The Bug

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"The Bug"
Single by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
Released15 June 1992 (1992-06-15) (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s)Mark Knopfler
Producer(s)Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"On Every Street"
"The Bug"
"You and Your Friend"

"The Bug" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and originally performed by Dire Straits on the final studio album by the band, On Every Street (1991).[2] It was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1992, and also recorded on the albums Blues Ballads (1996) by The Alex Bollard Assembly[3] and Keep Your Hands to Yourself (2002) by Mike Berry & The Outlaws.[4]

Dire Straits[edit]

The song is the fourth and final UK single from the album On Every Street by English rock band Dire Straits, and it also was to be Dire Straits' final single release in the UK. The song reached #21 in Canada.[5] Other songs from the album were released as singles in selected countries ("You and Your Friend" in France and Germany or "Ticket to Heaven" in Netherlands).

Track listings[edit]

7-inch vinyl single

  1. "The Bug"
  2. "Twisting by the Pool"

5-inch CD single

  1. "The Bug"
  2. "Twisting by the Pool"
  3. "Expresso Love"
  4. "Walk of Life"

Mary Chapin Carpenter[edit]

"The Bug"
Single by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side"Rhythm of the Blues"
Songwriter(s)Mark Knopfler
Producer(s)John Jennings, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Buckingham
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"The Hard Way"
"The Bug"
"He Thinks He'll Keep Her"

The song was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter on her 1992 album Come On Come On,[6] and was released as a single the next year, peaking at 16 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks.[7] This version of the song is also included on the soundtrack of the 2006 computer-animated film Everyone's Hero.


Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 22
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 16


  1. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. 13 June 1992. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Dire Straits - On Every Street Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Blues Ballads – Alex Bollard". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Mike Berry & the Outlaws | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - March 28, 1992" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Come on Come On – Mary Chapin Carpenter". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  7. ^ Artist Chart History,
  8. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2275." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 23 October 1993. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.