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The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - October 29,1992 - Page 5

A spoonful of
by Bryce Kass helped Groove Sr
Lansing's soon-to-be infamous land their first m
Groove Spoon is perhaps one of the Lansing at the B
Detroit area'smostunique bands. De- which led to gigs
scribing themselves as "heavy dates with Bop (
groovin' funk," the band combines seems to be taki
dramatic bass-lines with unbelievably realizing his band]
rockin' horns, very loud drums and
ever-so-steamy female backing vo-:
cals. With influences ranging from
"James Brown to TedNugent to Frank
Zappa," according to lead vocalist
Eric Signs, Groove Spoon's sound
remains eclectic, but not in a distract-
ing way. This is toe-tappin', get-up- ine to offer. "It to
and-dance music like you've never break into Detroi
heard before. one big show, it j
Playing together for the last two ing for us," he ex
years, Groove Spoon has created a got something go
steadfastly loyal following in an amaz- noticed."
ingly short period of time. Signs at- While Signs
tributes the positive response to the Groove Spoon's
band's charismatic stage presence. the Detroit area,l
"We've got a great live show, we're lack of a closely-I
layii' down some good jams," he munity. "You sen
said. "I think it's easy for an audience tion between ban
to come in and feel comfortable with know, it's like 'we
us because we're comfortable up there guys, you have to
on stage. Besides that, Norm's got a just not into thatf
great goatee and wig." Instead, let's all g
Thiskindof easy-going confidence create a scene an

poon persevere and
najor show outside
Lind Pig - a show
at the Majestic and
harvey). Yet Signs
.ng it all in stride,
has something gene-
ok us a long time to
it, but once we got
just started happen-
.plained. "If you've
od, it's going to get
seems happy with
present success in
he also laments the
knit local rock com-
nse a lot of competi-
ids," he noted. "You
e won'topen for you
open for us.' We're
pretentious bullshit.
et together here and
d stop being stupid



about it. Creating a scene definitely
helps all the bands involved."
Signs does, however, remain opti-
mistic about the possibility of Detroit
evolving into a more happening mu-
sic town. "I've been reading a lot
lately about the cloud-cover in Seattle
being really similar to the cloud-cover
in Michigan, and how Michigan is
supposed to be the next hotbed of new
music," he said.
Atpresent, Groove Spoon isoutof
the Detroit area, recording some songs
in New York. "We're recording four
tunes to press to a CD-single to shop
around to radio stations and record
companies across the U.S.," Signs
explained. "Also, we're going to con-
tinue recording back in Michigan,
probably fourteen songs for a full-
length album to come out in the
Groove Spoon has achieved a lot
lately, and Signs hasn't forgotten the
one thing that has allowed their mes-
sage to reach so many people. "We've
got a big-ass yellow school bus," he
said. "We're definitely not bragging,
we're just really proud of our bus."
GROOVE SPOON appear tomorrow
night at the Blind Pig.

Eddie Murphy knocks the socks (and shirt, and coat...) off the terminally disheveled Grant Shaud.
From Brown to Murphy

*:by Aaron Hamburger
In this election year, the last thing Grant Shaud (Miles
Silverberg on "Murphy Brown") was looking for was a
little publicity. "This whole Quayle thing isjust noise, it's
hype," Shaud said. "It doesn't have anything to do with
what I'm there to do."
Shaud, whose hit show "Murphy Brown" is one of the
top-rated shows on TV and was recently the center of
controversy, would rather just stay out of politics. "I don't
feel justified in laying out my political views as any more
valid than anyone else's," he said. With regard to politics,
"The more that is said, the less I know. I don't think we
know half of what goes on up there."
It wasn't politics, buta good script that drew Shaud to
his first film role, in the upcoming Eddie Murphy political
satire "The Distinguished Gentleman," a comedy about a
con artist who gets elected to Congress (so what else is
new?) Shaud, who was looking for something to do while
on hiatus from "Murphy Brown," was the first person
considered for the role of Reinhardt, Eddie Murphy's
political manager.
Shaud enjoyed working with Eddie Murphy. "He's so
quick," said Shaud admiringly of his co-star's known
penchant for improvisation. For his own part, "I stayed
pretty true to the script. I was trained in New York in the
theater where I was told the writer wrote words for a

Before "Murphy Brown," Shaud's only experience in
front of the camera was a few commercials. He felt doing
"Murphy Brown"was similar to live theater since "it's still
done in front of an audience so you get that immediate
gratification which kind of feeds you." Shaud remarked
that he missed that interaction while working on the "The
Distinguished Gentleman."
Another difference between film and television Shaud
cited was that "I didn'thave to worry about being liked. On
"Murphy Brown" when you're coming into people's homes
once a week you have to be likable." Even characters like
the ingratiating, nervous Miles Silverberg have what Shaud
called, "a core of likability."
Shaud'srole in "The Distinguished Gentleman," that of
an uptight yuppie manager, is quite similar to the one he
plays on "Murphy Brown." Though afraid of being type-
cast, "I think it's a reality ... people look for hooks....
Whatever gets me work now is fine."
Fornow, Shaud is happy with the folks at F.Y.I. He says
the chemistry between the fictional characters exists also
between the actors who play them. "I don't think that's
something you can fake." Shaud complimented his co-
star, Candice Bergen, who has won three Emmys for her
portrayal of Murphy Brown, and has made the hardboiled
newswoman into something of a national icon. "Candace
is so grounded and okay with herself. There aren't any


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