"WELCOME TO THE BOOMTOWN" as written by David Francis Baerwald and David Ricketts....
Ms. Cristina drives a nine four four
Satisfaction oozes from her pores
She keeps rings on her fingers
Marble on her floor
Cocaine on her dresser
Bars on her doors
She keeps her back against the wall
She keeps her back against the wall

So I say
I say welcome, welcome to the boomtown
Pick a habit
We got plenty to go around
Welcome, welcome to the boomtown
All that money makes such a succulent sound
Welcome to the boomtown

Handsome Kevin got a little off track
Took a year off of college
And he never went back
Now he smokes too much
He's got a permanent hack
Deals dope out of Denny's
Keeps a table in the back
He always listens to the ground
Always listens to the ground

So I say
I say welcome, welcome to the boomtown
Pick a habit
We got plenty to go around
Welcome, welcome to the boomtown
All that money makes such a succulent sound
Welcome to the boomtown

Well the ambulance arrived too late
I guess she didn't want to wait


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"Welcome to the Boomtown" as written by David Francis Baerwald David Ricketts

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    General CommentDavid and David made only one album, but what an album it is!

    When you think of 1980s music these days, you think of happy stuff like Duran Duran, Culture Club, etc. You might look fondly on Reaganomics. You might remember such films as BREAKFAST CLUB, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, etc. What a party decade the 80s was. Let's bring them back, right?

    Wrong!

    All of that partying came at a cost. Drugs, despair, suicide (The ambulance arrived too late/I guess she didn't want to wait). The opening bars to the song set up a really ominous tone to the song. I forget which David (Baerwald or Ricketts) sang lead, but the almost too cool delivery of the vocal over the events of the song is very disconcerting.

    BOOMTOWN was the beginning of a movement in entertainment (circa 1987) that began to see the 1980s as it really was, underneath the veneer. This movement included such films as BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY, CLEAN AND SOBER, LESS THAN ZERO, and especially THEY LIVE. (A description of THEY LIVE from wikipedia.org is "The plot deals satirically with the perceived notion of a declining economy, within a culture of greed and conspicuous consumption commonly associated with the 1980s"

    This describes BOOMTOWN to a "T" The entire CD is back in print now. Go get it if you want 80s music that challenges what was the norm.
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon November 25, 2007   Link

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