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  • Audio CD (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B00002DD7K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first single and more aggresive than the later releases.The track'Hazel'has to be one of the best songs the cocteau twins recorded although listeners looking for the more melodic, gentle tracks may find it too 'hard'.Best compared to Garlands and other early cocteau twins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classic early Cocteau Twins 2 Dec. 1999
By loteq - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This EP contains four songs:Two versions of the title track, "Laugh lines" and the original version of "Hazel". This is the Cocteau Twins' only release where they invited a producer, it was Alan Rankin from British pop darlings Associates. But this didn't lead to a change in sound. All the tracks are rhythm-oriented, distorted and powerful. However, with bass player Will Heggie leaving the band after the release of this EP, it was time for a new direction, and the Twins happily found it with "Head over heels".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The laughing moon 13 Nov. 2000
By loteq - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is an update of my earlier review below. While there are some quite interesting and unexpected things going on musically, "PP" is still my least favorite from the band's '80s output. The Cocteaus were not yet doing what they would subsequently do from album to album - reinventing themselves and constantly changing their sound. "PP" ultimately remains the weakest example of their pre-"Head over heels" material; it lacks the menacing and doomy atmosphere of "Lullabies" and "Garlands" as well as the haunting melancholy of their later releases. "PP" incorporates faster, almost danceable rhythms and some funny guitar effects, but it does not always harmonize with Liz's voice. While other CT albums and EPs required several listenings before they revealed their secrets and intricacies, "PP" keeps everything on the surface. The title tracks kicks off with nervy, discordant anti-pop riffs and twangy bass playing, but the band had simply composed much more engaging stuff. "Laugh lines" doesn't drop the blueprint of the first song, yet it has a refreshingly different feel. It features a strange guitar solo by Guthrie where he tries to imitate a nasty sort of laughter - great! Liz sings something like, "smoke your cigar", at the end of the song. Those who own the 14-track import version of "Garlands" will already know "Hazel", and "PP" contains a re-recorded version which misses the vocal counterpoint of Gordon Sharp. Finally, we have the 12" mix of "PP", offering longer instrumental sections and more atmospheric keyboards. In conclusion, "PP" is well worth having for the hardcore fan, but for your first taste of the band's early output there are much better places to go, particularly the double-disc set "BBC Sessions". It's rather difficult to believe that Liz and Robin would release the powerful "Head over heels" just a few months later.
Having jumped ship after "PP", bass player Will Heggie went on to form his own band, the unsuccessful Lowlife. However, Heggie had learned his lessons well - at times, Lowlife came close to duplicating the ringing guitar lines and dreamy melodies of CT's best songs, but the band pretty much churned out the same goth-pop sound for all their albums and EPs. Even their most recent effort, 1995's "Gush", plays like something from the early-'80s. If you're interested in Lowlife, I recommend you to look for the compilation "From a scream to a whisper - A retrospective '85 - '88", featuring some terrific songs which will appeal to all Cocteau Twins fans.
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The Twins start to fall Head Over Heels in this 1983 EP. 27 Sept. 2002
By Christopher Culver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Cocteau Twins' "Peppermint Pig" EP was released in early 1983, a few months after their first album GARLANDS and their second HEAD OVER HEELS. Bringing in Alan Rankine as producer, they were looking for a style different from their debut and were somewhat successful. Showing a more rhythmic basis than the austerity of GARLANDS, this EP can be seen as a bridge to some of HEAD OVER HEELS.
"Peppermint Pig (7" version)" opens the EP. With its bouncy drum machine and catchy guitar, it shows right away that the Cocteau Twins have begun to move away from the wispy sound of their debut. This is perhaps the most poppish song they have ever written. The second track, "Laugh Lines", is quite a change from the first. A slower song, it has some striking electric guitar work (nearly oriental at times) courtesy of Robin Guthrie and the programming of the drum machine is almost the best of any of the Cocteau Twins' efforts. "Hazel" is the weakest point of the EP. In this throwback to the GARLANDS sound (in fact it seems to have been a track left out of their first album) Liz's voice is meandering and raw, and she doesn't show the finesse and sweeping glory of vocals that would come to make the Twins nearly synonymous with the word "ethereal". "Peppermint Pig (12" Version)" closes the EP. It's essentially an unedited version of the first track, which makes it rather unsatisfying. While the 7" version was concise and to the point, this version is a little overlong.
The EP's amazing artwork was designed by 23 Envelope, the partnership of Vaughan Oliver (perhaps the most influential British designer of the past 20 years) and photographer Nigel Grierson. The early Cocteau Twins EP's were some of 23 Envelope's best work, and the "Peppermint Pig" EP stands out about those with the beautiful photography of its cover. The artwork of the Twins' EP's is alone a strong reason to collect them all, and this one is no exception.
While some of the Cocteau Twins' finest work is on their EPs (especially 1986's "Love's Easy Tears" EP), it's probably best to start with their albums. I'd recommend HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS or TREASURE as an introduction to their work if you've never before heard this excellent group. Once you've got the albums, the EPs such as "Peppermint Pig" await.
Awkward transitional EP with outside producer. 8 Feb. 2010
By Cody C. Gaisser - Published on
Format: Audio CD
An odd transitional EP, Peppermint Pig was the last Cocteau Twins release to feature the bassplaying of Will Heggie (who went on to found Lowlife) and was also produced by an outsider - Alan Rankine of the Associates. The band were livid about the results. It really isn't that bad in the scope of the early Cocteau Twins output, but it's no masterpiece either. The sound is very sharp and edgy and up-front, in stark contrast to the smoky reverb-drenched sound of Lullabies. Heggie's bass guitar is back out front again and Guthrie's guitars are clean and tight, lending the whole EP a "post-punk"/"new wave" feel usually absent from their work, even when they were obviously indebted to Joy Division. This is especially evident on the 12" mix of the title song, which is very club-oriented. "Hazel" resurfaces in an inferior but more hi-fi version (this could actually have been recorded prior to the Peel version, I don't know). It's interesting to hear what's going on underneath all of the delay, chorus, and reverb, but this EP lacks the dreamy atmosphere that is the defining trademark of Cocteau Twins.
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