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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When journalist Jonathan Gold was supposed to interview Chris Cornell for the documentary, Cornell slipped out of the building while the camera crew was still setting up its lights, so that guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron ended up being the only band members talking about Soundgarden in the film. See more »

Quotes

Matt Wright: Remember, friends, this is only a movie, you're free to leave the theater at any time.
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The credits end with the statement "Your town is next." See more »

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Referenced in Dog Park (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

K Street
Written by Kurt Bloch
Performed by The Fastbacks
Courtesy Energy House Music (BMI) and PopLlama Records
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Interesting but unremarkable
3 September 2009 | by ianperotSee all my reviews

If you're a fan of grunge, or suffering from an inexplicable bout of 90s nostalgia, then this film will no doubt make fascinating viewing. If, however, you want a film that goes beyond the story that everybody already knows, and delivers something more than a load of concert footage and an unnecessary (because really, who the hell doesn't already know this?) portrait of the cynical and exploitative nature of corporate America when faced with a new, marketable sub-culture, then it might not be worth bothering. Yes, the people from the bands all seem lovely, and there are a few neat moments here and there, but in the end this is really just an excuse for eighty minutes of second-tier, never-was grunge bands rocking. And do you really want to subject yourself to that? Hopefully, someone will eventually make a film about the history of punk rock that manages to be both entertaining and informative, and not just another tedious anti-corporate screed (apparently The Decline of Western Civilisation is such a film. I haven't seen it, but I intend to check it out) padded with footage of everyone's favourite bands from their first year of University.

It's not bad. It's just not that great, either.


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