I read about this a couple of days ago and was blown away by the offensive idiocy of it. What they are banning is not the expression of prejudice but the portrayal of the existence of prejudiced people. Next they’ll be banning Randy Newman’s “Political Science” for fear that it will cause an actual nuclear war. Or “A Modest Proposal”, on the grounds that it’s an instruction manual for eating babies. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
I’m not sure why you think that. While “Money for Nothing” was Dire Straits only US #1, both “Sultans of Swing” and “Walk of Life” were top ten hits. Not to mention that “So Far Away” was a top 20 hit before “Money for Nothing” was released and their debut album had hit #2 in the US years before. So it’s not like they were complete unknowns before “Money for Nothing.”
I have no idea what you are trying to prove here. I’m saying that a lot of people bought Brothers in Arms because of Money for Nothing and/or Walk of Life. However, much of the album was more like Sultans of Swing. Those who bought it thinking the whole thing was like Money would have been surprised by the more bluesy feel of the rest of the album. I didn’t say they weren’t a good band or that no one liked their other songs (I think Sultans is a better song, personally). I’m just saying that Money and Walk moved a lot of albums, and the people who bought them because of those songs were surprised by the sound.
It’s kind of like when a bunch of middle aged women were buying Blood Sugar Sex Magic because they heard Under the Bridge.