I was searching for a CD tonight.
And this is what my poor eyes saw.
I really hate the fact I need my glasses to find a frigging CD.
You see I knew I had Love Over Gold by Dire Straits.
It was one of the first albums I ever bought.
Yes on vinyl.
I think Complete Madness was the first and then Love Over Gold and that’s because a young man was obsessed by Dire Straits and he took me to the concert (at the Entertainment Centre… remember that?).
He was really into guitar playing and would play me guitar and Dire Straits and I thought he was sweet, although I wasn’t really into him.
I liked the music.
It felt rather cool at the time I thought.
You are probably spitting your coffee over the screen at this point but I did think it was cool.
I liked Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Madness.
I was 16.
Anyway Love Over Gold was one of the first CDs I bought too.
I started buying CDs long before I had a CD player.
I could see the writing was on the wall.
And when our CD collection was stolen in 1994 I felt sure I would have insisted on buying Love Over Gold again.
Dire Straits and in particular this album was a favourite.
For goodness sakes it had only 5 tracks and one of them was more than 14 minutes long.
And one of them was Industrial Disease.
I knew all the words.
The other Mark Knopfler CD I really liked was the soundtrack to The Princess Bride – my favourite movie.
So why was I so keen to find it?
Well today I heard a track and I could have sworn it was a Dire Straits tune from this album with new words.
Can’t remember the words or even the artist as I was so indignant that they should steal Mark’s work!
So I thought I’d better listen again to his fantastic guitar playing and remind myself.
Of course as I can’t compare them it is a moot exercise but I am enjoying the journey back down memory lane.
I’m 16 again (and saving myself for university).