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The Dukes Of The Stratosphear

The Dukes Of The Stratosphear

The Dukes Of The Stratosphear


Side project of the band XTC in the 80's. When I bought the 25 O'Clock LP, there was a sticker on the wrapper that said "this record is purely eXTaCy" so I guessed it was, and found out for sure on the internet years later. They put out 2 albums under this name, Psonic Psunspot being the other. They were later released together on CD under the title The Dukes Of Stratosphear / Chips From The Chocolate Fireball (An Anthology). XTC created the Dukes of Stratosphear almost on a lark Read more on Last.fm
Side project of the band XTC in the 80's. When I bought the 25 O'Clock LP, there was a sticker on the wrapper that said "this record is purely eXTaCy" so I guessed it was, and found out for sure on the internet years later. They put out 2 albums under this name, Psonic Psunspot being the other. They were later released together on CD under the title The Dukes Of Stratosphear / Chips From The Chocolate Fireball (An Anthology). XTC created the Dukes of Stratosphear almost on a lark, as an excuse to play the kind of music they grew up listening to and playing.

The invention of the pseudonym gave them the opportunity to wear on their sleeves the influences they had only hinted at as XTC. The Dukes released two records between 1985 and 1987 and they are both compiled in their entirety on Chips from the Chocolate Fireball. Listening to Chips is like sifting through a '60s psychedelia bin at a good used record store. The only thing missing are the pops and crackles as you drop the needle onto the neglected vinyl.

The best of the era is re-created here with reverence and an amazing attention to detail: Syd Barrett's childlike lyrics, the Blue Cheer fuzz-guitar frenzy, dissonant Sgt. Pepper strings and horns, and good old Brian Wilson-style indulgences. The record opens with "25 O'Clock," which instantly recalls the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." From there the references become more obscure: the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" is invoked by the bombastic guitar sludge of Sir John Johns (Andy Partridge) and Lord Cornelius Plum (Dave Gregory) on "My Love Explodes," while "Bike Ride to the Moon" is demented enough to have appeared on Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Other high points include the Hollies-inspired "Vanishing Girl" and the Beatles-style piano stomp "You're a Good Man Albert Brown." The record closes with the priceless "Pale and Precious." With its dead-on Wilson brothers harmonies and faux theremin, the song plays like an undiscovered gem from the Beach Boys' Smile sessions. --Paul Ducey Review "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. 25 o' clock focuses mainly on cult underground psychedelia for the main crux of its songs but the odd reference to bigger bands like the Beatles and The Move keep cropping up too.

The opening title track is actually my least favourite Dukes song of all. It is a rewrite of the Electric Prunes "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night", a track which was a big hit in the US but did very little in the UK. The problem I have with the song is that, unlike the majority of the Dukes work, it relies too heavily on a specific track. It is a rewrite rather than a series of affectionate nods and the Dukes song suffers in comparison to the Electric Prunes classic.

Still, its not a bad track and provides a rocking start to the EP. "The Syd Barrett homage "Bike Ride to the Moon" is gloriously daft and impossibly catchy. Andy Partridge affects an endearing Cambridge accent and his childlike lyrics tap into the drug-fuelled lunacy of Barrett that made the early Pink Floyd such a different beast from its later incarnation. When I first heard "Bike Ride to the Moon" I thought it was to silly for words but not only did I appreciate the skillful recreation of Syd's style more on subsequent listens but the song grew on me massively too. A short, upbeat slice of childish psychedelia which is enormous fun. "My Love Explodes" is a jaunty, fast paced rave-up with a slight Eastern flavour.

Apparantly this style was very fashionable around the mid-60s and the song has been compared to the Yardbirds. To me the style is fairly unfamiliar but it does not sound a million miles away from the other psychedlic reference points on the album with its simplistic lyrics, cheery vocal, various background noises and driving pace. That I enjoy the song so much without being familiar with the style it is mimicing backs up my earlier point that the Dukes were not merely peddling a set of impressions like the Rutles. A great deal of effort has clearly gone into these songs. Colin Moulding's one contribution to the EP may well be my favourite track.

"What in the World??" is another heavily psychedelic track which the band have compared to Manfred Mann and the Beatles. I don't see the Manfred Mann influence at all but the spirit of George Harrison's brilliant "Only a Northern Song" is clearly present in the wild twiddles and squeaks that blast across the music. Not only has Moulding created the most musically compelling track on the EP but his lyrics are also the best of the bunch. "2034: Women fight the wars, Men are too bored, they're scrubbing floors, Men are too bored, They're staying at home doing the chores, What in the world".

This tongue in cheek vision of the future is as witty as the Harrison track it borrows from. "Your Gold Dress" adds yet more woozy psychedelia to the mix but throws in an utterly lovely upbeat chorus to offset its ominous verses. The song also features a tinkling sitar which again conjures up the presence of George Harrison, adding an indian flavour to the track which plays off the guitar riff (which Andy Partridge described as "the stupidest riff in the history of riffs" but adds that it was "spot on" for what the band were trying to do) beautifully and allowing the song to shift cleanly through its schizophrenic, stop-start pattern. As an example of just how deep the references the Dukes drop into their songs go, the piano playing on this song is apparantly a tribute to Nicky Hopkin's piano playing on the Stone's Their Stanic Majesty's Request, one of Andy Partridge's favourite albums. "Your Gold Dress", then, is dense with allusions and the perfect example of how much is thrown into many Duke's songs. The final track, which was also released as a single in its own right, is a homage to "I Am the Walrus".

"The Mole from the Ministry" opens with a bizarre, bubbly vocal but when it hits its first chorus it is quite clearly a Beatles tribute. Although "I Am the Walrus" is a clear reference point there are many other Beatles tracks being added to the sound of the song as well. I can hear little snippets reminiscent of "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Fool on the Hill" and "A Day in the Life" to name but a few. This odd, sprawling epic is a fine end to the EP.

I mean, what better way to end a collection of songs based on the 60s sound than with a fitting tribute to the most influential band of the era and of all time. 25 o' clock is an rousing, intelligent, dense, funny, nostalgic and above all enjoyable journey through just a few of the sounds of the 60s that we all love. Only the title track is less than brilliant. That is one of the reasons I have docked the EP half a star. The other reason is that compared with the Dukes of Stratosphear's next release Psonic Psunspot, _25 o' clock sounds like a mere introduction.

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