Song Of The Day: Dire Straits – “Down to The Waterline” (1977)



Happy Birthday to Mark Knopfler, who turns a hearty 68 today. He was 28 when Dire Straits first hit it big in 1977, old enough to belong to the Classic Rock generation but young enough to be considered part of the New Wave. In truth he was neither. That brilliant Dire Straits debut album, from which this great track came, had an unadorned street feel that shouted New Wave, and yet Knopfler’s distinctly brilliant skills on the guitar did not conform to the Punk ethos. The upside was that we were going to have a new analog hero who would help us find our way through the fog of all that synthesized ‘80s dreck.

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