I just love this image. I first spotted it on an Underground poster, and it was potent enough that I bought the album. It’s from the cover of the Friendly Fires album ‘Pala’, and is originally from the private photographic collection of Norwegian fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.
The album name has an interesting inspiration. It comes from Aldous Huxley’s final novel ‘Island’, which tells the story of a journalist shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala – a utopia. Unfortunately the inspiration behind the use of the parrot photo is described a little more prosaically.
And then Ed said, “there are parrots on this island. Why don’t we put a parrot on the front cover? A massive fucking parrot.” — Jack.