release - 1978
album art - Chuck Loyola
The frontcover depicts a painting by Chuck Loyola with a mysterious lady.
On the backcover of their debutalbum the bandmembers are introduced. From left to right: Mark Knofler, David Knopfler, John Illsley, Pick Withers.
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.
Dire Straits' biggest selling album Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on CD. They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide records sales of over 100 million. In 1995 Mark Knopfler quietly disbanded Dire Straits.