The Rainmakers were a Kansas City, Missouri-based original rock band, fronted by Bob Walkenhorst.” WK “Cross a more literate John Mellencamp with Webb Wilder and you have this Kansas City band sized up.” MA They “formed in 1983 as a three-piece bar band called ‘Steve, Bob and Rich,’ which quickly became popular throughout the Midwest.” WK “They released one album, Balls, under this name.” WK Upon adding drummer Pat Tomek, the band renamed themselves The Rainmakers and were signed to Polygram Records.
“The band's self-titled 1986 debut album received positive reviews in the U.S. entertainment media including Newsweek magazine, which dubbed it ‘the most auspicious debut album of the year,’” WK but the album “achieved its greatest commercial success overseas.” WK
Indeed, the album “sets the bar high with cutting social commentary and memorable tunes that include Downstream and the unapologetic Big Fat Blonde. In the former tune alone, bandleader and songwriter Bob Walkenhorst mentions Mark Twain, Harry Truman, and Chuck Berry. From Drinkin’ on the Job comes the classic line, ‘The generation that would change the world is still looking for its car keys.’” MA
The band made a fan of horror writer Stephen King, who quoted the band’s lyrics in his novels The Tommyknockers and Gerald’s Game.