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Dire Straits — Expresso Love
Album: Making Movies
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7.6

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Total ratings: 1768









Released: 1980
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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She gets the sun in the daytime
Perfume in the dusk
And she come out in the night time
With the honeysuckle musk
Because she smells like a rose
And she tastes just like a peach
She got me walking where the wildlife goes
I'd do anything to reach her

And she was made in heaven
Heaven's in the world
Oh she was made in heaven
Heaven's in the world
Is this just expresso love
You know I'm crazy for the girl
Just a-crazy for the girl

Yeah she call me just to talk
Well she's my lover she's a friend of mine
Says hey mister d'you wanna take a walk
In the wild west end sometime
And I get trouble with my breathing
When she says boys don't know anything
But I know what I want (I want 'o tell you something)
Yes I want everything

Cos she was made in heaven
And heaven's in the world
Oh she was made in heaven
Yes heaven's in the world
Is this just expresso love
See I'm crazy for the girl
Just a-crazy for the girl

Yeah you know I feel so good cos I feel so good
And I feel so good cos it feels so right
I was made to go with my girl
Just like a saxophone was made to go with the night

Take it take it

She can raise one eyebrow
Put her hand on my hip
And I close one eye now
Sweat on her lip oh
Oh and I surrender to the fever
And I surrender to the will of the night
She love me so tender I got to believe her
Love? Huh! Expresso love's alright

Cos she was made in heaven
Heaven's in the world
Oh she was made in heaven
Heaven's in the world
Is this expresso love
You know I'm crazy for the girl
Just a-crazy for the girl

My my my my

No well I don't want no sugar in it
No thank you very very very
All wired up on it all fired up on it
Expresso touch
Hey maestro expresso now
Hey maestro she said expresso now
It's just another one just like the other one
It's just another one just like the other other one
Oh hey maestro expresso now
I say hey maestro expresso now
Just like the other one
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 Jakethemuss wrote:

If enough people make the same mistake it becomes the new correct.  Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing and no one cares anymore.
 

And as much as I hate it, Irregardless was included in the dictionary for that exact reason.
Man oh man -
40 years ago
 stevewise wrote:

I used to get worked up about incorrect use of language but eventually realized that it doesn't matter one bit. Language is nothing more than a way to communicate. As long as we all understand each other, it's of no consequence if we don't get spelins or gramer perfect. The more important debate is whether we should standardize on a single language so that all the countries of the world understand each other better. There are plenty of other outlets to define our cultural identity. English might be a good choice? But I suspect there might be some resistance to such a suggestion...
 
A universal language is great conceptually, but it opens all sorts of trouble. 

By my reckoning there are currently three universal languages:  Math, Music (also very mathematical) and dance, which really requires music.   HOORAY Science!

I love the use of Chinese Peppered in to the Joss Whedon show/film Firefly/Serenity.  it shows that even in the far future the Chinese have significant cultural impact.

The question now should be do you have your kids take Mandarin or Cantonese in school?
 stevewise wrote:

I used to get worked up about incorrect use of language but eventually realized that it doesn't matter one bit. Language is nothing more than a way to communicate. As long as we all understand each other, it's of no consequence if we don't get spelins or gramer perfect. The more important debate is whether we should standardize on a single language so that all the countries of the world understand each other better. There are plenty of other outlets to define our cultural identity. English might be a good choice? But I suspect there might be some resistance to such a suggestion...
 
If enough people make the same mistake it becomes the new correct.  Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing and no one cares anymore.
 SuperWeh wrote:


In France it is pronounced as expresso. French is a latin language. The idea that you are not allowed to use/adapt something because your own culture did not develop it is pretty dumb.
 
I used to get worked up about incorrect use of language but eventually realized that it doesn't matter one bit. Language is nothing more than a way to communicate. As long as we all understand each other, it's of no consequence if we don't get spelins or gramer perfect. The more important debate is whether we should standardize on a single language so that all the countries of the world understand each other better. There are plenty of other outlets to define our cultural identity. English might be a good choice? But I suspect there might be some resistance to such a suggestion...
 lizardking wrote:
As a Seattleite, it frustrated the HECK out of me that so many people were going to EXPRESSO stands and not ESPRESSO (i.e. Latin for 'pressed out coffee' ...chalk up another cultural appropriation by us Americans....and sadly the phrase Expresso has begun gaining steam (lol) b/c of our damn high quantity of espresso stands and the idea of quick service....damnit!!  Long Live RP!!

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

There was plenty of amusing comments in the early RP years about the spelling of expresso versus espresso and no real conclusion was arrived at.

Just for a bit of fun... maybe this song was the design inspiration for the Plymouth Expresso concept car previewed in 1994 but never made it into production.  "It seemed like a good idea at the time"  they said. You can be the judge of that...
 

In France it is pronounced as expresso. French is a latin language. The idea that you are not allowed to use/adapt something because your own culture did not develop it is pretty dumb.
Great example of a powerful song (should be #1 hit) that never made it "up the charts."  That's a good reason why I listen here. 
 lizardking wrote:
As a Seattleite, it frustrated the HECK out of me that so many people were going to EXPRESSO stands and not ESPRESSO (i.e. Latin for 'pressed out coffee' ...chalk up another cultural appropriation by us Americans....and sadly the phrase Expresso has begun gaining steam (lol) b/c of our damn high quantity of espresso stands and the idea of quick service....damnit!!  Long Live RP!!

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

There was plenty of amusing comments in the early RP years about the spelling of expresso versus espresso and no real conclusion was arrived at.

Just for a bit of fun... maybe this song was the design inspiration for the Plymouth Expresso concept car previewed in 1994 but never made it into production.  "It seemed like a good idea at the time"  they said. You can be the judge of that...
 
I think 'expresso' used here is Italian, as in driving down the 'expresso' (and loving it)! 

As a Seattleite, it frustrated the HECK out of me that so many people were going to EXPRESSO stands and not ESPRESSO (i.e. Latin for 'pressed out coffee' ...chalk up another cultural appropriation by us Americans....and sadly the phrase Expresso has begun gaining steam (lol) b/c of our damn high quantity of espresso stands and the idea of quick service....damnit!!  Long Live RP!!

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

There was plenty of amusing comments in the early RP years about the spelling of expresso versus espresso and no real conclusion was arrived at.

Just for a bit of fun... maybe this song was the design inspiration for the Plymouth Expresso concept car previewed in 1994 but never made it into production.  "It seemed like a good idea at the time"  they said. You can be the judge of that...
or work from home!
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} in the office. Good thing I'm the first one in.

Yes, in addition to Expresso Love...some Telegraph Road, please!!!


Damn it, Bill, where's the Repeat Button?  {#Daisy}
There was plenty of amusing comments in the early RP years about the spelling of expresso versus espresso and no real conclusion was arrived at.

Just for a bit of fun... maybe this song was the design inspiration for the Plymouth Expresso concept car previewed in 1994 but never made it into production.  "It seemed like a good idea at the time"  they said. You can be the judge of that...

Plymouth Expresso

 
Mr. Knopfler rules! I could watch him play all day. Learned everything I needed to know about Ray Kroc listening to Boom! Like That.
Man, this still sizzles, doesn't it? The growling guitars, the almost Springsteen-like piano and tempo, and his impassioned vocals; wow!
Mark doesn't need to steal from anyone, but sure sounds like Layla in the beginning.  
I still say that Alchemy's versions are better. This is simpler, cleaner, and indeed a pleasure to hear once in a while, but I prefer the unleashed energy of the concert.
What's always amazed me about this album is how the addition of another musician, in this case the inestimable Roy Bittan on piano, actually created more room for Knopfler's guitar wizardry.
 kingart wrote:

What he said. 
This tune and Solid Rock and especially Tunnel of Love are supreme.  33+ years on already?  Holy shit. 
Also Industrial Disease. We need Telegraph Road here on RP.  

 
Totally Agree, would be really great to here Telegraph Road !
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Outstanding LP! A must have in every collection.

 
What he said. 
This tune and Solid Rock and especially Tunnel of Love are supreme.  33+ years on already?  Holy shit. 
Also Industrial Disease. We need Telegraph Road here on RP.  
Outstanding LP! A must have in every collection.
 mandolin wrote:
...hah, bill, i see what you did there after shot shot...

 
Something brilliant.
 kurtster wrote:
A solid album all the way through. No filler.
 
Maybe "Les Boys" is a little song compared to the others in this album but it doesn't matter! 
30+ years old. Unbelievable!!!!! Still so good.{#Guitarist}.
...hah, bill, i see what you did there after shot shot...
YESSSSS!
God I loved this band!!!!!!😃
Man, this sure blew the doors off everything when it came out, and still does a pretty good job, methinks!  The feets, they be a tappin' — and Espresso love's all right...'cause she was made in Heaven...and Heaven's in the world...Just a crazy for the girl...no, I don't want no sugar in it...all wired up on it...  Yeah!
Classic goodness!

"Save my soul......Expresso!"
 bev wrote:
Toying with a "10" rating here. May be slightly due to sentimental adoration for this album and song. The relentless upbeat tempo. Knopfler sounds so "into it"! And of course...The guitar. The guitar. The guitar. I'll leave it at "9" for now. But...wow. This song makes me so damned happy!!  {#Bananajam}
 
Understood, and I second that opinion!
A solid album all the way through. No filler.
 cohifi wrote:

Just put the headphones on myself !
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Toying with a "10" rating here. May be slightly due to sentimental adoration for this album and song. The relentless upbeat tempo. Knopfler sounds so "into it"! And of course...The guitar. The guitar. The guitar. I'll leave it at "9" for now. But...wow. This song makes me so damned happy!!  {#Bananajam}
 cohifi wrote:

Just put the headphones on myself !
 
Well, frell me dead - I just remembered I have headphones and a way to plug them into my computer! Geez. *headbonk*  Cranked it up, and I'm going for 5,000 words tonight, and another 5,000 tomorrow (NaNoWriMo and I am SO far behind...)

Thanks, cohifi! {#High-five}
doesn´t do a thing for me
 Jelani wrote:

Yes, I remember hearing these guys when it first aired. In my high school art class(where we got to listen to the radio!!) and Sultans of Swing came on  and nearly everyone stopped and looked at each other like- wow! NOthing like it ever before. 
Totally original and like-able. Dire Straits was the buzz.
 
I really like early Dire Straits, but not sure I'd call it "nothing like anything before".
JJ Cale 
+ Little Feat x Ry Cooder x Bob Dylan + Bruce  = Sultans of Swing, surely?
 fast_eddie wrote:
Your kidding me.  Mark Knopfler was just on  like 20 mins ago. Now dire straits.... ugh!
 
I know - really! It should have been no more than 15 minutes. 
 
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
 


Just put the headphones on myself !


This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
Better than all these 10 to 15 minutes songs Mark K. has made later with Dire Straits
 Cynaera wrote:

MY kidding? {#Lol}
 

I must say, you do have a lovely kidding! Mine's not so nice...

{#Lol}
One of my favorite Dire Straits songs!!
 Ubaldo wrote:


Your kidding!
 
MY kidding? {#Lol}
 Cynaera wrote:

I beg to differ - I'm stuck in MUSIC. My list of favorites has music from all genrés and generations, from Louis Armstrong to some lovely indie artists.

And it's "you're," as in "you are," not "your" as in showing possession.  Now, run along and find someone else on whom to waste your snarky little comments.

 

Your kidding!
 fast_eddie wrote:
Your kidding me.  Mark Knopfler was just on  like 20 mins ago. Now dire straits.... ugh!
 
That's because he is the man.

Your kidding me.  Mark Knopfler was just on  like 20 mins ago. Now dire straits.... ugh!
 Papernapkin wrote:

Looking at your list of favorites I see your stuck in the 70s. Hard to argue with a mind that's not open to new ideas.
 
I beg to differ - I'm stuck in MUSIC. My list of favorites has music from all genrés and generations, from Louis Armstrong to some lovely indie artists.

And it's "you're," as in "you are," not "your" as in showing possession.  Now, run along and find someone else on whom to waste your snarky little comments.

 alux wrote:
Completely forgot how I loved this album back in the day.  In the early 80s, Dire Straits was as good as mainstream radio got.  
 
Snap!

So many memories - I'm welling up now {#Cry}

Nice to hear it rolled out now and again.

Thanks Bill!
 Papernapkin wrote:

Looking at your list of favorites I see your stuck in the 70s. Hard to argue with a mind that's not open to new ideas.
 

seems like an unrelated point since neither artist can be honestly considered a '70's artist'  ... I would have to agree that a fan of Dylan's performances should be much more tolerent of 'bad' voices
Nice!
Not my favorite one but still a very good song from this great great great GREAT band.
Thank You, BIIIIILL!
 Cynaera wrote:

Hypocrite. You've given Bob Dylan solid "9" marks, and he can't sing, either, and Knopfler plays circles around him on the guitar.

Still, I agree, to a point - Knopfler has a rather one-dimensional voice, but I think it's sexy - as opposed to Dylan's gravelly, off-key vocals which more often than not miss the mark.  And Knopfler has written a soundtrack or two (check out "Local Hero" - there are some absolutely ethereal instrumentals on that CD, and the actual movie is a delight, too.)

But let's not get into a pissing contest. Singing is not the only thing that makes a song good, right? {#Daisy}
 
Looking at your list of favorites I see your stuck in the 70s. Hard to argue with a mind that's not open to new ideas.
Completely forgot how I loved this album back in the day.  In the early 80s, Dire Straits was as good as mainstream radio got.  

Toe tappage!!
 Papernapkin wrote:
The guy can't sing.
 
Hypocrite. You've given Bob Dylan solid "9" marks, and he can't sing, either, and Knopfler plays circles around him on the guitar.

Still, I agree, to a point - Knopfler has a rather one-dimensional voice, but I think it's sexy - as opposed to Dylan's gravelly, off-key vocals which more often than not miss the mark.  And Knopfler has written a soundtrack or two (check out "Local Hero" - there are some absolutely ethereal instrumentals on that CD, and the actual movie is a delight, too.)

But let's not get into a pissing contest. Singing is not the only thing that makes a song good, right? {#Daisy}
 anotherlistener wrote:
I can't believe how many posters think Dire Straits were lacking originality.  Perhaps you had to be alive in the late 70's, but I recall first hearing Sultans of Swing, and being totally blown away by its originality.  This is a first rate band and this is arguably their best album/CD.  It helps immeasurably to have a particular significant other that you can relate many of the songs to.  Goodtimes!
 
Yes, I remember hearing these guys when it first aired. In my high school art class(where we got to listen to the radio!!) and Sultans of Swing came on  and nearly everyone stopped and looked at each other like- wow! NOthing like it ever before. 
Totally original and like-able. Dire Straits was the buzz.
I always love Knopfler's guitar work.  There's a guitarist named Greg Koch who has also mastered that great staccato picking style.
Bill's back!!!
 rp1125 wrote:
How come nothing from Communique ever gets played? I think it's their coolest album.
  

Uhm, Single Handed Sailor, Lady Writer, Once Upon A Time In The West and even Follow Me Home are regularly played here....

Luckily.... {#Mrgreen}
Ex-zavier grads ex-specially like ex-presso. So I'm told. 

 LowPhreak wrote:


I can believe it. Many people today wouldn't know a great band if it jumped out of their crappy cell/Pods and kicked them in their superficial noggins.
 
Spoken like a person who has changed their sox in 30-years. It's an amazing coincidence that the very best music the world has ever seen just happen to occur when you were a teen. And nothing good has been created since.
How come nothing from Communique ever gets played? I think it's their coolest album.
 anotherlistener wrote:
I can't believe how many posters think Dire Straits were lacking originality.  Perhaps you had to be alive in the late 70's, but I recall first hearing Sultans of Swing, and being totally blown away by its originality.  This is a first rate band and this is arguably their best album/CD.  It helps immeasurably to have a particular significant other that you can relate many of the songs to.  Goodtimes!
 

I can believe it. Many people today wouldn't know a great band if it jumped out of their crappy cell/Pods and kicked them in their superficial noggins.

She can raise one eyebrow
Put her hand on my hip
And I close one eye now
Sweat on her lip
And I surrender to the fever
I surrender to the will of the night

Expresso love — dark, strong, and no sugar in it!

 Papernapkin wrote:
The guy can't sing.
 
{#Eek}
9 - Bob Dylan - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
{#Stupid}

Nice ... Dm Bbmaj Gm C, Dm Bbmaj Gm (x) Fmaj Bbmaj Fmaj Bbmaj Am Bbmaj Gm

 zair99 wrote:

Interestingly he sings quite well now!  But yeah, not such a good singer in the Dire Straits days, but man the songs are awesome. :)

 
I have to agree. His playing's not too bad either.{#Angel}
I can't believe how many posters think Dire Straits were lacking originality.  Perhaps you had to be alive in the late 70's, but I recall first hearing Sultans of Swing, and being totally blown away by its originality.  This is a first rate band and this is arguably their best album/CD.  It helps immeasurably to have a particular significant other that you can relate many of the songs to.  Goodtimes!
ffffffffff - yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaeeee!
AMAZING!

PS: Do not forget: that was 30 (!!!!!!!!!!!!) years back!!!
can that be really true....? 


What a brilliant transition from the melodic piano in Yann Tiersen's song to the piano rock here!
 Papernapkin wrote:
I find the vocals not very melodic. DS is so overrated.
 
Yea I can't go 2 hours without hearing someone talk about the Dire Straits. Kids these days just can't get enough DS...

Not.

 crockydile wrote:
Love this whole album. Amazing. {#Sunny}
 
Cool! A positive comment from crockydile...I like it.

 LastChance wrote:
What an album.
 

Agree!
Love this whole album. Amazing. {#Sunny}
Latte Love is next
Wonderful

Ian
 
What an album.
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}
 Darlington wrote:
Wonderful piano work by Roy Bittan (E Street Band) on this song (and album too)

 
Didn't know that!  Loved this song for sooooo long, too!  Guess I'll have to listen to the album again with a fresh ear.  {#Stupid}
 Papernapkin wrote:
The guy can't sing.
 
Interestingly he sings quite well now!  But yeah, not such a good singer in the Dire Straits days, but man the songs are awesome. :)

 mattt wrote:
I was waiting for "I got my first real six-string..."

Oop. Nope. Different song.
 

I'm pretty sure Adams rooked the riff from Knopfler.

The live version of this song from "Alchemy" really rocks!
Flark. Me sommit sai. Ya noe cannit, eh?

Nice find {#Arrowd}

 Papernapkin wrote:
The guy can't sing.
 
but man, he can play {#Clap}

{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer} Yup! Pour me a cup.

The guy can't sing.
 garthwb wrote:
Cappucino love...
 
A whole latte love. 
Why why why does this band even exist?  4—>3

I never liked Dire Straits after their first two albums —— however I have a great admiration for Mark Knopfler in his solo career.
Mark Knopfler
Pros: Could write another 100 songs just as good as this one.
Cons: He has.
This was a fantastic album.  Fave tracks were 'Tunnel of Love' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.
I find the vocals not very melodic. DS is so overrated.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
...forced by hot water through a metal screen, thereby extracting all its most bitter essence?
 

Ah, so you've been married... ;^P
 Govi wrote:
It feels so good when it's over.
 
Hello, PG! Been a while!

Meh...{#Headache}
It feels so good when it's over.
There's this gizmo for fixing knee cartilage called 'Express-sew'. It doesn't work but I like to make pointless posts.
gobits wrote:
Love this whole album :devil_pimp:
Yep... Roy Bittan (E Street Band) on the piano...
earthbased wrote:
Best sounding rock concert I ever went to around 1985.
Agreed. I saw them in '85 also, the Brothers In Arms tour.
Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
There is no such thing as too much Dire Straits!!
Yea, what I said. Feel free to play a much Dire Straits as you want!!
cannot stand Dire Straits... that same damn guitar trick every single time drives me nuts! :wall: :wall:
Cappucino love...
Love this whole album :devil_pimp:
Wonderful piano work by Roy Bittan (E Street Band) on this song (and album too)
Best sounding rock concert I ever went to around 1985.
cool. must have been 15 year since I last heard this one.... maybe more
Classic guitar by Mark Knopfler and a classic Dire Straits album. :music:
There is no such thing as too much Dire Straits!!
wow...my new favorite DS song!
Great stuff...'nuff said.
oh my! RP is the best! you will be addicted - i promise! :) welcome aboard!
This is a good song, and i'm enjoying listening to RP for the first time. On to 20:00 mins now...
kaupmees wrote:
Expresso is American for I can't spell furein words worth a damn. The song is Espresso Love.
Ummm I think Mark Knoffler is from England. UltraNurd wrote:
Or it's just a pun.
I think this is the case. ...And the song is Expresso Love not Espresso Love. Read the song list on the CD.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
:lol: espresso is Italian for expresso.
What about "express--o"? Nice tune anyway! :whistle:
maryte wrote:
I read this as "metal scream". Is it 5:00pm yet? Can I go home now?
great name for a band!
Well the title suggests that she says "was that it?"
kaupmees wrote:
Expresso is American for I can't spell furein words worth a damn.
Or it's just a pun.
always fun hearing this song....it so rocks... :guitarist: :bananapiano:
What a nice (most interesting) follow up to "Fade Out". Thanks Bill!