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Peppermint Pig

“We’d never used a producer before, so we thought it might be good to have someone on the outside try to help, but it [didn’t] work out, because he wasn’t interested, he didn’t like the music to start with. If he’d been into what we were doing, it would have been a lot better.” Robin Guthrie

Peppermint Pig

  • March 1983
  • 4AD
  • BAD 303
  • 14 min, 33 sec

Track listing

  1. Peppermint Pig (7-inch version)
  2. Laugh Lines
  3. Hazel
  4. Peppermint Pig (12-inch version)


  • Vinyl
  • CD
  • Digital


Release notes

  • Written by Cocteau Twins.
  • Produced by Alan Rankine.
  • Engineered by John Fryer.
  • Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London.
  • Sleeve design by 23 Envelope. Photography by Nigel Grierson.

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  • “Peppermint Pig” was kept out of the #1 spot on the UK independent music charts by New Order’s “Blue Monday.”
  • A Peel Session version was recorded for “Hazel” in 1983 featuring additional vocals by Cinder, credited as ‘Gordon Sharp’, of Cindytalk, and is available on UK and Canadian pressings of Garlands, as well as on the BBC Sessions.
  • Re-released in 1991 as part of the EPs and Singles Box Set.
  • Digitally remastered and re-released in 2005 as part of Lullabies to Violaine.
  • “Peppermint Pig” and “Hazel” have appeared in live performances.
  • Later pressings included both the 7-inch and 12-inch versions of “Peppermint Pig.”
  • The title is taken from a Victorian-era candy of the same name.

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Live performance of “Hazel,” Brixton Ace, London, November 1982. Broadcast as part of the ‘Whatever You Want’ UK TV programme.


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