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The Dukes of Stratosphear
25 O' Clock

'25 O' Clock' rock, around the clock... The debut album from the mysterious and elusive Dukes of Stratosphear (not actually that mysterious and elusive, just XTC having some fun) is a good argument for the value in knowing your musical history. The 80s were not the 60s but that doesn't mean you couldn't make great 60s music in the 80s. 

The Dukes of Stratosphear
Psonic Psunspot

The Dukes of Stratosphear were a 60s psychedelic pop group who released two albums. 'Psonic Psunspot', their second, was released in 1987... Wait a minute, something's not quite right. These Dukes were actually the side-project of art-punks XTC who managed to not only be convincing, but also very, very good. A whole lot of fun.
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The Dukes of Stratosphear
Psurroundabout Ride

The Dukes of Stratosphear were the alter ego of XTC in the mid '80s a time when psychedelic music was seemingly confined to the dustbin of history despite slowly emerging scenes in then UK and the US. The band adopted pseudonyms in order to make music more obviously in thrall to the 60s psychedelic experiences they'd had as youths and strangely enough the Dukes started to sell more records than its parent band. Indeed producer John Leckie was chosen by the Stone Roses after they'd heard his work on 25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot the two albums collected here. Both have been remastered and on the blu-ray you also get complete demos and instrumental versions.