Bird dog

John Collie

Master Media Master Media
Type Record Covers
Title Bird dog
Measurements.Dimensions 12" x 12"
Measurements.Format LP
33 1/3 rpm.
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
Techniques Offset Printing
Techniques Oil Painting
The original artwork for the cover was an oil painting.
Creator.Personal name John Collie
Role Illustrator
Collie did the original oil painting for the front cover.
Creator.Corporate name Flying Nun
Role Record Label
Creator.Corporate name Verlaines
Role Author
Date.Release 1987
Location.Current Site NZDA Collection
Location.Current Repository Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Hocken holds a copy of this album.
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number FN077
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0094_f, nzgda_rc_i_0094_b, nzgda_rc_i_0094_gtfld
ID Number.Hocken Dynix BIB 803814
Culture New Zealand
Subject Dog, cliff, sunset, bird, sea, light
Description Image and text. The front, centrespread and back covers are drawn from a series of oil paintings done by John Collie. The front cover was taken from an original oil painting which shows a black dog chasing a bird along a cliff. The sky behind is graduated in hue from pale yellow through to black, conveying dusk. The back cover is a rough rework of the front oil painting except that now the dog has disappeared over the cliff and the bird is flying away. The front and back cover illustrations are drawn from a real life incident where the black labrador dog known as Gonzo, (belonging to David Merritt) ran off a cliff top at Karekare beach on the outskirts of Dunedin, New Zealand. The dog was subsequently stranded at the bottom of the cliff and required a rescue from Merritt that involved comandeering a fishing boat and swimming onto the beach in the dusk gloom, roping the dog and himself together and being hauled back onto the boat. This incident become minor folk-lore in the Dunedin music community - partly because Gonzo was beloved and had been on many band tours over the previous decade. Fish Street Studio sound engineer and Producer Stephen Kilroy was witness to these events. The typography on the front cover is a hand generated scrawl in white over the painting. The type on the back is black sans serif and mixed case. [DM]
Source David Merritt
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. It was Merritt's dog depicted on the cover. Merritt worked with the band as a tour manager and intellectual mentor. The dog often went on Verlaines tours as well. 02.2001.
Rights John Collie
Rights Flying Nun Records
Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by Flying Nun.
text/uri-list (0k)  Flying Nun Verlaines page
text/uri-list (0k)  Verlaines fan site