Raspberry Swirl

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"Raspberry Swirl"
Raspberry Swirl by Tori Amos international artwork.jpg
Artwork for international release (UK CD single pictured)
Single by Tori Amos
from the album From the Choirgirl Hotel
Released July 1998 (UK)
August 24, 1998 (GER)
September 7, 1998 (AUS)
November 24, 1998 (US)
December 18, 1998 (CA)
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Electronic dance
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Jackie's Strength"
"Cruel" / "Raspberry Swirl"
"Jackie's Strength"
"Cruel"/"Raspberry Swirl"

"Raspberry Swirl" is a song written and performed by Tori Amos. It was released as the second single from her 1998 album From the Choirgirl Hotel in Germany and Australia, and as the third and final single in North America and the UK. In the United States it was released as a double A-side single with "Cruel", off the same album. In Germany, Australia and the UK it was released as its own single. Two variations of an identical 12" vinyl promotional release were issued in the U.K.

"Raspberry Swirl" was Amos' first single to be nominated for a Grammy Award, being nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1999.


"Raspberry Swirl" is about Amos' past relationship with a female friend and was written in response to the men in her relationships.

In some of my relationships with a few of my women friends, I play a certain role. Heh, this is really getting in...I know, I hope my father's not watching this. He just doesn't know what to do. The straight-jacket's coming. But you know I always told my dad – you know, gays, lesbians, he just has to get used to it. One of the nieces and nephews is gonna be one, he's just gotta get ready. So what I said was ah to Beenie, who's the love of my life. My husband understands this, that we're married. We're absolutely married. And I adore her with all my heart. And she's dated some idiots. And I hope you're watching. I want you to know what I think of you and in another life, I'll absolutely kick your ass. And I'm going to kick it right now actually, because this is for her and I'm in love with her. So everybody, off your asses![1]

Music video[edit]

A still from the video "Raspberry Swirl"

The video for Raspberry Swirl was directed by Barnaby & Scott and filmed in August 1998.

I will tell you this. Kids and Pigs mixed together with their gorging of sweets and excited kiddie poo vomit and literally piggy poo and cake puddingie ickie oogie sugarie pukie all messied together sitting there rotting under the lights take after take and you wonder why I carry an Oxygen machine – card holder since 94. Raspberry was one of the longer days of my life... Karen pulled in these younger directors: Barnaby & Scott. I liked the idea their visual sense and their openness to Karen's mad visions. She was inspired by an Urban Alice and Wonderland feel if I recall the treatment correctly. Kids with Red wings – red wigs little Toris she said. This Boy leading me into a world where Karen truly lives. Every movie every make, Karen can give her version – 'A road ain't NO ONE EVER EVVA thought of pushing,' a long by magical day."[2]


"The fourth track, Raspberry Swirl (as in, unsurprisingly, 'Boy, you better make her raspberry swirl"), is the key," enthused John Aizlewood in Q's review of From the Choirgirl Hotel. "Seemingly throwaway, its programming doffs a cap to dance [and] Amos' treated vocals recall Van Helden mixmastery. Before 30 seconds have passed, she's declared 'Let's go' and in one cathartic moment becomes her own woman again, via the remainder of a song that doesn't need twists to shine."[3]

Track listings[edit]

"Raspberry Swirl" was released in the United States and Canada as a double A-side with "Cruel".

US and Canada CD single[edit]

  1. "Cruel" (Shady Feline Mix) –3:51
  2. "Raspberry Swirl (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:41
  3. "Ambient Raspberry Swirl" (Scarlet Spectrum Feels) – 8:10
  4. "Mainline Cherry" (Ambient Spark) – 5:11

US 7" vinyl single (Atlantic 7-84412)[edit]

  1. "Raspberry Swirl" (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:39
  2. "Cruel" (Shady Feline Mix) – 3:49

German/Australian CD single[edit]

"Raspberry Swirl" was released in Germany as a single title.

  1. "Raspberry Swirl" (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:38
  2. "Raspberry Swirl" (Sticky Extended Vocal Mix) – 7:50
  3. "Raspberry Swirl" (Scarlet Spectrum Feels) – 8:10

UK promotional 12"[edit]

Two variations of a 12" vinyl promotional single were issued in the UK. They share a catalog number but have different artwork.

  1. "Raspberry Swirl" (Sticky Extended Instrumental) – 9:34
  2. "Raspberry Swirl" (Sticky Extended Vocal Mix) – 7:50

UK CD Single[edit]

  1. "Raspberry Swirl" (Lip Gloss Version) – 3:38
  2. "Raspberry Swirl" (Naked) – 3:44


Year Chart Position
1998 Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales (US)[4] 38
1998 Top Canadian Singles 20
1998 Australian Singles Chart[5][6] 57


  1. ^ "Raspberry Swirl—Quotes". Here in My Head. Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Raspberry Swirl Quotes". She's Gone Andromeda. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Q, June 1998
  4. ^ http://thedent.com/choirchart.html – thedent.com
  5. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 04 Oct 1998". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.