Various – Lonely Is An Eyesore

Author: Colin | Published: 22/4/12

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Loneliness Is An Eyesore

Artist Various
Title Lonely Is An Eyesore
Label 4AD
Year 1987
Design Vaughan Oliver
Music 4AD
Notes There is an amazing, tremendously valuable wooden box limited edition of this 4AD compilation. This is not that one. Here is a picture of that version replete with foliage for you to feast your eyes upon:

Terribly overrated I’m sure you’ll agree. You’d laugh in the face of anyone offering you a copy wouldn’t you?

This version is rather lovely in itself with truly creative use of type typical of Mr Oliver. Look at that first ‘L’ in the title, what a lovely gestural sweep. Just that one letter against Saville’s minimalism from last week speaks volumes about the two designers. Chalk and cheese.

Where Saville, if he had ever been moved to devise or deploy such an ‘L’ in the first place, would have left it at that, Oliver goes on to add a variety of riches to play against it – the textures redolent of printing ink (which you can almost smell) and etching plates, the widely spaced artist/track listing (which in close up is a real delight), those colour bars inching in from the left and the bottom right corner (I’ve no idea what they’re there for, but they work) and that printed, not real, masking tape at the top. And that’s just the front cover!

Oh and in case you don’t read the news section. Hard Format is 5 years old!

Also Designer page for Vaughan Oliver


  1. Is this the standard LP edition? I have the special “boxed” LP edition (not the wood box). Or maybe all the UK LP versions were in the slipcase?

    (check out PTLens. http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/ It’s handy, simple utility for removing barrel/pincusion distortion from photos)

    Comment by Bruce — April 22, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
  2. i think my love of texture in design in general stems from this release, never seen a copy of the wooden box version in real life but love this vinyl edition.

    Comment by kevin foakes — April 23, 2012 @ 12:08 am
  3. There were 3 versions of this LP on vinyl.

    CAD 703: initial quantities of which included a three-way folding inner sleeve, while later copies had a regular inner sleeve with an insert. Sleeve by 23 Envelope, Nigel Grierson, Danger Video and Arthur Parker.

    CAD703D is a limited edition of 10000 with some extra artwork (the outer folding case).

    CAD703X is a deluxe wooden box, a limited edition of 100, containing all the different editions of Lonely Is An Eyesore (vinyle, cassette and CD)and some additional prints.
    About the box: 30 were released for sale (£200 each directly from 4AD), 70 were given away to the bands, distibutors of 4AD material and others. The prints were rather expensive, bringing the cost of production of the box up to £500. There are two prints, one 15×20 cm (etching) by Jinny McGarrity, where small details differ from box to box. The other is larger, 100x200cm (by Terry Dowling), printed on rice paper. The prints were wrapped in a sealed plastic-like paper.

    VAD703 is a video. All the songs are the same as the other formats, except that the version of «Fish» is different. During the end titles on the video, an instrumental version of «Oomingmak» by Cocteau twinsis played.

    This was (indirectly) taken from Eyesore.no, a fan site dedicated to 4AD from 1980 to about 2000.

    Comment by Conrad — April 30, 2012 @ 8:46 pm
  4. The posters were published separately. I recollect buying them in the UK at the time, in a large format fold-out card sleeve.

    Comment by Andrew — November 26, 2017 @ 11:55 am


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