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  • Code Blue [Warner Bros., 1980] C-

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Code Blue [Warner Bros., 1980]
OK, they're a bit more proficient than most "tight" "new wave" bands. But Lee Abrams himself couldn't hear a hit here. So how'd they get their blue vinyl and blue-ribbon executive producers--both Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman? Well, Dean Chamberlain works a&r for Warners, and real producer Michael Ostin's dad Mo is an even bigger wig at Warners than the aforementioned. I'd never call this process deplorable per se--like pols' kids Vietnamizing their dads in the '60s, somebody has to punk up the biz's sires, and tandem tyro Paul Wexler did Tin Huey a solid that way. In this particular case, however, the outcome isn't even cute or catchy enough to dismiss as skinny-tie music--although the drummer does wear one, just in case. C-