Dire Straits were a British rock band from 1977 to 1995. They
comprised 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). Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical
influences, including jazz, folk, blues, and came closest to beat music
within the context of rock and roll.
Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in October 1978 by Phonogram Records.