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Twisting by the pool will have to wait ... even for Dire Straits



Cold February days leave many of us who are not going on an '80s Cruise wishing for poolside weather; so for those left behind, let's transport ourselves to warmer days with the help of Dire Straits and go Twisting By The Pool.

From 1978 to 1982, Dire Straits ripped off four albums but only had one Top 40 hits with The Sultans of Swing. In 1983, they opted for an four-song EP called ExtendedancEPlay that produced the non-charting single Twisting By The Pool. One of Dire Straits most exuberant songs, the video for Twisting By The Pool alternates between band performance and some nifty synchronized swimming second only to Martin Short-Harry Shearer's performance (to the tune of Far From Over ) on a 1984 SNL segment as the best synchronized swimming of the '80s.

While a No. 1 song in New Zealand, Twisting By The Pool would only float to No. 105 on the U.S. singles chart, but Dire Straits' 45 slump would end in 1985 when Money For Nothing would hit number one and be one of three songs to hit the Top 40 off the Brothers In Arms album.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 8:53am]


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