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Friday, June 29, 2007

vanishing girl

"a brilliant psychedelic pop pastiche that lovingly combines morsels of early Pink Floyd, middle Beatles, Electric Prunes, Hollies, Kinks, and dozens of other, like-hearted bands..."--The Stranger



I'm a little embarrassed to admit that up until a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware of XTC's short-lived mid-'80s bizarro psychedelic alter-egos, The Dukes of Stratosphear. The Dukes were Andy Partridge and XTC's spot-on homage to the music they grew up listening to, and they've since been referred to as "the '80s equivalent to Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo."

My interest was initially piqued when White Denim frontman James Petralli mentioned that they were probably his single biggest influence, thus compelling me to check out their entire catalog, which consists of a grand total of 16 songs. Here are a couple of my favorite from the band's mind-blowingly great 1987 "anthology," Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, which sounds almost eerily like an authentic compilation of late-'60s garage-pop and psychedelia.

mp3:
The Dukes of Stratosphear Vanishing Girl
The Dukes of Stratosphear The Mole from the Ministry

Watch the video for "The Mole from the Ministry" here, then purchase Chips from the Chocolate Fireball here immediately.

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completely, utterly unrelated:

Weezy Jefferson presents Da Drought 4: I Am on Everything.

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18 comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see this up here... i happened to have worked at the mixing board for most of the tracks of the project. interesting time, lots of fun, to say the least.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Paul Bradshaw said...

I can just feel myself floating way back into the 60s. Great stuff.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Doje said...

Let's go get high.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Rinjo Njori said...

Andy Partridge never sounded so good. This CD is reccomended for anyone into XTC or late 60's pscyh rock.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Old Davy said...

The story was that the Dukes recorded these tracks in 1967, only to have them sit unreleased for years. Somehow, the Beatles heard them, and it was the inspiration for Sgt. Pepper's and the whole psychedelic movement. The anthology is, indeed, brilliant and one of XTC's finest albums.

Thanks for the video, I'd not seen that before. Too bad it doesn't include the "Strawberry Fields"-type ending. MOLE! MOLE! MOLE!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

strange, xtc has never really done anything for me, but i really enjoyed these two songs.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous cucumber said...

to me, this just sounds like xtc. which isn't bad, of course.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous bopenglish said...

dear anonymous first comment writer, you mixed this record?!
it is wonderful. if you see this
please email. whitedenimmusic@gmail.com

4:10 PM  
Blogger Lar said...

fuckin love this record. i only just got into xtc and my man put me onto this one...

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the anonymous commentor was John Leckie? He produced and engineered both the ep and the full-length, and it has probably done more for his latter-day career than anything else he's done!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous White Rabbit said...

It's awesome. The best is "25 O'Clock" EP, but "Psonic Psunspot" is very good. My favotite The Dukes of Stratosphear song is "Bike Ride To The Moon", followed of "Your Gold Dress" and "25 O'Clock".

I do not speak much English, I am Spanish... I hope is understood.

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