After leaving the Plasmatics in 1984, Richie pursued a solo career with his band King Flux and a graduate degree in Geology. Richie appears in a brief cameo in 9½ Weeks, movie with Kim Basinger. He's recognizable by the blonde mohawk and chainsaw tattoo in a party scene.
He was a great friend of Joey Ramone and was one of several speakers at a CBGB's all-star tribute put on by Micky Leigh, Joey's brother, in 2001. Dee Dee Ramone was also a friend; the two composed "Punishment Fits the Crime" which appeared on the 1989 Brain Drain album by the Ramones.
In 2004, he collaborated with singer-songwriter Carla Lother on several songs for her 100 Lovers album.
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- "Former Plasmatics Guitarist Collaborates With Adult Contemporary Singer - Blabbermouth.net". roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- Dauphin, Edouard and Butch Star (1982). Plasmatics: Your Heart in Your Mouth! (The First Four Years). United States of America: Raging Rhino Entertainment. 14, 64.
- "PUNK: From the Heart and to the Point". punkmagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- "Bands, Fans To Celebrate Joey Ramone's 50th Birthday | idobi". idobi.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
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