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Hype! (1996)

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

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Doug Pray
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Cast

Credited cast:
7 Year Bitch 7 Year Bitch ... Themselves
Valerie M. Agnew Valerie M. Agnew ... Herself - 7 Year Bitch (as Valerie Agnew)
Carrie Akre Carrie Akre ... Herself - Hammerbox
Jeff Ament Jeff Ament ... Himself - Pearl Jam
Dawn Anderson Dawn Anderson ... Herself - Local Music Critic
Michael Anderson Michael Anderson ... Himself - Blood Circus
Paul Arkin Paul Arkin ... Band Practice Space Tour
Mark Arm Mark Arm ... Himself - Mudhoney
James Atkins James Atkins ... Himself - Hammerbox
John Atkins John Atkins ... Himself - Seaweed
Jon Auer Jon Auer ... Himself - The Posies
Love Battery Love Battery ... Themselves
Leighton Beezer Leighton Beezer ... Himself - Stomach Pump / The Thrown Ups
Martin Bernier Martin Bernier ... Himself - Some Velvet Sidewalk
Nils Bernstein Nils Bernstein ... Himself - Sub Pop Records
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Истерия! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bellingham, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,599, 22 November 1996

Gross USA:

$268,520, 22 December 1996
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Helvey-Pray Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Van Conner: We were the guy in high school who people used to beat up and we couldn't even talk to the pretty girls. I mean, we couldn't... we're nerds, goddammit!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with the statement "Your town is next." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Deformed Monsters (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Definite Door
Written by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow
Performed by The Posies
Courtesy BMG Songs Inc. (ASCAP), Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI), and The David Geffen Co.
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I loved it!
25 November 1999 | by mudhoney10See all my reviews

An incredible reminder of the intense, passionate, and powerful grunge movement from the late 80s through the mid 90s. A wonderful 1996 surprise for any rock lover, but especially those loyal to the genre itself. The honest and direct interviews, commentaries, and live performances provide inspiration to all open to hear what the fuss (or should I say fuzz?) was all about.


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