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Hal Lindes performing with Dire Straits in Newcastle City Hall
|Birth name||Hal Andrew Lindes|
|Born||30 June 1953|
Monterey, California United States
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, film scorer|
|Associated acts||Dire Straits|
In 1979, he played guitar with the rock group Darling. Signed to Charisma Records, they released the single "Do You Wanna" (written by Lindes) and published the album Put It Down To Experience the same year.
Lindes is probably best known for his work as a full-time member with rock band Dire Straits from 1980 until 1985.
Dire Straits (1980-1985)
Hal Andrew Lindes became a full-time member of Dire Straits at the end of 1980, shortly after the release of the group's third album, Making Movies. He replaced original co-founding member and rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. During Lindes’ tenure with the group, Dire Straits grew from playing small clubs to performing in sold out stadiums. Lindes toured with Dire Straits while they were promoting Making Movies and remained with the band while they recorded their fourth album, 1982's Love Over Gold. Lindes was also with the band for the EP titled ExtendedancEPlay released in early 1983, which included the hit single “Twisting by the Pool”.
Also during 1982 and 1983, Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler was involved with composing the music score for David Puttnam's film Local Hero, in which Lindes also performed. It was at this point that he discovered a passion for composing film soundtracks. Lindes toured with Dire Straits for their 1982-1983 Love over Gold Tour. The band's double live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live was a recording of excerpts from the final two concerts from that tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983, featuring Lindes, and was released in March 1984.
Film scores and other work (1985-present)
Since his departure from Dire Straits, Hal Lindes has composed music for films, and has won a Royal Television Society Award for the BAFTA award nominated film Reckless and a TRIC award for Best TV Theme Music. Lindes composed the soundtrack to The Boys Are Back, a Miramax film directed by Scott Hicks and starring Clive Owen, in which his guitar score is paired with songs by Sigur Rós, Ray Lamontagne and Carla Bruni.
In 1989, Hal Lindes teamed up with rock singer Fish to contribute guitar to his debut solo album following his departure from Marillion. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors was released in January 1990, and Lindes co-wrote three songs on the album and played guitar on most of the album's tracks.
- Official website
- "Darling (5) - Put It Down To Experience (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
- "Hal Lindes - Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
- "The Boys Are Back Cast and Crew". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
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