Early computer animation. Sports bloopers. Pastel sport coats. And “I want my MTV.” On the surface, it’s hard to get more “1980s” than Dire Straits during their “Brothers in Arms” era. But peak MTV era was also quite superficial, and with Dire Straits, there was always more just below the surface. Even with mega radio and music video hits like “Walk of Life” and “Money For Nothing,” 1985’s “Brothers in Arms” is yet another album with frontman and guitar god Mark Knopfler weaving stories about the world’s castaways, about blue collar workers, and war. (In fact, almost all of side 2 is about war.) For those for whom the big “hits” were an entry point to the band were probably surprised at the depth of Dire Straits’ music and lyrics.

You can listen to Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, and Amazon, although it’s probably best on vinyl.