In 1984 Gary Trainer wrote the Space Western inspired album Sundown on Venus. We bring you a second tune from that album, performed by The Atomic Swindlers. — ed. N.E. Lilly

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With the devil as his sidekick,
he sleeps on asteroids.
With a crystal ball for guidance,
and a spaceship for a horse.

He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
The deadly lone ranger of the Milky Way.

With a mask made of Black Mamba,
Vest of Gila Monster skin.
From his holster hangs hollow human bones,
and death wishes they intend.

He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
The deadly lone ranger of the Milky Way.

From the mesa tops of venus,
to the no-man’s land of space,
he gets justice done, flies into the sun
shouting, “Hi-O Silver away!”

He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
The deadly lone ranger of the Milky Way.

He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
He’s the masked, masked astronaut.
The deadly lone ranger of the Milky Way.

Who is that masked man?
Who is that masked man?
Ke-mo-sabe. Ya old coot!

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Gary Trainer Gary Trainer is currently a songwriter, producer, and bass player for The Atomic Swindlers. Trainer began as a main songwriter and founding member of New Math and Jet Black Berries. In 1987 Gary Trainer attended the summer creative writing program at Naropa University’s, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. There he studied with Allen Ginsburg and William Burroughs, whose beat writing styles continue to influence his writing and art to this day.

The Atomic Swindlers The Atomic Swindlers are a powerful 6 piece alternative psychedelic band fronted by dynamic female lead singer, April Laragy. The band’s music, futuristic stage presence, mutli-media show and sound has earned some rave critical reviews.

    The Atomic Swindlers are:
  • April Laragy
  • Roy Stein—drums, vocals
  • Gary Trainer—bass guitar
  • Chris Yockel—electric guitars
  • Mike Gladstone—electric guitars, vocals
  • Johnny Cummings—piano, vocals

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