Bob Geldof, too busy promoting Live Aid to get his group's U.S. and overseas record contracts renewed when they expired in June, has hammered out an overseas distribution agreement with London's Phonogram. Instead of the usual band contract giving members of Geldof's Boomtown Rats options for solo albums, Geldof signed a solo deal with an option to do a Boomtown Rats LP. Ratty when you are, BG.
British punk star Marilyn, Boy George's androgynous friend, claims he was offered the part of a drug dealer on NBC's Miami Vice but turned it down because it would have been bad for his image.... Rocker Ted Nugent wasn't so self-conscious when he agreed to play what he describes as a "street curd" in the Jan. 10 episode of Vice. Though he gets rubbed out by Don Johnson in the end, Nugent says he might come back as a different character in an episode inspired by the title cut of his soon-to-be-released LP, Little Miss Dangerous.... Even NBC Television Network President Pierson Mapes jumped at the chance to be on the network's hit series. He played a bartender on the Dec. 13 segment, earning $50, about 600 times less than what Johnson makes each episode.
Singer Luther Vandross has taken 15-year-old Jimmy Salvemini of Bethpage, N.Y. under his wing. After watching Salvemini perform on a Star Search special last spring, Vandross helped him land a recording contract and agreed to produce his debut album, Dangerous, due out this spring. Vandross isn't the only celebrity giving Jimmy live aid on the LP. Pee-wee Herman does a vocal rap, Stevie Wonder plays harmonica, Irene Cara pitches in with backup vocals and Deniece Williams joins Jimmy for a duet. Says Salvemini, "It's the best thing that's ever happened to me—so far."
In his new feature, The Whoopee Boys, Paul Rodriguez, star of ABC's defunct series a.k.a. Pablo, wrestles an alligator. "I told the director I wouldn't do it," says Rodriguez. "But he said, 'You had a TV series, didn't you? You don't have one now, do you?' I got the message."