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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$106,599, 22 November 1996

Gross USA:

$268,520, 22 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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References Northern Exposure (1990) See more »

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Touch Me I'm Sick
Written by Mudhoney
Performed by Mudhoney
Courtesy Better Than Your Music (BMI) and Sub Pop Records
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Cautionary tale

It's my hope that future musicians who are trying to make real music as opposed to Spice Girls pap and that ilk will look at this documentary and try not to make the same mistakes, and allow the hype to overwhelm what could have been a real musical revolution. The high points (or low points, depending on your point of view) are the Muzak version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and when the ex-Sub Pop employee made up "grunge" terms that The New York Times printed as gospel. I wish this had acknowledged earlier Seattle musicians like Hendrix and Heart, and tried to answer whether the Nirvana-Pearl Jam feud was real or just part of the hype, but otherwise, this is an important cautionary tale, and it's also fun and informative. Oh yeah, and the music is great too.


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