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XTC – as the Dukes of Stratosphear

25 o’Clock (2019 reissue)


200g lp

Released: 1st Nov 2019


The story – at least according to the press releases – is a familiar one.

XTC, as a non-touring band, between the recording/release of The Big Express and Skylarking, adopted the alter egos of The Dukes of Stratosphear and set about writing and recording 25 o’Clock,, partying like it was 1967 and stereo phasing had just been popularised. With a clutch of songs as tuneful as Sgt. Pepper’s, guitars cranked up like a Kinks Pye b-side, the collective knowledge of a bunch of psych’s keenest fanboys and the engineering skills of John Leckie… the resulting album sits somewhere in the pantheon of greatness between Evolution, Their Satanic Majesties Request and S.F.Sorrow…

25 o’Clock (2019 reissue)


  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