Dukes Of Stratosphear - Chips From Chocolate Fireball CD only £5.00 + Free Delivery @ Play
Dukes Of Stratosphear - Chips From Chocolate Fireball CD only £5.00 + Free Delivery @ Play

Dukes Of Stratosphear - Chips From Chocolate Fireball CD only £5.00 + Free Delivery @ Play

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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
Vanishing Girl
Have You Seen Jackie
Little Lighthouse
You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
You're My Drug
Shiny Cage
Brainiac's Daughter
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.


Blimey did not realise this was still available. My Love Explodes and Bike Ride To The Moon always put a smile on my face.

This is a great album.

Mate of mine intrioduced it to me a few years back after I said I loved XTC.

Any XTC related music is a hot deal at any price.

Might be worth noting that the rights to The Dukes of Stratosphear catalogue are now in the hands of XTC themselves and are currently working on new super versions of both 25 O'clock and Psonic Psunspot with new tracks, demos (including some that didn't make it onto Fuzzy Warbles), videos and copious sleeve notes with previously unseen photographs. These are in production now and will be available around February/March next year... not that long to wait and they are going to be a LOT better than Virgin's half-hearted "Chips..." CD. They won't be that expensive either ;-)

You'll be able to find out more at Andy Partridge's own record label, ]Ape House
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