// The Dukes of Stratosphear
XTC were a band well known for expanding into new areas and
making sonic leaps, so in the mid 80's when the fancy came over
them to make some records that sounded like they they had come
from 1967, they simply did just that. The added fun element
being that they would release them under the pseudonym, THE
DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR. XTC were going to party.
From the age of 13 frontman Andy Partridge had wanted to make
psychedelic records just like the one he was hearing on the
radio, and even after a gap of 18 years that desire still burned
bright. Finding themselves with a few weeks on their hands and
the services of legendary producer John Leckie, they set about
the colourful task of working on a big thankyou to all the bands
who made their school years sound so vibrant.
Under their 'nom-de-psyches' of Sir John Johns, Lord Cornelius
Plum, Red Curtain and E.I.E.I.Owen they managed to summon up the
spirits of Syds Pink Floyd, the Beatles, the Hollies, Move,
Byrds, Prunes and a score of other 67 psyche artists SO CLOSELY
that several reviewers have suggested that they bettered the
originals! If your idea of a good sonic Xerox starts and ends
with the Rutles, you'll need to think again. The Dukes are the
most fun your ears can have.
(from Ape House)