Tiger Feet

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"Tiger Feet"
Single by Mud
from the album Mud Rock
B-side "Mr Bagatelle"
Released4 January 1974 [1]
Genre Glam rock
Label RAK [2]
Songwriter(s) Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn [2]
Producer(s) Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn [2]
Mud singles chronology
"Tiger Feet"
"The Cat Crept In"

Tiger Feet is a popular song by the English glam rock band Mud, released in January 1974. [3] Written and produced by the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, it was the first of three number No. 1 singles for the band, in the UK Singles Chart. [4] followed later that year by "Lonely This Christmas", and then in 1975 by "Oh Boy!".


The band appeared on Top of the Pops wearing tiger slippers. [5] [6]

Co-writer and producer Mike Chapman credited bassist Ray Stiles with a particularly memorable bass lick which helped fuel the success of the record.[ citation needed ]

Release details

According to his son, Calvin Hayes, Mickie Most added the song to RAK records' lineup on the basis of the title alone. [7]

The single was released on the 7-inch vinyl record format by the RAK music label. The B-side of the single is Mr Bagatelle. [2]

"Tiger Feet" was featured as part of a medley on Mud's album Mud Rock, which reached number No. 8 in the UK Albums Chart. [8]

Chart position and sales

"Tiger Feet" was a huge success, it was number No. 1 in the UK and Ireland charts for four consecutive weeks, from 26 January to 16 February, in 1974 [4] and also topped the charts in the Netherlands. It sold over 700,000 copies in the UK alone and over a million copies globally. It was also the best selling single in Britain that year. [3]

Weekly charts

Chart (1974)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [9] 43
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [10] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [11] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [12] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [13] 15
France (IFOP) [14] 55
Iceland (Morgunblaðið) [15] 2
Ireland (IRMA) [16] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [17] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [18] 1
Norway (VG-lista) [19] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [20] 5
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) [21] 4
West Germany (Official German Charts) [22] 6


Certifications for "Tiger Feet"
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [23] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


A version of Tiger Feet was recorded by New Hope Club and appeared in Aardman's movie Early Man .

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