As they were standing there watching MTV, Knopfler remembers the man coming up with lines such as "what are those, Hawaiian noises? Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then eventually put those words to music.
He describes a singer as "that little faggot with the earring and the make-up", and bemoans that these artists get "money for nothing and chicks for free". The songwriting credits are shared between Mark Knopfler and Sting.
We played him 'Money for Nothing' and he turned round and said, 'You've done it this time, you bastards. He did his bit there and then.
The lyrics for the song have been criticised as being homophobic. In a late interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Knopfler expressed mixed feelings on the controversy:.
I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London — he actually said it was below the belt. Apart from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can't let it have so many meanings — you have to be direct.
In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters.
The singer in "Money for Nothing" is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality — somebody who sees everything in financial terms. I mean, this guy has a grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that's not working and yet the guy's rich: that's a good scam. He isn't sneering. Dire Straits often performed the song in live concerts and when on tour, where the second verse was included but usually altered slightly.
For the band's 10 July concert televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January  , Knopfler replaced the word faggot with Queenie in this context also a term that implies homosexuality :. In January , the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council CBSC ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters ' code of ethics and their equitable portrayal code.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador , which in turn followed the radio listener's dissatisfaction with the radio station's reply to their complaint about a gay slur in the lyrics. Galaxie , which was owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the CBC at the time of the controversy, also continues to play the song.
The regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland. On 31 August, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, because of considerations in regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited versions of the song.
Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner. The music video for the song features early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters  and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release.
Two other music videos are also featured within "Money for Nothing". The fictional album for the first video was listed as "Turn Left" and the second was "Hot Dogs". For the second video, the record company appears as "Rush Records", and it was filmed on Fisherman's Bastion , Budapest, Hungary.
Originally, Mark Knopfler was not at all enthusiastic about the concept of the music video. MTV, however, was insistent on it.
Describing the contrasting attitudes of Knopfler and MTV, he said:. The problem was that Mark Knopfler was very anti-videos. All he wanted to do was perform, and he thought that videos would destroy the purity of songwriters and performers. They said, "Can you convince him that this is the right thing to do, because we've played this song to MTV and they think it's fantastic but they won't play it if it's him standing there playing guitar.
Yeah buddy, that's his own hair That little faggot got his own jet airplane That little faggot, he's a millionaire We got to install microwave ovens Custom kitchen deliveries We got to move these refrigerators We got to move these colour TV's Mover, mover We got to install microwave ovens Custom kitchen deliveries We got to move these refrigerators We got to move these colour TV's Looky here, look out I shoulda learned to play the guitar I shoulda learned to play them drums Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the camera, man We could have some And he's up there, what's that?
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