Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

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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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8 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$106,599 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$268,520 (USA) (20 December 1996)
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Art Chantry: The Northwest is where flying saucers - where the term "flying saucers" was coined. The Northwest is where Louie Louie's from. The Northwest is where - is the serial killer capital of the world. We have more unsolved serial killings here than any other place in the United States. I mean, the Manson Family used to vacation up this way. This place is weird - a lot of occult stuff. All this stuff is a factor in what happened in the music.
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Features Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

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K Street
Written by Kurt Bloch
Performed by The Fastbacks
Courtesy Energy House Music (BMI) and PopLlama Records
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This movie establishes two things: 1. Seattle has a great music scene. 2. So does every other large city. 2 and a half. Eventually the media finds you and ruins you.

The events that went down in Seattle are nothing new and nothing old. Left to develop itself any local music scene will mature into something great. Whether or not the press/industry discovers this and shows up to suck the life out of it is up to fate. Hype! is a snapshot of money finding talent. The results range from crappy albums to suicide.

What this film does accomplish is to procure a reaction of artists caught in the overwhelming process of being found. Suddenly you are being offered loads of cash to do the same thing you've been doing for years, or even decades, for next to nothing. This changes your output - you stop playing to the crowd and start playing to the money. The interviewees in Hype! recognize this and speak to it. This is where the movie succeeds. The musicians see what is happening for what it is and call it out. What they fail to do is reject it, but at least they leave a document for the next generation.

At the end of the film there is a warning: Your town is next. Will the next town take the advice?


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