Monday, August 20, 2012

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the 80's - #52 - Dire Straits - Making Movies

Continuing the series on the Top 100 Albums of the 80's.  Or at least the ones I have....
Continuing to work backwards:

#52 - Dire Straits - Making Movies

Making Movies was Dire Straits’ 3rd album, released in late 1980. It didn’t generate any Top 40 hits, although “Skateaway” made it to #58. But Dire Straits was more of an AOR band, with only 4 Top 40's overall.  MM is a very solid album, with the exception of 1 song: “Les Boys”. Allmusic describes that one as “borderline offensive”, another site declared it:  "offensive, boring and dinky".  I tend to agree (althoughI'm not sure what "dinky" is in the context of a song")...  . But I also agree when Allmusic said “the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band's finest work”. And , IMHO, “Romeo And Juliet” is a no-doubt-about-it “5-star” song, One of my 3 or 4 favorites Dire Straits songs.

One of the interesting things about these “Best Of” Lists. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Making Movies as the #52 best album of the 80’s. But it did not make their list of the top 500 Albums of all time. By contrast, Dire Sraits' 1985 release “Brothers In Arms” ranked #56th of the 87 albums from the 80's on the Rolling Stone list of Top albums of all time, but it didn't make the cut for best of the 80's.  


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