The Caterpillar (song)

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"The Caterpillar"
Single by The Cure
from the album The Top
Released 26 March 1984
Format 7" & 12" vinyl
Length 3:40
Label Fiction
Writer(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"

"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.

Music video[edit]

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.[1] It spent five weeks on the Dutch charts in June 1984, reaching number 35 there on 2 June.[2] It reached number 51 in the Australian ARIA Charts.[citation needed]

Television Performances[edit]

Top of the Pops[edit]

12th April, 1984



Track listing[edit]

  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. ^ "Cure | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Cure - The Caterpillar (Nummer)". (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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