In the ’80s XTC recorded a couple of albums semi-anonymously as psychedelic ’60s pop outfit the Dukes of Stratosphear. The first collection was the 1985 EP, 25 O’Clock, which was followed by a 1987 full length Psonic Psunspot. (Later in 1987, the two were released as a bundle called Chips From The Chocolate Fireball.) I’m talking about all of this because Andy Partridge is now reissuing them on his own label, Ape House. To make it especially worth it, he’s included previously unreleased demos, new liner notes, videos for “Mole From The Ministry” and “You’re A Good Man Albert Brown,” etc. To get you acquainted — if you aren’t already — we have a song from each: 25 O’Clock’s “My Love Explodes” and Psonic’s “Brainiac’s Daughter.” You should be able to recognize Sir John Johns, aka Partridge, on vocals.

“The Mole From The Ministry”

“You’re A Good Man Albert Brown”

The 25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot reissues are out 4/6 via Ape House. Both are packaged in a hardback digibook that includes new artwork, archival photos, and new liners notes from the band.

Comments (11)
  1. Haakon  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2009 0

    MMMMMMm bonus tracks, Chips From The Chocolate Fireball (not factory) is freaking awsome!

  2. heard about this a couple months back and it totally fell off my radar.thank you much for the reminder!

  3. moi  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2009 0

    this is the perfect time of year to listen to XTC :-) Thanks!

  4. billharchuck  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2009 0

    crap! i FINALLY found a copy of 25 o’ clock on vinyl last week & picked it up for $15 only to find out these expanded reissues are coming out as LPs too. ahhhhh…

    …still, i’ll rebuy it. the dukes are incredible.

  5. Fire Brigade  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2009 0

    …if only every ancient band could give you a suprise like Apple Venus 1…

  6. brody  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2009 +1

    XTC>Animal Collective

  7. Cool. Nice to see XTC (aka The Coolest Band in the History of the Universe) getting a little attention. I can think of worse things to spend my money on than buying this music for the third time…

  8. agh!!!!

    Have you all gone crazy!? This “music” is HORRIBLE!
    Completely ridiculous. Could these “musicians” be any more full of themselves?

    The music is bad enough.. but the videos make me hate them even more.

  9. quwitter  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2009 0

    $15 for that is pretty good depending on condition. It’s been on my list for a while, and every time I ask the goons at Academy they look at me as if to say, “Whattie and the Who Fish?”

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