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HOT SHOTS: It’s been widely noted that...

HOT SHOTS: It’s been widely noted that when Geffen Records was debating the wisdom of releasing the notorious Geto Boys album last year, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell was the most influential voice in convincing Geffen to disassociate itself from the group, citing its offensive and sexist lyrics. So isn’t it odd that the current N.W.A album, chock-full of similarly hateful material, is being distributed in England by none other than . . . Island Records? Have Blackwell’s concerns about degrading lyrics suddenly evaporated--perhaps when it was his label who stood to make money from the group? We’d love to know--but so far Blackwell has refused to comment. . . . Aerosmith isn’t the only major act who doesn’t seem to be enjoying its success at Geffen Records. In a cover story in the current issue of GQ magazine, the notoriously thin-skinned Don Henley offers the following guarantee: “I’ll be on the market after (my) next two albums. I want out. They’re nickel-and-diming me to death. David Geffen has one set of rules that apply to him and one set that apply to everyone else.”


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