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UPDATED 08/21/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/21/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

>Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon

NEW HOON RISING

The mind reels. Blind Melon's bad boy lead singer, 27-year-old Shannon Hoon, who has been known to strip onstage, says he now likes the quiet life, tending flowers in the garden of the Lafayette, Ind., home he shares with his girlfriend of 10 years, Lisa Crouse, 26, and their newborn, Nico Blue (she's named after his favorite flower). "The flower Nikko Blue is beautiful, and the baby is an angel, a gift from God," gushes Hoon, who does allow that she's inherited his, er, intense nature. "She has her father's calm demeanor," he says, laughing.

Will the fact that you have become a father surprise some people?

It's probably going to shock some people! But I'm responsible for someone now, which is obviously a different thing for me. I was there during the birth and everything. It's hard to take pictures when your eyes are filled with tears. I smashed my face against that little viewfinder, but I couldn't see nothing 'cause I was so overwhelmed. I'm still glowing. With the birth of the baby, I felt a part of my identity die. It was an identity that was selfish, and I felt it go away, which was good because that whole carelessness was a pain in my ass for a long time.

Has the Bee Girl from your hit video become part of your extended family?

Are you kiddin'? That girl was so annoying I was ready to strangle her the day we were shooting the video. Her parents got mad because I took off all my clothes and ran through this field. They didn't take too kindly to that and grabbed her by a wing and left.

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