VariousLonely Is An Eyesore

Label:4AD – CAD 703
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Modern Classical, Goth Rock, Indie Rock, Ambient


A1ColourboxHot Doggie
EngineerJohn Gibbons (7)
GuitarChris Pye
ProducerMartyn Young
Written-ByS. & M. Young
A2This Mortal CoilAcid, Bitter And Sad
EngineerJohn Fryer
GuitarChris Pye
Producer, Performer [All Music]Ivo*, John Fryer
VoiceAlison Limerick
A3The Wolfgang PressCut The Tree
EngineerJohn Fryer
Written-ByGray*, Cox*, Allen*
A4Throwing MusesFish
EngineerJohn Fryer
ProducerGil Norton
Written-ByK. Hersh*
A5Dead Can DanceFrontier
EngineerRon Stecher
Mixed ByJonathan Dee
Producer, Written-ByB. Perry*, L. Gerrard*
B1Cocteau TwinsCrushed
Producer, Written-ByCocteau Twins
B2Dif JuzNo Motion
EngineerJohn Fryer
ProducerDif Juz, Robin Guthrie
Written-ByDif Juz
B3Clan Of XymoxMuscoviet Mosquito
EngineerKeith Mitchell
Mixed ByJohn Fryer
PerformerA. Wolbert*, P. Nooten*, R. Moorings*
Written-ByClan Of Xymox
B4Dead Can DanceThe Protagonist
EngineerJohn A. Rivers
Performer, Written-ByB. Perry*
ProducerB. 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

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout groove hand-etched): CAD 703 A^ JA MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout groove hand-etched): CAD 703 B^ JA MPO

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Lonely Is An Eyesore (CD, Compilation)4ADCAD 703 CDUK1987
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Lonely Is An Eyesore (LP, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition)4ADCAD D 703UK1987
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Lonely Is An Eyesore (LP, Compilation)TonpressSX-T 145Poland1987
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  • shivsidecar's avatar
    Apart from the inner sleeve there should also be a square insert on light card listing all 4AD albums to date of release - in something like 2-point typeface!
    • Sonarquest's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      ... właśnie słucham wydania Tonpress SX-T 145. Chociaż płytę kupiłem 35 lat temu, słucha się jej przyjemnie przestrzennie, bez trzasków.
      • SgtPwepper's avatar
        Would be the perfect album if only 'Colourbox - Hot Doggie' and 'Dif Juz - No Motion' were left off.
        • PatronSaintofScratch's avatar
          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's avatar
            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.
            • OcaRecords's avatar
              Retro called pub in Sao Paulo, every Sunday night circa 1988/89. Impossible not to think about this album. Greeat memories
              • DreMwlano's avatar
                Edited 18 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!


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