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NIGHT BEAT: Producers say the end is in sight Saturday
by Russ Devault
Atlanta's Producers - affectionately known as "the band that won'
t go away" and "the Reproducers" - really are quitting.
That's the word from keyboardist Bryan Holmes, who says the 10-
year- old pop-rock quartet's performance with the Tone Poets and New
Boys at The Masquerade, 10 p.m. Saturday, is its last ($8, 577-8178).
But because the Producers have a history of refusing to quit
under adverse circumstances and because original bassist Kyle Henderson
plans to join Mr. Holmes, keyboardist Wayne Famous, guitarist Van
Tample and current bassist Tim Smith, there's also a chance it's simply
the first reunion/farewell concert.
"No, no, this is it," Mr. Holmes says. "Nothing has
so we feel like if we're going to take other avenues, now's the time
to do it."
The group, which debuted New Year's Eve 1980 at the long-gone
Uncle Tom's Tavern, hasn't had a record since independently releasing
"Run for Your Life" in 1985. Originally known as Cartoon, the
created a buzz with a self-titled debut LP in 1981, but popularity
trailed off and CBS dropped the band shortly after releasing the LP
"You Make the Heat" in 1983.
Mr. Henderson left in 1984 and the other original members tried
unsuccessfully to function as a trio - so they recruited Mr. Smith
and pushed on. With a repertoire featuring the minor hits "What She
Does to Me" and "What's He Got?" and cover songs, the Producers
by playing about 200 dates a year on the college and club circuit.
Now, the grind has taken its toll, Mr. Holmes says, and the four
musicians plan to take separate directions. "Everybody's got plans,
" he says, "and we just don't want to try to hang onto something that'
s given us problems in the last few years.
"But who knows?", he adds, laughing. "I foresee new
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