Brothers in Arms (song)
|"Brothers in Arms"|
|Single by Dire Straits|
|from the album Brothers in Arms|
|B-side||Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)(Live) & Why Worry (Instrumental Segment)|
|Released||14 October 1985|
|Genre||Roots rock, blues rock|
|Length||6:58 / 6:05 / 4:55|
|Dire Straits singles chronology|
"Brothers in Arms" is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the closing track on the album of the same name. It is in G# minor. This was rereleased in 2007 as a special edition to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.
There are two studio recorded versions of this song: the album version which is 6:55 minutes, and the shorter version which is 6:05 minutes and features slightly different (and shorter) solos at the beginning and end of the song. The version that appears on Dire Straits' greatest hits album, The Very Best of Dire Straits, is 4:55. The version featured on the live album On the Night contains an extra pedal steel guitar solo and is 8:55. The full-length, studio album version (6:55) was also included on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
Mark Knopfler usually played the song on a Gibson Les Paul guitar, rather than his usual Schecter "Stratocaster", and a Les Paul appears in the distinctive promo video, which is in the style of a charcoal drawing, interspersing scenes of the band playing with scenes of war. During Dire Straits' 1992 "On Every Street" tour, Knopfler used his Pensa-Suhr MK1 for this song, like most of the others.
The song is reported to be the first CD single ever released, it was released in the United Kingdom in 1985.
The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of the First World War. In the first seconds of the clip, a zoom-out is seen from the animated clip from the single Money for Nothing from the same album. In contrast with the at that time very modern clip in Money for Nothing, the video clip has a very classic appearance in noisy black and white images.
- Brothers In Arms - 6:04
- Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero) (Live) - 4:45
|UK Singles Chart||16|
|Irish Singles Chart||10|
|Dutch Top 40||59|
|Australian Singles Chart||57|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||5|
In popular culture
- The song was first used in the Miami Vice episode, "Out Where the Buses Don't Run".
- It was used as the theme song to Civvies, a British TV series from 1992.
- The song was used in The West Wing episode, "Two Cathedrals".
- The song was used in the Due South episode, "I Coulda Been a Defendant".
- The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 Barry Levinson film What Just Happened.
- The song was also featured in the 2001 film Spy Game.
- It was also used in Vince's death scene in A Mexican Fairytale.
- Gregorian covered the song for their album, Masters of Chant, Chapter 1-3 (Jubiläumsedition)
- Folk singer Joan Baez covered the song for her 1987 album, Recently.
- Serbian rock band Galija covered the song, with lyrics in Serbian language, entitled "Kad me pogledaš" on their 1989 album Korak do slobode.
- Metallica covered the song on Bridge School Benefit 2007 (27 and 28 October).
- The Finnish Symphonic power metal band Northern Kings covered the song on their album Reborn in 2007.
- Celtic Thunder: Ryan Kelly covered this song as part of their 2007 DVD and during the 2008 tour.
- Romanian rock band The Edge has covered this song live.
- The Finnish a cappella band Club for Five covered the song on their album You're the Voice in 2009.
- Nina Persson (of The Cardigans) and Georg Wadenius on his album "Reconnection" in 2009
- Alex Cornish performed a cover of this song while performing on the Dermot O'Leary Show on BBC Radio 2 in May 2010, which was then included on the Dermot O'Leary Saturday Sessions CD which was released on Sony in October 2010
- The Norwegian jazz trio In the Country released an instrumental version of the song on their live album and DVD "Sounds and Sights" in 2011, with Andreas Mjøs on guitar.
- Music video in Dailymotion.com
- Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits on Songfacts.com
- Series info at IMDb
- Two Cathedrals#Notes
- "Due South: I Coulda Been a Defendant: Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 October 2013.