What XTC did at the weekends in the 80's whilst being the 60's......
The Dukes of Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC in the mid to late 1980s, concurrently with XTC's continued musical activities. The project was intended as a homage to 1960s pop and psychedelic music by groups such as The Beatles, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, The Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things.
The band released two records by this pseudonym, the EP 25 O'Clock (1985), and the full-length album Psonic Psunspot (1987). The two releases were compiled onto a single CD under the title Chips from the Chocolate Fireball: An Anthology
Track listing -
Twenty Five O'clock
Bike Ride To The Moon
My Love Explodes
What In The World
Your Gold Dress
Mole From The Ministry
Have You Seen Jackie
You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
You're My Drug
Pale And Precious
The pseudonymous personnel included:
Sir John Johns (Andy Partridge) - singing, guitar, brain buds
The Red Curtain (Colin Moulding) - electric bass, song stuff
Lord Cornelius Plum (Dave Gregory) - mellotron, piano, organ, fuzz-tone guitar
E.I.E.I. Owen (Ian Gregory) - drum set
Both 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot were produced by John Leckie.