Boomtown (David & David album)

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Studio album by David + David
Released July 7, 1986
Recorded 1986 at Skyline, A&M, Mad Hatter and Capitol Studios.
Genre Pop rock
Length 40:56
Label A&M
Producer Davitt Sigerson

Boomtown is the Los Angeles themed and only studio album by the American rock duo David + David, released on July 7, 1986 through A&M Records.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A-[3]

Michael Ofjord of AllMusic called Boomtown an "artful record, full of poetry and convincing stories of the hard times that many silently endured." He gave the record four and a half out of five stars, concluding that "one may not want to listen to this record to lift the spirit, but it is a strong reminder of difficult situations faced during what can be perceived by many as the best of times."[2]

At the time of its release Boomtown received some commercial success, peaking at number thirty-nine on the chart in December.[4] Its singles, "Welcome to the Boomtown", "Swallowed by the Cracks" and "Ain't So Easy", all received airplay and charted on Billboard Hot 100. In 1995, the album was certified gold in the U.S.[5]

Baerwald and Ricketts played all the instruments on the album except for drums on some tracks which were played by Ed Greene.

Although Baerwald and Ricketts would go on to co-write some of the material for Sheryl Crow's debut album, the duo pursed divergent musical paths with Baerwald developing his solo career and Ricketts working with singer/musician Toni Childs.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Baerwald and David Ricketts. "Heroes" Written by David Baerwald

No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Boomtown" 5:31
2. "Swallowed by the Cracks" 4:16
3. "Ain't So Easy" 4:51
4. "Being Alone Together" 5:31
5. "A Rock for the Forgotten" 4:26
6. "River's Gonna Rise" 4:29
7. "Swimming in the Ocean" 4:00
8. "All Alone in the Big City" 4:42
9. "Heroes" 3:10

Chart performance[edit]


Chart Peak
United States Billboard 200 39 [4]
Swedish Album Charts 47 [6]
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart 33 [7]


Year Title Peak chart positions
US Main[8]
1986 "Welcome to the Boomtown" 37 8
"Swallowed by the Cracks" 14
1987 "Ain't So Easy" 51 17
"Welcome to the Boomtown" 79
"—" denotes singles that were released but did not chart.



  1. ^ "David and David, a Couple of Musical Moralists Who Look at L.A. from Down the Up Staircase". People. January 12, 1987. 
  2. ^ a b Ofjord, Michael. "Boomtown". Allmusic. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "David and David: Boomtown". Robert Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b " - Album Info - Boomtown". Nielsen Company, Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "DAVID + DAVID - BOOMTOWN". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ "DAVID + DAVID - BOOMTOWN". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ a b "Boomtown - Awards". Nielsen Company, Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-03.