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INTRODUCING...: DAVID AND DAVID, A
COUPLE OF MUSICAL MORALISTS WHO
LOOK AT L.A.FROM DOWN THE UP
STAIRCASE



It's a Tuesday evening at L.A.'s Roxy nightclub, and the aura of
hipness is so thick you could style it with mousse. A quick scan of
the room (capacity: 500) reveals Dennis Hopper, assorted Bangles and
Sean Penn. They have come to see a couple of guys called David and
David, who not so long ago were making demo tapes in their living
rooms. Now the pair has a hit single, Welcome to the Boomtown, a
successful LP, Boomtown, and reviews that only a mother or a
genuinely enthusiastic critic could write. ''One of the year's most
impressive debuts,'' wrote Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles Times,
after the Roxy show, declared that David and David had a firm hold on
an L.A. musical tradition ''passed through the hands of the Doors,
the Eagles and X.''
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 2 1/2 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.''



Copyright 1987 Time Inc.

INTRODUCING...: DAVID AND DAVID, A COUPLE OF MUSICAL MORALISTS WHO LOOK
AT L.A.FROM DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE., People, 01-12-1987, pp 71.


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