Gary Trainer wrote the Space Western inspired album Sundown on Venus in 1984. Here’s the title track, unreleased anywhere else, performed by The Atomic Swindlers. — ed. N.E. Lilly

He enters Venus through the darkness of time,
Along the trail of blood, the danger signs.
He must not fail where others have tried.
No one has ever come back alive.

He enters Venus through the darkness of space,
To find out the hideout of the Mindless Gang.
A posted warning on the edge of town:
Be off this planet by sundown.

Sundown on Venus
It’s a mean place to be now
The lowdownest place in all of outer space
The lowdownest place in all of outer space
The lowdownest place in all of outer space and time

Treading disaster he continues to ride,
To the evil town they call Paradise.
Unearthly pleasures unfamiliar sounds.
Touching his holster he turns around.

He finds himself standing face to face,
With old Jim Dawson and the Mindless Gang.
He says, “Bill Kelly you ain’t too smart,”
“You should have listened and been gone by dark.”

Sundown on Venus,
It’s a mean place to be now.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space and time.

He enters Venus through the darkness of time,
Along the trail of blood the danger signs.
He must not fail where others have tried.
No one has ever come back alive.

Then enter Venus through the darkness of space,
To find out the hideout of the Mindless Gang.
A posted warning on the edge of town:
Be off this planet by sundown.

Sundown on Venus,
It’s a mean place to be now.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space.
The lowdownest place in all of outer space and time.

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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.

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