Private Investigations" is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album . Although it was not released as a single in the US, it reached the number 2 position in the UK (despite its length), and is one of their biggest chart successes in the United Kingdom, on a par with " Love Over Gold Walk of Life". Similarly, the album it came from, Love over Gold, only sold 500,000 copies in the US, though it was well-received elsewhere. The track also appeared on the compilation albums and Money for Nothing , and is the title track to the more recent 2005 compilation, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits . The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
The song begins with a sinister, deep pitched synthesizer orchestration, leading into a slow piano progression accompanying a classical guitar, followed by several spoken verses.
After the verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with strident electric guitar chords at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between
Mark Knopfler's acoustic guitar and marimba played by Mike Mainieri.
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: "It's just about the Private Investigations... "What have you got at the end of the day" - Nothing more than you started out with..." It is said the song was inspired by author Raymond Chandler.
This song was also modified by Mark Knopfler into a film score for the
Bill Forsyth movie in 1984, where you can hear the song broken up into portions and used for certain scenes. Comfort and Joy
The riff from the song was used on a
BT advert in 1994.
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