“Pepper” is a song by American alternative rock band Butthole Surfers. It appeared on their 1996 album Electriclarryland, and reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It attained number 4 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 1996.
“Pepper” opens with the chorus guitar riff, slowed down to half speed.
The song shifts from spoken word verses to sung choruses.
The lyrics of the verses list ten characters and describes how some either die or escape a brush with death. Each incident, whether brought about by idiotic recklessness or meaningless bad luck, finds the victim romanced or invigorated by facing death.
The relationship between the lyrics and title is not made clear, nor is the exact connection between the different types of piqued awareness presented in the different sections.
The song also contains the bridge played in reverse. The reversed words are the first and last lines of the chorus: “I don’t mind the sun sometimes; the images it shows; you never know just how you look through other people’s eyes.” The song is in the key of G major.