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  • 1. 

    In Dire Straits' "Walk of Life", who is coming, "singing oldies, goldies"?

    • A.

      Mr. Smith

    • B.

      Johnny

    • C.

      A Lady

    • D.

      The Wizard

    Correct Answer
    B. Johnny
    Explanation
    In Dire Straits' "Walk of Life", the person who is coming and "singing oldies, goldies" is Johnny.

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  • 2. 

    What was the double live album released by Dire Straits in 1984?

    • A.

      On Every Street

    • B.

      Alchemy

    • C.

      Tears For Fears

    • D.

      Communique

    Correct Answer
    B. Alchemy
    Explanation
    Alchemy is the correct answer because it is a double live album released by Dire Straits in 1984. The album was recorded during their "Love Over Gold" tour and features live performances of their popular songs, including "Sultans of Swing" and "Romeo and Juliet". Alchemy showcases the band's exceptional musicianship and their ability to captivate audiences with their unique blend of rock and blues.

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  • 3. 

    For which benefit concert did Dire Straits play in 1985?

    • A.

      UNICEF

    • B.

      Farm Aid

    • C.

      Jerry Lewis Telethon

    • D.

      Live Aid

    Correct Answer
    D. Live Aid
    Explanation
    Dire Straits played at the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985. Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held in London and Philadelphia to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine. It featured many renowned musicians and bands, including Dire Straits. The concert aimed to bring awareness to the famine crisis and raise money to provide relief to those affected. Dire Straits' performance at Live Aid helped contribute to the success of the event and its overall impact in addressing the humanitarian crisis.

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  • 4. 

    Which Dire Straits member wrote their song "Romeo and Juliet"?

    • A.

      David Knopfler

    • B.

      John Illsley

    • C.

      Hal Lindes

    • D.

      Mark Knopfler

    Correct Answer
    D. Mark Knopfler
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler is the correct answer because he was the primary songwriter and lead vocalist for Dire Straits. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of their most popular songs and was written by Mark Knopfler. He is known for his distinctive guitar playing and songwriting abilities, and his contributions to Dire Straits' music have made him a highly respected musician in the industry.

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  • 5. 

    Which 1985 Dire Straits album cover features a silver guitar?

    • A.

      Brothers In Arms

    • B.

      On Every Street

    • C.

      Communique

    • D.

      Dire Straits

    Correct Answer
    A. Brothers In Arms
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Brothers In Arms. The album cover for Brothers In Arms features a silver guitar.

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  • 6. 

    What country singer sang backup on Dire Straits' song "The Bug"?

    • A.

      Vince Gill

    • B.

      Dolly Parton

    • C.

      Kenny Rogers

    • D.

      Kenny Chesney

    Correct Answer
    A. Vince Gill
    Explanation
    Vince Gill is the correct answer because he is a country singer who provided backup vocals on Dire Straits' song "The Bug".

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  • 7. 

    Dire Straits played in 1988 for what famously imprisoned African's birthday concert?

    • A.

      President DeClerque

    • B.

      Nelson Mandela

    • C.

      King Tut

    • D.

      Shaka Zulu

    Correct Answer
    B. Nelson Mandela
    Explanation
    Dire Straits played in 1988 for Nelson Mandela's birthday concert. Nelson Mandela, a famously imprisoned African leader, was celebrating his birthday and Dire Straits had the honor of performing at the concert.

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  • 8. 

    Which drummer left Dire Straits in 1988?

    • A.

      Terry Williams

    • B.

      Mark Knopfler

    • C.

      David Knopfler

    • D.

      John Illsley

    Correct Answer
    A. Terry Williams
    Explanation
    Terry Williams is the correct answer because he left Dire Straits in 1988.

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  • 9. 

    In Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing", who "knows all the chords"?

    • A.

      Harold

    • B.

      Johnny

    • C.

      The Prince

    • D.

      Guitar George

    Correct Answer
    D. Guitar George
    Explanation
    In Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing," the person who "knows all the chords" is Guitar George. This is mentioned in the lyrics of the song, indicating that Guitar George is a skilled guitarist who is knowledgeable about playing different chords on the guitar.

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  • 10. 

    What was the first guitar bought by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler?

    • A.

      Gibson Les Paul

    • B.

      Hofner Super Solid

    • C.

      Rickenbacker 360/12

    • D.

      Fender Stratocaster

    Correct Answer
    B. Hofner Super Solid
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler, the guitarist of Dire Straits, bought his first guitar, the Hofner Super Solid.

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  • 11. 

    For which regional newspaper did Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler work as a journalist?

    • A.

      Leicester Mercury

    • B.

      Liverpool Echo

    • C.

      Shetland Times

    • D.

      Yorkshire Evening Post

    Correct Answer
    D. Yorkshire Evening Post
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler worked as a journalist for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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  • 12. 

    In which city were Dire Straits' Knopfler brothers born?

    • A.

      Newcastle

    • B.

      Glasgow

    • C.

      London

    • D.

      Leeds

    Correct Answer
    B. Glasgow
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Glasgow. This is where the Knopfler brothers, who are members of the band Dire Straits, were born.

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  • 13. 

    Under what name did Dire Straits perform their original sessions?

    • A.

      The Cafe Racers

    • B.

      The Notting Hillbillies

    • C.

      Dire Straits

    • D.

      Brewer's Droop

    Correct Answer
    A. The Cafe Racers
    Explanation
    Dire Straits performed their original sessions under the name "The Cafe Racers".

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  • 14. 

    With which band did future Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler play guitar in 1973?

    • A.

      Brewer's Droop

    • B.

      Spring

    • C.

      Magna Carta

    • D.

      Rockpile

    Correct Answer
    A. Brewer's Droop
    Explanation
    In 1973, Mark Knopfler played guitar with the band Brewer's Droop.

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  • 15. 

    Which two original Dire Straits members were still with the band in 1995?

    • A.

      Mark Knopfler & John Illsley

    • B.

      Mark Knopfler & Pick Withers

    • C.

      David Knopfler & John Illsley

    • D.

      Mark & David Knopfler

    Correct Answer
    A. Mark Knopfler & John Illsley
    Explanation
    In 1995, the two original Dire Straits members still with the band were Mark Knopfler and John Illsley. This means that Mark Knopfler, who was the lead vocalist and guitarist, and John Illsley, who played the bass guitar, were the only remaining founding members of the band at that time. The other options, David Knopfler and Pick Withers, were not part of the band in 1995.

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  • 16. 

    What was the last Dire Straits album to feature Pick Withers on drums?

    • A.

      Love Over Gold

    • B.

      Making Movies

    • C.

      Brothers In Arms

    • D.

      Communique

    Correct Answer
    A. Love Over Gold
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Love Over Gold. This album was released in 1982 and was the last Dire Straits album to feature Pick Withers on drums. Withers left the band shortly after the album's release, making Love Over Gold his final contribution as a member of Dire Straits.

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  • 17. 

    With which record company did Dire Straits begin recording their debut album in 1978?

    • A.

      Vertigo

    • B.

      RCA

    • C.

      Arista

    • D.

      Columbia

    Correct Answer
    A. Vertigo
    Explanation
    Dire Straits began recording their debut album in 1978 with Vertigo.

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  • 18. 

    How many weeks did Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" spend at #1 on U.S. charts?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      9

    • C.

      1

    • D.

      30

    Correct Answer
    B. 9
    Explanation
    Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" spent a total of 9 weeks at #1 on the U.S. charts. This means that for 9 consecutive weeks, the song was the most popular and highest-selling track in the country. This level of success demonstrates the widespread appeal and popularity of the song during its release.

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  • 19. 

    About how many dates did Dire Straits play to support the "Brothers in Arms" album?

    • A.

      75

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      200

    • D.

      50

    Correct Answer
    C. 200
    Explanation
    Dire Straits played approximately 200 dates to support the "Brothers in Arms" album. This indicates that the band had an extensive tour schedule, performing in numerous locations to promote their album. The high number of dates suggests that the album was successful and in demand, leading to a significant amount of live performances by the band.

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  • 20. 

    What is ex-Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler's debut solo album, released in 1996?

    • A.

      Golden Heart

    • B.

      Neck And Neck

    • C.

      Purple Heart

    • D.

      Gold And Silver

    Correct Answer
    A. Golden Heart
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler's debut solo album, released in 1996, is titled "Golden Heart."

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  • 21. 

    Which group did Dire Straits open for on tour before releasing their debut album?

    • A.

      The Eagles

    • B.

      The Allman Brothers

    • C.

      Talking Heads

    • D.

      The Go-Go's

    Correct Answer
    C. Talking Heads
    Explanation
    Dire Straits opened for Talking Heads on tour before releasing their debut album. This suggests that Dire Straits had the opportunity to gain exposure and build their fanbase by performing as the opening act for Talking Heads. Opening for a well-established and popular band like Talking Heads would have allowed Dire Straits to reach a larger audience and potentially attract attention from record labels and industry professionals. This experience could have been crucial in launching their career and paving the way for the success they achieved with their debut album.

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  • 22. 

    How many worldwide copies did Dire Straits' "Communique" album sell?

    • A.

      3 Million

    • B.

      100,000

    • C.

      10 Million

    • D.

      1 Million

    Correct Answer
    A. 3 Million
    Explanation
    Dire Straits' "Communique" album sold 3 million worldwide copies.

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  • 23. 

    Which was the first Dire Straits album produced by Mark Knopfler?

    • A.

      On Every Street

    • B.

      Love Over Gold

    • C.

      Brothers In Arms

    • D.

      Dire Straits

    Correct Answer
    B. Love Over Gold
    Explanation
    Love Over Gold was the fourth studio album by Dire Straits, released in 1982. It was the first album produced solely by Mark Knopfler, who was the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band. Prior to Love Over Gold, the band had worked with various producers. Therefore, Love Over Gold marked a significant milestone in the band's career as it was the first album where Knopfler took full control of the production process.

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  • 24. 

    What instrument does Alan Clark play in Dire Straits?

    • A.

      Harp

    • B.

      Drums

    • C.

      Keyboards

    • D.

      Cello

    Correct Answer
    C. Keyboards
    Explanation
    Alan Clark plays keyboards in Dire Straits.

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  • 25. 

    What is the name of Dire Straits' 1995 live album?

    • A.

      On The Night

    • B.

      Alchemy

    • C.

      Live At The BBC

    • D.

      On Every Street

    Correct Answer
    C. Live At The BBC
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Live At The BBC". This live album by Dire Straits was released in 1995 and features recordings from the band's performances at the BBC studios. It includes live versions of some of their popular songs such as "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing".

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  • 26. 

    Which 1982 Dire Straits album cover features lightning lighting up a night sky?

    • A.

      Love Over Gold

    • B.

      Making Movies

    • C.

      On Every Street

    • D.

      Dire Straits

    Correct Answer
    A. Love Over Gold
    Explanation
    The 1982 Dire Straits album cover that features lightning lighting up a night sky is "Love Over Gold".

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  • 27. 

    What is the closing line in Dire Straits' "Private Investigations"?

    • A.

      It's A Mystery To Me

    • B.

      Private Investigations

    • C.

      A Bottle Of Whiskey

    • D.

      The End

    Correct Answer
    B. Private Investigations
    Explanation
    The closing line in Dire Straits' "Private Investigations" is "Private Investigations." This line is repeated multiple times throughout the song, serving as a conclusion and emphasizing the theme of the song. The repetition of the title as the closing line leaves a lasting impression and reinforces the central message of the song.

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  • 28. 

    Which Dire Straits video was the first to be played on MTV in Britain?

    • A.

      Romeo And Juliet

    • B.

      Tunnel Of Love

    • C.

      Sultans Of Swing

    • D.

      Money For Nothing

    Correct Answer
    D. Money For Nothing
    Explanation
    "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits was the first video to be played on MTV in Britain. This song gained significant popularity and became an iconic hit for the band. The music video featured innovative computer-generated animation, which was groundbreaking at the time. The song's catchy guitar riff and memorable lyrics contributed to its success and solidified its place as a classic rock anthem.

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  • 29. 

    "The Bug" appears on what 1991 Dire Straits album?

    • A.

      On Every Street

    • B.

      Brothers In Arms

    • C.

      Alchemy

    • D.

      Making Movies

    Correct Answer
    A. On Every Street
    Explanation
    "The Bug" is a song that appears on the 1991 Dire Straits album "On Every Street". This album was the band's sixth and final studio album, released six years after their hugely successful album "Brothers In Arms". "On Every Street" received mixed reviews from critics but still achieved commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. The album showcased the band's signature sound with Mark Knopfler's distinctive guitar playing and storytelling lyrics. "The Bug" is one of the tracks on this album, displaying Dire Straits' blend of rock, blues, and folk influences.

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  • 30. 

    What four words open and close Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet"?

    • A.

      Romeo Must Die Tonight

    • B.

      I Loved My Juliet

    • C.

      A Love Struck Romeo

    • D.

      Romeo And Juliet Wed

    Correct Answer
    C. A Love Struck Romeo
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A Love Struck Romeo". This is the opening line of the song "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits. The phrase "A Love Struck Romeo" sets the tone for the song, hinting at the passionate and romantic nature of the story. The phrase is also repeated at the end of the song, serving as a closing line and emphasizing the theme of love and infatuation throughout.

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