Reviews: The Dukes of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock
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Friday, September 20, 2002

25 o'clock - The Dukes of Stratosphear
Recorded on authentic equipment, using period instruments and effects, this album distils every single drop of 1960's musical psychedelia into a perfect 6 track mini-album. Xtc pay tribute to their boyhood heroes by becoming the group they dreamed of being when they were schoolboys. Not one duff moment.

Achim Färber
circa 2000

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - 25 O'Clock 1985
Andy Partridge ist der Kopf von XTC. Und wenn es ihm langweilig wurde mit
seiner genialen Band, dann machte er Soloalben, oder nahm mit den XTC Jungs
unter dem Pseudonym The Dukes Of Stratophear zwei Alben auf, wobei das
MiniAlbum 25 O'Clock'der Oberhammer ist! es klingt wie zu Hochzeiten der
Swingin'60's eingespielt, mit genialem Songwriting und mitstilsicherer Hand
eingespielt. Muss man haben !!!

Valley Mag


A funky name for a funky band. Title song is great and extremely catchy. The rest of the album sounds like XTC, Beatles, 3 o'clock, and Dream Syndicate thrown in a blender and set for Frappe. (Look at your blender buttons if you don't understand). Basically a real good album with entertaining tunes. Don't pay over $7 for it though. (Em T. Grave)

copyright 1985
[Thanks to]

Musician #81
July 1985
Rock Short Takes

THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR 25 O'Clock (Virgin Import)

According to the liner notes, "It's time to visit the planet smile," so excuse yourself from Paisley Park and prepare yourself for an intentionally funny psychedelic revival. The Dukes, who bear more-than-passing resemblance to XTC, know all the best jokes, from the light-hearted Beatle-isms of "What In The World?" to the Dark Side stereo tick-tock of the title cut. Yet there's enough affection for these affectations that these six songs remain listenable even as you laugh. A sure antidote to everyone else's flashbacks. - J. D. Considine

[Thanks to David Oh]

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