Radio 56, side A, track 7: “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits and Sting, #10 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Dire Straits - Money For NothingOh, Dire Straits and Sting, what an awesome way to kick off the last ten songs on this countdown!  I absolutely agree this was one of the best songs of the ’80s.  The last time this song came up, I pontificated (poorly) about that section of the song involving that guy with the earring and the make-up who you called a word that rhymes with Saget.  It spoke to a time not too long ago when I wouldn’t have thought a thing about it.

I’ve been very fortunate, Dire Straits and Sting.  For over a decade now, I’ve worked at a place that employs people of all types.  I work with people of all skin tones and religious beliefs and political views and sexual identities.  And in general, none of those things ever come up in conversation.  Everybody’s there to help others, regardless of their backgrounds.  It’s made me extremely empathetic and it’s helped tear down a lot of walls and misconceptions and preconceptions I’ve had since I was a kid.  So when I hear somebody sneering about “the Mexicans” or “the blacks”, those aren’t just faceless cyphers they’re disparaging, those are my co-workers.  When I listen to people wring their hands over the perversion of homosexuality and how gay marriage will destroy our country, I have to assume those people have never actually met a homosexual or seen a gay marriage, because I work with a lot of folks who aren’t straight and who’ve gotten married, and they’re way better people than I am.  They’ll definitely be better parents than I ever would be.

I’ve mentioned this year that I’ve been trying to make this the Year of the Not-Asshole.  What I’ve found is that a lot of me being an asshole was me being really judgmental.  And what I’ve discovered this year is that being less judgmental has made life so much easier.  It takes so much less time to smile at someone and say hello than it is to make it clear you don’t like someone and go out of your way to avoid them.  Work has been a fairly stress-free environment for me this year.  I won’t say I haven’t had my slip-ups, but overall, I’m much less of a dick than I have been.

I did realize this year that I’ve still had some hang-ups surrounding gender identity.  It was hard for me to get my head around men who identified as women and vice versa, and I won’t lie, it made me uncomfortable.  It was actually “The Bold and The Beautiful” that made me face my discomfort head-on when (spoiler alert!) Maya revealed herself to be transgender.  I’ve still got some work to do, but I definitely don’t feel myself squirming when the issue comes up.  In fact, I didn’t bat an eye around the Caitlin Jenner stuff.  I mean, I still think she’s trashy for all the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” bullshit, but I think me judging her for participating in gross reality programming is a step up from judging her for transitioning to a woman.  Maybe it’s not.  I’m still learning.  Hell, I just learned what non-binary meant today.  Which is that’s another name for genderqueer.  Which I guess means “queer” is all right now?  I don’t know, Dire Straits and Sting.

What I do hope is that in another couple hundred years, songs like yours and posts like these will be amusingly quaint in the way we look back at folks who used to believe that the sun was pulled across the sky by some hot guy and a chariot of horses.  Oh, I see what I did there.  Hot guy.  The sun.  Nice.  Anyway, here’s to a future where if we’re judging people, it’s solely based on how nice they are to one another.  Hopefully I’ll have contributed to that future.  Or at least given future generations a place to listen to your music. . .

“Money For Nothing”

I want my MTV

<awesome Dire Straits jam>

Now look at them yo-yo’s
That’s the way ya do it

Ya play the guitar on the MTV

That ain’t workin’
That’s the way ya do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free

Now that ain’t workin’
That’s the way ya do it

Lemme tell ya
Them guys ain’t dumb

Maybe get a blister on your
Little finger

Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveriiiiies

We got to move these
Refrigerators

We got to move these color TVs

The little faggot with the earring and the makeup

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 deliveriiiiies

We got to move these
Refrigerators

We got to move these color TVs

Move-a move-a

Huh

Got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveriiiiies

We got to move these
Refrigerators

Got to move these color TVs

Look-a here, look-a here

I shoulda learned
Ta play the guitar

I shoulda learned
Ta play them drums, look at that mama, she got it
Stickin’ in the camera, oh, man

We could have some

And he’s up there
What’s that
Hawaiian noises
He’s bangin’ on the bongos like a chimpanzee
Oh, that ain’t workin’

That’s the way ya do it
Getcha money for nothin’, getcha chicks for free

We got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveriiiiies

We got to move these refrigerators

We got to move these color TVs

Owwooooooooo

Listen here

Now
That ain’t workin’
That’s the way ya do it

Ya play the guitar on your MTV

That ain’t workin’
That’s the way ya do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free

Money for nothin’

And the chicks for free

Getcha money for nothin’

And your chicks for free

Look-a that, look-a that

Money for nothin’ (I want my)
(I want my)
Chicks for free (I want my MTV)
Ahh, money for nothin’ (I want my)
(I want my)

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2 thoughts on “Radio 56, side A, track 7: “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits and Sting, #10 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. And Knopfler returned the favour on Sting’s “Nothing Like The Sun” album.

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