MONEY FOR NOTHING (B1+)
“MONEY FOR NOTHING” WAS A HIT BY DIRE STRAITS, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT “DIRE STRAITS” MEAN?
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The 4 and a half minute song is, in fact, a criticism of the music scene of the 80s — especially glam metal which was in its hey-day.
Told from the perspective of a blue collar worker, the song contains lyrics that discredit and dismiss the musicians and their ability such as “See the little f*ggot [a word which is used liberally and with absolutely no hesitation throughout the song, by the way, which according to the song writer is actually part of the ‘point’ of the character that sings the song] with the earring and the make-up” and comments on how their music “ain’t working”. Still, he laments their ability to get “money for nothing, and their chicks for free.” In the end, he decides that maybe he should learn how to play the guitar.
After all, they’re all talentless hacks anyway, right? So anybody should be able to do it.
This song is not so much a celebration of that scene, but it was a condemnation, then a hesitant joining of it which in of itself becomes insulting — since joining it requires no mind, talent or heart. Money for what the songwriter saw as quite literally “nothing”.
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