Sunday, January 26, 2014

40 Year Itch: Flash Your Warning Lights

On January 26, 1974 Glam rockers Mud climbed all the way to the top of the pops with "Tiger Feet", the biggest UK single of the year. The tune was written by producers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman who also wrote and produced  Glam rock hits for Sweet ("Little Willy, "Blockbuster", "Ballroom Blitz", "Teenage Rampage") and Suzi Quatro ( "Can the Can", "48 Crash", "Devil Gate Drive"). Emphasis on the good time party beat. De-emphasis on meaningful lyrics. So you get instead:

Alright, that's right, that's right, that's right
That's right I really love your tiger light
That's neat, that's neat, that's neat, that's neat
 I really love your tiger feet,
 I really love your tiger feet

Mud sold a million copies of "Tiger Feet" around the world. In the US, the song did no business. Whatsoever.

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