Scans: Kurtis Blow, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Graham Nash...

Old school rap pioneer Kurtis Blow, fresh from compiling tunes and writing liner notes for Rhino Records' Kurtis Blow Presents: The History Of Rap Vols. 1, 2, and 3, is busy working on an animated, hip-hop musical remake of Oliver Twist entitled "Twist," with Snoop Doggy Dogg on board to do the voice of the Artful Dodger... Rest assured, Graham Nash's suite at San Francisco's Hotel Triton is a very, very, very nice suite. The hotel has announced that Sept. 18 marks the opening of their Graham Nash suite. The suite starts at $249 a night and features memorabilia from and art work by the '60s rocker who was a member of the Hollies before moving onto Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Already referred to as "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," it resides near suites named after Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana. There are no plans to create adjoining suites named for David Crosby, Stephen Stills or Neil Young...

The living members of The Doors are readying Box Set for release on Oct. 28. The collection was culled from 40 hours of music sitting in Elektra's vaults, including the live recording of the performance in Miami which ended with charismatic singer Jim Morrison being charged for violating obscenity laws... David Bowie, John Wesley Harding, The Smithereens and Donna Summer are among the artists contributing tracks to One Step Up, Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen. Set for release on Sept. 23, $1 from each sale of the 2-CD set will go to World Hunger Year, a favorite charity of The Boss... Another tribute of sorts arrives in stores Sept. 16. Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher The Beatles features William Shatner's classic reading of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "Hey Jude," as sung by the late crooner Bing Crosby, and Claudine Longet's one-of-a-kind medley of "Jealous Guy"/"Don't Let Me Down"...

Sauce Money, co-author of the Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112 hit "I'll Be Missing You," signed with Geffen Records and will be releasing an album in the spring of 1998... Finally, Treach from Naughty By Nature will appear on HBO's "First Time Felon," which airs for the first time on Sept. 6. Treach's previous screen credits include "Who's The Man," "Jason's Lyric" and the recent hip-hop documentary "Rhyme & Reason." -- Randy Reiss

QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "Who would've thought (ska) would come this far (in America)? It's hard to like everything that you hear that's popular on the

radio -- we just want to be the best damn Pietasters we can be. 'Cause if

this is the only shot that this music gets, it deserves a lot." -- Steve Jackson, Pietasters singer [Thurs., Sept. 4, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]