According to an old Strangled magazine article from the '80s, they went into the furnace. The burning was apparently strictly supervised - but the worker quoted still managed, so he said, to smuggle three copies away...
UA advert from Music Week - 7th May '77. A bit of overlap there, but... I didn't fancy splitting Dave's head in half! Just looking through my notes made at the time and I have 'Peaches' as being re-released on 23rd March '79, which is when the 'new' sleeve came into being. All their singles were re-released in May '79, which may explain some minor variations to labels and sleeve openings.
I think the 'Peach' sleeve was designed by John Pasche (who designed all the stranglers album and single sleeves in 1979). I think he was asked to design another sleeve because 'Peaches' re-entered the singles chart in 1979.
£150 for a bootleg
oops ! sorry special collectors edition
also available in black vinyl
usually appear on ebay uk seller listing in australian dollars
as far as i'm aware all the bootlegs have a solid centre
Just found the "blackmail" sleeve on Musicstack, as it's described, with a clear vinyl single though the catalogue number on the label is FREE4. Unfortunately the seller has strategically placed the label over the corener of the sleeve where the catalogue number is so I can't compare it. I can say it'll set you back £150!
The 'peach' sleeve illustrated is a later issue - from 1980, so I've read. The original sleeve had the same band photo on both sides with the song titles in 'punk rock' cut-out letters; the band were appalled and ordered its withdrawal before the single reached the shops (though, as always in these cases, a few leaked out and are now very expensive collectors' items).
MonkeyHanger - the version you mention was issued on a promo 45 with the catalogue number FREE 4, and is itself worth a few bob.