Industrial Disease (song)

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"Industrial Disease"
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Single by Dire Straits
from the album Love over Gold
B-side"Solid Rock" (U.S.)
LabelVertigo Records
Songwriter(s)Mark Knopfler
Producer(s)Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Private Investigations"
"Industrial Disease"
"Twisting by the Pool"

"Industrial Disease" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler. It appeared on the band's 1982 album Love over Gold.

The song was released as a single in the U.S. and as a rare B-side to "Private Investigations" on cassette tape in the United Kingdom. The B-side to the U.S. "Industrial Disease" single was "Solid Rock," from the previous Dire Straits album Making Movies.


The song takes a look at decline of the British manufacturing industry in the early 1980s, focusing on strikes, depression and dysfunctionality. For example, the absurdity of media-driven maladies is laid out in a segment of the song describing the narrator's visit to a doctor's office for treatment of his "Industrial Disease."

The reference to "Brewer's Droop" as a medical condition is an in-joke, referring both to the effect of alcohol on libido and to the band of the same name that Mark Knopfler played in prior to Dire Straits.


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