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Jan 14, 2020 - 11:04:53 AM
1064 posts since 12/2/2013

Which do you prefer?

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:12:42 AM
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djenks

USA

219 posts since 1/22/2005

Dire Straits - hands down!!

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:25:35 PM

1473 posts since 2/4/2013

U2 except Sultans of Swing. But I'm not really a fan of U2 either.

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:38:03 PM

Mooooo

USA

7816 posts since 8/20/2016

I used to listen to both. U2 has more good ones, but Dire Straits has a few that I just like picking better.

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:34:10 PM
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5836 posts since 8/3/2012

Mark Knopfler... with or without Dire Straits yes

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:17:29 PM

258 posts since 4/10/2018

David Bowie
The Smiths
Joy Division
The Pretenders

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:08:23 PM
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3604 posts since 7/8/2010

Dire straits is up there with Credence for me. Just too cool to describe.

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:39:50 AM
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Paul R

Canada

13643 posts since 1/28/2010

Dire Straits - Mark Knopfler is a much better guitar player, much more versatile, not just a rhythm player.

Whatever - I much prefer the Byrds, whose later lineup included two fantastic pickers, the underrated Roger McGuinn and the amazing Clarence White. (I took this in 1969.)


Jan 15, 2020 - 12:16:51 PM
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1064 posts since 12/2/2013

Hi Paul, "Notorious Byrd Brothers" is one of my all-time faves. But when I read your answer I realized the two bands are almost a generation apart; come to think of, so are the two bands I asked you to compare. And of course, as we age our tastes change.

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:29:27 PM
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1778 posts since 2/10/2003

Both U2 and Dire Straits both got there start in the mid to late 70s so they are from the same generation. Dire Straits lasted into the late 80s, I believe, while U2 is still going strong. That being said, to me they are like apples and bananas; to dissimilar to compare. Both are great bands however, but vastly different. U2 I believe is a better all around “band”, whereas Mark Knoffler was pretty much Dire Straits.

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:12:32 PM
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296 posts since 2/26/2012

Dire Straits

brothers in arms album

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:23:56 PM
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1186 posts since 2/2/2008

Dire Straits-Communiqué

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:07:10 PM

Paul R

Canada

13643 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by flyingsquirrelinlay

Hi Paul, "Notorious Byrd Brothers" is one of my all-time faves. But when I read your answer I realized the two bands are almost a generation apart; come to think of, so are the two bands I asked you to compare. And of course, as we age our tastes change.


Hey, David, sorry about the thread drift, but Clarence White was one of the most mesmerizing guitarists I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot, including my fave, Michael Bloomfield, and acoustic gems like Norman Blake. I got a real good look at him the second time I saw the Byrds, at Massey Hall in '70, and he just stood rooted in one spot, ripping off incredible solos. Yeah, he's a few years earlier. I wonder if either Mr. Knopfler or Mr. Edge listened to his work, or if they even knew about him.

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:16:16 AM

1064 posts since 12/2/2013

Paul and 250gibson: Paul, no need to apologize, I bought many a banjo album because the album headline/title said "bluegrass." 250gibby, after I posted I realized that I was wrong, that those two bands really were contemporaneous, but extremely different in their style/approach. Dire Straits/Knofler was very consistent in terms of sweet style and sound, perhaps "political content" while U2 was harder, more edgy, perhaps more techno-geek (see "Achtung Baby").

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:02:28 PM
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Buddur

USA

2857 posts since 10/23/2004

Bono and the Edge walk into a bar for the umpteenth-millionth time and the bartender says "Not YOU TWO again!"

Edited by - Buddur on 01/16/2020 16:06:46

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