Boom Dot Bust

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Boom Dot Bust
Studio album by The Firesign Theatre

Boom Dot Bust is a comedy album recorded by The Firesign Theatre and released in 1999 on Rhino Records. It was a follow-up to the highly praised Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death from the previous year, continuing a brief resurgence of the foursome's legendary success from 1968-75.

It chronicles life in the fictional small Midwestern town of Billville ("The Town That Nature Forgot to Hate"), where every male resident's first name is some form of William, including mayor William Cudlip P'nisnose (Peter Bergman), who has telekenetic powers; Bill Swatt (David Ossman), coach of the local team the No-neckers, who play some unspecified sport; developer W. Sprawl (Philip Proctor); and family physician Dr. Guillermo Infermo (Phil Austin). Martial-arts film star Charlie Fatt (Austin) is a celebrity guest passing through town, and the nearby Elmertown attempts to grow and compete.

The "Bill" theme is most obviously construed as a reference to then-President Bill Clinton as representative of America, but it also can be taken to include Bill Gates, as a broader allusion to the seeming ubiquity of the name Bill in the news at the time, and because the word "billionaire" occurs. The notion of "Billville", however, was originally introduced in the song "Oh! Afghanistan!" on Fighting Clowns.

This has also been issued as a DVD-Audio in 5.1 Surround sound.

That Billville Sound![edit]

Contained on the "Boom Dot Bust" record is a comedy song called "That Billville Sound!".

Billville, Billville
The town that nature forgot to hate.
Billville, Billville
You’ll move to Billville because it’s your fate

William C. P'nisnose:
I am the mayor and I’m the big cheese, gang, re-elect me or hang me, that’s the will of Bill
Developer W. "Bill" Sprawl:
My name is Bill and I’m Billville booster, built a big, smart house to hide a toxic spill
Coach Bill Swatt:
I’m coach Bill, I coach the No-Neck Twisters, then I date their sisters, cause they love my Bill
Dr. Guillermo Infermo:
I am the doctor, I deliver the babies and I make sure that they’re all named Bill

Let’s move - shift your organs, Granny
Walk out - we’re doing the Bill
Fat feet - shake your willie, Will
Move out - we’re footing the Bill
Biiiiiillllllville! Just call us Bill