Various ‎– Lonely Is An Eyesore

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Colourbox Hot Doggie
This Mortal Coil Acid, Bitter And Sad
The Wolfgang Press Cut The Tree
Throwing Muses Fish
Dead Can Dance Frontier
Cocteau Twins Crushed
Dif Juz No Motion
Clan Of Xymox Muscoviet Mosquito
Dead Can Dance The Protagonist

Versions (38)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
33CY-1736 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD 33CY-1736 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD CAD 703 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
CADX 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box) 4AD CADX 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
33CY-1736 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, Promo) 4AD 33CY-1736 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
DGC-214 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Album, Comp) DG Discos DGC-214 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
832 619-4 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Album, Comp) Vertigo 832 619-4 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
TC-VG 50342 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD TC-VG 50342 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
CAD C 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD CAD C 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
50535 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD 50535 France 1987 Sell This Version
CAD C 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp, Cle) 4AD CAD C 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703, CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Album, Comp, Ltd, Promo, TP) 4AD, 4AD CAD D 703, CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703, 832 619-1 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD, 4AD CAD D 703, 832 619-1 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SX-T 145 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Tonpress SX-T 145 Poland 1987 Sell This Version
70535 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD 70535 France 1987 Sell This Version
YX7432 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD YX7432 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
832 619-1 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Vertigo, 4AD 832 619-1 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD, Stiletto CAD 703 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
DG-214 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) DG Discos DG-214 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, Dlx, Ltd) 4AD CAD D 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
YX7432 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, Promo) 4AD YX7432 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, TP) 4AD CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(VHS, Comp, NTSC) 4AD VAD 703 UK & US 1987 Sell This Version
VAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(VHS, Comp, PAL) 4AD VAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
39HC-180 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(VHS, Comp, Promo, NTSC) 4AD 39HC-180 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
VG 50342, CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Virgin, 4AD VG 50342, CAD 703 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
GA-231 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-231 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CY-4505 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD CY-4505 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
GAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RP) 4AD GAD 703 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RP) 4AD none US 1998 Sell This Version
WPCB-20012 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD WPCB-20012 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
EAD 703DA Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(9xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, 320) 4AD EAD 703DA UK Unknown
GAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD GAD 703 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD, SON 74 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD, Sonic Records (2) CAD 703 CD, SON 74 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD CAD 703 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD CAD 703 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
SONC 74 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) Sonic Records (2), 4AD SONC 74 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, RP) 4AD CAD 703 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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SgtPwepper

SgtPwepper

April 11, 2021
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
Would be the perfect album if only 'Colourbox - Hot Doggie' and 'Dif Juz - No Motion' were left off.
PatronSaintofScratch

PatronSaintofScratch

April 2, 2021
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
Lonely is as lonely does. Lonely is an eyesore...

A lyric taken from the jangling almost frenetic "Fish" by Throwing Muses
for whence this compilation derived its name. The assemblage of dark &
lovely tracks by the artists from the 4AD label. is as brilliant as it ever was!

My favorite track is the whirlwind of color in "Crushed" by Cocteau Twins,
But the whole of the collection is brilliant... a nice intro to 4AD's oeuvre.

A note should be said about the cover... 4AD fans love obscurity and the
label delivered a murky and mystical cover that aptly matches the music within.

Crijevo

Crijevo

August 21, 2020
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
While the super legendary "object of desire" that is the wooden box, keeps teasing the most curious of collectors to dare pay a fortune for what looks like IKEA's standard piece of furniture commissioned to store in your three copies of LIAE, it is the lush multipanel sleeve version LP with the full book, that you want.

As for the music part, well, most fans won't and can't be wrong when saying that despite this being a bit of a "letdown" - or half-baked even - it still is a tiny treasure throve of obscure songs that simultaneously fall out with, and complement one another. Expecting "the anthology" for the year 1987 doesn't make musch sense, 4AD treating "Lonely Is An Eyesore" as a transitional "annual report" of sorts - the presence of a certain Throwing Muses marks the label's welcome of innovative US alternative bands, while the remaining selection of predominantly UK artists stayed close to home with the label's then-established ethereal sound.

Of the lot, nothing indeed insists on being excellent or "the best" but no track here is less than good. The Wolfgang Press' "Cut the Tree" would have been a great addition to "Standing Up Straight" but the exclusiveness of it on this very compilation, makes it a valuable little oddity in itself. This Mortal Coil's is a standardly beautiful little dirge that's hard to catch by the tail - according to its title, there seems to be three mood pieces segued into one ("Bitter" later resurfaced in different mix on "Blood"). Colourbox's is a great little trashy rock opener, augmented by disturbing samples thrown in from trash-movies (the one immediately audible being "2000 Maniacs"). Oddly enough, Dead Can Dance contributed with two pieces here - one of which is "Frontier" - previously known from the duo's nascent debut album, here sounding far more raw (almost as in Test Dept.), with the liner notes adding a detail this song actually dates back to 1979, which again is odd as DCD probably weren't then as of yet. Their other piece is more established for the year 1987. At the time they released the album"Within the Realm Of a Dying Sun" and the orchestral mini-epic "The Protagonist" reflects that approach. Also interesting of note is that DCD were not happy with Nigel Grierson's video for "The Protagonist", and in return refused to accept their exclusive copy of the wooden box package of the album. Then there are Dif Juz, one of my all time favourite bands, here with "No Motion", their beautiful, signature instrumental piece with ethereal narrative. Cocteau Twins may not have had anything to surprise us with in "Crushed" (even the video looks like cut from the same cloth as some of their other videos from around 1986), still it's a beautiful little standard of theirs, with Liz Fraser's vocal acrobatics on top that are the same time hilarious and soothing. Throwing Muses' "Fish" (which, as is known by now, gave this compilation its title) stays out as the compilation's weirdest moment - a hysterical indie gem sounding all over the place (the video version differs from the album version, for being a live rehearsal). Clan of Xymox re-recorded "Muscoviet Mosquito" for the occasion - an earlier version of the song appeared on the group's self-released 1983 mini-LP "Subsequent Pleasures", but this new version by far surpasses the original. Its keyboards arrangement is pleasantly reminiscent of EKV's Margita Stefanović.

In all, yes, it is a bit of a scrapbook choice of material, but its very inconsistency perfectly shows where 4AD's heart was at the time, and beating.
Funkbeatss

Funkbeatss

January 5, 2020
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
Retro called pub in Sao Paulo, every Sunday night circa 1988/89. Impossible not to think about this album. Greeat memories
tony4ad

tony4ad

March 15, 2019
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, CAD D 703
Pretty sure it's 3000 copies ,10,000 is WAY to high a number I'm sure the copy I have indicates 3 thousand on a shop written label .
maxal

maxal

April 21, 2018
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
. . . actually, it looks as though it may be oak . . .
maxal

maxal

April 21, 2018
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
It's time to reassess this monolithic clunk of a collector's piece. How does it bear to time? I am an avid fan of 4AD. Cocteau Twins, DCD, Colourbox, X-mal Deutschland, Frazier Chorus, Richenel (yes, love the single), Lydia Lunch and Howard's Some Velvet Morning (stunning). I pretty much love most of the 80's 90's 4AD output. Then also odd ones from the latter period: Vinnie Miller is exceptional. So, I write the below with experience of 4AD collecting and listening.

I have just written something on the Clan of Xymox promo single, Muscoviet Musquito, and it made me rethink this Lonely Is an Eyesore 'anthology' project. Of course, for decades I wanted the full box set. I pined over the pine box, the lavish artwork for every format . . . even the V&A have a copy!!! It seemed the pine box was a must-have 4AD item which would forever elude . . .

Time heals all wounds. Now I think, "So what?" I don't want it now. And I am not saying this all acid, bitter and sad on the outskirts of dejection. I haven't space for the clunky item, and the pine looks a bit raw, like crate material, not a wood to cherish - I'm not sure how it will age and it looks splinteringly dangerous. The item is too big for its contents.

And what of the contents? The sound?

Hot Doggie is a great opening track, full of excitement, creating genuine anticipation for the rest of the album. It's a glorious Colourbox track worthy of Colourbox's singular album. But then that's pretty much it. The rest of the album is a bit of a let down, there aren't any other key tracks. Lonely Is an Eyesore managed to live up to its name, including mediocre tracks from all the rest of the featured artists. I love 4AD, but Lonely Is an Eyesore is one of my least played albums. So, no, I don't want a huge pine crate with all its untouched formats reminding me of that.

If the first This Mortal Coil album had had a special presentation set (but again, probably not in the pine box - to be honest, I never liked that cheap cofin), it would have stood the test of time. 4AD is a powerhouse of innovative music, most of which is worth playing and which hopefully will continue to inspire.

The above might sound bitchy. I don't mean it to. I write it because the sentiment surprises me too - I never envisaged I would come to have this opinion and it's important to give things their rightful place. Apart from all the individual 4AD albums and singles, far too many to list here, Lilliput, the boxed Mortal Coil, Colourbox, Pixies and DCDs - these are far more worthy of representing 4AD's high achievement in both sound and packaging.
medfly70

medfly70

December 8, 2017
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
I remember holding one in my hands when it came out. If I only knew then.
brian.shanks.54

brian.shanks.54

February 20, 2015
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
Great compilation, well worth buying.
isaRRecords

isaRRecords

August 2, 2014
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
Before, I always wanted to know what kind of a mythical wooden box. And now I can see what kind of an ugly thing. I would neither have taken this monster instead of DCD, lol.