Mud's first British chart-topper, in early 1974, remains their best-loved and best-remembered hit, a riot of excitement, energy, and utterly idiotic dancing which set the whole country frantically bopping round their living rooms to the most explosive chorus of the age -- "that's neat, that's neat, that's neat, that's neat/I really love your tiger feet."
"This song is like my pension!" singer Les Gray recalled years later, before adding that, when he first heard it, "I wasn't sure if this would be a hit." Not until the band got it into the studio and began messing around with the arrangement was he swayed by its charm, but even then "we never realized it would be quite so huge."
Co-writer Mike Chapman agreed that it was the band's input that was vital to the song's success. "One of the most interesting parts of it is a lick that was played on the bass, which Ray Stiles, the bass player, came up with." And, by the time the session was finished, "it was one of those records that you knew was going to be a number one as soon as you listened to it."