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Washington Social Club, Measuring Indie Rock Fame by the Seconds

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's not like Washington Social Club hadn't been on TV before. Snippets of the band's music made it into a Toyota commercial and an episode of "Tru Calling" ; plus, there's the time its danceable indie-rock came blasting out of a nightclub on "ER."

"For a full two seconds!" said bass player Olivia Mancini.

"No, more like 30 or 45 seconds," said guitarist Evan Featherstone, "because they ran it through the credits."

But somehow no one had ever, you know, told them in advance when they were going to be on the air. So on Sunday, four members of the D.C. quintet gathered for a viewing party with friends in Mount Pleasant to hear one of their songs on the HBO hit "Entourage."

"We have no idea as to its use," said frontman Marty Royle. All they knew was that "Diamond Hipster Boy" would accompany a scene of Turtle and Drama scouring Craigslist for dates.

How'd that happen? "Seriously, we just got a call one day saying, ' "Entourage" wants to use your song,' " said manager and party hostess Taylor Thompson. The producers paid $25,000 for the rights; the band would see $9,000.

Royle hoisted a Miller High Life and toasted absent drummer Randy Scope's newborn baby. Then they dimmed the lights and turned on the TV. Ten minutes in: Turtle and Drama log on at an Internet cafe as a syncopated jangle plays in the distant background . . .

"That's it," murmured Royle.

Seconds later, the scene was over, the song gone.

Thompson shrugged. "They paid a lot of money to have that song talked over." No complaints. "We will work that. We'll put stickers on the CD. We will tell everyone, 'This is the song from 'Entourage.' "

30 Years Later, New Vows and a Tryst at Wendy's

John and Elizabeth Edwards took a break from the campaign trail to celebrate their 30th anniversary yesterday by renewing their vows. The couple wrote new vows for the private ceremony at their Chapel Hill home; the small group in attendance included kids Cate, Emma Claire and Jack. Then they headed to their favorite romantic restaurant: Wendy's.

The two law school students wed on July 30, 1977, just days after graduating from UNC and taking the bar exam. The 24-year-old groom gave his 28-year-old bride an $11 ring (she's still wearing it); the honeymoon in Williamsburg lasted one night. On their first anniversary, they were in the midst of a move and dropped by Wendy's for dinner -- a tradition they've repeated every year since. Last night, the renewlyweds dined at the hometown fast-food joint; he had a cheeseburger and iced tea, she had chili and a Frosty.

LOVE, ETC.

· Engaged: Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds, left, his rep confirms. The actor, 46, gave a huge Cartier yellow diamond to the film producer, 40, last week; they started dating last year, before his messy paternity suit with Spice Girl Melanie Brown, mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Angel Iris. Second marriage for both: He split from Nicole Mitchell Murphy in 2005; her divorce from Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds was finalized last year. A small wedding is planned for the fall.

· Dating: John King, 43, and Dana Bash, 36. The CNN Washington correspondents, both divorced, clicked off-air and recently went public with the office romance.

THIS JUST IN . . .

Al Gore III pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing marijuana and several other drugs (Xanax, Valium, etc.) for which he lacked a prescription -- though a Southern California judge said the charges could be dropped if he successfully completes the court's nine-month stay-clean program. A lawyer for the former veep's son told reporters the 24-year-old has been in treatment since his July 4 arrest for driving his Toyota Prius at 100 mph.

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