Boom, Like That

Album: Shangri-La (2004)
Charted: 34
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about fast food, specifically the spread of McDonald's. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sam - Brisbane, Australia
  • The lyrics detail the story of Ray Kroc and buying out the McDonald brothers' hamburger restaurant. Kroc was a salesman for a milkshake mixing machine with 5 spindles called the Multimixer, and found out they were using 8 of these machines at a time. Surprised at what he saw, he pitched the idea of franchising their restaurant, and selling 8 of the Multimixers to each restaurant. When they wondered who will open the restaurants, Kroc said, "Well, what about me?" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Patrick - Bremen, GA

Comments: 14

  • Bobbybel from Boston MaI agree. Mark K is up there with the best. No doubt. My brother Nicky B turned me on to Dire Straits in the late 70s. Early 80s. He was a music aficionado. Old school vinyl guy.
    Rock on!!!! Mark Knopfler Rock on!!!! Nicky
  • Dch from FloridaI've always been a fan of Dire Straits since their inception. Mark Knopfler, post-Dire Straits, has just gotten better and better. His ability to finger-pick a guitar, that instantly recognizable voice and ability to continually produce outstanding music is honestly unbelievable. There's no doubt that he is one of the best ever.
  • Alice Mrdic from TexasY’all of course know why his guitar playing sound is so unique, but no one mentioned it. Knopfler is one of a handful of famous guitarists, Jeff Beck is another one who comes to mind, who plays without a pick. He always plays with his fingers. I’ve loved him since the first album, Water of Love and Sultans of Swing were great, as were all his songs. I saw him several times live in the 80s, once with Dylan I think (two shows, same night). Romeo & Juliet is my fave, listen to the version he does with Emmylou Harris. He may look kinda scraggly and not have those movie star looks, but my best friend and I argue over whose boyfriend he is, hers or mine. (He’s mine) We find him hot as hell!
  • Smartalek from Boston, MaMentioning Allman / Clapton / Page / Hendrix without including Mr Buddy Guy -- y'know, the Chicago Bluesman that Clapton Himself called "the greatest living guitar-player, bar none"? -- is sacrilege.
    Play 3 "Wind Cries Maries" and 5 "My Father's Eyes" in penance, then go and sin no more.
  • Gayla from Yreka, CaI have been a Dire Straits Fan since the 80's...shoot I graduated high school in 1979...I should have been a fan much sooner, but it wasn't until "Money For Nothing" hit the airwaves that I sat up & paid attention...but then not even close to enough...because as the years have passed & the internet made everything (I DO MEAN EVERYTHING!!!) so easy to attain...I grew up on AM radio when (IF YOU WERE LUCKY TO GET THROUGH) you called in to request your favorite song & waited for what seemed like forever for the DJ to play...so YES my ears began to blossom with the beautiful sounds of Mark Knopfler's guitar!!! It is unique of its kind & as far as I am concerned he IS WITHOUT A DOUBT the BEST & MOST TALENTED, GIFTED GUITAR PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!!! So good in fact that when you watch him (I've never had the blessing to see him LIVE)
    but watching him you sense how relaxed he is while he plays & HE JAMS!!! Anyway...point is he is truly in my opinion one bad ass guitar playing gifted artist & a legend...some of my favorites are "Wild West End" & "Sultans of Swing"-the LIVE version...he plays solid through for more than 8 minutes!!!
  • Donald from Basking Ridge, NjKris, 5:15am is about a coal miner coming home from a night shift to discover a guy with bullet in his head behind the wheel of a Mk 10 Jaguar. Turns out he was collecting money from Slot machines for the"Mob" and was skimming money off the top for himself. How else could he afford the "E" type Jag. and "Flashy Suits". His boss gets wind of his light handed activities and terminates his employment and life. A great ballad/song, that knowing Mark, is probably based on an actual event from his youth growing up in Scotland. Knopfler is such an insightful song writer and observer of life.
  • Eric from Beaverton, OrEthan in Ridgely: Mark Knopfler always looked to me like a poor bum in his picture in their first album. :)
  • Patrick from Bremen, GaCorrection: Ray Kroc was not the founder of McDonalds. Dick and Mac McDonald were. Kroc just helped to make it what it was today with his milkshake machine sales, and pitching the idea of franchising, something unheard of with restaurants at the time. The song isn't about fast food restaurants in general, it's solely about how Ray Kroc shaped the McDonalds' restaurant into what it is today.
  • Dwight from Henderson, NvIf you've ever seen him live, you can really appreciate his guitar playing. He almost seemed to care less about singing and could have just played solos all night. A bit of little know trivia is that between the breakup of Dire Straits and the beginning of his solo career in the late 80's, he actually toured as part of Clapton's band - lead guitar.
  • Wing from Cambridge, Englandhey, kris. if you are from newcastle or have some knowledge about whats going on in the country then alot of his songs become alot more obvious.
  • BrynjÃ?lfur from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland"He is on my opinion a good enough guitarist to be up there with Hendrix, Duane Allman, Clapton, and Page."




    More like: Hendrix, Duane Allman, Clapton and Page are good enough guitarists to be up there with Knoplfer. ;)
  • Kris from Austin, TxThis is great and all, but these lyrics are pretty easy to understand. How about trying to tackle some of his more, vague lyrics, like: Hill Farmer's Blues, The Ragpicker's Dream, 5:15am, Vic and Ray etc.?
  • Ethan from Ridgely, MdMark Knopfler is so underrated. Ever try to play his songs? He does some crazy stuff with the guitar, man. He is on my opinion a good enough guitarist to be up there with Hendrix, Duane Allman, Clapton, and Page. His best work was while he was with Dire Straits. He was such a dedicated muscican, he and his brother were poor and were hitchhiking throughout the US. One Christmas, he was on the side of a road in the mud with only his brother and their guitars, with their thumbs out.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScGreat song1 I got to hear it on an interview that Mark Knophler didon Rockline with Bob Coburn.
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