The Caterpillar (song)

"The Caterpillar" is a song by English rock band The Cure, released as the sole single from their fifth studio album The Top. It was written by Robert Smith and Lol Tolhurst.

"The Caterpillar"
Single by The Cure
from the album The Top
  • "Happy the Man"
  • "Throw Your Foot"
Released30 March 1984[1]
Songwriter(s)Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst
Producer(s)Robert Smith, Chris Parry, Dave Allen
The Cure singles chronology
"The Love Cats"
"The Caterpillar"
"In Between Days"

Music videoEdit

The music video was shot in the Great Conservatory, Syon Park.

As with many other singles, the song's music video was directed by Tim Pope.[citation needed] It was shot in the Great Conservatory in Syon Park, London. Phil Thornalley and Porl Thompson appear in the music video, but do not contribute to the song.


"The Caterpillar" was the sole single released from the band's fifth album The Top. In early 1984, it spent seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 14 on 7 April of that year.[2] It spent five weeks on the Dutch charts in June 1984, reaching number 35 there on 2 June.[3] It reached number 51 on the Australian Kent Music Report chart.[4]

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Caterpillar" (3:40)
  2. "Happy the Man" (2:45)
  1. "The Caterpillar" (3:40)
  2. "Happy the Man" (2:45)
  3. "Throw Your Foot" (3:32)



  1. ^ Crossing, Gary (24 March 1984). "News". Record Mirror. p. 4. ISSN 0144-5804.
  2. ^ "Cure | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Cure - The Caterpillar (Nummer)". (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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