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The Sultans of Swing, live. Not sure what year this was. I do remember the first time I heard this tune on the car radio. It blew my mind. I do know that I was driving east, into eastern Kentucky and the coal country. Good times.
I was fascinated by that song when it came out, which I think was '79 or '80. I was just a kid, and it didn't sound like anything else on pop "top-40" radio. I knew a little guitar, and what immediately struck me was that Knopfler's playing was a whole different kind of soloist's technical facility than what I was used to hearing, which was more straightforwardly Blues-based.
Via my parents, I knew something about Jazz and Swing, so the other weird thing about the song was that a) it didn't "swing"; b) it wasn't "Jazz" or "Rock" - but it was apparently about a Dixieland band pursuing its passion despite the sneering kids in the bar, indifferent to the music because "it ain't what they call Rock 'n Roll." The whole song was incongruous and I loved it.
Saw them do this in 1983, I think, at GWU's Smith Center. Knopfler in my mind, doesn't get the respect he deserves as a creative guitarist.......his subsequent career has been very productive......huge talent
Regrets - I've had a few. I lived in Scotland in the early 90s and had tickets to see them in Glasgow. Didn't go at the last minute, and i will always regret it. You'll hear Knopfler's guitar in movie soundtracks. His sound is recognizable.
Jeez, you can't trust anybody to keep their word these days!
As for this song, can you hear the Dylan in his voice? Notice how he's 3/4ths singing, 1/4th speaking, and how the words tend to tonally flatten at the end of sentences, two of the attributes that make Dylan stand out.
I have always considered this the best pop song ever written, conceived, produced. I am not an expert, however, so take that as you may.
As for Knopflers singing style, I once heard him state in an interview that he was driven to learn to play the guitar well because he couldn't sing. He let the guitar sing for him.
I've been listening to this song in rapt admiration since it came out and I have to admit it still give me goosebumps after almost 4 decades. From the tone of these comments, I don't think I am alone in this.