Tom Petty(and the Heartbreakers) vs. Dire Straits?

Tom Petty(and the Heartbreakers) vs. Dire Straits?


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nickmm

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I sort of tried to hamstring myself for this. I was determined not to go for it, and I could give you 5 Petty songs that I would say are around the romeo level. I bloody love Romeo and Juliet btw, it's a stunning number. And is in Empire Records!

But Wildflowers has you beat. Wildflowers is in my opinion, one of those transcendental songs that goes up there with "something" "blowing in the wind" etc where it's not on the ranking system, it is above it all. Wildflowers.

What have you got to beat "The Waiting"?
Don't do me Like that, American Girl, Free Falling
Tunnel Of Love,Money For Nothing, Sultans

Hard call. One is Very English the other USA
 

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Okay, I’ll play along, but the OP’s comparison isn’t even fair!

Dire Straits was a much more superior band, hands down. Petty strived to produce radio friendly pop/rock songs, and they all started to sound the same.

Whereas, Mark Knopfler approached it as, I’m Going To Do What I Want To Do.

Knopfler was levels above Petty in guitar technique, songwriting, and production.

I can’t think of one TP song that comes even close to “Sultans Of Swing”.

I like some of Petty’s songs, but he barely holds a candle to Dire Straits.

Hmm, it's funny, I agree with your analysis but that's the reason I prefer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

You're arguably right about Sultans, probably the nearest is "Runnin down a dream" but that's the nearest they really get to a purely guitar driven rock song. But, I think it's on purpose. Mike Campbell has that in his bag. But that's not what the heartbreakers were about. They served the song.
I do like them both, but for me, Petty is God.

Oh, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in 1994 is the best rock and roll live band to ever exist. Has to be 1994, before Stan Lynch quits, Howie Epsteins backing vox are perfect... just

 

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Well both Played with Dylan





They actually played together at the same time.

In Australia, 1986, TP & The H were backing Dylan when Knopfler joined the show one night.

Other coincidences, they both worked with producer Jimmy Iovine and Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone played with Dire Straits at Knebworth in 1990.
 

elihu

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How come when people talk about Dire Straits they don't mention Pick Withers? Imo he's a good a drummer as Mark is a player. Go back and listen to those first two DS albums again.

However, Pick Withers vs Stan Lynch...?

and I'm back to square one.
 

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Sultans of Swing eclipsed everything Petty ever did. I wouldn't really care as much if I didn't hear another Petty song the rest of my days, but I would be bummed if I couldn't listen to SoS again.
 

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Petty got my vote, but Brothers in Arms was a great album. It was released about same time as CD players. Many stereo stores used that CD to demo their sound systems.
 

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I voted Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Not to poo-poo on Dire Straits at all. Some of their songs are glorious!
(Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Brothers in Arms, Iron Hand etc.)

However... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are never as sleep inducing as Dire Straits can be at times.
Also... TPATHB are generally much more fun to watch.
 

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I hear the seven deadly sins
And the terrible twins came to call on you
The bigger they are babe
The harder they fall on you
And you you're always the same you persevere
On the same old pleasure ground
Oh and it never rains around here
It just comes pouring down

You had no more volunteers
So you got profiteers for to help you out
With friends like that babe
Good friends you had to do without
And now they've taken the chains and the gears
From off your merry-go-round
Oh and it never rains around here
It just comes pouring down

And your new romeo
Was just a gigolo when he let you down
See the faster they are babe
The faster they get out of town
Leaving make up stains and the tears
Of a clown
Yes and it never rains around here
It just comes pouring down

Oh you were just a roller coaster memory
I don't know why I was even passing through
I saw you making a date with destiny
When he came around here asking after you
In the shadow of the wheel of fortune
You're busy trying to clear your name
You say 'i may be guilty yeah that may be true
But I'd be lying if I said I was to blame
See we could have been major contenders
We never got no money no breaks'
You've got a list of all the major offenders
You got a list of all their major mistakes
And he's just standing on the shadows
Yes and you smile that come-on smile
Oh I can still hear you say as clear as the day
'I'd like to make it worth your while'

Ah but it's a sad reminder
When your organ grinder has to come to you for the rent
And all you've got to give him
Is the use of your side-show tent
Yes and that's all that remains of the years
Spent doing to rounds
And it never rains around here
Well it just comes pouring down

Now you know what they say about beggars
You can't complain about the rules
You know what they say about beggars
You know who's the first to blame his tools
You never gave a damn about who you pick up
And leave lying bleeding on the ground
You screw people over on the way up
Because you thought that you were never coming down
And he takes you out in vaudeville valley
With his hand up smothering your screams
And he screws you down in tin pan alley
In the city of a billion dreams


Beat that.
 

Theiglupickin

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I'm a fan of both and for different reasons! Knopfler's picking style and ability to write some great tunes over the years is without a doubt one of the best! He brought something new to the world.
I listen to Petty and come away with a different perspective on his songs and writing. They are the best for his ability to take what seems like a simple chord structure with lyrics and turn it into some great music! I listen to the Wallflower CD and every song has its own quality and individuality without sounding repetitive like other artists who sometimes get stuck in a stylistic rut. How can you compare these two?? Apples and Oranges as they say. Both are great in their own way! Not a fan of surveys since its always skewed. Popularity polls are one thing, judging the music for various artistic style, quality and uniqueness is another.
 

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Not a fair question, because you posted it knowing the answer is “both”.
 

Killing Floor

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I can honestly only name 2 Dire songs. And I could listen to Tom Petty all day long. Mark K is a great guitar player. But Petty and crew have better songs and more great songs. I don’t dislike Dire Straits but Petty/Campbell is one of the best teams in pop music all time.
 

burntfrijoles

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Two different styles.
Depends if I’m in the mood for one or the other.
Campbell’s great but Knopfler is ot her worldly.
Petty has great songs for gigs; “rocking out” and singing along with etc but Knopfler is for listening.
 

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Not a fan of either band but there are few bands more bland than Dire Straits. They are a band whose whole asthetic is background music. Just an aweful, aweful excuse for a rock band. Tom Petty by default.
 




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