Walk of Life – Dire Straits

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on January 15th of 1986 “Walk of Life” a single from the best selling LP (over 30 million worldwide) “Brothers in Arms”peaks at number 2 on the UK singles chart. Mark Knopfler wrote this song to celebrate the street buskers of London, hence the references to “Be-Bop-a-Lula” and “What’d I Say,” two standards that might be part of a singer’s repertoire in the mid-’80s. The song was nearly excluded from the album when the co-producer Neil Dorfsman voted against its inclusion, but the rest of the band out-voted him. Having itself been used as a flip side for the European version of the “So Far Away” single, “Walk of Life” had many different B-sides across different formats of release in different territories. The music video shown in America took a different approach: it showed sports bloopers. This video did very well on MTV, but it was not the original. The first version of the clip, which was shown outside the US, was more true to the song, with footage of a busker in a subway (or as they call it in England, the tube). The sports-themed video was specifically aimed at American audiences, with footage of American teams. This was the fourth single released from Brothers In Arms. It benefited from a catchy keyboard sound (played by Alan Clark) and from the album’s second single, “Money For Nothing,” which established the band on MTV and on Top 40 radio in America. The song reached #7 in the US.