Wag the Dog (album)

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Wag the Dog
Soundtrack album by Mark Knopfler
Released 13 January 1998 (1998-01-13)
Recorded AIR Studios, London, 1997
Genre Film music
Length 24:09
Label Vertigo
Mercury (USA)
Producer Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
Mark Knopfler chronology
Golden Heart
(1996)Golden Heart1996
Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog is a soundtrack album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 13 January 1998 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Mercury Records in the United States. The album contains music composed for the 1997 film Wag the Dog, directed by Barry Levinson. The film featured songs created for the fictitious campaign waged by the protagonists, including "Good Old Shoe", "The American Dream", and "The Men of the 303". These songs appear on the soundtrack album as instrumental tracks. Only the title track contains vocals.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]

In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars, calling it one of Knopfler's "best scores, alternately graceful and rootsy."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music was written by Mark Knopfler.[1][2]

No. Title Length
1. "Wag the Dog" 4:44
2. "Working on It" 3:27
3. "In the Heartland" 2:45
4. "An American Hero" 2:04
5. "Just Instinct" 1:36
6. "Stretching Out" 4:17
7. "Drooling National" 1:53
8. "We're Going to War" 3:23
Total length: 24:09


  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Chuck Ainlay – producer
  • Mark Ralston – assistant producer
  • Denny Purcell – mastering at Georgetown Masters in Nashville
  • Don Cobb – digital editing
  • Rick Lecoat – design
  • Phil Caruso – photography
  • Mark Leialoha – photography[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wag the Dog". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wag the Dog (booklet). Mark Knopfler. London: Mercury Records. 1998. p. 5. 314536864-2. 

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