Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark celebrates his 69th birthday today (March 5th). You’ve heard the story. Mark Knopfler in an appliance store listening to workers complaining about rock stars. That’s where the  Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing” came from. Mark Knopfler wrote a character-driven song, then had to sing it as a character he doesn’t like. ( Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks) (How do you like it now). The words Mark Knopfler sings in “Money for Nothing” are as far from his own thoughts and beliefs as can be, . Knopfler explains why he wrote them and how he felt singing them.

”That’s just a character song. The character in ‘Money for Nothing” is a bit of an idiot. I mean, he’s an ignoramus. I was sort of amused by some of the things he was saying, but he was still an appalling character, really. You’ve got to try and divorce yourself from him.”

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