120 Minutes Rewind, Video — October 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

‘120 Minutes’ Rewind: Kevin Seal on 4AD compilation ‘Lonely Is An Eyesore’ — 1987

For this week’s “120 Minutes” Rewind, we spotlight another “120 X-Ray” segment, this time a 1987 clip featuring host Kevin Seal discussing the 4AD label’s compilation album Lonely Is An Eyesore, which featured tracks from Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, Clan of Xymox, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil and more.

Seal calls it “a concept compilation album without a concept — and if that doesn’t sound right, then maybe you’re judging it with an outmoded musical morality.” Or something.








  1. I remember this episode; it got me hooked on 4ad. They played most of the videos from the comp, and at least a few of the clips–Xymox, Wolfgang Press, Throwing Muses, Cocteau Twins–crept into the regular 120 rotation. Man, the days when MTV could introduce someone to exciting new music…

  2. And FWIW, I’ll bet twenty bucks Seal was supposed to say ‘modality’ rather than ‘morality’.

  3. I lost my virginity to that album.

  4. I still have one of the boxed sets of this… one of my most treasured possessions.

  5. This album made a huge impact on me when it was released. A dark album that matched my outlook on life. Bliss!

  6. Sure was cool back when records like this were being made and released. I’d be hard pressed to think of anything this cool lately.

  7. This is one of my favorite compilations!!!

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