Monday, May 11, 2009

Creepy Crawlies: The Bug

Dire Straits: The Bug


The last single released from the last studio album Dire Straits ever recorded. It's no Sultans of Swing, and it's a heck of a lot more straightforward than most of their catalog -- after their huge success with Money For Nothing the band was producing mostly MTV-ready rock by the final stages of their run together; though The Bug charted at #8 on the Hot Mainstream Rock charts in the US, the rest of the world had already lost interest. But the sentiment is universal, and the beat just as catchy and distinctive as ever.

To be fair, this song might not have made the cut this week, but I seem to be in a country mood, and Mary Chapin Carpenter's two-steppin' cover, which peaked at #16 on the Hot Country Singles charts the following year, stands up well to the original.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Bug


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