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|Single by Dire Straits|
|from the album Love over Gold|
|B-side||"Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts"|
|Released||23 August 1982|
|Recorded||8 March - 11 June 1982|
|Length||6:45 (Album version)
5:51 (Single edit)
|Dire Straits singles chronology|
"Private Investigations" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their album Love over Gold. Although it was not released as a single in the United States, it reached the number 2 position in the United Kingdom (despite its length), and is one of their biggest chart successes in the UK. Similarly, the album it came from, Love over Gold, only sold 500,000 copies in the United States, though it was well-received elsewhere. The track also appeared on the compilation albums Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and is the title track to the more recent 2005 compilation, Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler.
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.
On the 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.
The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.
- "Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler: Five Songs For the Master of Mystery". houstonpress.com. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
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