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(1993 – 2000)

Longpigs were one of the more memorable bands who rose to fame on the fringe of Britpop in the 1990s, comprising Crispin Hunt (vocals), Richard Hawley (guitar), Simon Stafford (bass) and former Cabaret Voltaire member Dee Boyle (drums). The band name refers to the litteral translation of the word for ‘human’ or ‘person’ from cannibal tribal language.

The group initially signed with Elektra Records in 1993. However, just before they released their first single, two tragedies struck the band. Lead singer Hunt was seriously injured in a car accident resulting in his being in a coma for three days. Shortly after, the UK arm of the record label closed its doors leaving the Longpigs’ future in doubt. Elektra set a price of £500,000 to release them from their contract.

The Longpigs contract was purchased by U2’s new record label, Mother Records. The band had a series of fortunate gigs, including opening for Echobelly, Supergrass and finally Radiohead in early 1995. Their first singles, Happy Again, She Said and Jesus Christ did little in the charts. The band played the 1995 Reading Festival and subsequently, new track All Hype was featured on the compilation CD Volume 14: Reading ‘95 Special.

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  • jules_vine

    México !!!

    22 Nov 7:48am Reply
  • Frank_Schnee

    she said <3

    2 Jun 12:29pm Reply
  • ilyaoblomov__

    I've been a great fan of Hawley for a while, but, for whatever reason, never got around to the Longpigs. Found three CD singles at a charity shop today, priced 25 pence each, so I obviously bought them, and they are WONDERFUL.

    17 Mar 6:34pm Reply
  • matt_ingham

    there's a 2 CD anthology on cherry red now.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Aatmos

    Does anyone have a link to download 'Mobile home' from? I can't find it anywhere. Please help me out. I love this band!

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • stevelew76

    still listening in 2013

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • karimtoubajie

    Calling all Longpigs fans! We can get a concert happening in London if enough people make a non-commital pledge via Detour: https://detour.songkick.com/artists/468946/campaign Myself and a few school friends have made pledges so join us and help get the show on the road!!

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • outrenoir

    This weekend the Guide described them as Noise Pop, which is pure arse. Journalists hear phrases like that and just throw them around willy-nilly. Genuinely great, overlooked band though, even had good b-sides.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tschock_tschock

    Old friends...welcome back.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mikeinbed

    Criminally forgotten band.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Spoike

    It's criminal how unheard of this band is, even now. Now comments since 2011? Wow. That;s poor.

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • dannyzapata909

    I Lied I Love You & Speech Bubble

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Skywalker107

    I Lied I Love You.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • aoslrtm

    i lied i love you ... sad song

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    Talk about nostalgia.

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • saxylizbeth

    One of the few 90's brit albums I keep going back to. Wonderful stuff.

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • TornOrigami

    One of the best Brit pop/rock bands of the 90s, highly underrated, by both albums!

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rirriri

    Placebo? surely you are deaf my friend!

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • therealsteppen

    The more I hear, the more I like! Reminds me very much of Placebo. ;-)

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • DeSamongboy

    Accidentally walked into their first album today never thought i would find this in my country !

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
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