People: Jul. 15, 1996


HARRY CONNICK JR., who turns up on screen in Independence Day as a drawling, alien-hunting fighter pilot, also has a new album, Star Turtle, which just happens to have an extraterrestrial theme. The jazz-funk record describes a cosmic terrapin's landing in New Orleans and his evening of club crawling with local lounge lizards. But those looking for a link between movie and album are lost in space, Connick says. "The two are unrelated. I'm not into turtles or space stuff." The seeming coincidence can be chalked up to that secret something known as cross-promotion.

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