Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler revealed to Brian Johnson how spying on a delivery man helped him to write “Money for Nothing.”
During the AXS TV series “Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road,” Knopfler chatted with the AC/DC singer as they visited Northumberland, U.K., where they both grew up. The episode premiered on Sunday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
Both of them discussed their early days touring and Knopfler revealed insights into his journey in music and subsequent superstardom with Dire Straits.
Knopfler said he was inspired to write “Money for Nothing” after hearing a delivery man at an appliance store talking about how lucky rock stars are.
“Actually, I started spying on him, between some microwaves,” Knopfler said. “All those lines, like, ‘That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it,’ ‘Them guys ain’t dumb’ [and] “Maybe get a blister on your little finger,’ I mean, he actually said that. And I thought, ‘How brilliant!'”
Knopfler said he immediately asked someone for a pen and paper and “started writing the song right there and then.”
Source: RTT Music News