How the dog ate the EMI horn

How the dog ate the EMI horn


norman lebrecht

January 01, 2022

New on Twitter.

Anyone seen this before?




  • Y says:

    That’s funny. I wonder how many people’s phonographs were similarly destroyed by dogs.

  • Douglas2 says:


    A ‘mutoscope’ deck of photographs that was commissioned by the German branch of the Gramophone Company, and sent to the London branch in October 1900.

    Contra the twitter description, this was an attempted re-creation of the iconic painting in different media, rather than being ‘behind’ it in any sense

    • David K. Nelson says:

      The convoluted story of Francis Barraud’s famous painting of his dog, but not this “dog bites horn” aspect, is told in Roland Gelatt’s 1954 book, The Fabulous Phonograph. In 1899 Barraud visited The Gramophone Company’s office to borrow a brass horn so he could update an older painting showing his fox terrier listening to an Edison machine — that’s the only reason the painting became associated with the record industry. Gelatt is careful to note that the dog had died year’s earlier in 1895. Presumably NOT from ingesting bits of the old Edison black japanned horn.

      The original idea of course was that the voice of a dog’s master could readily emerge from a recordable cylinder talking machine. Once the “pre-recorded” cylinder or shellac disc was the favored medium the likelihood of a dog’s master having made a talking record for a commercial firm was pretty slim.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    His Master’s Leg wasn’t available, so Nipper went after his voice…

  • E says:

    This is priceless! (A Jack Russell, of course, or a mix….or a Parson’s Russell.) Thanks!

  • Wurtfangler says:

    It’s been doing the rounds on Jack Russell Facebook groups for quite some time. Nipper looks more like a Parson Russell in this video. Gotta love a terrier-ist.

    • msc says:

      At last I see someone else use “terrierist”. I have had them all my life — you do have to love the little lions.

  • Sean says:

    Adorable, what fun!

  • Survivor says:

    Having worked for 10 years at RCA/BMG, i can assure you that the nincompoops who ran the company and legions of idiots who worked there did far more damage than Nipper ever could have done.

    • Armchair Bard says:

      Traditionally within the company: EMI = Every Man an Idiot / Every Mistake Imaginable; more recently, CfP = Completely F*cking Pointless.

      …and with that: good wishes, one & mostly all, for the newly-numbered shit-show ahead. ACB