18. THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR - 'You're A Good Man Albert Brown' / 'Vanishing Girl' (Virgin Records VS 982) 1987

Everyone and their dog must know by now that The Dukes Of Stratosphear were XTC in disguise. Although at the time I didn't realise this but soon sussed out the details when I bought their first LP. Alias names were also used and so were songwriting credits etc.

Anyway, the top side 'You're A Good Man Albert Brown' is one of those late 60s English psych cockney knees-up type charmers. Only I ain't charmed in any way, just not my scene. Don't know why this song was chosen as a single when they had much better ones to pick from?

This 45 is in the list because of the rather brilliant flip 'Vanishing Girl'. It recalls mid 60s Hollies pop magic with a stunning melody.