I made a shameless plug a month ago for my second book, this one about the funnest band ever- Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – and all the good times they and their alumni have provided me over the past 50 plus years. It was too slim a volume for Mr. Bezos to make me a paperback on Amazon, so it’s only been available as a Kindle. I decided to ask Staples to make me up some hard copies. One defect of an actual book is you can’t access the links, and this book is full of them, mainly to music but some to key articles and 2 to full movies and one to a whole radio show. My solution is to post all the links here, then include the URL for this post in the book face page.

As a refresher, here’s the cover

And here’s the links. Lotta great music there. If you start clicking, be careful not to have Too Much Fun!

Lost in the Ozone … Again. Links

Here are the links in the book you can access now only by writing them down and pasting them in.  So much easier with a Kindle, but you can’t hold it in your hand.

“Lost in the ozone”

Stuff about “Commando Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen” (the Sci Fi series)

George Frayne’s art, music & life Amazon entry

One of GFs movie clip annotated CC&LPA tunes (“House of Blue Lights”)

Kirchen’s ”Milk Cow Blues”

“the Missing Moonlighters” Amazon entry

Kirchen’s ”Hot Rod Lincoln”

Kirchen’s “Poultry in Motion”

A nice article in the Austin Chronicle about Kirchen “The Titan of the Telecaster”

Kirchen and the late Dan Hicks “A Word to the Wise” (“Shut up, that’s a word to the wise!”).

Guitar instructional videos available on Kirchen’s web site   

Dr.John Tichy’s Rensselaer bio

John Tichy with the Lustre Kings, a band led by his sons

Another nice article about Dr.John T

“Exactly like you”. Andy with some AA jazz stalwarts.


Andy Stein’sweb site.  Check out the list of collaborations.

Excerpts from Billy C.Farlow’s book

Billy C’s web site e

Bobby “Blue”Black’s web site

8 minutes of wonderfulness from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor 12/10/71

Amazon entry for “Live from from deep in the heart of Texas”, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 best albums of all time

SF Gate rates CC&LPA #68 of100 best Bay Area acts

The Commander on David Letterman

Amazon entry for “Let’s Rock”, the Commander’s best post breakup effort, with Kirchen helping out

“One more ride”, a Blackie Farrell song off “Let’s Rock’.  Maybe my favorite Kirchen song

“Two Triple Cheese Side Order of Fries” video.  Just crazy.  In the Museum of Modern Art,

Krazy Jim’s Blimpyburge.The Ann Arbor greasy spoon that inspired “Two Triple Cheese”

“Too much fun”.  I ain’t ever had too much, either 

“Semi Truck”.Some of CC&LPA’s truck drivin’music.  “I took 3 bennies, and my semi-truck won’t start” (

“Beat me daddy, eight to the bar”.  Some hard drivin’ Commander boogie-woogie.

“Down to seeds and stems again blues”.  Saddest song ever.

“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!”.  A CC&LPA PSA.

Billboard end of year hot 100 singles of 1972.  “Hot right Lincoln”right in there at #69

“Hot Rod Lincoln” Live at the John Sinclair Benefit 12/10/71

“Lost in the Ozone” Amazon entry

“Smoke! Smoke!  Smoke!” (again)

Entire live radio show of CC&LPA, March ’75

“Everybody’s doin’it” from the soundtrack of “Hollywood Boulevard”

“Hollywood Boulevard”.  The entire movie on YouTube or Amazon Prime

The “Bear” (Oswalt Stanley)’s foundation. The Dead’s sound man recorded everything

Including CC&LPA, who were one of the Dead’s favorite opening acts

Some kids from Winnepeg call themselves the “Lost Planet Airmen” and have a Facebook page

CC&LPA in Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame, inducted 2011

“Hot Rod Lincoln” inducted into the Hall as a “Legendary Michigan Song”, 2008

The LPA (sans Commander) had a gig in ’19 in Winters California.  A more extensive tour was interrupted by COVID

Kirchen has gathered 5 of the living LPA for a gig in Novato California this fall.  More to come?

Novato is near where Bill and Louise got married, in “The Valley of the Moon”.

Neil Young’s “Long may you run”.  My wish for CC&LPA, in whatever form they take.

“The times they are a changin’”.  Can Kirchen do Dylan!!

Amazon entry for Geoffrey Stoke’Starmaking Machinery, an in depth look at CC&LPA’s almost success

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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