View Full Version : The Dukes of Stratosphear are back

30-03-09, 03:01 AM
Virgin has seen fit to sell back to Andy Partridge (the first time any XTC song or project has ever been released) The psychedelic side project The Dukes of Stratosphear... which means both their LPs Psionic Psunspot and 25 O'Clock are to be reissued on Andy's APE label... I think these came out as blessed relief at a difficult point in XTC's career (Skylarking).

There is also a vinyl issue of each to be released later on in the year. I might hold out for that.


These are going to be reissued as hardback books style CDs with extensive liner notes and you can preorder both direct from the label...


Thes are a great pair of EP/LPs. Its sort of hommage to british psychedelia, but both are a lot of fun. I played a few of these to some bemused Norwegians last week. Its effective with a gallon of cheap vodka.

30-03-09, 04:15 AM
Good news! I have a copy of Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, which I think was a compilation.

30-03-09, 04:26 AM
Definitely recommended. Homage maybe, but more often than not better than the objects of that homage. We need a third DOS album-pref double! quickly followed by the tour (couple of nights in Oxford please).

30-03-09, 06:53 AM
Yes a tour would be awesome... Colin Moulding would be the hardest to entice out of his garden shed though....

30-03-09, 01:57 PM
you knew this song is about Britney Spears?


She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge eyes
And streams of diamonds shoot out
'Til we're wading waist deep
In her brilliant love

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her red mouth
And gold word ribbons rope and rodeo
The dark clouds in bouquet above {http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/9500/1010444.jpghttp://img207.imageshack.us/img207/6194/1010943.jpg

For how long will this dark age last?
For how long must we wait to learn?
Across the black and fossil ocean vast
I spy love and she doth brightly burn
Love sure lives in the right house

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge mind and
Thoughts descending SPEARS* of crystal
Build a Jacob's ladder up to love

She's a little lighthouse
When she opens up her red dress
Show skin of rubber marble
Lit by knowledge and the fireflies above

And can others see this splendid beam?
Or do they navigate in dark?
If you ever want to dock your dream
Well you'll need love
To guide your fragile ark

Love sure keeps a bright house
She's a little lighthouse

* The Same ...

And ...

Britney's Real Husband,

is 'Major Tom'!

whom she keeps neatly hidden away.