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- January 12, 1987
- Vol. 27
- No. 2
David and David, a Couple of Musical Moralists Who Look at L.A. from Down the Up Staircase
Pleasant though such encomiums may be, they still seem a little unreal to David Ricketts, 33, and David Baerwald, 26, who haven't yet gotten used to the most basic trappings of rock success. They just finished their first U.S. tour ("It's a surreal trip out there," says Baerwald), are stunned when they hear anyone singing Welcome to the Boomtown ("It's very cool to hear people singing a song that we doubted would ever get on the radio") and are hard put to describe their songs. "Everybody has their own idea of what we do and rarely is it like my idea of what we do," says Ricketts of their music, a sort of hard-edged electro-folk whose lyrics often explore the seamy side of L.A. life. "We cross so many musical lines that it's hard to fit it all into one sentence." He adds, with mock sincerity, "I'd just call us an explosive musical collaboration."
The collaboration started when the Philadelphia-born Ricketts, who moved to L.A. seven years ago, and Baerwald, a native Southern Californian, met at a club 2½ years ago. "We just vibed each other out of the room," says Baerwald. Since then, he says, they've been "writing songs, hanging out and getting suntans playing the guitar." To pay the bills, Ricketts worked as a painter, Baerwald as a messenger and doughnut-shop clerk. They were signed to a record contract in the fall of 1985 after a friend, whose sister was temping at A&M Records, persuaded a staffer to listen to their demo tape.
David and David aren't just writing L.A. music, they're living the L.A. New Age fairy tale. Quite happily. Says Baerwald: "The music business is a temple of opportunity that should never be disregarded."
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