I love this song!!!
“Money for Nothing” is a
song by British group Dire
Straits, which first appeared on their 1985
in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when
released as a single.
It peaked at number one for three weeks in the U.S.,
becoming their most successful single. In the band’s native UK,
the song peaked at number 4. The song was notable for its
video and a cameo
appearance by Sting
singing the song’s iconic falsetto
introduction and backing chorus, a borrowing of the cable
network‘s slogan “I want my MTV“.
This chorus mirrors The police intro to “don’t stand so close to
me”. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV
Europe when the network started on August
The songwriting credits are shared
Knopfler and Sting. Sting was visiting Montserrat
during the recording of the song, and was invited to add some
background vocals. Sting has stated that his only contribution was
the “I Want My MTV” line, which was sung in partial parody
of his own song “Don’t
Stand So Close to Me“, originally recorded by The
Police. Sting was reportedly embarrassed when his publishing
company insisted on a co-writing credit (and royalties).
When Dire Straits performed “Money for Nothing” at the
1985 Live Aid
Concert at Wembley
Stadium, the performance featured a guest appearance by Sting. As
a result of this performance, this helped launch not only the song,
but Dire Straits themselves into international superstardom.
The music video
for the song featured early computer
animation illustrating the lyrics. While the characters seem boxy
and the animation appears a little crude by modern standards, the
video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters
and was considered groundbreaking
at the time of its release. It was the second computer-generated
music video shown on MTV.
The lead characters vaguely resemble a CGI Laurel
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