burnin’ up above
And I’m just high on the world
Come on and take a low ride with me girl
On the tunnel of love
Yeah, love

It’s just a danger
When you’re riding at your own risk
She said, “You are the perfect stranger”
She said, “Baby, let’s keep it like this”
It’s just a cakewalk, twisting baby, yeah, step right up and say
“Hey mister, give me two, give me two now
‘Cause any two can play”

And the big wheel keep on turning
Neon burnin’ up above
And I’m just high on the world
Come on and take a low ride with me, girl
On the tunnel of love
Oh love, love

Well it’s been money for muscle on a another whirligig
Money for muscle and another girl I dig
Another hustle just to
Just to make it big and rock away, rock away
Oh rock away, rock away

And girl, it looks so pretty to me
Like it always did
Oh, like the Spanish city to me
When we were kids
Yeah, girl it looks so pretty to me
Just like it always did
Oh, like the Spanish city to me
When we were kids

Woh la!
Check it out

She took off her silver locket
She said, “Remember me by this”
She put her hand in my pocket
I got a keepsake and a kiss
And in the roar of dust and diesel
I stood and watched her walk away
I could have caught up with her easy enough
But something must have made me stay

And the big wheel keep on turning
Neon burnin’ up above
And I’m just high on this world
Come on and take a low ride with me, girl
On the tunnel of love
Yea love, love

On the tunnel of love
Woah love, love

Yeah, now I’m searchin’ through these carousels and the carnival arcades
Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
In any shooting gallery where promises are made
To rock away, rock away
Rock away, rock away
From Cullercoats to Whitley bay
And to rock away

And, girl it looks so pretty to me
Like it always did
Like the Spanish city to me
When we were kids
Girl, it looks so pretty to me
Like it always did
Like the Spanish city to me
When we were kids

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