Peppermint Pig

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For the children's novel by Nina Bawden, see The Peppermint Pig.
Peppermint Pig
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EP by Cocteau Twins
Released 4 April 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Post-punk, ethereal wave
Length 14:32
Label 4AD
Producer Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins chronology
Peppermint Pig
Head over Heels
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

"Peppermint Pig" is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Cocteau Twins. It was released as both a single and 12" EP on 4 April 1983 by record label 4AD. Musically, the material was similar to their previous release, the 1982 EP Lullabies. It was the last release to feature original bassist Will Heggie.


Peppermint Pig marked the only time that the Cocteau Twins used an outside producer for one of their recordings, with production handled by Alan Rankine of the Associates. The band was dissatisfied with the results. Robin Guthrie described the EP as "shit" in a 1983 interview with Sounds, claiming it was "a bad mixture—bad song, bad producer, bad band".[2] Elizabeth Fraser simply described the material as "all we had at the time".[2]


"Peppermint Pig" was originally released as a limited-edition 7-inch single, featuring two tracks, "Peppermint Pig" and "Laugh Lines". A 12-inch EP was also released, including an extended mix of "Peppermint Pig", "Laugh Lines" and a third track, "Hazel".

An alternate version of "Hazel" was recorded for a Peel session. It appeared on the band's BBC Sessions album as well as on some CD reissues of Garlands.

The Peppermint Pig EP was re-released in CD format in 1991 as part of The Box Set. It contained both mixes of the title track in addition to the other two tracks. It was also part of the 2005 Lullabies to Violaine compilation release.

Track listing[edit]


All tracks written by Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Will Heggie).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Peppermint Pig" 3:24
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Laugh Lines" 3:20
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Peppermint Pig" 5:02
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Laugh Lines" 3:20
2. "Hazel" 2:49


Cocteau Twins


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Peppermint Pig – Cocteau Twins : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Cocteau Twins | History | Chapter 2: 1982–1983". Retrieved 13 September 2012. 

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