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How I Got That Sound: John Leckie

Dukes Of Stratosphear ‘The Mole From The Ministry’ By Joe Matera
Published May 2024

How I Got That Sound

Famed English producer and engineer John Leckie started his career as a tape operator at Abbey Road Studios, working on albums by George Harrison and John Lennon before graduating to engineering, recording albums by Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney & Wings. He later added the title of producer to his name and went to work with artists such as Simple Minds, the Stone Roses and Radiohead to name but a few. One of his most influential works, though, is the mini‑album 25 O’Clock, a pastiche of ’60s psychedelia recorded by XTC under the pseudonym the Dukes Of Stratosphear. It gave John an opportunity to try out recording tricks he’d learned during the original psychedelic era.


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