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  • 1. 

    Which decade is the hit single "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits from?

    • A.

      2000's

    • B.

      Eighties

    • C.

      Sixties

    • D.

      Nineties

    Correct Answer
    B. Eighties
    Explanation
    The hit single "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits is from the Eighties.

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  • 2. 

    Dire Straits had which of these hit singles in 1979?

    • A.

      Come On Down To My Boat

    • B.

      Sultans Of Swing

    • C.

      Tonite's Tha Night

    • D.

      Seasons Change

    Correct Answer
    B. Sultans Of Swing
    Explanation
    In 1979, Dire Straits had a hit single called "Sultans Of Swing". This song became one of their most popular and successful tracks, showcasing their unique blend of rock and blues influences. The song's catchy guitar riff, storytelling lyrics, and Mark Knopfler's distinctive vocals contributed to its success and enduring popularity. "Sultans Of Swing" remains a classic rock anthem and a signature song for Dire Straits.

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  • 3. 

    Dire Straits had which hit single in 1985?

    • A.

      Too Much Heaven

    • B.

      Money For Nothing

    • C.

      Take Me There

    • D.

      You're My World

    Correct Answer
    B. Money For Nothing
    Explanation
    In 1985, Dire Straits had a hit single called "Money For Nothing."

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  • 4. 

    Dire Straits had which hit single in 1986?

    • A.

      Walk Of Life

    • B.

      Ferry Cross The Mersey

    • C.

      Shannon

    • D.

      Change The World (From Phenomenon)

    Correct Answer
    A. Walk Of Life
    Explanation
    In 1986, Dire Straits had a hit single called "Walk Of Life." This song was released as the fourth single from their album "Brothers in Arms" and became a popular and successful track for the band. "Walk Of Life" features a catchy melody, upbeat rhythm, and memorable lyrics, making it a favorite among fans and a chart-topping hit during that time.

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  • 5. 

    What year did Dire Straits have the hit single "Walk Of Life" on Warner Bros.?

    • A.

      1961

    • B.

      1969

    • C.

      1975

    • D.

      1986

    Correct Answer
    D. 1986
    Explanation
    The hit single "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits was released in 1986.

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  • 6. 

    "Release" was the first solo album release for which ex-Dire Straits member?

    • A.

      Pick Withers

    • B.

      David Knopfler

    • C.

      Tommy Mandel

    • D.

      Hal Lindes

    Correct Answer
    B. David Knopfler
    Explanation
    David Knopfler was a former member of the band Dire Straits. "Release" was his first solo album release after leaving the band.

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  • 7. 

    Which song on Dire Straits' debut album made the Top Ten in both Britain and America?

    • A.

      Walk Of Life

    • B.

      Tunnel Of Love

    • C.

      Sultans Of Swing

    • D.

      Lady Writer

    Correct Answer
    C. Sultans Of Swing
    Explanation
    "Sultans of Swing" is the correct answer because it is the only song on Dire Straits' debut album that made it to the Top Ten in both Britain and America. This song became a huge hit and showcased the band's unique sound and Mark Knopfler's distinctive guitar playing. Its success in both countries solidified Dire Straits' popularity and helped establish them as a renowned rock band.

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  • 8. 

    Which Dire Straits' album went gold based on hits "Romeo and Juliet" and "Skateaway"?

    • A.

      Brothers In Arms

    • B.

      Love Over Gold

    • C.

      Making Movies

    • D.

      Dire Straits

    Correct Answer
    C. Making Movies
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Making Movies". This album by Dire Straits achieved gold status due to the success of the hit songs "Romeo and Juliet" and "Skateaway".

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  • 9. 

    Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler was involved in which 1998 movie soundtrack?

    • A.

      Wag The Dog

    • B.

      Gladiator

    • C.

      Terminator

    • D.

      Sixth Sense

    Correct Answer
    A. Wag The Dog
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler was involved in the 1998 movie soundtrack for "Wag The Dog."

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  • 10. 

    What did Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" mock?

    • A.

      Marriage

    • B.

      Love

    • C.

      Music Videos

    • D.

      Farmers

    Correct Answer
    C. Music Videos
    Explanation
    Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" mocked music videos. The song, released in 1985, was a satirical take on the excesses and superficiality of the music industry at the time. The lyrics and the accompanying music video itself parody the glamorous and materialistic nature of music videos, highlighting the shallow and artificial aspects often associated with them. The song's lyrics also criticize the perceived lack of talent and hard work required to achieve success in the music industry during that era.

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  • 11. 

    What was the album a reconvened Dire Straits released in 1991?

    • A.

      Money For Nothing

    • B.

      Dire Straits

    • C.

      On Every Street

    • D.

      Making Movies

    Correct Answer
    C. On Every Street
    Explanation
    "On Every Street" is the correct answer because it was the album released by a reconvened Dire Straits in 1991. This album marked the band's sixth and final studio album, featuring hit singles such as "Calling Elvis" and "Heavy Fuel". It showcased the band's signature sound of bluesy rock with Mark Knopfler's distinctive guitar playing. The album received mixed reviews from critics but was commercially successful, reaching the top of the charts in several countries.

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  • 12. 

    What instrument does Mark Knopfler play in Dire Straits?

    • A.

      Banjo

    • B.

      Drums

    • C.

      Guitar

    • D.

      Flute

    Correct Answer
    C. Guitar
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Dire Straits. He is widely recognized for his exceptional guitar playing skills and unique style. Throughout the band's career, Knopfler's guitar work has been a defining element of their sound, characterized by his distinctive fingerpicking technique and melodic solos. His mastery of the guitar has made him one of the most influential and respected guitarists in rock music.

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  • 13. 

    Who was Dire Straits' bassist?

    • A.

      Hal Lindes

    • B.

      John Illsley

    • C.

      Mark Knopfler

    • D.

      David Knopfler

    Correct Answer
    B. John Illsley
    Explanation
    John Illsley was the bassist for the rock band Dire Straits. He joined the band in 1977 and played bass guitar on many of their hit songs, including "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing." Illsley's bass playing was an integral part of Dire Straits' sound, providing a solid foundation for the band's melodic and intricate guitar work. He continued to play with the band until their disbandment in 1995 and has also released solo albums in his career.

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  • 14. 

    How long was Dire Straits' residency at Wembley Arena during its 1985-86 world tour?

    • A.

      One Day

    • B.

      13 Nights

    • C.

      One Week

    • D.

      Three Weeks

    Correct Answer
    B. 13 Nights
    Explanation
    Dire Straits' residency at Wembley Arena during its 1985-86 world tour lasted for 13 nights. This means that the band performed at Wembley Arena for a consecutive 13 nights during their tour.

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  • 15. 

    Who was the original drummer for Dire Straits?

    • A.

      Terry Williams

    • B.

      Cozy Powell

    • C.

      Carmine Appice

    • D.

      Pick Withers

    Correct Answer
    D. Pick Withers
    Explanation
    Pick Withers was the original drummer for Dire Straits. He played with the band from its formation in 1977 until 1982. Withers' drumming style and contributions were integral to the band's early sound and success, particularly on their breakthrough hit "Sultans of Swing." His departure from the band marked a significant change in their lineup and musical direction.

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  • 16. 

    What decade is the hit single "Sultans Of Swing" by Dire Straits from?

    • A.

      Sixties

    • B.

      Eighties

    • C.

      Nineties

    • D.

      Seventies

    Correct Answer
    D. Seventies
    Explanation
    "Sultans of Swing" is a hit single by Dire Straits, a British rock band. The song was released in 1978, which falls within the seventies decade.

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  • 17. 

    Which decade is the hit single "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits from?

    • A.

      Nineties

    • B.

      Eighties

    • C.

      2000's

    • D.

      Sixties

    Correct Answer
    B. Eighties
    Explanation
    "Money For Nothing" is a hit single by Dire Straits, a British rock band. The song was released in 1985, which places it in the 1980s decade. This song gained significant popularity during that time and became one of the band's most well-known and successful songs.

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  • 18. 

    Which line is not in the Dire Straits hit "Money For Nothing"?

    • A.

      The Yo-Yo Plays Guitar

    • B.

      Custom Kitchen Deliveries

    • C.

      Get Your Chicks For Free

    • D.

      I Want My MTV

    Correct Answer
    A. The Yo-Yo Plays Guitar
    Explanation
    The line "The Yo-Yo Plays Guitar" is not in the Dire Straits hit "Money For Nothing". The song's lyrics mention "Custom Kitchen Deliveries," "Get Your Chicks For Free," and "I Want My MTV," but there is no mention of a yo-yo playing guitar.

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  • 19. 

    Which of Dire Straits' Knopfler brothers is the eldest?

    • A.

      David

    • B.

      They Were Twins

    • C.

      Mark

    • D.

      Noddy

    Correct Answer
    C. Mark
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler is the eldest brother of Dire Straits' Knopfler brothers.

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  • 20. 

    What was the name of Dire Straits' sixth album, released in 1985?

    • A.

      Dire Straits

    • B.

      Money For Nothing

    • C.

      On Every Street

    • D.

      Brothers In Arms

    Correct Answer
    D. Brothers In Arms
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Brothers In Arms." This album was released by Dire Straits in 1985. It is their sixth studio album and is considered one of their most successful and critically acclaimed works. The album features popular songs like "Money For Nothing" and "Walk of Life" and achieved commercial success worldwide.

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  • 21. 

    Where did Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler study English Lit before forming the band?

    • A.

      Princeton

    • B.

      Harvard University

    • C.

      Leeds University

    • D.

      Rhodes University

    Correct Answer
    C. Leeds University
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler studied English Lit at Leeds University before forming the band Dire Straits.

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  • 22. 

    Which Dire Straits' guitarist/vocalist was born August 12, 1949?

    • A.

      Mark Knopfler

    • B.

      John Illsley

    • C.

      David Knopfler

    • D.

      Hal Lindes

    Correct Answer
    A. Mark Knopfler
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler is the correct answer because he is the only guitarist/vocalist from Dire Straits who was born on August 12, 1949. John Illsley, David Knopfler, and Hal Lindes are all former members of Dire Straits, but they were born on different dates.

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  • 23. 

    Which song on Dire Straits' album "Love Over Gold" hit the #2 spot in the U.K.?

    • A.

      Calling Elvis

    • B.

      One World

    • C.

      Private Investigations

    • D.

      Down To The Water Line

    Correct Answer
    C. Private Investigations
    Explanation
    "Private Investigations" is the correct answer because it reached the #2 spot on the U.K. charts. This song is from Dire Straits' album "Love Over Gold".

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  • 24. 

    After Dire Straits released "Love Over Gold", who replaced drummer Pick Withers?

    • A.

      David Knopfler

    • B.

      Mark Knopfler

    • C.

      John Illsley

    • D.

      Terry Williams

    Correct Answer
    D. Terry Williams
    Explanation
    Terry Williams replaced drummer Pick Withers after Dire Straits released "Love Over Gold".

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  • 25. 

    Which Dire Straits member wrote "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner?

    • A.

      Pick Withers

    • B.

      Mark Knopfler

    • C.

      David Knopfler

    • D.

      John Illsley

    Correct Answer
    B. Mark Knopfler
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler is the correct answer because he is a member of Dire Straits and he wrote the song "Private Dancer" specifically for Tina Turner.

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  • 26. 

    Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler was seriously injured in what kind of crash in 2003?

    • A.

      Car

    • B.

      Motorcycle

    • C.

      Airplane

    • D.

      Parachute

    Correct Answer
    B. Motorcycle
    Explanation
    In 2003, Mark Knopfler, the lead guitarist of Dire Straits, was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.

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  • 27. 

    Who did Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler record a duet album with in 1990?

    • A.

      Tony Bennett

    • B.

      Chet Atkins

    • C.

      Tina Turner

    • D.

      Ozzy Osbourne

    Correct Answer
    B. Chet Atkins
    Explanation
    In 1990, Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler recorded a duet album with Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins was a renowned American musician and producer, known for his expertise in country and jazz guitar. This collaboration between Knopfler and Atkins showcased their exceptional guitar skills and musical chemistry.

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  • 28. 

    Which group has Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler recorded with?

    • A.

      The Lizards

    • B.

      The Beatles

    • C.

      The Notting Hillbillies

    • D.

      Black Sabbath

    Correct Answer
    C. The Notting Hillbillies
    Explanation
    Mark Knopfler, the guitarist and lead vocalist for Dire Straits, has also recorded with a side project called The Notting Hillbillies. The Notting Hillbillies is a British country music band formed by Knopfler and his friends. They released their only album, "Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time," in 1990. The band's sound is characterized by a blend of country, folk, and blues influences, showcasing Knopfler's versatile guitar playing and songwriting skills.

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  • 29. 

    How many years passed between Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" and "On Every Street"?

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      1

    • D.

      10

    Correct Answer
    A. 6
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 6. This is the number of years that passed between the release of Dire Straits' album "Brothers in Arms" and their album "On Every Street". The question is asking for the time difference between these two albums, and the answer is 6 years.

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  • 30. 

    What was Dire Straits' second album, released in 1979?

    • A.

      Money For Nothing

    • B.

      Communique

    • C.

      Dire Straits

    • D.

      Walk Of Life

    Correct Answer
    B. Communique
    Explanation
    "Communique" was Dire Straits' second album, released in 1979. This album followed their successful self-titled debut album and continued to showcase their unique blend of rock and blues influences. It featured popular tracks such as "Lady Writer" and "Once Upon a Time in the West." The album was well-received by both critics and fans, further solidifying Dire Straits' place in the music industry.

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