There’s been something like 40 singles released by The Cure over the years of which eleven have hit the UK Top 20 and could justifiably be called a big hit. Two of the best known are The Love Cats (1983) and In Between Days (1985) but the one single released in the period between those two was this from March 1984:-
mp3 : The Cure – The Caterpillar
It’s not an obvious hit single. It’s very unconventional and sounds in places as if it is a highly improvised and almost free-form piece of music to a lyric which in places is incredibly romantic in its imagery and at other times sounds like a childish nursery rhyme. From recollection, it got very little in the way of daytime radio exposure but such was the popularity of The Cure at the time that it soared to #14 in the singles chart.
The b-side of the single is also a strange but brilliantly gothic bit of music:-
mp3 : The Cure – Happy The Man
The 12″ version contained identical versions of those songs but with a bonus track which was altogether more poppy:-
mp3 : The Cure – Throw Your Foot