According to Knopfler, he was in New York and stopped by an appliance store. Knopfler said there was a man working there dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who was standing next to him watching.
As they were standing there watching MTV, Knopfler remembers the man coming up with lines such as "what are those, Hawaiian noises? Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then eventually put those words to music. He describes a singer as "that little faggot with the earring and the make-up", and bemoans that these artists get "money for nothing and chicks for free".
The songwriting credits are shared between Mark Knopfler and Sting. We played him 'Money for Nothing' and he turned round and said, 'You've done it this time, you bastards. He did his bit there and then. The lyrics for the song have been criticised as being homophobic.
In a late interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Knopfler expressed mixed feelings on the controversy:. I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London — he actually said it was below the belt. Apart from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can't let it have so many meanings — you have to be direct. In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters.
The singer in "Money for Nothing" is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality — somebody who sees everything in financial terms. I mean, this guy has a grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that's not working and yet the guy's rich: that's a good scam. He isn't sneering. Dire Straits often performed the song in live concerts and when on tour, where the second verse was included but usually altered slightly.
For the band's 10 July concert televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January  , Knopfler replaced the word faggot with Queenie in this context also a term that implies homosexuality :. In January , the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council CBSC ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters ' code of ethics and their equitable portrayal code.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador , which in turn followed the radio listener's dissatisfaction with the radio station's reply to their complaint about a gay slur in the lyrics. Galaxie , which was owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the CBC at the time of the controversy, also continues to play the song. The regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
On 31 August, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, because of considerations in regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited versions of the song. Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner.
The music video for the song features early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters  and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release. Two other music videos are also featured within "Money for Nothing". The fictional album for the first video was listed as "Turn Left" and the second was "Hot Dogs".
For the second video, the record company appears as "Rush Records", and it was filmed on Fisherman's Bastion , Budapest, Hungary. Originally, Mark Knopfler was not at all enthusiastic about the concept of the music video.
MTV, however, was insistent on it. Describing the contrasting attitudes of Knopfler and MTV, he said:. The problem was that Mark Knopfler was very anti-videos. All he wanted to do was perform, and he thought that videos would destroy the purity of songwriters and performers. Dire Straits Communique LP. Free postage. See similar items. Results pagination - page 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Hot this week.
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If your a Dire Striats fan buy all 6 of the newly re-mastered CD's Reviewed in the United States on September 13, Dire Straits first recoding is one of there best! All 6 studio recordings have been re-mastered and this is a great one.
It's Dire Straits and if your a fan you need all 6 of these CD's. I have them all on vinyl and CD and like both depending on the output I'm using. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on May 10, This record was recorded well except for Sultans Of Swing. The song is scratchy sounding to the point of unlistenable. The rest of the album is good, but a real letdown when you hear arguably the best song on the record. I returned it once and now sadly returning it again because it appears all the pressings are bad.
This album is an import and presses in Germany. Sort by. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews."Money for Nothing" is a single by British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their studio album Brothers in Arms. The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see.