I made a shameless plug a month ago for my second book https://wordpress.com/post/theviewfromharbal.com/1606, 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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heK8QjhWGag
Stuff about “Commando Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen” (the Sci Fi series) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commando_Cody:_Sky_Marshal_of_the_Universe. http://www.thesilverscream.com/index.php/reviews/1614-zorro-s-fighting-legion-1939
George Frayne’s art, music & life Amazon entry https://www.amazon.com/Music-Life-Commander-George-Frayne/dp/0984265007/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=george+frayne&qid=1612715941&sr=8-1.
One of GFs movie clip annotated CC&LPA tunes (“House of Blue Lights”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPW-MGnR5o
Kirchen’s ”Milk Cow Blues” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFZfhSBbd3o.
“the Missing Moonlighters” Amazon entry https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00110YOB4?ie=UTF8&tag=anytitlecommusic&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00110YOB4
Kirchen’s ”Hot Rod Lincoln” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsLdufJePz0.
Kirchen’s “Poultry in Motion” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRkQxIapx_A&t=87s
A nice article in the Austin Chronicle about Kirchen “The Titan of the Telecaster” https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2016-08-26/titan-of-the-telecaster-bill-kirchen/.
Kirchen and the late Dan Hicks “A Word to the Wise” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtmEIYdVbOA (“Shut up, that’s a word to the wise!”).
Guitar instructional videos available on Kirchen’s web site https://truefire.com/rockabilly-guitar-lessons/30-hot-rod-licks/c1007.
Dr.John Tichy’s Rensselaer bio https://faculty.rpi.edu/node/36055
John Tichy with the Lustre Kings, a band led by his sons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bAmCdWJzrk.
Another nice article about Dr.John T https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/engineering-rock-star.
“Exactly like you”. Andy with some AA jazz stalwarts.
Andy Stein’sweb site. Check out the list of collaborations. https://www.andysteinmusic.com/
Excerpts from Billy C.Farlow’s book https://www.billycfarlow.com/tellall/musicandmayhem.html
Billy C’s web site e https://www.billycfarlow.com/
Bobby “Blue”Black’s web site https://www.bobbyblacksteel.com/
8 minutes of wonderfulness from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor 12/10/71 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ21BHiSlJ4
Amazon entry for “Live from from deep in the heart of Texas”, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 best albums of all time https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Texas-Commander-Planet-Airmen/dp/B004QSRPUK/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=commander+cody+and+the+lost+planet+airmen&qid=1612718765&sr=8-9.
SF Gate rates CC&LPA #68 of100 best Bay Area acts https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/The-Top-100-Bay-Area-Bands-3307818.php
The Commander on David Letterman
Amazon entry for “Let’s Rock”, the Commander’s best post breakup effort, with Kirchen helping out https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Rock-Commander-Cody/dp/B000000N6P
“One more ride”, a Blackie Farrell song off “Let’s Rock’. Maybe my favorite Kirchen song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ymBu8FmoHo
“Two Triple Cheese Side Order of Fries” video. Just crazy. In the Museum of Modern Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Cvg5VCpT4,
Krazy Jim’s Blimpyburge.The Ann Arbor greasy spoon that inspired “Two Triple Cheese” https://www.blimpyburger.com/
“Too much fun”. I ain’t ever had too much, either https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEh3HBeZNHE).
“Semi Truck”.Some of CC&LPA’s truck drivin’music. “I took 3 bennies, and my semi-truck won’t start” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apFWBKSG11s
“Beat me daddy, eight to the bar”. Some hard drivin’ Commander boogie-woogie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGPlnBldKXc
“Down to seeds and stems again blues”. Saddest song ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a3Jui4Kc7k
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!”. A CC&LPA PSA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD3e-L2Tuis
Billboard end of year hot 100 singles of 1972. “Hot right Lincoln”right in there at #69 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Year-End_Hot_100_singles_of_1972
“Hot Rod Lincoln” Live at the John Sinclair Benefit 12/10/71 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2b0Xi84dYY&feature=emb_logo
“Lost in the Ozone” Amazon entry https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Ozone-Commander-Cody/dp/B000002PD3/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2CKUG5DAQZGN4&dchild=1&keywords=commander+cody+lost+in+the+ozone&qid=1612827206&sprefix=commander+cody+lost+in+the%2Caps%2C188&sr=8-1.
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!” (again) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eilcOqkTfOQ
Entire live radio show of CC&LPA, March ’75 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2b0Xi84dYY&feature=emb_logo.
“Everybody’s doin’it” from the soundtrack of “Hollywood Boulevard” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI73MfmDYSM
“Hollywood Boulevard”. The entire movie on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PydYehPxAo or Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.d4b21240-28fc-0711-e4fb-1b9c11b25dde?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvs_piv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvs_piv-20.
The “Bear” (Oswalt Stanley)’s foundation. The Dead’s sound man recorded everything https://owsleystanleyfoundation.org/.
Including CC&LPA, who were one of the Dead’s favorite opening actshttps://owsleystanleyfoundation.org/bears-sonic-journals/found-in-the-ozone-commander-cory/
Some kids from Winnepeg call themselves the “Lost Planet Airmen” and have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lostplanetairmen/
CC&LPA in Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame, inducted 2011 https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/mrrl-hall-of-fame/319-commander-cody-and-his-lost-planet-airmen.
“Hot Rod Lincoln” inducted into the Hall as a “Legendary Michigan Song”, 2008 https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/legendary-michigan-songs/29-25-hot-rod-lincoln
The LPA (sans Commander) had a gig in ’19 in Winters California. A more extensive tour was interrupted by COVID https://www.wintersexpress.com/entertainment/five-lost-planet-airmen-fly-again-at-the-palms-on-friday-june-28/
Kirchen has gathered 5 of the living LPA for a gig in Novato California this fall. More to come? https://www.seetickets.us/event/Bill-Kirchens-Lost-Planet-Airmen-Cookout-Concert-Series/409516.
Novato is near where Bill and Louise got married, in “The Valley of the Moon”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-N5U_7wCq0.
Neil Young’s “Long may you run”. My wish for CC&LPA, in whatever form they take. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYna-UAt75c
“The times they are a changin’”. Can Kirchen do Dylan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRPYDJVEPt4)!
Amazon entry for Geoffrey Stoke’Starmaking Machinery, an in depth look at CC&LPA’s almost success https://www.amazon.com/Star-Making-Machinery-Inside-Business-Rock/dp/0394724321/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=geoffrey+stokes&qid=1612822779&sr=8-2.