Three Little Pigs (song)

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"Three Little Pigs"
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Single by Green Jellÿ
from the album Cereal Killer, Green Jellö SUXX and Cereal Killer Soundtrack
Released1993
Recorded1991
Genre
Length5:53
LabelZoo Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
  • Marc Levinthal
  • Bill Manspeaker
Producer(s)Sylvia Massy
Green Jellÿ singles chronology
"Three Little Pigs"
(1993)
"Anarchy in Bedrock"
(1993)

"Three Little Pigs" is a song by American comedy rock 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 peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1993, staying on the listing for 20 weeks, and charted at number five in the United Kingdom. It additionally reached number one in New Zealand for two nonconsecutive weeks and charted highly in several European countries. The chart success can be partly attributed to the song's unique and heavily aired music video. The song was ranked number 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—the straw-builder pig escaped the farm where he was raised to begin a new life in Los Angeles, the stick-builder pig is a marijuana-smoking, Bob Marley-listening, dumpster diving hippie and preacher from Venice Beach, and the third pig is the son of rock star Pig Nugent with a master's degree in architecture from Harvard College who builds his concrete mansion in Hollywood Hills. The third pig dispatches the Harley-riding Big Bad Wolf by calling in Rambo, who mows the wolf down with a machine gun.

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]

Critical reception[edit]

Andy Martin from Music Week gave the song four out of five. He wrote, "The excellent and hilarious promo that accompanies this bastardisation of the porcine children's tale (like Creature Comfort's on acid) should win TV coverage and propel the weird, wacky and wonderful Green Jelly to stardom, or at least a Top 20 hit single. Expect BMG to pull out all the stops on this one."[1]

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.

Changed lyrics[edit]

Two versions of the song exist; the only change being the lyrics as to what the second Little Pig was doing. The original lyric "He was kind of stokin'/spent most of his day just a ganja smokin'" was modified to "He was kind of stokin'/spent most of his days in the sun just soakin'". However, the video retained "pot culture" references in this part of the song.

Track listings[edit]

Vinyl pressing

  1. "Three Little Pigs"

1993 CD pressing

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Bill Manspeaker (as Moronic Dicktator) – vocals
  • Maynard James Keenan – guest voice of Three Little Pigs[2]
  • Pauly Shore – guest voice of Three Little Pigs[2]
  • 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

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Danish Singles Chart 6 August 1993
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