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The Videos

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We gave it a C

How has Dire Straits — a no-frills rock band if there ever was one — met the showbiz demands of the MTV age? From the looks of The Videos — a collection of clips by the band (plus a few by it’s countryish spin-off the Notting Hillbillies) — not very well. Except for the stuff from Brothers in Arms, including the droid-like ”Money for Nothing” animation, nothing matched the fluid energy of the clips for the first two songs here, ”Sultans of Swing” and ”Wild West End,” shot live in a bare TV studio in 1979. Likewise, On the Night, which concentrates on more recent songs performed at two 1992 concerts, proves that the subtleties of Dire Straits are best appreciated when no concept-laden video auteur gets in the way. The Videos: C