The Dire Straits Song Written About Mötley Crüe

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Dire Straits embraced many influences from country, folk, jazz, and blues-rock in their sound. The band proved their success and talent with several world tours, gaining four Grammys and three Brit Awards. They created many impactful albums and songs that still have a big audience and became one of the best-selling music artists by selling over records.

The band gained a prominent reputation with the self-titled album released in 1978. It reached the top of many album charts in various countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The song ‘Sultans of Swing’ became a hit reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1988 record ‘Money For Nothing’ also had an essential place in the band’s career as a greatest hits album. Moreover, it contained the successful self-titled track, which the band wrote about the heavy metal group Mötley Crüe.

Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ Drew Inspiration From Mötley Crüe

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Money for Nothing‘ initially came from the band’s fifth studio album ‘Brothers in Arms,’ released in 1985. It became the most commercially successful piece of the group by staying at number one for three weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Top Rock Tracks. Later, the song appeared in the same-titled greatest hits album.

In this track, the songwriter Mark Knopfler took inspiration from the delivery guys in the New York department store. Knopfler wrote this song from the delivery man’s point of view, who complained about his job while watching MTV. He created these lyrics by sitting in the shop that day, inspired by the conversations of working people.

Furthermore, as the bassist Nikki Sixx revealed in an interview with Blender, Dire Straits wrote the track after seeing Mötley Crüe on television in the department store. According to Sixx, Knopfler wrote the lyrics based on when the band’s performance was shown on rows of screens that appeared side by side in the store.

Nikki Sixx said in his words:

“‘Money for nothing and the chicks for free/that little f*ggot got his jet airplane.’ They were in a store that sells televisions, and there was a row of TVs all playing Mötley Crüe, and that’s where it came from. Isn’t that great?”

You can listen to the song below.