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October 18, 1987|PAUL GREIN

FINAL NOTES: The legal saga of Concrete Blonde continues. As reported here Oct. 4, the L.A.-based band (which headlines an AIDS awareness concert today in MacArthur Park) has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, a move that its lawyer said would free it from all executory contracts within 60 days. But now I.R.S. Records, which released the group's widely praised album, is fighting back.

The label has filed a motion with the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Court to prevent the members of Concrete Blonde from "escaping their obligations under their personal-services recording contracts." Ronald J. Drescher, an attorney representing I.R.S., advised Pop Eye that "a recording artist who hopes to abuse the bankruptcy laws simply to escape obligations under contract will likely find him/herself engaged in a brutal legal battle with the record company."

Lisa Lisa, lead singer of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, is co-writing a paperback book on teen-age suicide with her producers, Full Force. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam have also been asked to be the spokesgroup of the Youth Suicide National Center, which has offices in San Francisco and Washington. The group's new single, "Someone to Love Me for Me," has been chosen as the organization's theme.

R.E.M. has set up a fund to defray the medical bills of its road crew member, Curtis Goodman, who died of cancer last month at 40. Goodman was the Georgia-based rock band's longest-standing employee, having served with them for four years. Donations: Curtis Goodman Fund, Box 969, Athens, Ga. 30603.

The new "Top of the Pops" TV show utilizes chart data from Hits magazine, not Spin, as stated in last week's column.

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