Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Dukes of Stratosphear - 25 O`Clock - 1985

hey all :

what can ya say on this one ? as most psych fans know , this is actually XTC incognito.
perfect neo-psych.
will do their second one as well soon.
all trax from wax ! -- enjoy , this one is great.

the dukes say its time
.. its time to visit the planet smile
.. its time the love bomb was dropped
...its time to eat music
...its time to kiss the sun
...its time to drown yourself in a soundgasm
...its time to dance throught he mirror
the dukes declare its 25 o`clock !

produced with love by john leckie , swami anand nagara and the dukes`
captured gently at chapel lane studios , hereford.

sleeve art - sir john johns
ink - the technicolor prophet of mars
trouble & type - the serif of knotting`em


"After the total commercial failure of their last two album Mummer and The Big Express, XTC decided to try their hand at something a little different. Assuming the name The Dukes of Stratosphear and various different pseudonyms for themselves (Andy Partridge became Sir John Johns, Colin Moulding morphed into The Red Curtain, Dave Gregory became Lord Cornelius Plum and temporary member Ian Gregory adopted the name E-I-E-I Owen), the band set out to create an EP of songs based on the music of the 60s which they had grown up listening to.

It sounds like a fairly simple concept but the music the Dukes produced was not merely comedic parody in the vein of the Rutles. Although the bands sense of humour is prominent throughout, the songs that resulted from the project are superb and created with a great deal of love, care and respect for the artists they are inspired by. It's a lot more expert than a simple "Let's pretend to be the Beatles" sort of thing. Right down to muffled samples, backward sounds, hidden whispers and specific chords, each song is crammed full of references to bands of that glorious decade.
[ more here ]
-- source/ -- [ madmanmunt ]

  • The Dukes of Stratosphear - 25 O`Clock [EP] - 1985 - Virgin Records - 320 kbps - 53 MB
  • includes high rez front/back cover scans !

  • 1 - 25 O'Clock
  • 2 - Bike Ride to the Moon
  • 3 - My Love Explodes
  • 4 - What In the World?
  • 5 - Your Gold Dress
  • 6 - The Mole From the Ministry

download @ -- here --


tilted2oneside said...

"I buried Plum"


Anonymous said...

Wooooooowwwwwwww!!!!!. Vynil psych sound. Thanksss!!!

master3d said...

I don't know if they were a one-hit wonder but they were THE BEST DARN PSYCHEDELIC BAND OF THE 80'S!!!

akashaman said...

ha , this is not part of my one hit wonder bands !
doh , but it is one of the best psych lp`s of the 80`s , i`ll give you that !


Kandeal said...


heckomat said...

If you are interested: one of the Musicians ist Giles Smith , who later beacme an author and wrote a book an himself and his growing up with music
Giles Smith - Lost in Music

it is very funny and reminds me of his friend Nick Hornby
have fun

Anonymous said...

I'm a big XTC fan and i never knew this existed!...thanks!!

akashaman said...

your in for a real treat then , lol.



BenT said...

i remember having this on vinyl back then,(and i have it on the CD "Chips from the Chocolate Fireball" now) and at the end of one side there was a lock groove that, when played backwards slowly, said something like "fuck you with your atom bomb". did you happen to capture that in the rip?

akashaman said...

hey ben :

ya , i believe that little piece is at the end of "the mole from the ministry" ~

good ear ~


Anonymous said...

I don't know what I think about the DOS music - it's almost done TOO good. :)

franco58 said...

thank you!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Τhank you!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Extractions from the Chocolate Fireball (left/center/right extractions)

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