Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms (1985)
Yes, yes, I consider this one of the Classic Albums I Can’t Ever Listen To Again – and I stand by that, it’s unlikely I’ll ever listen to this record again, it’d be last on the list of Dire Straits albums for me always. But it was amazing when I was nine years old, when I first heard it. And I still have the copy that my parents bought when it was released. You look at that cover now and you have to match it up with the Miami Wine Cooler that was being consumed to give it a proper context. In fact, there was brand of wine cooler called Pink Wine Cooler and my dad had, for some reason, bought a whole heap of it. Loads. No doubt because it was super-cheap. My aunty and uncle lived across the road from us – they were getting married. She had her hen’s night and so he was banished to ours. It wasn’t really a stag do but it turned into it. The adults – the men – all drinking Pink Wine Cooler in a drinking-game that revolved around losing shots on the pool table; an impromptu garage party. There I am – it’s a couple of years after this record was released – so I’m like 11 or something. Maybe 12. And I’m allowed to stay up if I’m quiet. These adults are cutting loose – and it’s funny. And there’s an old turntable in the garage, actually it’s an old radiogram – you can load up 10 records and they’ll sit there in a stack. This is one of them. This is the most popular. The night ends with drunk driving and my uncle being tied up to a tree somewhere. The night ends with my aunty packing a sad because this impromptu – and altogether reckless – party has trumped here; stolen her thunder. The night ends with no more Pink Wine Cooler. Finally. Fortunately. The night ends with tomorrow’s hangovers delivered early for most of the men. The night ends – and you’d never really believe (now) that its soundtrack was Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits. But this album was everywhere. Fucking everywhere.
Sample Track: One World
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