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When art imitates life…

Money for NothingThe British rock band Dire Straights had a smash hit Money for Nothing on their Brothers in Arms album released in 1985. The song peaked at number one for three weeks in the United States.

But that’s not what’s interesting.

HOW the band got the idea for the song is the REAL story…

The band members stopped in a department store one day to watch the televisions on display, that just happened to be showing them performing. As they stood there, a couple of workers came in carrying new merchandise. They set down their boxes to watch to watch for a minute, and commented that “those guys get money for nothing and chicks for free.”

The band members appreciated the irony of the situation and did their best not to laugh. Then went back to the studio and wrote hit single. TRUE story. For reals. I knew the people who worked the computer animation for the music video, and got the inside scoop.

Check out the video. It’s classic.

Money For Nothing: Dire Straights