There has been at least one sample taken from the Knopfler pranks for use in popular culture – movies, film, music, etc.
On their second album, Losing Streak (1996), the ska punk band Less Than Jake uses a sample from one of the Knopfler calls. The song “Rock-n-Roll Pizzeria” starts with Amanda White’s husband saying “This is the weirdest fuckin’ thing I ever heard…” This soundbite is from the first prank on the tape, “That’s My Wife (Amanda White)” The clip cuts off abruptly before launching into the fast-paced, two-minute song.
We contacted the band to let them know that the calls have been restored and are now available for download and on our YouTube channel. We received a response fromVinnie Fiorello – drummer, lyricist and founding member. Here is what he had to say about the pranks:
“We played the bootleg scratched up tape in our van for years when it first came out – Its just as funny today as it was a decade and a half ( or more? ) ago! – Thanks for pointing this out – Vinnie/LTJ”
As far as we know, this is the only time the Knopfler Tapes have been sampled and used in music, television or film. If anyone knows of any additional pop culture references to these classic prank calls, please let us know. Enjoy!
a.k.a. Marc Knoffler, Knofler, Knophler, Knophfler, Knopler, Noffler, etc.