Three Little Pigs (song)

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"Three Little Pigs"
Single by Green Jellÿ
from the album Cereal Killer
Released 1992 (original)
1993 (re-release)
Format Video single, vinyl, CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Comedy rock, heavy metal, hardcore punk, punk rock
Length 5:53
Label Zoo Entertainment
Songwriter(s) Marc Levinthal, Bill Manspeaker
Producer(s) Sylvia Massy
Green Jellÿ singles chronology
"Three Little Pigs"
"Anarchy in the U.K."

"Three Little Pigs" is a song by the comedy heavy metal band Green Jellÿ, from the album Cereal Killer. Released by Zoo Entertainment in 1992 with the original band name, Green Jellö, the single was re-released in 1993 under the name Green Jellÿ due to a lawsuit for trademark infringement by the owners of Jell-O.

The song reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1993, and charted even higher in the UK, where it reached #5. The chart success can be partly attributed to the song's unique and heavily aired music video. The song was ranked #35 on VH1's 40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs...Ever.

Writing and composition[edit]

Written by Marc Levinthal and Bill Manspeaker after a "late-night drinkfest" at Zatar's in Hollywood, the song is a re-telling of the classic fairy tale Three Little Pigs, with modern twists such as pigs who smoke pot and graduated from Harvard, an appearance by Rambo and a Harley-Davidson-riding wolf.

The original hand written lyrics to the song, dated 4/24/89 and written on 2 yellow legal pad pages with the title "The 3 LTL' PIGS...", showing changes and corrections were sold by Bill Manspeaker in 2012.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The song's stop motion claymation music video received regular rotation on MTV, and in 1993 it was certified gold by the RIAA. "Three Little Pigs" was notable for being the first known music single to debut only in video form; when the music video was first shown on MTV, fans could buy the song on videotape, but not on CD. In 1993, however, the single was finally released in CD form.

Censored/changed lyrics[edit]

Two versions of the song exist; the only change being the lyrics as to what the second Little Pig was doing. In the censored/modified version, the lyric was "He was kind of stokin'/spent most of his days in the sun just soakin'". The original lyric was "He was kind of stokin'/spent most of his day just a ganja smokin'". Despite the attempt to remove the marijuana reference, the video does not edit "pot culture" references in this part of the song.

Track listings[edit]

Vinyl pressing[edit]

  1. "Three Little Pigs"

1993 CD pressing[edit]

  1. "Three Little Pigs" (edit) – 2.30
  2. "Three Little Pigs" (full-length version) – 5:54
  3. "Obey the Cowgod" – 3:09


  • Bill Manspeaker (as Moronic Dicktator) – vocals
  • Maynard James Keenan – guest voice of Three Little Pigs
  • Les Claypool - guest voice of Three Little Pigs
  • Pauly Shore - guest voice of Three Little Pigs
  • Gary Helsinger (as Hotsy Menshot) – voice of Rambo
  • C.J. Buscaglia (as Jesus Quisp) – guitars, producer
  • Steven Shenar (as Sven Seven) – guitars
  • Michael Bloomquist (as Rootin') – bass
  • Joe Russo (as Mother Eucker) – bass
  • Danny Carey (as Danny Longlegs) – drums

Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ "ARIA Annual Charts 1993". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1993 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Annual Charts 1993". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Green Jelly – Three Little Pigs". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.