Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. The group built its sound upon laid-back blues-rock, jazz, and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song structures of progressive rock. The band eventually became one of the leaders of a group of self-consciously mature veteran rock & rollers in the late '80s who designed their music to appeal to aging baby boomers. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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