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Released: Sept. 10, 1991

Rating: 3.764 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Calling Elvis
  2. On Every Street
  3. When It Comes to You
  4. Fade to Black
  5. The Bug
  6. You and Your Friend
  7. Heavy Fuel
  8. Iron Hand
  9. Ticket to Heaven
  10. My Parties
  11. Planet of New Orleans
  12. How Long

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.6
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 8.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Calling Elvis (8/31/91) #3 AR, #25 MR, #21 UK
  • Heavy Fuel (9/21/91) #1 AR, #22 MR, #55 UK
  • The Bug (1/11/92) #8 AR, #67 UK
  • On Every Street (2/29/92) #42 UK



On Every Street
Dire Straits
After releasing five albums in seven years, Dire Straits followed up their blockbuster 1985 album Brothers in Arms with a six-year layoff. Following that album proved difficult for the band. “The group had long since dwindled to original members Knopfler and bassist John Illsley, plus a collection of semi-permanent sidemen who provided support but no real musical chemistry.” WR

In the interim, frontman Mark Knopfler “took time out to play with the Notting Hillbillies and Chet Atkins (while most British guitar heroes idolize American blues, Knopfler obviously has a thing for Nashville). On Every Street finds those influences complementing the late-night melancholy that’s always been Dire Straits’ specialty. Instead of Sting singing ‘I Want My MTV,’ fans got Hillbillies pedal steel player Paul Franklin adding to the high-lonesome sound of the quite infectious title track and the epic Planet of New Orleans, along with meditations on the mistreatment of striking miners in the cinematic Iron Hand, and some of Knopfler’s most haunting guitar work throughout.” BF

Of course, the fans Dire Straits had amassed with Arms weren’t looking for that. “Although On Every Street sold in the expected multi-millions worldwide on the back of the band’s renown and a year-long tour, it was a disappointment” WR to those expecting Brothers in Arms II. “Sure, radio programmers could hear echoes of ‘Money for Nothing’ in Heavy Fuel, or traces of ‘Walk of Life’ in The Bug,” BF “but much of the album was low-key to the point of being background music.” WR

Still, Knopfler remained a gifted guitar player with tastes in folk (‘Iron Hand’), blues (Fade to Black), and rockabilly (‘The Bug’), among other styles.” WR And it becomes readily apparent that Knopfler wouldn’t have waited so long to follow-up Arms if all he intended was a copycat sequel. In fact, the album wears “its apparent refusal to exploit the success of its predecessor” BF like a badge of honor. “The result can be seen as a dignified – and, at times, even inspiring – farewell album” BF even if fans felt like it “was not the comeback it should have been.” WR

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previous album: Brothers in Arms (1985)

Last updated January 12, 2010.