| 1 April 1985|
| December 1984|
1 April 1985
| Chapel Lane Studios, Hereford, England|
John Leckie, Swami Anand Nagara and The Dukes
Psychedelic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Avant-pop
XTC albums, Psychedelic rock albums
25 O'Clock is the debut album by English rock band the Dukes of Stratosphear, side project of XTC, released in 1985. Also counted as XTC's eighth studio album, the Dukes indulged in the stylistic tropes of 1960s psychedelia, particularly the British variety. It was followed up in 1987 with the LP Psonic Psunspot.
Released on April Fool's Day 1985, the mini-album was a tongue-in-cheek homage to the heyday of psychedelic rock. Several of the tracks were made to sound like individual bands (such as the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd sound of "Bike Ride to the Moon"). Others were simply a pastiche of the styles of the period as a whole. Though recorded on 1980s equipment, the recording and mixing style closely replicate production techniques used in the mid-to-late 1960s. The album is also notable for its cover art (designed by Partridge) which resembled the cover on the 1967 LP Disraeli Gears by Cream.
The band issued a single and made a promotional film for "The Mole from the Ministry". The film contains visual references to Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles and the promotional films for "Arnold Layne" and "The Scarecrow" by Pink Floyd.
The material on the 25 O'Clock mini-album (including the "hidden message" at the end of side two) was merged with the 1987 album Psonic Psunspot for release as Chips from the Chocolate Fireball: An Anthology on CD, simultaneous with Psonic Psunspot's vinyl release.
A remastered and expanded version of 25 O'Clock was released on 20 April 2009 by Andy Partridge's Ape House record label. This edition of 25 O'Clock is credited to "XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear"
All songs written and composed by Andy Partridge except "What in the World??...", by Colin Moulding.
Also includes the promotional video for "The Mole from the Ministry" as a QuickTime file.Sir John Johns (Andy Partridge) - vocals, guitar
The Red Curtain (Colin Moulding) - electric bass, other (song stuff)
Lord Cornelius Plum (Dave Gregory) - mellotron, piano, organ, guitar, fuzz-tone guitar
E.I.E.I. Owen (Ian Gregory) - drums
Produced by Swami Anand Nagara (John Leckie) and The Dukes
125 O'Clock5:0125 O'Clock Wikipedia
2Bike Ride to the Moon2:24
3My Love Explodes3:54