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|Where did the name 4AD come from?|
Who is Ivo?
How does Ivo pronounce his name?
What is the hidden meaning of 4AD's catalogue numbers?
What about the mysterious code 3oo 5oo that appears on some CD releases?
Is there a complete 4AD discography?
What is Eyesore?
What is detox?
What is the Guernica label?
|Where did the name 4AD come from?|
As far as we know, it's a contraction of "Forward": Forward ->
4wArD -> 4AD. Ivo originally named the label Axis but
someone else already held the trademark so he had to change it in
An alternative explaination is given by Tym Rourke: "I've heard a different story on where the name came from. I was told it was a play on words. The label was created to act as a one-off label for Beggar's Banquet, much like Guernica for 4AD (Bauhaus was the only band to follow this route). So bands were originally going to be on the label for only one release...For A Day...4AD...".
It seems likely that the former explanation is correct as the new 4AD mail order catalogue (circa December 1998) has the following text in the introduction on page 1:
"1980 FORWARD. 1980 FWD. 1984 AD. 4AD"
|Who is Ivo?|
Ivo Watts-Russell is the man behind 4AD: the creator of the label,
the president, the guy who decides what bands to sign based on how cool he
thinks they are. He has also produced a few records (such as the Cocteau
Twins' Garlands) and is the driving force of This
Mortal Coil (he selects the songs, writes some of them, selects
the musicians and singers, plays some keyboards, and produces.)
|How does Ivo pronounce his name?|
"Eye-vo", not "Ee-vo". This FAQ retracts
its earlier statements to the contrary, at the insistence of the
omniscient Brant Nelson. What Liz Fraser is singing in the song
Ivo (on Treasure) is actually
"Peep-Bo", which was the original title of the song.
|What is the hidden meaning of 4AD's catalogue numbers?|
Warning! This question and answer is only for the
seriously deranged amongst us. The alphabetic part indicates the
The letters CD appended indicate a compact disc, and CS indicates a cassette. An appended D indicates a double or special limited release.
The numbers indicate the year and release sequence. In a three-digit number (used through 1989), the first digit is the last digit of the year; in a four-digit number (used since 1990), the first two digits are the number of years since 1990. The last two digits are always the ordinal number of that release in that year (1 means the first 4AD release of that year, 12 means the twelfth.)
There are a few exceptions. The 13 Year Itch CD is numbered "(shuffle)". Other funny numbers belong to non-musical releases; see above. Promo releases are numbered oddly - the alphabetic part is usually an abbreviation of the band's name, and the numbers are sequential across promos by that band. There may be a CD suffix indicating a CD release, but not all CD promos have it. Thus, TMC 1 CD is the first This Mortal Coil promo CD, PIX 3 is the third Pixies promo.
There is also the grey area of freebies. HNIA 1 was given out at record stores (7''), KH1 given out with initial copies of Red Heaven (CD), KH2 was given away by postal application, etc etc. There's far too many promos for compiling a complete discography, although some hardy (people) attempt it; ask on the mailing list if you're interested.
|The Perfect Antidote catalogue|
The Perfect Antidote flyer
|What about the mysterious code 3oo 5oo that appears
on some CD releases?|
That indicates the RPM - CDs are played at a constant linear velocity,
which means the angular velocity goes from about 500 RPM at the start
(inside edge) down to about 300 RPM at the end (outside). It's a joke,
|Is there a complete 4AD discography?|
There was one on the Lonely Is an Eyesore
compilation, accurate as of mid-1987. Various more up to date ones
have been printed in Melody Maker, Spiral Scratch, and
Dewdrops. For the most up to date information, check page
2 or 3 of Dewdrops or consult....
|What is Eyesore?|
an online database of 4AD discographic information (right on down
to track listings and personnel) maintained by 4AD-L list member
Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen.
You can also query it via e-mail, and the source code is available
for Unix systems. Contact Lars for more information.
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|What is detox?|
Detox Artifacts was a record label run by at least
one member of staff at 4AD UK, and had a number of releases
between 1996 and 1997. Most notable was the release Signs of
Life by Aeroplane which had Heidi Berry on vocals. Some of
the sleeves were designed by v23. More information in the archive.
A limited discography:
|What is the Guernica label?|
Guernica was an 4AD-offshoot that releases one-shots by bands not
otherwise signed to 4AD: e.g. Bettie Serveert, Underground
Lovers. Unrest's Imperial FFRR was released on Guernica
but their later releases were on 4AD. Guernica have not released
anything in several years, and are thought to be dysfunctional
now. (Tidbit: All of the vinyl Guernica releases included a 7''
with additional tracks along with the LP.) |
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