XTC Reel by Real: The Dukes of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock
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25 O'Clock

(1985)

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25 O'Clock

Andy: “The Dukes were the band we all wanted to be in when we were at school. Purple, giggling, fuzztone, liquid and arriving. If you want to know where those cheap charlatans ‘The Beatles’, ‘Pink Floyd’, ‘The Byrds’, ‘The Hollies’ and ‘The Beach Boys’ stole their ideas from, well just listen to this and weep.”

Lyrics, Charts and More

  1. 25 O'Clock (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  2. Bike Ride to the Moon (lyrics) (chords)
  3. My Love Explodes (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  4. What in the World??... (lyrics) (chords)
  5. Your Gold Dress (lyrics) (chords)
  6. The Mole From the Ministry (pics) (lyrics) (chords)

2009 APE House reissues also include bonus tracks:

  1. 25 O'Clock (demo) (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  2. Bike Ride to the Moon (demo) (lyrics) (chords)
  3. My Love Explodes (demo) (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  4. What in the World??... (demo) (lyrics) (chords)
  5. Nicely, Nicely Jane (demo) (lyrics)
  6. Susan Revolving (demo) (lyrics)
  7. Black Jewelled Serpent Of Sound (Radio Caroline Edit) (lyrics)
  8. Open A Can (Of Human Beans) (lyrics) (chords)
  9. Tin Toy Clockwork Train (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  10. The Mole From the Ministry (video) (pics) (lyrics) (chords)

Recording Information

Captured gently at Chapel Lane Studios, Hereford, England, during two weeks in December, 1984.
Produced with love by John Leckie, Swami Anand Nagara, and ‘The Dukes’.
Originally released on 1 April 1985 as a mini-LP in the U.K.
Sir John Johns - singing, guitar, brain buds.
The Red Curtain - electric bass, song stuff.
Lord Cornelius Plum - mellotron, piano, organ, fuzz-tone guitar.
E.I.E.I. Owen - drum set.

Sir John Johns - Andy Partridge - Name taken from a '67 DC comic about a green Martian detective. Red Curtain - Colin Moulding - Name refers to the previous length of his hair which was like a curtain. Lord Cornelius Plum - Dave Gregory - Was going to call himself ‘US of Arthur’ but a 60's group had already done it. E.I.E.I. Owen - Ian Gregory - Dave's brother - the non-XTC member.

Singles

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Mole From The Ministry

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You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)

 

Art

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The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock front cover

UK #\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# cassette

UK 25 O'Clock cassette

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label from Side 2 of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock LP

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Virgin UK cassette of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock

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back cover of Virgin UK cassette of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock

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Korean copy of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock

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A-side label from European 25 O'Clock LP

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B-side label from European 25 O'Clock LP

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A-side label from Italian 25 O'Clock LP

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B-side label from Italian 25 O'Clock LP

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front of insert from Korean LP of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock

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back of insert from Korean LP of The Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock

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A-side label from Korean 25 O'Clock LP

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B-side label from Korean 25 O'Clock LP

New Zealandish #\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# cassette

New Zealandish 25 O'Clock cassette

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disclaimer from the UK 25 O'Clock

The Dukes' logo from #\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# (monochrome)

The Dukes' logo from 25 O'Clock (monochrome)

The Dukes' logo from #\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# (grays)

The Dukes' logo from 25 O'Clock (grays)

#\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# reissue promotional cover

25 O'Clock reissue promotional cover

The Dukes of Stratosphear promo photo

The Dukes of Stratosphear promo photo

The Dukes of Stratosphear promotional photograph circa 1987

The Dukes of Stratosphear promotional photograph circa 1987

masquerading as psychedelic minstrels The Dukes Of Stratosphear, #\#i#/#Q#\#/i#/#, April 1989

masquerading as psychedelic minstrels The Dukes Of Stratosphear, Q, April 1989

The Dukes of Stratosphear

The Dukes of Stratosphear

The Dukes of Stratosphear

The Dukes of Stratosphear

promotional poster for The Dukes Of Stratosphear

promotional poster for The Dukes Of Stratosphear

Dukes Of Stratosphear (XTC) #\#i#/#25 O'Clock#\#/i#/# 1985 Poster Type Advert Promo Ad Set

Dukes Of Stratosphear (XTC) 25 O'Clock 1985 Poster Type Advert Promo Ad Set

promotional Dukes Of Stratosphear hippie bag (detail)

promotional Dukes Of Stratosphear hippie bag (detail)

Dukes Of Stratosphear promotional hippy bag

Dukes Of Stratosphear promotional hippy bag

Dukes Of Stratosphear promotional hippy bag

Dukes Of Stratosphear promotional hippy bag

A huge Dukes of Stratosphear Sweatshirt

A huge Dukes of Stratosphear Sweatshirt

A Dukes of Stratosphear T-shirt

A Dukes of Stratosphear T-shirt

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a fully autographed copy of The Dukes Of Stratosphear 25 O'Clock

extremely rare out-take from the animated film treatment of ‘25 O'Clock’.  Here's "Red" and "John".

extremely rare out-take from the animated film treatment of ‘25 O'Clock’. Here's "Red" and "John".

"Tick and Tock", the mad "Minute Men" from Steve Somerset's animated film treatment for ‘25 O'Clock’

"Tick and Tock", the mad "Minute Men" from Steve Somerset's animated film treatment for ‘25 O'Clock’

 

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