Making Movies

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Making Movies
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released 17 October 1980 (1980-10-17)
Recorded Power Station, New York,
20 June – 25 August 1980
Genre Roots rock
Length 37:39
Label Vertigo,
Warner Bros. (USA),
Mercury (Canada)
Producer Jimmy Iovine,
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
Communiqué
(1979)
Making Movies
(1980)
Love over Gold
(1982)

Making Movies is the third studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 17 October 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the single "Romeo and Juliet", which reached the number 8 position on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the number one position on album charts in Italy and Norway, the number 19 position in the United States, and the number four position in the United Kingdom. Making Movies was certified platinum in the United States, and double-platinum in the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

After the Communiqué Tour ended on 21 December 1979 in London, Mark Knopfler spent the first half of 1980 writing the songs for Dire Straits' next album. He contacted Jimmy Iovine after hearing Iovine's production on the song "Because the Night" by Patti Smith—a song she had co-written with Bruce Springsteen. Iovine, who had also worked on Springsteen's Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town albums, was instrumental in recruiting E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan for the Making Movies sessions. Without Bittan, the album's "cinematic power and evocative landscapes might have been impossible to achieve."[1]

Recording[edit]

Making Movies was recorded at the Power Station in New York from 20 June to 25 August 1980. Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler produced the album.

David Knopfler left Dire Straits in August 1980 during the recording of the album. His guitar tracks were almost complete for the album, but were re-recorded by his brother. David appears on video playing "Solid Rock" and "Les Boys" live in concert, but these performances preceded the recording.

Four outtakes were recorded but not released on the album: "Making Movies", "Suicide Towers", "Twisting by the Pool", and "Sucker for Punishment". "Making Movies" and "Suicide Towers" appear on bootlegs. "Twisting by the Pool" was released on the ExtendedancEPlay EP on 10 January 1983. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song "Skateaway" and from the outtake "Making Movies".

Release[edit]

Making Movies was released on 17 October 1980 on LP and cassette formats. The original CD version was released in 1984. The album was remastered and released on CD with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 internationally, and on 19 September 2000 in the United States.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four and a half out of five stars, noting that Making Movies "ranks among the band's finest work".[3]

In his review for Rolling Stone magazine, David Fricke gave the album four out of five stars, writing:

Making Movies is the record on which Mark Knopfler comes out from behind his influences and Dire Straits come out from behind Mark Knopfler. The combination of the star's lyrical script, his intense vocal performances and the band's cutting-edge rock & roll soundtrack is breathtaking—everything the first two albums should have been but weren't. If Making Movies really were a film, it might win a flock of Academy Awards.[5]

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Making Movies number 52 in their survey of the 100 Best Albums of the Eighties.[1] The album was the biggest selling album in Italy in 1981 with one million copies sold, with 3.8 million copies sold throughout Europe.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.[6][Note 1]

No. Title Length
1. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:11
2. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
3. "Skateaway"   6:40
4. "Expresso Love"   5:12
5. "Hand in Hand"   4:48
6. "Solid Rock"   3:19
7. "Les Boys"   4:07
Total length:
37:39

Personnel[edit]

Dire Straits
Additional musicians
Production
  • Jimmy Iovine – producer
  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson – assistant engineer
  • Jon Mathias – assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Neil Terk – original design and artwork
  • Brian Griffin – photography
  • Bob Ludwig – remastering[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Albums[edit]

The album spent 252 weeks on the UK Albums Chart.[8] In Australia, Making Movies was the fifth best selling album of 1981.

Chart (1980–81) Peak
Australia Albums Chart 6
Austria Albums Chart 15
Italy Albums Chart 1
Norway Albums Chart 1
Sweden Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 4
US Billboard 200 19

Singles[edit]

Year Song Hot 100 Hot Rock Tracks UK
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" 8
1981 "Expresso Love" 39
1981 "Skateaway" 58 37
1981 "Tunnel of Love" 54
1981 "Solid Rock" 56

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[9] Platinum 53,858[9]
France (SNEP)[10] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[11] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The original vinyl album presented tracks 1–3 on side A, and tracks 4–7 on side B.[2]
Citations
  1. ^ a b "100 Best Albums of the Eighties: 52: Making Movies". Rolling Stone. 5 February 1980. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Making Movies". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Making Movies". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dire Straits". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Fricke, David (5 February 1980). "Dire Straits: Making Movies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Making Movies (booklet). Dire Straits. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Records. 1980. p. 2–4, 11. 947771-2. 
  7. ^ "Sid McGinnis". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Making Movies". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  10. ^ "French album certifications – Dire Straits – Making Movies" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select DIRE STRAITS and click OK
  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dire Straits; 'Making Movies')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Dire Straits – Making Movies". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Making Movies in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Dire Straits – Making Movies". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Making Movies at Mark Knopfler official website