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David and David - Boomtown

 

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 Track listing
   
1 - Welcome To The Boomtown
2 - Swallowed By The Cracks
3 - Ain't So Easy
4 - Being Alone Together
5 - A Rock For The Forgotten
6 - River's Gonna Rise
7 - Swimming In The Ocean
8 - All Alone In The Big City
9 - Heroes


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 Recording Information
 
The first and only release by David Baerwald and David Ricketts. This CD was released in 1986 on A&M Records. It was produced by Davitt Sigerson.


     

 

A review of Boomtown posted by TM66 on 1/29/2010
for me so much really great
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by Daffodeal on 11/17/2009
I'm 43 and this song totally describes me and my friends. I loved David and David always, but all songs seem to have even more relevance to me now
A review of Boomtown posted by bleverette on 11/2/2009
My favorite album of all time. Never get tired of it. Also the videos of Boomtown and Swallowed By The Cracks were incredible back when MTV was real MTV.
A review of Boomtown posted by barbry on 9/18/2009
wonderfull
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by BarFly on 11/20/2008
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A review of Boomtown posted by Feets31 on 8/23/2008
I have a cassette of this, an album, and a CD. One of my wifes and my favorites of all time. This helped get us through the late 80's and we are still playing it.
A review of Boomtown posted by pilongo on 8/18/2008
ok
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by jlraga on 3/14/2008
???
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by 1idjc on 3/2/2008
sounds like the small town that i come from
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by lokusto on 2/18/2008
0000
A review of Boomtown posted by Justafan on 1/11/2008
This is my favorite tape of all time.I bought it when it originally came out and recently purchased cd. I plan to buy more music by david &david
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by CompteArnal on 1/3/2008
para los que nos sentimos heroes...y como tal, estamos solos en este mundo oscuro, buscando que nuestra luz al final il·lumine una vida de almas puras.
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by CompteArnal on 1/3/2008
para los que nos sentimos heroes...
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by micrutch on 8/8/2007
This is one of my favorite songs for some unknown reason. Maybe it hit just a little too close to home when I was 22 in 1986. Still own the CD and listen. Awesome.
A review of Boomtown posted by ynnep on 5/18/2007
cool
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by gillen202020 on 5/11/2007
awsome
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by krista on 4/30/2007
I think this track is great it is classic of the 80's genre, and brings back many memories of this time when i hear this track.
A review of River's Gonna Rise from Boomtown posted by shess01 on 4/27/2007
the whole album rocks.
A review of Boomtown posted by meek on 2/15/2007
i would like say that this album is great. i would go in to a the store look for somthing new . take it home and put in on it's great love it
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by bhagedo on 1/7/2007
I loved this album, but have yet to buy it on CD
A review of Boomtown posted by teddy on 7/20/2006
One of the most underrated albums of the 80's the songs are dark and so scary real. I was disappointed they never followed it up. Even the 80's synthesizers sound interesting and unique not just programmed to pump out run of the mill top 40 melodies. "Ain't so Easy" is a disturbing narrative of an abusive, jealous, controlling lover. The lack of romanticism in my opinion makes "Swallowed by the Cracks" easily identifiable, just how quickly and matter of factly Baerwald's characters dreams get ruined by reality. David and David were refreshing when they arrived in the era of corporate rock.
A review of River's Gonna Rise from Boomtown posted by enverhendrix on 4/9/2006
difficult to single out any one song on this opus, however I'll go a stage further and take the guitar break on this as being one piece that is so manic and off the wall that the tension and inventiveness it brings elevates a masterpiece to somewhere over the horizon. Sorry about the pretentious prose, maybe just better to say it's a fucking belter
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by wag3 on 10/13/2005
This song came out in a young and confusing part of my life and it hit a a chord with me. Dave's lyrics go into the grittier side of the 80's that many of us lived with the drugs, music, 944s (had one of those bad boys), and the rest. I can remember listening to the tune when driving out to Santa Barbara one day stoned to the gord just thinking to myself - "This guy just gets it.."
A review of Ain't So Easy from Boomtown posted by hhswild on 9/2/2005
very smooth
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by jeremy holland on 8/9/2005
haunting description of a time and place that could exist in any city in the world. takes the listener to a materialistic place with the end rushing in and no known salvation in sight. in short, we have lots of things and still we are not satiated
A review of Ain't So Easy from Boomtown posted by carterreece on 3/19/2005
does anyone know who was singing backup vocals (female) on this song?
A review of Boomtown posted by sisu on 3/15/2005
I was introduced to this CD in 1990 (or there-about) and LOVED every song. I bought it (actually ordered it from a music store specially) but it was on cassette. I would REALLY like it on CD. Wish I could find it.
A review of A Rock For The Forgotten from Boomtown posted by John on 4/20/2004
Boomtown is one of my all time favorite albums. I love these lyrics from this song
" he's the best there is
in the hellfire biz
a black belt in the art of babble
came from veracruz
when a bottle of booze
told him he had to rouse the rabble "

The imagery is great. Boomtown easily contains some of the best lyrics in Rock and Roll.
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by K Mac on 4/8/2004
"Swallowed by the Cracks" is one of those songs that still grabs and holds onto me each time I hear it. It's unique and dynamic lyrics are haunting and evokes the tormented imagery of failed dreams and unfulfilled expectations. It truly is one hell of a song that I don't really feel has received it's due.
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by Sula on 4/5/2004
Swallowed By The Cracks is a masterpiece from a masterpiece album. Not only did this song say so much for those of us "lost" in the 80's lifestyle, but the whole album is a testament to how life was and a cool document of what these two singer/songwriters, David and David, were ultimately going through in their own lives in the big, fabulous sleazy cesspool that is L.A. trying to make it in their chosen craft. This piece of work is a timeless masterpiece and should be in every serious music lover's collection.
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by Dan on 2/3/2004
For anyone that was in thier 20's in the 80's this song describes us to a "T"
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by Baerwald on 11/19/2003
I just read through some of the reviews in the review section, and yes, I was kidding when I said I was 16 when I wrote Heroes... I thought it would be funny, given the first line. In reality, I think I was 22 or 23--, foolishly I'd signed up for a sort of open mic folk night at a place in downtown LA called Al's Bar. I didnt have any folk songs, having recently emerged from punk rock bands and petty (and not so petty) crime. I was working as a messenger, and a copy of David Bowies record Heroes was stuck in my VW bus' broken cassette player. Until the bus burned in a freak accident that was the only record I could listen to, not having a stereo at home. I put off writing the song until the day of the open mic, and panicking on the way to the show wrote it in the bus. I always intended to make it something other than "Heroes", but it was all I could think of at the time, and Ricketts and then soon after, Aaron, our soon-to-be A&R guy thought it was good, so I just left it. I'm picking songs for that acoustic guitar record I mentioned a while back, (the one with Dean Parks) and thinking maybe I should put that song on there.

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A review of Boomtown posted by Alobar on 11/1/2003
So I did that. I went to the Boomtown in '88. Lived there for a year, saw my dreams in the bright lights; I did nothing about it. Fifteen years later now, and I smoke dope on a Saturday night, by myself, and recall, as I look at my wated life. I once was a dancer, I suppose, young once like you, though I know I don't look it....
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by Jeff L. on 5/31/2003
I love this song too. And yes you need to hear it loud. I saw David in NYC and he told the audience that he wrote this song when he was 16 - it was one of the first he wrote. This makes the first line all the more chilling - "15 long years on a losing streak. I don't know if he was kidding or not, but so what.
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by PatBrown on 5/30/2003
Recently I compiled a list of live cuts from the various shows
and this live track from the Bottom Line was on the list.
How he came up with these lyrics:
And there comes a time when you cannot turn the other cheek
you have got to ride the ferry past the battered old bodies
of dead dead dreamers past the tethered and fettered and
deskbound schemers the punks and the drunks and the
bad guitar players and the dewy eyed teenage dragon slayers
you come to this place
AND THEN
The telegraph man took a break today he pulled out all the wires
he looked out the window at the rainy rainy day and he
wondered about the future of fire
as he leaned back in his chair with a long cold fishy eyed stare
he looked like december until he remembered

Just poetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David over the years has had many stories about when he wrote the song.
My guess is somewhere between 18-21. One of his interviews he stated he wrote
it about David and David but that cant be true because it was written before they
met. He closed the shows every night with this song and it always was great.
A review of Swimming In The Ocean from Boomtown posted by Andrea on 5/8/2003
Really made me feel like I was swimming with all the acoutrements.
A review of Being Alone Together from Boomtown posted by Andrea on 5/8/2003
The title of this song says it all. And the music fills in all the cracks.
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by ms.entropy / misentropy.com on 4/28/2003
"past the punks & the drunks & the bad guitar players, & the dewey-eyed teenage dragonslayres" -- i had a coffeehouse once, it was certainly destined to fall apart but the whole vibe was captured perfectly in this song.

telegraph man? communication. he pulled out all the wires, leaned back in his chair, -- that is, shut it all out & turned inward to reflect, & then remembered, ... let's just be heroes.

one of my all time favorite songs, ever.
A review of Boomtown posted by Skjalg Bjoern Evensen on 3/25/2003
I am a musician from Norway and heard the album for the first time in 1987.
This album represent the best ever to catch my ear! (Sorry about my bad english!)
I caught it by accident listening to some music in a musicshop in Norway.
I was totally blown away! A grat song after another!
My favourite track has got to be "swollowd by the crack" with great words and cords riding with it.
I have tryed to get more information about David & David and David Baerwald but not successfully.
Is there anybody out there who could give me more information or links, I would be a happy reciever!
It would be like a dream come true to observe one of his concerts!
Thank you all!
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by Leeroi on 3/24/2003
I've always loved this track too...I've often wondered what symbol the telegraph man was supposed to represent...great acoustic guitar…
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by Kravitz on 3/3/2003
I still love this song - the guitar is so distinctive, the song writing so dead nut on.

I remember this coming out shortly after I moved to Dallas. It so describes much of what I was seeing firsthand for the first time - the people taking one year of college then giving up, the ones smoking into a permanent haze, the people trying to make themselves feel safer all the while imbibiing in intoxicants that will eventually destroy them. I know it was written about LA, but it just so fits the big D.

It was probably 12 years before I first saw the video. Like the song it has aged well - with the repeated high-fiving the only part I find myself scratching my head and wondering what they were thinking. To this day the local AAA station here plays the song a couple times a week.
A review of Ain't So Easy from Boomtown posted by Leeroi on 2/6/2003
This song is ear-friendly and brain-savage...'rub your back - sorry 'bout your eye'...were it not for the remorse and melody, the song would be despicable…
A review of Swallowed By The Cracks from Boomtown posted by Leeroi on 2/4/2003
Wonky '80's keyboards, but how many songs start out with 'I once was a dancer'? I can't dance to save my life, but I related to this song…
A review of Heroes from Boomtown posted by Robert on 2/3/2003
This song to me is one of the best of Baerwald's career. Whenever I need a pick me up this tune is something that gets me going instantly. You must listen to it loud to get the full feel of it. I
Love the emotion of the singing, great harmonies. I commonly put this on mixed cd's for my buddies.
A review of Boomtown posted by Dale on 2/1/2003
The one that started it all.

I remember first hearing WTTB with my girlfriend at the time. Ahhh Sally.... But anyway, the song, like any really good song, caught my ear immediately. I've always been really into music (Marillion was my main band at the time)and there was something really special about what I was listening to. I remember waiting and waiting for the dj to tell me who it was by because it didn't sound like anyone else I'd heard before. "David and David". At first I thought to myself, "Great. I hear a great song by someone new and they turn out to be another Duran Duran knockoff. (Get it? David & David - Duran Duran...) Anyway, Christmas rolls around and I've all but forgotten about that David & Duran band with the great song. Then I open a present from Sally. It's a copy of Boomtown. I gave her a proper "thank you honey" and continue unwrapping my usual socks and underwear.

I get home and put the album on. WOW. The whole thing blew me away. I'd never heard anything like it before or since. Without a doubt, one THE best albums ever. Not a weak song on it. This album has everything, a great voice, great musicians and great songwriting. It also came along at a very happy time in my life.

A special album that reminds me of a special girl. Very special indeed....
A review of Welcome To The Boomtown from Boomtown posted by Andrea on 1/18/2003
Welcome to the Boomtown. A truer slice of life in LA I don't think I've ever heard. I remember staying on the phone for hours one night trying to get in touch with the local radio station to play it. Finally got through at about 1am. Talking with the DJ was an eye opener and a precursor to the problems of getting a wide variety of music played on the airwaves.

 


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