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Dire Straits Feat. Sting

Jokes:

Chris Rea is teaming up with Mark Knoffler
- the band is going to be called Dire-rea (diaohrea).
Submitted by:
 

Band Name Origins:

  • The brothers from Dire Straits went to the same bording school I did. They were always messing around, and one day they were pulled up by the master in charge, who gave them a big lecture and told them that if they didn't sort themselves out, they would be in dire straits when they were older. They adopted it some years later, when he was proved right, as they were utterly broke, but still chasing the dream! Submitted by: Just Me
  • because of their financial situation at the time, most of the group had no money left to their names. Submitted by: ray daley

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: The Sultans Of Swing. Submitted by: Rocky

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Brothers With Arms (The Mannings)""Brothers In Arms"Indy Gent
"Brothers In Arms""Brothers With Arms (The Mannings)"Indy
"Curry For Nothing (And Your Chips For Free)""Money For Nothing"stee

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Calling Elvis,"If it's Presley, I don't think he'll answerRich

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"What Do You Want?," Jerrod Niemann"Money For Nothing," Dire Straits
"Amnesia," Justin Timberlake"Where Do You Think You're Going?," Dire Straits
"Walking Along," The Diamonds"Hand In Hand," Dire Straits
"Peace Train," Cat Stevens"Tunnel Of Love," Dire Straits
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Express Love" originally "Expresso Love"
Laura
"Romeo & Julie" originally "Romeo & Juliet"
Serafina
"Rome & Juliet" originally "Romeo & Juliet"
Serafina
"Sultans Of Wing" originally "Sultans Of Swing"
Erika Clarkson
"Sultans Of Swig" originally "Sultans Of Swing"
Rapunzel Gladstone

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Sultans Of Sawing" originally "Sultans Of Swing"
Candy Welty
"Sultans Of Sewing" originally "Sultans Of Swing"
Scarlett Lopez
"Brothers in Farms" originally "Brothers in Arms"
Jellybean
"Monkey For Nothing" originally "Money For Nothing"
he's all yours for free...
mandylee
"Twisting By The Spool" originally "Twisting By The Pool"
Naomi Swanson

Change a Letter:

"Monet For Nothing" originally "Money For Nothing"
Impressionist painting given away for free.
Edward
"Brothers In Alms" originally "Brothers In Arms"
Sophia Borden
"Falling Elvis" originally "Calling Elvis"
Sutch
"Hang In Hand" originally "Hand In Hand"
Yvette Bristle
"Wand In Hand" originally "Hand In Hand"
Yvette Bristle

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Twisting By The Pool""Peeing in The Pool"PikaJoe
"Sultans Of Swing""Gulpin' Of Drinks"Leough
"Money for Nothing""Money for Nothing - Homoeopathy Version"Phil Alexander
"Money for Nothing""Funny for Strutting"Mittrack Obamney
"Money for Nothing""Kitten for Nothing"Christopher Long
"Romeo & Juliet""Billy-Jo & Stu the Vet"Bruno
"Sultans of Swing""Consultants At Ing"Dr. Oliver Clozoff
"Money For Nothin""Tickets For Numbskulls"Lionel Mertens
"Industrial Disease""No HSM for Me"Edward Genereux
"Sultans of Swing""Productions that Swing"Warren Baker

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Calling ElvisThe Psychic HotlineSusanna Viljanen
Industrial DiseaseAFL-CIOPikachu732001
Solid Rock Viagraddt
Solid RockDeBeers-A Diamond Is Foreveroldrock
Sultans of SwingMLB Home Run DerbySWEETY
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Sultans of SwingPittsburgh Piratescarly_carlz
Money For NothingWork Harder Seminar~Evenni~
Money For NothingDonald Trump's officebritrock
Money For NothingRichard Branson's officebritrock
Money For NothingGeorge Steinbrenner's officebritrock
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
   Cutting Crew
Brothers In Arms
   Dire Straits
I Just Died In Your Brother's Arms
Pete & Repete
Under The Boardwalk
   The Drifters
Walk Of Life
   Dire Straits
Under The Boardwalk Of Life
Edward
Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money I
   Primitive Radio Gods
Money For Nothing
   Dire Straits
Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money For Nothing In My Hand
I want my PRG.
Mickey D.
Vienna Calling
   Falco
Calling Elvis
   Dire Straits
Vienna Calling Elvis
Martha Hankins
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

My Dire Morning Straitjackets
My Morning Jacket combined with Dire Straits
Submitted By: Gretchen Wieners
Dire Rea
Dire Straits combined with Chris Rea
I can image them stinking one way or another.
Submitted By: Odie Garfield
Dire Straits And Hardtimes
Dire Straits combined with The Hardtimes
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Dire Full Devil Straitjackets
Dire Straits combined with Full Devil Jacket
Submitted By: Gretchen Wieners

There are additional Dire Straits Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Money for Nothing"
Misheard Lyrics:
Custom Bitchn' dish and liver fleas
Original Lyrics:
Custom kitchen deliveries
"Sultans of Swing"
Misheard Lyrics:
A band is blowing Dixon doubled for time
Original Lyrics:
A band is blowing Dixie double four time
"Walk of Life"
Misheard Lyrics:
Here comes Johnny
Gonna tell you "I'm sorry"
Original Lyrics:
Here comes Johnny
Gonna tell you a story
"Money for Nothing"
Misheard Lyrics:
We got some boobies, refrigerators
We got some boobies, color TVs
Original Lyrics:
We got to move these refrigerators
We got to move these color TVs
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Money for Nothing"
Misheard Lyrics:
Custom Bitchn' dish and liver fleas
Original Lyrics:
Custom kitchen deliveries

Story about this misheard lyric by: Mark Knopfler

I just heard it out of the blue. It was scary.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Money For Nothing"
Better Lyrics:
Who would watch MTV
Original Lyrics:
I want my MTV
Submitted by: Bill S
"Money For Nothing"
Better Lyrics:
I got to play your microgames, Wario
Original Lyrics:
We gotta install microwave ovens
Submitted by: Andrea Huckstep
"The Man's too strong"
Better Lyrics:
I am a gourmet shoplifter
And in the stores I used to play
And I've stripped the shelves
Of many a delicatessen
Now they say I am a store criminal
Gonna put me away
Your Honour, please hear my confession:
I've nicked the ingredients
To many a feast
Didn't need no money
Just took what I pleased
I'll go down in history
As the greatest of store crooks
I know why Fortnums
Couldn't balance their books
But I'll always remember
That day I went wrong
A Ham's too big
'n' smells too strong
Original Lyrics:
I'm just an ageing drummer boy
And in the wars I used to play
And I've called the tune
To many a torture session
Now they say I am a war criminal
And I'm fading away
Father please hear my confession
I have legalised robbery
Called it a belief
I have run with the money
And hid like a theif
I have re-written history
With my armies and my crooks
Invented memories
I did burn all the books
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The man's too big
The man's too strong
Submitted by: Zedsquared
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Money For Nothing"
The Funny Lyrics:
Money for nothing
and the chicks for free
Why They're Funny:
I can't help but wonder what these lines have to do with each other. Mark Knopfler mentions them so many times in the recording...
Submitted by: Mr. Critic
"Industrial Disease"
The Funny Lyrics:
Two men say they're Jesus - one of them must be wrong
Why They're Funny:
My parents think this line is so hilarious. It's true there is a certain logic to it.
Submitted by: Sweet Indigo

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"So Far Away "
The Repetitive Lyrics:
So far away from me
So far I just cant see
So far away from me
You're so far away from me
Why They're Repetitive:
So far away from this song ever coming to an end!
Submitted by: Glenn
 

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Money for Nothing"
The Insulting Lyrics:
See the little f*gg*t with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little f*gg*t got his own jet airplane
That little f*gg*t he's a millionaire
Why They're Insulting:
I think it's an awesome slam to conceited celebrities, who don't do anything.
Submitted by: GiGi
 

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Money for Nothing"
The Dated Lyrics:
You play the guitar on the MTV...
We've got to install microwave ovens...
We've got to move these colour TV's
Why They're Dated:
MTV no longer has music except as a theme song of "The Fake World", microwaves are now about two shoeboxes wideXtwo shoeboxes high, and since the digital switch, if you can even affourd it, you'd need a digital TV to recieve anything.
Submitted by: Ricky
 

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Industrial Disease"
The Lyrics:
How come Jesus gets Industrial Disease?
Who They Mention:
Jesus Christ
Submitted by: britrock
"Industrial Disease"
The Lyrics:
I don't know how you came to get the Bette Davis knees.
Who They Mention:
Bette Davis
Submitted by: britrock
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Romeo And Juliet"
The Song Lyrics:
Juliet says hey it's Romeo
You nearly gimme me a heart attack
He's underneath the window
She's singing hey la my boyfriend's back
Song They Mention:
"My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels.
(Editor's note: It is not necessary to put a BR tag at the end of the last line, since there is nothing coming after it.)
Submitted by: amwoods
"Wild West End"
The Song Lyrics:
And a gogo dancing yes I saw her
The deejay he say here's Mandy for ya
Song They Mention:
Mandy by Barry Manilow
Submitted by: Tania WYEP
There are additional Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Skate Away" originally "Skateaway"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Skate A Way" originally "Skateaway"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Brother Sin Arms" originally "Brothers In Arms"
War does seem this way.
Submitted by: Peter
"Indus Trial Disease" originally "Industrial Disease"
A trial disease along the Indus River? WHY?
Submitted by: Condoleezza Rice Pilaf

Band Name Anagrams:

Sired Traits Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie
Star Is Tried Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
I Resist Dart Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
Stair Stride Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
Is It Red Star? Submitted by: Yvette Bristle

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Final Snow Gusts" originally "Sultans Of Swing"
Submitted by: Michael S.
"Flake If Low" originally "Walk Of Life"
Submitted by: Joe
"Wry Al Tried" originally "Lady Writer"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Try Weird Al" originally "Lady Writer"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Idle Wry Rat" originally "Lady Writer"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Wild West End"
The Lyrics:
I saw you walking out Shaftesbury Avenue
Why:
Shaftesbury Avenue is a major street in London - famous for it's theatres.
Submitted by: Adrian Smith
"In The Gallery"
The Lyrics:
Ignored by all the trendy boys in London and in Leeds
He might as well have been making toys or strings of beads
He could not be in the gallery
Why:
London and Leeds - major cities in England.
Submitted by: Adrian Smith
There are additional Real Places Mentioned in Songs available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"Money For Nothing"
In Canada, talks of this song being banned were common due to certain words within the song being seen as a crude homosexual slur.
Submitted by: Darryl
"Money For Nothing"
The unedited version was banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council on Canadian radio for the lyric "that little faggot with the earring and the make-up."
Submitted by: Glenn Worthman

Super Long Pop Songs:

"It Never Rains" Length: 7:59
"It Never Rains" is a track for the 1982 album Love over Gold by the Blues-rock band Dire Straits. The song is the final song on the album. The song displays two distinct sections: the first section which is blues based, and the second second is more progressive. This blends the two major styles present during the album.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Love Over Gold" Length: 6:16
"Love over Gold" is the title track for the 1982 album Love over Gold by the blues rock band Dire Straits. The song is the closest song to reveal any blues characteristics on a relatively progressive album; it is also jazz-tinged in that it prominently features a vibraphone part played by Mike Mainieri.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Industrial Disease" Length: 5:52
The song takes a look at decline of the British manufacturing industry in the early 1980s, focusing on strikes, depression and dysfunctionality. For example, the absurdity of media-driven maladies is laid out in a segment of the song describing the narrator's visit to a doctor's office for treatment of his "Industrial Disease". The reference to "Brewer's Droop" as a medical condition is an in-joke, referring both to the effect of alcohol on libido and to the band of the same name that Mark Knopfler played in prior to Dire Straits.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Private Investigations" Length: 6:45
"Private Investigations" is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album Love over Gold. Although it was not released as a single in the US, it reached #2 in the UK, and is one of their biggest chart successes in the United Kingdom, on a par with "Walk of Life". Similarly, the album it came from, Love over Gold, only sold 0.5 million copies in the US, though it was well-received elsewhere. The song begins with a slow piano riff accompanying an acoustic guitar. After several verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with an electric guitar coming in at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler's acoustic guitar and Marimba played by Mike Mainieri. On the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: "It's just about the Private Investigations... "What have you got at the end of the day" - Nothing more than you started out with..." It is said the song was inspired by author Michael Crichton. The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Telegraph Road" Length: 14:22
"Telegraph Road" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits and written by Mark Knopfler. It appeared on their 1982 album Love over Gold. Clocking in at 14:21 minutes long, it is rarely played by radio stations, yet has remained well-regarded over the years by many fans of the band.[citation needed] The coda of the live recording on the 1984 album Alchemy features one of the band's most brilliant guitar improvisations. Inspired by a bus trip taken by Knopfler, the lyrics narrate a tale of changing land development over a span of many decades along Telegraph Road in Michigan. In the latter verses, the singer focuses on one man's personal struggle with unemployment. In an interview on RockLine, a "rock radio network" call-in show, broadcast live on May 10, 1993, Mark Knopfler said, while on tour, he... "in fact, was driving down that road, and I was reading a book at the time, called Growth of the Soil [by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun], and I just put the two together. I was driving down this Telegraph Road....and it just went on and on and on forever, it's like what they call linear development. And I just started to think, I wondered how that road must have been when it started, what it must have first been. And then really that's how it all came about yeah, I just put that book together and the place where I was, I was actually sitting in the front of the tour bus, at the time." The song starts out with a quiet crescendo that lasts almost two minutes, before the song's main theme starts. After the first verse, the main theme plays again, followed by the second verse. After a guitar solo, a short bridge slows the song down to a quiet keyboard portion similar to the intro, followed by a slow guitar solo. Next, the final two verses, with the main theme in between, play. The main theme is played one last time, eventually turning into a five minute guitar solo that eventually fades out.
Submitted by: Mickey D.

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Song Title Acrostics:

ID: "Industrial Disease"
Submitted by: Peter
SOS: "Sultans Of Swing"
Submitted by: Peter

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Funny, More Nothing" originally "Money For Nothing"
Submitted by: Harriet Henderson

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"Money For Nothing"
The Lyrics:
I want my MTV...
Now look at them yo yo's, that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
Why:
MTV Network...at a time when you actually could watch people play the gee-tar on the MTV.
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
 

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