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JD Ryznar is a Hollywood writer. He knows very little about music, but enjoys imagining elaborate scenarios inspired by popular songs.

David B Lyons is a Hollywood Location Manager. He knows a little about music, but feels the need to compartmentalize genres, then rank them.

Hollywood Steve Huey is a former staff writer for, a former talking head for VH1, and currently the only unmarried man on this podcast.

Hunter Stair is from Flint, MI.


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The guys count down ten weird space rock songs of the 1970s.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Love You Till Tuesday” by David Bowie (Amazon)
From the album “David Bowie”

- Austin Powers
- “The Laughing Gnome” by David Bowie
- Leonard Nimoy
- David Bowie, 1967.
- “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) (YouTube: Movie in 5 Minutes)
- Man walks on the moon (1969); yes it really happened
- “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, song zero of the “Moonshots” genre



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Runaway” by Bill Champlin (Amazon)

- Bill Champlin is a mid-to-late-period member of Chicago
- Champlin-sang Chicago songs: “Hard Habit to Break,” “Look Away,” “I Don’t Want to Live Without Your Love”
- Kenny Loggins’ quote to Champlin about Chicago being past expiration
- “Take it Uptown,” the song Kenny Loggins wrote for Champlin’s “Runaway” album
- “Runaway” is co-written by Toto member and key Yacht Rock artist Mike Porcaro
- Other credits on “Runaway” include Jeff Porcaro, Richard Page, Jay Graydon, and Humberto Gatica. Also, Steve Lukather of Toto and, yes, Alan Thicke of “Growing Pains” fame.
- Champlin was a session artist for REO Speedwagon, Barbra Streisand, others
- Champlin co-wrote Yacht soul songs “After the Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire and “Turn Your Love Around” by George Benson
- Champlin’s son Will was on “The Voice” in 2013


Example song: “Outta-Space” by Billy Preston (Amazon)
Preston organ-ed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones

Moonshots are songs about space, including spaceships, UFOs and stars. They generally came of age 10 years after man walked on the moon (circa mid-late 1970s). “These songs are all dead serious” and the satire is “important satire … trying to make a point,” such as space “is as important as love or death” (Ryznar). Typical lyric sheets of Moonshots focus on the favorability of space to Earth, inviting lovers to space, and contacting UFOs. Space-like sound effects are also used. Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and Bowie’s “Space Oddity” are hallmark songs of the genre.


Bumpers: Snippets from “Whitey on the Moon” by Gil Scott Heron (Amazon)


10. “I’ve Seen the Saucers” by Elton John (Amazon)

- Bernie Taupin’s wacky lyric sheets
- Does this sound like the genre Easy Wickening?
- Other John/Taupin songs: “The Bitch is Back,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
- Urban Dictionary definition of “saucer”
- Freddie Mercury
- “Bicycle Race” by Queen
- “Ram it Down,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” “Island of Domination,” and “Eat Me Alive” by Judas Priest


9. “Arriving UFO” by Yes (Amazon)

- Starcastle
- Druid
- “Star Wars” (1977)
- “Medley: Star Wars” by Meco
- Pixies from Cornwall (spriggans)
- Albums in 1978 cost $8.98


8. “Supersonic Rocket Ship” by the Kinks (Amazon)

- Other Kinks songs: “Lola,” “All Day and All of the Night,”Apeman
- The Kinks’ concept albums of the late 1960s and 1970s
- The Kinks were banned in America
- Pete Townshend on Ray Davies and the Kinks
- The speed of rocket ships


7. “Spaceman” by Journey (Amazon)

- Cover of the album “Next”
- Gregg Rolie singing lead
- Too much Steve Perry? Never.
- Zac Efron is attractive


6. “Ticket to the Moon” by Electric Light Orchestra (Amazon)

- From the 1981 album “Time”
- Social media platform Ello (also, Cheap Trick’s “ELO Kiddies”)
- Ford Aspire (a car for women; a concept spoofed by “The Simpsons”)



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Arkansas (“The Natural State”)
Song: “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty (Amazon)

Other Arkansas artists:
- Johnny Cash
- Al Green
- Evanescence

- Also referenced: Arkansas resident Bill Clinton (on “Arsenio Hall”)
- Clinton as opposed to: Gerald Ford falling down; Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford falling down
- MC Skat Kat



5. “Space Station #5” by Montrose (Amazon)

- Popular Montrose song “Bad Motor Scooter”
- Iron Maiden cover of “Space Station No. 5”
- Montrose’s debut album “Montrose”
- “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers
- “Heavy Metal” by Sammy Hagar
- “Heavy Metal” (1981 movie) with plenty of “space boobs”
- Bad Montrose song: “Good Rockin’ Tonight”


4. “Space Love” by Hawkwind (Amazon)

- Hawkwind’s still going today
- Lemmy (the Lurch), member of Hawkwind before a bit more popularity
- Lurch from “The Addams Family” (not “The Munsters”)


3. “Spaceship Superstar” by Prism (Amazon)

- Geo Prizm
- Other Canadian Power Trios (CPTs): Rush, Triumph
- Also a Clunk Rock song


2. “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” by Klaatu (Amazon)

- “Anus of Uranus” by Klaatu
- “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles
- The Carpenters’ cover of “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”
- People thought Klaatu was the Beatles reunited; more possibilities!
- Why Paul McCartney could write “Anus of Uranus”
- Klaatu is also a CPT


1. “Space Truckin’” by Deep Purple (Amazon)

- Also a Hard Organ song
- Atomic Rooster
- Lucifer’s Friend
- “B.J. and the Bear”
- The truck-driving trend of the late 1970s
- “Convoy” by C.W. McCall


Other proposed genre songs:
- “Mothership Connection” by Parliament
- “Space War” by Utopia (from the once-lost “Disco Jets” album)

Also, Hollywood Steve on Captain Zoom


Bumper contest answers:

10. “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross
9. “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan
8. “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers
7. “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” by Michael McDonald
6. “Never Enough” by Toto
5. “Bad Sneakers by Steely Dan
4. “Heart to Heart” by Kenny Loggins
3. “Lonely Boy” by Andrew Gold
2. “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr.
1. “One on One” by Hall & Oates


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