Rick Boston

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Rick Boston
Background information
Birth nameRichard Wallie Boston
BornEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
OriginLos Angeles
GenresRock, Indie rock, Singer-songwriter
Occupation(s)Guitarist, composer, producer, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Piano, Bass (instrument)
LabelsFoodchain Records
World Domination
Associated actsLow Pop Suicide
Dave Allen (English musician)
Rickie Lee Jones
Alice Cooper
The Januaries

Richard Wallie Boston is an American musician, composer and producer based in Los Angeles. He is known for his roles in Low Pop Suicide and for producing Rickie Lee Jones' album, Ghostyhead.

Early life and education[edit]

Richard Wallie Boston was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He studied[where?] jazz arrangement and composition.[1]

Early career[edit]

Boston played guitar for Belinda Carlisle's 1988 album, Heaven on Earth. He composed "You Know We're Gonna Hurt" for Joe Cocker's 1989 album, One Night of Sin. Boston was a member of Hand of Fate (band), working with John Keck to produce the 1990 album, Hand of Fate, and is credited for vocals.[2]

He composed eight of the songs on Lowen & Navarro's 1991 album, Walking on a Wire,[3] and another for their 1993 album, Broken Moon. Boston played guitar for and produced Sky Cries Mary's 1991 EP, Exit at the Axis.[4]

Low Pop Suicide[edit]

Boston subsequently worked extensively with Dave Allen as the frontman of Low Pop Suicide, making a series of releases on World Domination Recordings. He was the band's frontman, singing and playing lead guitar, on their 1993 debut album On the Cross of Commerce,[5] but both Allen and Jeff Ward exited the band. As the only founder left, their second LP, The Death of Excellence,[6] was a more personal vehicle. As a side project with Allen as the Crash Baptists, Boston recorded the soundtrack to the 1993 thriller The Harvest.



Exploring a more acoustic sound, he released one solo record in 1996, Numb,[7] a verbatim copy of Low Pop Suicide's last release, the Unzipped EP.[8]

In 1997 he partnered with Rickie Lee Jones in songwriting, playing, and production for her record Ghostyhead.[9]

Boston was a member of The Januaries,[10] which released two albums in 2000, The Januaries[11] and The Girl's Insane.[12]

In 2003 Boston was co-writer with Lili Haydn on the song "Come Here" on her (CD) Light Blue Sun

Boston worked as Composer writer on Alice Cooper's 2005 album, Dirty Diamonds He co-composed "Woman of Mass Distraction", "You Make Me Wanna", "Dirty Diamonds", "Zombie Dance", and "Stand."

in 2006 Boston worked as producer with artists Rodleen Getsic and Norwood Fisher of Fishbone on Getsic's song, "The Reaper".[13]

Songs written for films[edit]

In 1987 Rick Boston wrote "It's Time To Move" a song for the film 1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

In 1987 Rick Boston worked with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on songs for the American romantic comedy film Roxanne directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Steve Martinand Daryl Hannah. The songs were "Party Tonight " Written by Jeffrey Baxter (as Jeff "Skunk" Baxter) and Rick Boston , "Can This Be Love " Written by Jeffrey Baxter (as Jeff "Skunk" Baxter), Rick Boston, Janet Minto, and Pamela

1988 Boston songwriter "She's Cruel", "Killer Groove" for the film Death Spa American horror film directed by Michael Fischa and starring William Bumiller, Brenda Bakke, and Merritt Butrick.

In 1988 Mr. Boston wrote "Rebuilding the Big House" for the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

In 2008 Rick Boston and John O'Brien composed a big band-style arrangement of the Iron Man theme song for the film "Iron Man" (2008 version), directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Film scores[edit]

In 1993 Rick Boston composed music for The Harvest (1993 film) 1993 thriller directed by David Marconi and starring Miguel Ferrer, Leilani Sarelle, Tony Denison and Henry Silva.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Rick Boston (1996). Numb (CD). World Domination.
With Hand of Fate
With Low Pop Suicide
  • Low Pop Suicide (1992). The Disengagement (EP). Rick Boston (producer). World Domination.
  • Low Pop Suicide (1993). On the Cross of Commerce (CD). Rick Boston (composer, guitar, producer, vocals). World Domination.
  • Low Pop Suicide (1995). The Death of Excellence (CD). Rick Boston (artwork, bass, composer, guitar, producer, vocals). World Domination.
With The Januaries
  • The Januaries (2000a). The Januaries (CD). Rick Boston (bass, composer, guitar, producer, programming, background vocals). Foodchain Records/Lightyear.
  • The Januaries (2000b). The Girl's Insane (CD). Rick Boston (composer, performer). Foodchain Records.
The Rick Boston Jamie Cohen Project
  • The Rick Boston Jamie Cohen Project (2009). All The Way From America (EP). Halfpipe Records.
As composer
As producer



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