Psonic Psunspot

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Psonic Psunspot
Studio album by XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear
Released August 1987
Recorded Sawmills Studios, Fowey, Cornwall, in June 1987
Genre Neo-psychedelia
Length 35:44
Label Virgin Records
Producer John Leckie and The Dukes
XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear chronology
Skylarking
(1986)
Psonic Psunspot
(1987)
Oranges & Lemons
(1989)
Singles from Psonic Psunspot
  1. "You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)/Vanishing Girl"
    Released: July 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork (8.4/10) [2]
Q 4/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau (B+) [4]

Psonic Psunspot is the tenth studio album by the English band XTC which was released under their pseudonym The Dukes of Stratosphear in 1987.

Like the previous album 25 O'Clock, this album is inspired by 1960s psychedelia. It showcases a variety of songs meant to evoke specific groups of that period (for instance, the Hollies on "Vanishing Girl", the Byrds on "You're My Drug", The Kinks on "You're a Good Man, Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)" and the Beach Boys on "Pale and Precious"). Some critics, such as Pitchfork Media in their review of Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, argue that the members of XTC, free from the pressures of writing "serious" songs, turn in tunes superior to those on official XTC albums of the period.

The Dukes released a single (and made a promotional video) for "You're A Good Man Albert Brown". A promotional-only single was also issued for "Vanishing Girl".

The album was only released in its original form on vinyl and cassette. A simultaneous CD release entitled Chips from the Chocolate Fireball incorporated all of the tracks from 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot with different packaging.

A remastered and expanded version of Psonic Psunspot was released on 20 April 2009 by Andy Partridge's Ape House record label. This edition of Psonic Psunspot is credited to "XTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear"

In 2002 the website Pitchfork listed the album at 66 on their "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s." [5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sir John Johns, except where noted.

UK LP: V 2440[edit]

UK LP: VP 2440 (Limited edition of 5000 copies in multi-coloured vinyl)[edit]

Side A ("In Side")
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Vanishing Girl"   The Red Curtain 2:45
2. "Have You Seen Jackie?"     3:21
3. "Little Lighthouse"     4:31
4. "You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)"     3:39
5. "Collideascope"     3:22
Side B ("Out Side")
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're My Drug"     3:20
2. "Shiny Cage"   Curtain 3:17
3. "Brainiac's Daughter"     4:04
4. "The Affiliated"   Curtain 2:31
5. "Pale and Precious"     4:54

CD: APECD024[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Vanishing Girl"   The Red Curtain 2:59
2. "Have You Seen Jackie?"     3:20
3. "Little Lighthouse"     4:30
4. "You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)"     3:37
5. "Collideascope"     3:22
6. "You're My Drug"     3:17
7. "Shiny Cage"   Curtain 3:16
8. "Brainiac's Daughter"     3:58
9. "The Affiliated"   Curtain 2:30
10. "Pale and Precious"     4:55
11. "No One at Home (Vanishing Girl Demo)"   Curtain 2:51
12. "Little Lighthouse (Demo)"     5:19
13. "Collideascope (Demo)"     3:05
14. "Shiny Cage (Demo)"   Curtain 3:13
15. "Brainiacs Daughter (Demo)"     1:49
16. "The Affiliated (Demo)"   Curtain 2:30

Also includes the promotional video for "You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)" as a QuickTime file.

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