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After just a few weeks of speculation and interest from a handful of major labels, Deep Blue Something is the latest local band to sign with Interscope Records, joining Reverend Horton Heat, Toadies, and Brutal Juice. Though the deal was just signed, Interscope--which is part of the mammoth Warner-Elektra-Atlantic group, responsible for releasing more than 1,250 albums last year alone--is rush-releasing Deep Blue Something's major-label debut, Home. The album will be in stores in the next two or three weeks (around June 13)--an outrageous turnaround, made possible only because the album is already completed. In fact, it's the exact same album they released almost two years ago on the RainMaker Records label.

The band has already finished its photo shoot for the label and has completed its video for the first single, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"--which has been a moderate regional radio hit, along with the song "Halo." Deep Blue Something was signed to the label by Chuck Reed, responsible for bringing Possum Dixon and Compulsion to Interscope--and, once upon a time, best known for making Marky Mark famous. The deal is for an unspecified amount of albums.

Deep Blue Something will open for Duran Duran May 28 at Sundance Square at a concert to benefit victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Scene, heard
As soon as local drummer extraordinaire Earl Harvin (the Earl Harvin Quartet, Rubberbullet) finished touring with MC 900 Ft Jesus, he was offered a job behind the kit for Seal. Harvin, who is awaiting the release of his jazz band's debut disc (titled Earl Harvin Trio/Quartet) on the local Leaning House Records label, will be on the road with the Warner Bros. recording artist through the early summer, with a Dallas date set for July 7 at the Starplex Amphitheatre...

One-man band Homer Henderson--who's so far out there he plays in the key of H--has just released his fifth seven-inch single, "Nightclub Cancer/The Planets" on Honey Records. This time out, Henderson's working with a full-on band--the Dalworthington Garden Boys (and Garden Weasels), featuring the likes of Artie Turner on bass and Nathan Vinson on accordion and piano...

Ethyl Merman, which has just released a self-titled nine-song cassette on its own Thrift Towne Records label, will perform before and after a screening of Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation Festival May 26 at the Major Theatre. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door--though they're half price if you show up in costume for the tantalizingly titled "Parade of the Weird" to be held at the theater that night...

Ronnie Dawson has been asked to perform on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on July 31, with High Noon and the ever-beguiling Lisa Pankratz as his backing band. Dawson will also headline the gargantuan greaser-rock all-star Fairmount '95 Rockabilly Festival (also known as "Hoodstock") from June 16-18 in Marion, Indiana, the birthplace of James Dean--one of the few men in this world as cool as the Blond Bomber himself...

Dean Lindsey of Babble Zoo is leaving town for two to three months to pursue his acting career, putting the band on hold for a while. He's moving to Ponca City in northern Oklahoma to take a small role in the film Twister, which stars Bill Paxton (One False Move, Aliens) and Mad About You's Helen Hunt and is directed by Jan DeBont (who helmed Speed). In the film, which was penned by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton, Lindsey will play a tornado tracker--though he doesn't know if he's playing a good guy or a bad guy. "The band is still chugging away," Lindsey says, "but this is a break for me in other areas, so I'm going to pursue it..."

Three weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the death of Grover Lewis, the Oak Cliff native journalist who rose to fame and fell from the bar stool during a stint at Rolling Stone in the early 1970s. In that piece, I mentioned that Lewis was the father of former Observer music editor Clay McNear--now the editor of the calendar section for New Times in Phoenix, which owns this paper--and incorrectly wrote that the two men barely knew each other. In fact, from the time he was 25 and began writing his father, McNear kept up a fairly substantive correspondence with Lewis, and the two saw each other as often as they could; McNear also attended Lewis' funeral last month. "I knew him," McNear says of Lewis, "I was not a stranger to him."

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