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SLAVINGTO THE PERFECTBEAT: -DRUI( ILACHINECATALYSII,I THE VlALKMAN

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[November 1, 1979], because it was just five short years ago Check your warranties "reductive engineering o f c o n c e p t t h e a n d A n e r i c a o n W a T k n a n t h e that Sony dropped "Charge of the Lite You Haven't Got" W h a t S e T f i n g ( s e e B r i g a d e : broke into a new arena. - the big score and the j u s t t a p e d e c k g e t T i t e w e i g h t a ish 17) But Junior didn't back in aspect of the WMwas headphones, As the A&R Report indicated revolutionary "The New Privacy." - a penunbra of jg17, o f the Wal-kmanwas nereTy a nobiTe extension "Defining ish 4 - soon to be The New Privacy" systens. (see deTivery new entertainnent through the A&R pubTication re-jshued in an updated form and avaiTabTe as a special e d . ) . deaTers wel-come!Report at Sony R&D, an equalTy inportant whiTe the WMwas incubating the nid-70's, Bu't during t r i b aT beat. Linn and Sinnons were o u r was affecting engineering product o7 reductive - the anachronisn of anplifying d r u n m i n g o7 nodern nusic the techno-puuZuntry battling Simnons became the Roadie's Saviour by skin. a stretched the sound of a stick striking

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FROM th6 Editor It was no surprise to readers of the A&R Report that former Mod Squad star Peggi Lipton was seated in the f r o n t r o w o f t h e r e c e n t M T VA w a r d s ( s e e A & R i s h 2 2 - ' T h e Wonen's CabaT Breaks Denographic Racisn: The C o n n e c t i o n i l) . I t w a s a l s o n o s u r p r i s e Lipton-Bertinelli to A&Rers that there were no awards for music at the MTV

nThe First Word in Music-\'ideo is not l'lusic' - ish 12). Despite the Video-City gaTa (see - MTV stockhoTders shouTd go for the A&R Report stands by its prediction back-patting, profit because regionaT Low Frequency TV wiTl soon make national the short-swing as outdated as big band radio broadcasts. vid-progranning seem to Tonight and Mary Hart doesn't ET PHONE HOME - Ron's gone fron Entertainnent (they've even replacenent care. Af7 she does zs yap-yap-yap with RH's audio-animatronic yapping). As for l,lary's weekend repTacement - a77 we can say is'Sarah got Bi7l Harris PurceTT check your nirrorn. Speaking of fook-a-l .rkesr expect a new agency to open this month in L.A. - StarBreak booked - a Liz TayTor with a ceTebrity Took-alikes that break dance. [Already featuring ki77er bodywavel. "Money Doesn't Know as our recent articl-e No A&R Report has generated as m u c h r e a c t i o n (ish 24). Thanks for Owner: De-Fanging the l"lyth of Corporate Rock Sponsorship" It's nai7. Ti77 next your connents. We nay not agree with what you say but we Tike getting (A ish - ed.


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There's a Trick to Making the Right Pick-to-C7ick - The A&R Report predicted that Mac Baghants film debut, T)}THLESS, wouTd be a snash and the featu're a thinly disguised biography of rock singer Baghan's struggTe with gun disease - has been an autunn grossbuster. Some critics have compared the novie to FOOTLOOSE and others have conpared it to RECKLESSand BREATHLESS.Roger Ebert said that T1OTHLESS was a ',feel-good- novie about feeling good".. But Rex Reed nay have sumned up our feeLings when he wrote,,Mac BaghamIS TooTHLEss." IBaghan's t-zt7e tune lyrics are printed befow with pernission]. I TOOTHLESS' I say what I feef I feeT what I say And nothing in-between Ever gets in the way I an toothTess I have no teeth I an toothTess I have no teeth They're gonna nake a movie gonna be about ne It's Not nuch of a story Not nuch to say But it'ff nake you feeT good The way I feef I an toothfess I have no teeth @t 1984 Gumtone Music Mac Baghan as

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