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ExtendedancEPlay (Dire Straits album - cover art).jpg
EP by Dire Straits
Released 10 January 1983 (1983-01-10)
Recorded Jam Studios,
1–3 October 1982
Genre Roots rock, rock and roll
Length 15:52
Label Vertigo,
Warner Bros. (U.S.A.)
Producer Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
Love over Gold
(1982)Love over Gold1982
Dire Straits Singles singles chronology
"Private Investigations"
(1982) Private Investigations1982
"Twisting by the Pool"
(1983) Twisting by the Pool1983
"Love Over Gold (Live Version)"
(1984) Love Over Gold (Live Version)1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

ExtendedancEPlay is a studio 12" EP by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 10 January 1983 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States.[2] The extended play record contains three tracks on the international version, and four tracks on the United States version, adding the song "Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts", an outtake from the Love over Gold sessions. The cassette release of this EP is called Twisting by the Pool, after the hit song of the same name on its first track.[3]

The EP consists entirely of upbeat tracks which have a rock and roll, jazz, and swing feel. It does not contain any examples of the relaxed tempo songs Dire Straits had been known for. It is the first release to feature drummer Terry Williams, who filled the spot after drummer Pick Withers left the group in August 1982. The track 'If I Had You' was never released on CD.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.[Note 1]

No. Title Length
1. "Twisting by the Pool" 3:28
2. "Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts" (U.S. version only) 4:47
3. "Two Young Lovers" 3:22
4. "If I Had You" 4:15
Total length: 15:52


  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • John Etchells – engineer[2]



Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 53


Single Chart (1983) Peak
"Twisting by the Pool" New Zealand Singles Chart 1
"Twisting by the Pool" Norwegian Singles Chart 6
"Twisting by the Pool" Swedish Singles Chart 13
"Twisting by the Pool" Swiss Singles Chart 11
"Twisting by the Pool" UK Singles Chart 14
"Twisting by the Pool" U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 105
"Twisting by the Pool" U.S. Top Tracks 12


  1. ^ The original vinyl EP presented tracks 1–2 on side A, and tracks 3–4 on side B.[2]
  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Twisting by the Pool". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "ExtendeDancEPlay". Discogs. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Twisting By The Pool". Discogs. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 

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