Various ‎– Lonely Is An Eyesore

4AD ‎– CAD 703
Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Colourbox Hot Doggie
Engineer – John Gibbons (7)Guitar – Chris PyePerformer – Lorita Grahame, Martyn Young, Steve Young*Producer – Martyn YoungWritten-By – S. & M. Young
A2 This Mortal Coil Acid, Bitter And Sad
Engineer – John FryerGuitar – Chris PyeProducer, Performer [All Music] – Ivo*, John FryerVoice – Alison LimerickWritten-By – T.M.C.*
A3 The Wolfgang Press Cut The Tree
Engineer – John FryerPerformer – Andrew Gray, Mark Cox, Mick Allen*Producer – John Fryer, The Wolfgang PressWritten-By – Gray*, Cox*, Allen*
A4 Throwing Muses Fish
Engineer – John FryerPerformer – David Narcizo, Kristin Hersh, Leslie Langston, Tanya DonellyProducer – Gil NortonWritten-By – K. Hersh*
A5 Dead Can Dance Frontier
Engineer – Ron StecherMixed By – Jonathan DeePerformer – Brendan Perry, Lisa GerrardProducer, Written-By – B. Perry*, L. Gerrard*
B1 Cocteau Twins Crushed
Performer – Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon RaymondeProducer, Written-By – Cocteau Twins
B2 Dif Juz No Motion
Engineer – John FryerPerformer – Alan Curtis, Dave Curtis, Gary Bromley, Richard Thomas (2)Producer – Dif Juz, Robin GuthrieWritten-By – Dif Juz
B3 Clan Of Xymox Muscoviet Mosquito
Engineer – Keith MitchellMixed By – John FryerPerformer – A. Wolbert*, P. Nooten*, R. Moorings*Producer – Clan Of Xymox, John FryerWritten-By – Clan Of Xymox
B4 Dead Can Dance The Protagonist
Engineer – John A. RiversPerformer, Written-By – B. Perry*Producer – B. Perry*, John A. Rivers

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This is the regular version of the album. All tracks written or recorded specifically for this "Lonely Is An Eyesore" compilation and its accompanying video, except Dead Can Dance's "Frontier", which is the original 4 track recording.

Pressed at MPO Averton

Includes printed inner sleeve.

A1: Recorded at Gooseberry. Published by Blue Mountain Music/M'n'S Music.
A2: Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London. Published by Momentum Music Ltd.
A3: Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London: November 1985. Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd./Momentum Music Ltd.
A4: Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London. Published by Throwing Music.
A5: Recorded on 4 track in Belgrave, Melbourne 1979. Mixed at Blackwing, London November 1986. Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd./Momentum Music Ltd.
B2: Recorded at Blackwing. Published by Momentum Music Ltd.
B3: Recorded at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh. Mixed at Blackwing Studios, London. Published by Momentum Music Ltd.
B4: Recorded and mixed at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa. Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd./Momentum Music Ltd.

Made in France
℗ & ©1987 4·A·D

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAD D 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, Ltd) 4AD CAD D 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
YX7432 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD YX7432 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
50535 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD 50535 France 1987 Sell This Version
DGC-214 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Album, Comp) DG Discos DGC-214 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
TC-VG 50342 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD TC-VG 50342 Greece 1987 Sell This Version


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August 21, 2020
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.


January 5, 2020
Retro called pub in Sao Paulo, every Sunday night circa 1988/89. Impossible not to think about this album. Greeat memories


February 20, 2015
Great compilation, well worth buying.


November 9, 2005
edited over 15 years ago

This compilation represents the importance of 4AD to the development of new music in he 1980s.

Until the raft of special edition CD's, re-releases, DVDs, etc. of the late 90's this comp. was _hard_ to find, the tracks themselves even harder to find: "Crushed" was an exclusive track, and "Moscovite Musquito" extremely limited. Some of the tracks aren't favorites, but they range from good to pure classics.

"Eyesore" moved my little 13-year old soul toward moodier progressive/alternative sounds- and I'm sure I was not alone in that. Thank God for 4AD, and for that matter, the Smiths, the Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, the Cocteaus et al....adolescence wouldn't have been the same without them!