Rick Boston

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Rick Boston
Birth name Richard Wallie Boston
Born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar
Labels Foodchain Records
World Domination
Associated acts Low Pop Suicide
Rickie Lee Jones
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.

After Low Pop Suicide[edit]

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]

Production work[edit]

As a producer, Boston has worked in the studio with artists Rodleen Getsic and Norwood Fisher of Fishbone on Getsic's song, "The Reaper".[13]

Selected discography[edit]

With Hand of Fate
  • Hand of Fate (1990). Hand Of Fate (CD). WTG Records. 
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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