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Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 8 November 1996 (USA)
Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

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Credited cast:
7 Year Bitch ...
Themselves
Valerie M. Agnew ...
Herself - 7 Year Bitch (as Valerie Agnew)
Carrie Akre ...
Herself - Hammerbox
Jeff Ament ...
Himself - Pearl Jam
Dawn Anderson ...
Herself - Local Music Critic
Michael Anderson ...
Himself - Blood Circus
Paul Arkin ...
Band Practice Space Tour
Mark Arm ...
Himself - Mudhoney
James Atkins ...
Himself - Hammerbox
John Atkins ...
Himself - Seaweed
Jon Auer ...
Himself - The Posies
Love Battery ...
Themselves
Leighton Beezer ...
Himself - Stomach Pump / The Thrown Ups
Martin Bernier ...
Himself - Some Velvet Sidewalk
Nils Bernstein ...
Himself - Sub Pop Records
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The world of grunge. This documentary examines the Seattle scene as it became the focus of a merging of punk rock, heavy metal, and innovation. Building from the grass roots, self-promoted and self-recorded until break-out success of bands like Nirvana brought the record industry to the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon was born. More than just an examination of the music, this is a look at how this artistic movement became a societal and fashion trend with a major effect on American culture. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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surviving the northwest rock explosion


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$106,599, 22 November 1996

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$268,520, 22 December 1996
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The documentary notably contains footage of Nirvana's debut live performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," recorded on April 17, 1991 at Seattle's OK Hotel. See more »

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Art Chantry: So all these people come here, and then there's all this publicity, and... "Northern Exposure" and "Twin Peaks" and all this stuff, and everyone wants to come here and live the good yuppie lifestyle, but all this time there's all these people that are underneath that were here first and they're just starving and they're all crazy.
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Written by Zipgun
Performed by Zipgun
Courtesy eMpTy Records
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Mosh from the comfort of your living room
6 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you were above a certain age when the "Seattle sound" or "grunge rock" became the rage, HYPE! is a good place to catch up. I can't think of a single feature film that has concert performances from so many bands. Most songs are shown as excerpts rather than in full-length, but the clips are lengthy, and the musicians are shown in prolonged shots without the irritating frenetic cuts favored by post-MTV film editors. The concert footage has more the flavor of the 60's than the 90's. Although grunge rock was the signature of Generation X, both older and younger rock music fans will likely enjoy it.

Most of the interview material will be best appreciated by fans of the genre. Other viewers will find that, away from the stage and their instruments, grunge rockers are no wittier or more entertaining than the musicians who preceded them.


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